The Green Bay Packers completed their draft this past weekend and the NFL pundits gave high remarks to general manager Ted Thompson and his staff for their draft. If you like reading and believe draft grades, the Packers consistently fell between an A and a B in their draft grading.
I'm not going to grade the draft. Instead, I am going to discuss which rookies I have my eye on and believe could make impacts immediately for the Packers.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix - Safety
The more I think about this pick, the more I love it. I would of liked to have seen the Packers get an inside linebacker at this position, but with the CJ Mosley and Ryan Shazier being selected before the Packers, this was the best selection for the Packers. But the main reason why I love this pick is because it allows the Packers to be more creative on defense and become faster. You can now expect the Packers to play a lot more nickel and dime defense and expect to see a secondary of: Dix, Tramon Williams, Sam Shields, Casey Hayward, Micah Hyde, and Morgan Burnett on the field a lot together. That’s not a bad looking secondary, on paper at least. 3-4 inside linebackers are quickly becoming not a main position of need. Just look at the Seattle Seahawks if you need further proof. The Packers now have much faster and creative defense.
Davante Adams – Wide Receiver
Davante looks the part of James Jones, now it will be up to him to play like James Jones or better. With the addition of Adams, the Packers get a 6’2 200 plus receiver with great hands. He doesn’t have great speed, but neither did Jones. If the Packers wanted another receiver to emulate Jones, Adams is a near perfect fit.
Carl Bradford - Linebacker
When I see Bradford, I see some similarities to former Packer Nick Barnett. Bradford was a fierce pass rusher at Arizona State. His height worries me a little bit for an outside linebacker as he is only 6’1. There has been some talk of moving him inside, but he doesn’t have a lot of playing experience as an inside linebacker. If the Packers can figure out how to utilize his pass rushing skills, they could of found a great gem in the draft.
Jared Abbrederis – Wide Receiver
Packer and Badger fans across the world obviously loved this pick and while I like it, it is far from guaranteed that Abbrederis will make the roster. With the addition of Adams and Jeff Janis in the 7th round, Abbrederis will have a lot of work to do to make this roster. The key to making the roster could be as a punt and kick returner. But Abbrederis does posses good qualities as a wide receiver has he has good hands and is a good route runner. He just has to stay healthy and gain some weight.
Jeff Janis – Wide Receiver
Speaking of Janis, he is an interesting prospect. He is a 6’3 200 pound plus and ran a 4.42 40 yard dash. If he would of played at a bigger college, scouts believed that Janis could have been one of the top receivers picked in the draft. Janis provides the Packers with a big receiver, but he just needs to be more consistent.
Adrian Hubbard - Linebacker
Hubbard is an undrafted free agent signing, but I am extremely intrigued by what he could bring to the Packers. He is a physical specimen, standing at 6’6 and weighing 260 pounds and played the outside linebacker position at Alabama. Teams dropped him off their draft board because they were worried about a possible heart condition, but he was cleared by specialists and even by a nitpicky Packers medical staff. If Hubbard can quickly mature and work hard, he has a really good shot at making the team and being a contributor to this team. I love the potential he brings.