Over the course of May, both Kyle Crabbs and I will be assessing each team’s specific Draft class. The objective here is to identify value: where it was best and where it was worst. NDT Premium members will soon be able to access the comprehensive breakdowns of draft classes as well, which looks at the pick by pick breakdown of value across our respective 2017 NFL Draft boards. Today I look at the Green Bay Packers.
The full list of their 2017 NFL Draft class is below:
|61||S||Josh Jones||North Carolina State|
|134||RB||Jamaal Williams||Brigham Young|
|212||OT||Kofi Amichia||South Florida|
|238||RB||Devante Mays||Utah State|
|247||WR||Malachi Dupre||Louisiana State|
Best Value: WR Malachi Dupre, LSU
Dupre flashes exciting traits, but he was clearly held back in college due to below-average quarterback play. His best trait is his ability to track the football and make adjustments. He has good burst to get to the ball and is reliable securing catches. Dupre has made a significant impact working quick fade routes where he can track and explode to the football.
Dupre will need to develop as a route-runner and do more to sell his breaks. He has no issues creating separation with athletic ability, but nuance is needed to win at the next level. Dupre has good upside to develop into an eventual starter, but projects as a depth player initially as he becomes more refined. Dupre was a steal at pick 247 when he was my 125th overall player in the class.
Worst Value: RB Jamaal Williams, BYU
Jamaal Williams is a niche power back that doesn’t stand out in terms of breaking tackles or churning out tough yards. He runs with a natural feel between the tackles and has good vision to identify running lanes.
Williams isn’t a threat to work out to the boundary and does not couple any elusive skills with his power.
Williams’ best path is to provide a backup options that offers power components and he must contribute on special teams. He is a basic runner that doesn’t create his own yards but will consistently get the yards that are available.
Could Surprise: RB Aaron Jones, UTEP
Aaron Jones offers a blend of traits that makes him an intriguing option at the next level. Jones sees the field well and makes good decisions with the football. He moves well laterally and makes NFL-caliber jump cuts.
With quick burst off his plant foot, Jones does well to cut upfield with good timing while getting tacklers off-balance.
Despite not being an overly large back, Jones’ production after contact is outstanding. He shows good balance, wiggle, and leg drive to keep moving through tackles. He also has sound receiving and pass protections skills, making him a viable three-down option in the NFL.
There is a history of injuries to be mindful of, and Jones does thrive best when the play design goes as intended. Jones has starter traits at the next level.