6.18 grade on NFL.com
Compared to Vic Beasley, Landry might not be the biggest Edge rusher but he has long arms, he’s a great athlete and is very quick for his size. In 2016, he finished in the top 5 rushers nationally with 15.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles. He has also received honorable mentions as well as a firstteam ALL-ACC mention. Even though he missed a few games in 2017 he still managed to stack up 38 stops, 8.5 tackles for a loss, 5 sacks and 2 pass break-ups. Needs a bit of improvement on hand work and developing a variety of rush approaches as he seems a bit limited and relies mostly on his athletic ability to get passed tackles. He should be available at 14 and would benefit from the veteran LB’s already on the roster like Clay Matthews and Ahmad Brooks if he is re-signed.
Rd. 2 Pick 13 (45)
Justin Reid S 6’1” 200 lbs. Stanford 6.12 grade on NFL.com
Brother of pro-bowl safety Eric Reid. With both his high athleticism and high football IQ Reid is one of the best Safeties in the draft. In 2017 he earned a first-team all-conference nod as well as second-team Associated Press All-American mention. He started 11 of 14 games, garnering 99 tackles, 6.5 for loss, 5 interceptions, and 6 pass break-ups. He can help with man coverage while also having the instincts for ball-hawking duties. Can be overly aggressive but scouts say the positives far outweigh the negatives. Supposedly, better in man-coverage than his brother.
Rd. 3 Pick 12 (76)
Carlton Davis CB 6’1” 203 lbs. Auburn
6.03 grade on NFL.com
First-team ALL-SEC pick in 2017 starting 13 games, making 36 stops, 1 interception and 11 pass breakups. Compared to Richard Sherman, a scout is reported as saying “his own quarterback stayed away from throwing to his side in practice.” Great combination of height, weight, and speed the one question is whether he can catch. Although he led the team in pass break-ups he only had 1 interception. He can also be a bit aggressive man on man, causing 6 DPI penalties called on him last year. With a little coaching, guidance and some veteran leadership Davis could be an NFL starter.
Rd. 4 Pick 1 (101)
Darius Leonard OLB 6’2” 213 lbs. South Carolina St.
5.74 grade on NFL.com
MEAC defensive player of the year in 2016 gaining 124 tackles, 14.5 for a loss, 3.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, three pass breakups, and 4 forced fumbles. He had high impact production throughout his college career, blazing speed, good sideline to sideline range. High NFL IQ and good in both zone and man coverage. He may lack desired physicals of an OLB but his athleticism and speed make up for it. He also tends to go for the ball/throwing arm as opposed to getting the QB on the ground which is always a nice commodity.
Rd. 4 Pick 33 (133)
J’Mon Moore WR 6’3” 204 lbs. Missouri
5.62 grade on NFL.com
Led Tigers in receptions and receiving yards in 2017 catching 65 passes for 1082 yds and 10 tds. Second Team ALL-SEC. Dangerous after the catch, but still raw. Needs a bit of work on his route running but has soft hands and is great at catching the deep over the shoulder balls as well as contested balls. Should benefit from both the veteran receivers already on the roster and Aaron’s pinpoint accuracy.
Rd. 5 Pick 1 (134)
Holton Hill CB 6’3” 200 lbs. Texas
5.63 grade on NFL.com
There are some questions about the maturity of Hill as he was suspended from play in 2017 for violating team rules. He did, however, start the first 9 games intercepting 2 passes both returned for touchdowns. He broke up 6 passes and had 51 tackles. He can play both man and zone and can disguise zone coverage well. Didn’t run that fast at the combine but proved that he can keep up with fast wide outs like James Washington who he held to 4 catches and 32 yards and has also proved he is quick on his feet having as many pick-sixes as he does under his belt. Also helpful in run support, there is the potential for Hill to switch to safety.
Rd. 5 Pick 35 (172)
Brandon Facyson CB 6’2” 197 lbs. Virginia Tech
5.4 grade on NFL.com
Facyson has dealt with some injuries throughout his career at Virginia Tech and if it weren’t for that he would probably be much higher on the board. After a stress fracture and a broken leg in 2014. He returned in 2015 starting 10 of 12 games posting 27 tackles, and 10 pass break-ups. He got healthier as did his numbers through 2016 and 2017. In 2016, he made 48 tackles, 4 for loss and 11 pass break-ups. In 2017, Facyson started 11 of 13 games making 19 tackles, 2 for a loss, and 5 pass break-ups. He’s known to be great teammate, extremely mature and a good locker room presence. Slightly limited and
would be best suited for specific schemes but otherwise very naturally gifted player with grit and perseverance.
Rd. 5 Pick 37 (174)
Byron Pringle WR 6’2” 205 lbs. Kansas St.
5.45 grade on NFL.com
Pringle will be a 25 year old rookie in 2018 due to some criminal indiscretions that occurred in his youth but NFL teams will have to be the judge of that. In 2016 he led his team with 631 yds, 4 tds and 39 catches. He was named first team All-Conference for his return skills averaging 28.7 yds per kick return in 2016. He was honored again for his return skills in 2017 with a 26.1 yd return average and one touchdown. He averaged an insane 24.1 yds per catch as a senior with 6 touchdowns on a team that was not pass-heavy. He might have trouble with drops but so did a few of our other WR’s their first and second years.
Rd. 6 Pick 12 (186)
Will Richardson OT 6’6” 304 lbs. N.C. State
5.61 grade on NFL.com
Given that the Packers love to move tackles in to the guard position Richardson actually fits the bill quite nicely. Has had some off the field issues, a suspension in 2017 and a DUI in 2015. But he has good foot quickness and has strong, well timed punch and has both right tackle and guard potential. The Packer’s offensive line can always use more big guys who can play a variety of positions. There is a lot of potential for Richardson if he can keep his nose down and focus on the game, fix some of his inadequacies and learn from some of the best tackles in the league.
Rd. 6 Pick 33 (207)
Auden Tate WR 6’5” 225 lbs Florida St.
5.43 grade by NFL.com
Although Tate was injured in 2017 he still impressed in his junior year. Huge target with outstanding body control. Leaps in mid-air and adjusts to make the catch using very strong hands. Extremely tough as he played through a shoulder injury that year. The one major knock on Tate is his speed but coaches swear he will run better on the field than at the combine. Tate could be another major red-zone threat for Rodgers.
Rd. 7 Pick 14 (232)
Joseph Noteboom OT 6’3” 319 lbs TCU
5.62 grade by NFL.com
Noteboom has not missed a game since his red-shirt freshman year. Played both right and left tackle earning him an honorable mention by Big-12 as a senior. Good NFL frame, can handle double team blocks, strong hands, and a good athlete in space. There are inconsistencies in his tape due to his technique slipping a bit when rushed with power, needs faster hands and a more consistent punch. Noteboom could also see the Packers’ perennial move to guard as he has the right build and since speed usually causes him some issues. Interior linemen have a little more time to block.
Rd. 7 Pick 21 (239)
Durham Smythe TE 6’5” 257 lbs. Notre Dame
5.59 grade by NFL.com
Although Smythe does not have much value in terms of his production for Notre Dame, he is a classic “Y” tight end who is a technically sound blocker. Since signing Jimmy Graham and as long as Richard Rogers is still a pending free agent the Packers are badly in need of a blocking tight end rather than another red zone threat. Both able to play in pass-protection and run blocking, Smythe could be an excellent addition as a late rounder who can help bolster the offensive line in certain schemes. Playing behind Graham will certainly have its benefits as well and could potentially help Smythe become a better pass-catching tight end.