Marli is at it again with a way too early version of the 2019 draft for the Packers. A lot can change of course but some interesting picks here. And Marli’s enthusiasm for the Packers and the draft are not to be dismissed!
Pick 19 DL Rashan Gary (Michigan)
6’5’’ 283 lbs
Rashan Gary is built like a D-lineman but can run like a linebacker. He has a unique combination of size,
strength and speed. He can line up anywhere on the defensive front including off the edge. Needs some
work on run-blocking and finishing techniques while rushing the passer but Gary is a very promising
prospect and would fit well with the interior rush that Pettine loves to utilize.
2017 stats: 66 tackles, 12 for loss, 6 sacks and 1 forced fumble.
Pick 32 EDGE Austin Bryant (Clemson)
6’5’’ 265 lbs
Austin Bryant is a 4-star recruit with an incredible motor and power behind his rush. He uses leverage
and quick lateral movements to get around the edge. Bryant can handle double-teams to help block up
run lanes. He has been overshadowed by Clemson’s Clelin Ferrell and Christian Wilkins but his stats
speak for themselves and show that he is an important piece in the dominating Clemson D-line. 2017
stats: 8.5 sacks, 14.5 tackles for loss. 2018 stats: 5.5 sacks in 10 games.
Pick 19 OT David Edwards (Wisconsin)
6’7’’ 315 lbs
Long, thick frame with strong, long arms. Strong enough to move d-lineman off their line to clear a run
lane and an extremely effective second level blocker—Edwards is unusually quick off the snap as well.
Bulk strength gives Edwards the ability to anchor himself against interior pressure. May struggle to keep
focus on pad level in pass-protection and he needs to work on feet quickness mid-block. Overall, a solid
recruit with some kinks to work out.
Pick 18 S Taylor Rapp (Washington)
6’0’’ 200 lbs
Smart and aggressive, Rapp can play a variety of positions in the backfield. Extremely physical and an
excellent tackler in the open field. He pursues the ball rather than the runner and has the propensity to
not only take down receivers but to force fumbles as well. Can successfully cover both tight ends and
shifty slot-receivers. Strong burst but his top speed is not that impressive. Could use some work on ball awareness when playing cover-man.
2017 stats: 2 Sacks, 1 FF, 1 INT 2018 stats: 4 sacks, 2 INT, 2 passes deflected
Pick 19 WR Hakeem Butler (Iowa State)
6’6’’ 225 lbs
Incredibly long frame, wide shoulders, long arms and strong hands. Huge catch radius with the ability to
catch over-the-shoulder, back-shoulder, and contested balls. Physical and effective gaining YAC. Difficult to tackle and an excellent 3rd down weapon. Great blocker with very high energy. Not the most agile, and his route running could use work—better at using his size as leverage and driving the ball through contact.
2017 stats: 41 receptions for 697 yds (17 yd avg) 7 TDs. 2018 stats: 36 receptions for 816 yds
(22.7 yd avg) 8 TDs.
Pick 26 TE Isaac Nauta (Georgia)
6’4’’ 240 lbs
Decent height, length and speed. Excellent against linebackers and runs a decent vertical route. Physical
and aggressive—can break tackles and gain YAC. Strong hands and understands how to find the hole in
the defense so that the QB can seamlessly throw his way. Sudden release and uses varying speeds to
create separation. Excellent blocker—good at getting into position and physically dominant and holds
his own in pass protection. Not all that elusive in the open field so there is very little tape showing his
potential for contested catches. Very promising as a blocker but technique needs to be fine-tuned.
2018 stats: 20 receptions for 256 yds (12.8 yd/avg) 2 TDs and 1 rush attempt for 31 yds and 1 TD.
Pick 19 G Demetrious Knox (Ohio State)
6’4’’ 312 lbs
Knox was a 4-star prospect out of Texas. Knowledgeable veteran and a 5th year senior Knox was also a
great leader for the Ohio State O-line. Knox started out as a blocker for special teams and was brought up when the starting left guard went down with a season-ending injury. OSU coaches gave Knox
“champion” honors six times for his outstanding play. Great feet and a very quick burst with good pad
level to engage defenders.
Pick 15 EDGE Corbin Kaufusi (BYU)
6’9’’ 275 lbs
Corbin’s father played for the Eagles and his brother Bronson was a 3rd round pick by the Ravens. A
unique prospect with football in his blood that has proven to be a quality weapon for the Cougar
defense. Huge and physical lineman, named to Bronko Nagurski watch list given to the best defensive
player nationally, he led BYU with 6 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and was ranked fourth on the team with 67
tackles. Although he could use some more weight given his lengthy frame Kaufusi could be an excellent
deep round prospect to help bolster the pass rush.
2017 stats: 6 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 1 pass deflected. 2018 stats: 8.5 sacks in 10 games.
Pick 19 DL Daylon Mack (Texas A&M)
6’1’’ 320 lbs
Mack is a big boy. Quick for his size and can be explosive off the line with a powerful bull rush. Needs
coaching on how to use his hands and pad level. Can get moved around the line and stuck on blocks—
will definitely need to improve on anchoring himself against blocks and responding to offensive
schemes. A really raw recruit with decent physicals. Would certainly benefit from the veteran leadership
of Daniels and Clark.
2017 stats: 1 sack, 1 forced fumble. 2018 stats: 3.5 sacks and 1 pass defended.
Pick 19 RB Qadree Ollison (Pitt)
6’2’’ 225 lbs
3-down back with a strong, physical frame with a high second gear. Barely impacted by arm tackles and
Ollison runs with patience and good vision. Very effective in pass protection and can also be used a lead
blocker in a split backfield. Capable receiver but not all that elusive and he may struggle with drops. Pad
level can remain a bit too high and he may struggle to find separation as a route runner. 2017 stats: 90
attempts for 398 yds (4.4 yds/carry) 5 TDs, 23 receptions for 194 yds (8.4 yds/catch) and 2 TDs.
2018 stats: 149 attempts for 1054 yds (7.1 yds/carry) and 10 TDs, 10 receptions for 50 yds (5 yds/catch).