The 2016 NFL Draft took place in Chicago April 28-30. Many Packers fans and analysts hoped for help along the front seven on the defense.
What We Learned…
We learned that Ted Thompson and company drafted big guys. The shortest player the Packers drafted was 6’1 Cal wide receiver Trevor Davis in the 5th round. Ted and Mike wanted big men and got them.
We Learned that Ted will Ted. The selection of Trevor Davis surprised some fans. Davis is a speedy receiver, timed at 4.37 at the combine hand times and can be a dangerous return man, evidenced by his return of back to back kicks against Washington State in 2014. This may allow Ty Montgomery and Jeff Janis to develop on offense.
We learned that Green Bay may not be content with Tim Masthay. After the draft, the Packers signed Peter Mortell of Minnesota. Mortell is a Green Bay native and was the Big Ten’s best punter last year. Expect Mortell to at least challenge Masthay for a job.
We learned this is very much a depth draft, given the picks of Indiana’s Jason Spriggs and Stanford’s Kyle Murphy adding much needed depth to the offensive line. Kyler Fackrell of Utah State gives outside linebacker more depth and maybe eventually a replacement for Perry and Peppers. Stanford’s Blake Martinez gives them help at inside linebacker. Kenny Clark gives them more help inside at the very least during the suspension of Mike Pennel and replaces BJ Raji.
What We Think We Learned…
We think we learned that Green Bay is bracing for the impending losses on the offensive line. The selections Spriggs and Murphy show that they may expect 1 or 2 of the offensive linemen to leave after 2016.
We think we learned that Jared Abbrederis is on notice. Abbrederis has missed extended time in training camp his first two seasons. If he is injured again, it may mean Trevor Davis takes his spot.
We think we learned that Green Bay may take a tight end in the 2017 draft. The draft is deeper and maybe more talented, at least at the top at tight end. Names including Michigan’s Jake Butt, Alabama’s OJ Howard and Mississippi’s Evan Engram highlight the 2017 class.
What We Hope Isn’t True
We hope that Ted did not make a mistake not drafting Myles Jack at 27. Myles Jack was there and ended up being Drafted by Jacksonville in round 2.
Green Bay is known to have one of the most conservative medical staffs in the NFL. Hopefully passing over Jack doesn’t bite them in the butt.