After the Packers traded around in the first round and picked up an asset with a lot of upside in the Saint’s 2019 first round pick, Brian Gutekunst got his target in Jaire Alexander. Day two was another success for the new general manager, selecting another impact player, Josh Jackson with their second round pick. This left them without another pick until the fourth round, so Gutekunst made his third trade of the first two days of the draft to move into the third round and take linebacker Oren Burks. The Packers have an astounding eight picks left for day three. Who could they target?
Josh Sweat, DE, Florida State:
The Packers may not draft an edge rusher in this draft after the comments from Brian Gutekunst that they “had some guys who probably didn’t get a chance to show what they could last year”. Even if they do have some guys that were not given a chance they should look at Josh Sweat. Sweat is physical freak that is comparable to Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney. The biggest reason he lasted till day 3 is the injury red flag of almost losing his leg in high school and he is entering the draft early to try and extend his playing career because he might not have a lengthy career.
Ian Thomas, TE, Indiana:
The Jimmy Graham signing automatically upgraded the tight end position, but we only have Lance Kendricks behind him. In my mock I thought he was a potential round 3 choice, but he luckily fell out of day 2. If the packers have the chance to draft him, they should jump at the chance select him. NFL Networks Daniel Jerimiah even saying he could be a potential 1st round surprise pick.
Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame
First and foremost, St. Brown has a phenomenal name. Second of all, he’s a tall target at 6’5” accompanied with a respectable 4.48 40 time and 20 reps on the bench. A knock against him is physicality, however, he shows he has the frame and potential to utilize his combine strength. A team would be getting a target who could emerge into an NFL starter.
Shaquem Griffin, OLB, UCF
Griffin was a stud at the college level and put up monster combine numbers with a 4.38 40 time and 20 reps on the bench. Oh, and if you didn’t know, he only has one hand. This is definitely a hindrance for him, however, his tenacity along with sheer athletic ability should provide him with a solid career in the NFL as an edge rusher.
Simmie Cobbs Jr., WR, Indiana
I wrote about Cobbs earlier this week so I won’t get too much into him. Cobbs is a big possession receiver who will win the 50/50 balls on corners who are typically much smaller than him.
Shaquem Griffin, UCF, OLB:
I’ve noticed Packer fans seem to be extra infatuated with the central florida star. I like him too, but even after watching Nick Perry play with a club for a good portion of the past two seasons, I just don’t want to invest in a player with one hand. I’m rooting for him to make the leap and have stay power in the league, but as with many players with an uphill battle, I’d prefer to root for him on a team I don’t have my Sundays invested in.
The star of the senior bowl is still on the board heading into the fourth round. With the trade for Deshone Kizer, I can’t imagine the Packers actually pulling the trigger on the Richmond quarterback, but he possesses a lot of qualities Mike McCarthy likes in his quarterbacks. He doesn’t have an A talent arm, but I believe it to be serviceable in the NFL. His footwork could improve, but he already seems to hop a little throwing the football, a Green Bay tradition, now thanks to our Aaron Rodgers. I have real doubts about Kizer as a heir to the thrown in Green Bay, which is fine, Rodgers doesn’t seem to be headed anywhere anytime soon. But if the team does look at Kizer as a ‘maybe’ in that regard, I’d prefer to develop another quarterback. That being said, I think either the Denver Broncos or New England Patriots take a chance on Lauletta today. It’s worth noting that the Patriots and Broncos have back to back picks early in the fourth round today. Denver may need to trade ahead of the Patriots if they want to add a quarterback to their impressive class.
Daurice Fountain, WR, Northern Iowa:
Fountain is a lengthy receiver who was raised in Madison, WI. He has the athletic profile to be what the Packers desperately need, a secondary outside option next to Davante Adams at receiver. Here’s a video of him playing against the best team in the FCS, North Dakota State University. It shows how far he needs to go to become a consistent threat at the NFL level, but it also shows the skills that could make him a favorite target for Aaron Rodgers. He sets up well as a redzone threat that can change directions in the back of the endzone, allowing Rodgers to throw a dart into the tiniest window possible between three defenders. If the Packers do draft Fountain, I think Geronimo Allison would beat him out as the starting outside receiver this season. But, he has the talent to develop into a starting receiver, and at the very least addresses the wide receiver depth concerns in the now.