Green Bay Packers: Most Logical Draft Pick at Number 14

With 2 weeks left before the draft, everyone and their grandmother have the best pick for the Green Bay Packers, but what is the most realistic and logical pick for them at 14? That’s the question I will attempt to answer here. This is a QB heavy draft and many teams have or will be jockeying their positions, because of this some top flight talent may fall to them, but that’s not where I’m going with this.

I want logic here based on needs, not wild speculation!

What do we know?

Cornerback

We know the Green Bay Packers secondary is in disarray. They traded away Damarious Randall their best cornerback. Lost their stalwart strong safety Morgan Burnett to free agency. Have sophomore cornerback Kevin King who will need to take some large steps forward, and signed an aging fan favorite in Tramon Williams who will add leadership and depth after revitalizing his career in Arizona last season. So, with this said, a cornerback is a serious need, at 14 the Packers will have some top-flight talent available to them:

Josh Jackson – Iowa
While Jackson didn’t have a super impressive combine, he does have the measurables that the Green Bay Packers look for. Indeed, he is 6-0, a solid 40 time of 4.56 and high football intelligence. To give an idea of his talent in 2017 he had 8 interceptions, 18 pass breakups, and 48 tackles. Scouts seem to think that his speed, athleticism and his size will make him a ++ player in the NFL.

Mike Hughes – Central Florida
Hughes like Jackson didn’t have the greatest combine 4.53 40 and does come with some character concerns for his off-field antics, although he did have a bounce back at his Pro Day. He totaled four interceptions, 11 passes broken up, a forced fumble and 49 tackles in 2017. He has made the short list of pre-draft meetings for the packers. Scouts seem to think that Hughes is a natural cover corner with speed and agility who can run the routes with the receivers and prevent them from getting the separation to make plays.

Jaire Alexander – Louisville
Having one of the most impressive running the 40 in 4.38, he really hit his stride with the on-field work showcasing excellent footwork and agility making him appear to move around the field with little to no effort. The negative to Alexander is his durability he missed 6 games in 2017 with knee and hand issues. If he can stay healthy he is described as a fast and athletic corner that can run the route and prevent separation.

It’s hard to say that any Packers fan would be upset seeing any one of these guys on the opposite side of the field from King, it would bring an injection of youth into the secondary and could create the beginnings of a solid unit for years to come. All of these guys are logical choices that will most likely be available at the 14th pick, I only feel that Alexander based on his durability issues may be the only reach here.

My Pick: Josh Jackson

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Outside Linebacker/Defensive End

We know the Green Bay Packers have some talent in the pass rush with the oft-injured Nick Perry and Clay Matthews posting from the outside and newly acquired Mohammed Wilkerson, there is no doubt that they need to inject some youth into this core. This is a deep class at pass rush whether it is outside linebacker or defensive end so let us have a look at what the logical draft picks would be.

Marcus Davenport – Texas-San Antonio
Davenport has the measurables to make a difference on the edge, he is an impeccable run stopper and has a natural ability to shed blocks. His 4.53 40 and his raw power gives him the advantage to get after the passer. Most scouts believe that Davenport is a project player. Consequently, he may be a reach this early in the first round. However, under the tutelage of Wilkerson, he could definitely make the necessary strides to create havoc for years to come.

Sam Hubbard – Ohio State
Hubbard is one of those streaky players who shows moments of brilliance and moments of head scratching. Hence, if he has 1 knock on him its consistency. In 2017 he amassed 43 tackles with 13.5 tackles for a loss and 7 sacks. Hubbard has the size, speed, and technique to be a stud in the NFL. The only question is can he improve on his level of attack and focus.

Roquan Smith – Georgia
Smith, a hybrid linebacker who can play inside or outside, could fill a role similar to Clay Matthews. In fact, he had a very strong performance in the combine. Running his 40 in 4.51 and showing excellent sideline to sideline speed. Furthermore, his 2017 season was impressive collecting 137 tackles with 6.5 sacks, 11.5 tackles for a loss, 1 forced fumble and 2 passes batted. Also, taking some lessons from Matthews and swapping positions in sub packages could create havoc for offenses. For at least this season.

Bringing youth into the pass rush is a need for the Green Bay Packers draft. Any one of these guys would inject some fresh legs and a spark. All of these guys with the exception of Roquan Smith are projects that will require some work. The real question here is do you want to put that effort into a player just because you could potentially see the upside, or do you want a player that can make an impact from day 1? My logic goes with day 1 impact!

My Pick: Roquan Smith

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Other Less Likely Needs

Cornerbacks and EDGE rushers aren’t the only areas of need for the Packers. Although, I find it difficult to think that they would not use their pick on one of those 2 that we just talked about. In saying that, there is some outlier picks that may be a logical fit at 14. Additionally, this would require a series of variables to occur for them to even think about it.

Let’s have a quick look!

Wide Receiver
All Green Bay Packers fans were crushed when Jordy Nelson was given his papers. Thus taking away Aaron Rodgers favorite target for the past 10 years. This puts the burden on Randall Cobb and Devante Adams. Meanwhile, the Packers have had visits with Jordan Matthews and others. Nonetheless, if a player like Alabama’s Calvin Ridley fell to them draft logic might dictate then to jump on it.

Defensive Tackle
This is way down on the list of needs for the draft this year. Kenny Clark has grown to be a beast in the interior of the defensive line. However, if a player like Vita Vea happened to fall to them at 14 logic states he may find himself in Green and Gold.

So there you have it, take the wild speculation out and leave the homer attitude on the sidelines. Apply logic and you can see what player might actually be picked at 14.

Do you agree or disagree with me? Sound off in the comments below.

If you haven’t yet checked out our staff Mock drafts you can find them here: Mock 1.0 and Mock 2.0

 

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