Packers Draft Week: 2nd Roundtable

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Moving on to round two, a round that gave the Packers two players who could lead the secondary for years to come last season. Obviously, the Packers are in a situation where it’ll be hard to overcome missing on either of their top two picks in the 2018 draft. They don’t necessarily need to have huge rookie seasons, but the roster in general can’t afford missed opportunities to add talent. Here are our thoughts on the difficult decision.

Andrew Flegel:
Round 2: Sam Hubbard, Ohio State, OLB/DE (6’5”, 265 lbs)

Primarily a defensive end in college, Hubbard’s athletic ability shows he can play with his hand out of the dirt.  He finished his season with Ohio State with seven sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss coming off the edge. His size, athleticism, and versatility would be a solid addition to the Green Bay roster.

Ryan Timmerman:
Round 2: D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland

This receiver may have gone under the radar a bit. Being taken in the second round of the NFL Draft is a high compliment, to be sure, but Moore had a lot working against him in college and he still put up huge numbers. In 2017, Maryland had a revolving door of quarterbacks, yet Moore still went for 80 catches, 1,033 yards, and eight touchdowns. Green Bay needs to try and re-create the production left by Jordy Nelson, and Moore could get the most of the way there. He showed the college football world what he could do virtually on his own, now let’s see what D.J. Moore can do with an all-world QB.

Reid Mueller:

Round 2: Carlton Davis, DB, Auburn

With the 45th pick of the draft, I’m tempted to pick a receiver. They’re going to need to draft someone with a fair amount of talent at that position, as the free agency well doesn’t have much water left. But if they go with an offensive lineman in the first round, I think they have to address the defensive side of the ball, here. I believe Clay Matthews and Nick Perry could have improved seasons with the talented defensive line the Packers are bringing into camp, so I consider cornerback depth to be more essential. If Carlton Davis of Auburn is available, I think the Packers should swipe him up. He’s a tall corner with long arms, who could develop into a great compliment to Kevin King. With the additions of Tramon Williams and Davon House, I wouldn’t be surprised if he struggled to get on the field, but what are the odds both House and Williams play all sixteen?

Ben Bitter:

Round 2 – James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State

The thought that crosses my mind a lot while watching the Packer’s offense is “Holy cow our Wide Receivers are not fast.” And according to Sam Manchester’s “Combine Speed is Overrated Article” for the New York Times, the Packer’s rank dead last in average game-speed for the wide receiving corps. Whether that’s due to Rodger’s injury or not, the fact is that a boost is needed. James Washington has deep threat ability, the only question is if he can beat NFL CB’s. His build allows him to play a little bigger and make more plays at jump balls.

Jed Lyneis:

Round 2: Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State

Ok maybe I am a little bias, but I watched every single Ohio State game this year and Hubbard is a steal in the second round. Not only does his skill set him apart but so does his brain. He was first team Academic All-American in 2016 and was Academic All-Big Ten. Hubbard is the future for our pass rushing needs.

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