May 13, 2014

2014 NFL Draft Review: Green Bay Packers

#6 Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama

Green Bay Packers
Division: NFC North | Last Season Record: 8-7-1

What Needed to be addressed in the Draft: The biggest need that the Packers had to address was free safety. Coming away with one of the top 5 safeties in the first two rounds should be their top priority.

The tight end position needed to be addressed as well, and spending at least a mid round pick on a receiver would help Aaron Rodgers and that Packers offense. If they also found a backup quarterback in the late rounds, that would also be a plus.

Depth. Defensive line, cornerback, and even the offensive line. If they aren't confident that JC Tretter can hold it down at center, I could see them moving David Bakhtiari to that spot, or even drafting a center at some point.

Individual Draft Picks:

Round 1

21. (21) Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix*, FS
Experience: Junior | School: Alabama
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 207 lbs.

Round 2

21. (53) Davante Adams**, WR
Experience: Sophomore (RS) | School: Fresno State
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 215 lbs.

Round 3

21. (85) Khyri Thornton, DT
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Southern Mississippi
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 316 lbs.

34. (98) Richard Rodgers**, TE
Experience: Sophomore (RS) | School: California
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 260 lbs.

Round 4

21. (121) Carl Bradford*, OLB
Experience: Junior (RS) | School: Arizona State
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 251 lbs.

Round 5

21. (161) Corey Linsley, C
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Ohio State
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 301 lbs.

36. (176) Jared Abbrederis, WR
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Wisconsin
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 195 lbs.

Round 6

21. (197) Demetri Goodson, CB
Experience: Senior | School: Baylor
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 190 lbs.

Round 7

21. (236) Jeff Janis, WR
Experience: Senior | School: Saginaw Valley
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 216 lbs.

Two Picks of Note:

Best Value Pick:

Davante Adams**, WR (Round 2, Pick 21)
Experience: Sophomore (RS) | School: Fresno State
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 215 lbs.

Analysis: This was an awesome pick by the Packers. Davante Adams was a top 30 prospect in this class for me, and could have easily gone in the first round. I compare him to Michael Crabtree, but his game is also similar to former Packers receiver James Jones.

Most Questionable Pick:

Khyri Thornton, DT (Round 3, Pick 21)
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Southern Mississippi
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 316 lbs.

Analysis: This wasn't really a bad pick. I just thought it was about a round or two early for Thornton to come off the board. He flashes, but needs to be more consistent. He'll provide solid depth, but maybe they should have targeted a player who will have more of an immediate impact.

Undrafted Free Agent Signings:

Most Notable

Adrian Hubbard*, OLB
Experience: Junior (RS) | School: Alabama
Height: 6-6 | Weight: 257 lbs.

Analysis: Coming into the year, Hubbard was projected to be a first round pick by many. He has the length and athleticism for a prototypical 3-4 outside linebacker. The production never matched his talent at Alabama, but the Packers may be able to get the most out of him.

Other Free Agent Signings

Joe Thomas, LB, SC State
Chase Rettig, QB, Boston College
Rajion Neal, RB, Tennessee
Ryan White, CB, Auburn
Jake Daughty, LB, Utah State
John Fullington, OG, Washington State
Carlos Gray, DL, NC State
Justin Perillo, TE, Maine
Demetruce McNeal, DB, Auburn
Tanner Miller, S, Iowa
Bronson Irwin, OL, Oklahoma
Jayrone Elliot, DE, Toledo
Wilson Van Hooser, WR, Troy
James Sims, LB, Kansas
LaDarius Perkins, RB, Mississippi State
Shaun Lewis, LB, Oklahoma State
Denico Autry, DE, Mississippi State
Jeremy Eddington, TE, Rice
Luther Robinson, DT, Miami

Draft Review:

Analysis: Coming into the draft, Green Bay's biggest need was at free safety, and in the first round, they landed the best one in the draft in "Ha Ha" Clinton-Dix. He's a top 10 talent.

Davante Adams was yet another steal for Ted Thompson in the second round. He should replace James Jones in the lineup, and could be in for a big rookie season.

While three of the next four picks were reaches in my opinion, I think Thornton becomes a solid rotational defensive lineman, and Richard Rodgers has a ton of talent. He could emerge as a favorite target for Aaron Rodgers in the near future.

Carl Bradford had second round grades from a lot of people, so we was an excellent value pick in round 4. He gives Green Bay yet another pass rusher off the edge, but can also slide inside and play next to A.J. Hawk.

Corey Linsley probably won't win the starting center job, but provides solid depth, while Jared Abbrederis was just a typical Packers pick. 5th round steal, and another really good receiver.

Baylor corner Demetri Goodson is raw, but worth a shot in the late rounds. Jeff Janis was their last pick of the draft, and the third receiver they selected. Interesting pick.

The Verdict: The Packers had the ideal draft in my opinion. They addressed and filled their biggest needs early, and got great value with most of their picks. Even though I had 5th round grades on their two third round picks (Thornton and Rodgers), both have flashed on film and could turnout to be excellent picks.

Overall Grade: A-