Review of the Packers Class of 2014 Draft : Packers Insider

Review of the Packers Class of 2014 Draft

May 11, 2014 by  
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By Brian E Murphy, PackersInsider senior editor

~List of the Packers’ 2014 Draft Picks:

1. – FS, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama (6’1″ 210lbs)
2. – WR, Davante Adams, Fresno State (6’1″ 215lbs)
3. – DL, Khyri Thornton, Southern Miss (6’3″ 305lbs)
3. – TE, Richard Rodgers, Cal (6’4″ 270lbs)
4. – LB, Carl Bradford, Arizona State (6’1″ 245lbs)
5. – C, Corey Linsley, Ohio State (6’3″ 300lbs)
5. – WR, Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin (6’1″ 195lbs)
6. – CB, Demetri Goodson, Baylor (6’0″ 200lbs)
7. – WR, Jeff Janis, Saginaw Valley State (6’3″ 220lbs)

The grades are in from all over the web-o-sphere for all NFL team drafts, and some (Sports Illustrated) have the Packers’ class with an ‘A’. That sounds good.

But it takes time for the grades to play out.

We still don’t even know what Nick Perry, the 2012 first round pick, would get for a grade. But so far, it’s worthy production of a 6th round pick.

As for this class, who knows.

But what we do know is that the Packers once-deep receiving corps had been depleted with the losses of Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, James Jones, and quite possibly Jermichael Finley. All in the past two years.

Davante Edwards, in my opinion, was without question first-round worthy in this draft. Depending on how fast he can learn the Packers playbook inside-out, he can be a quick contributor even though there are already three proven studs at WR ahead of him in Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, and Jarrett Boykin.

Despite not possessing that blazing 4.4 or better speed, Adams sure seems to have a knack for getting past DBs, or going above them.

I raved about Adams leading up to the draft. I believe had he played in the SEC, he would have certainly been a first round pick.

“His ability to catch the ball, first and foremost, is something we looked very closely at. He’s remarkable at that.” –Ted Thompson

Wisconsin senior WR Jared Abbrederis had 10 catches for 207 yards and a touchdown against Ohio State and their supposed first round CB Bradley Roby.

Abbrederis reminds me a lot of former Colt Austin Collie, good and bad.
Collie was an over-achiever who produced with a great QB, Peyton Manning. But he suffered a few concussions, which ended his Colts career.

Abbrederis has had a number of concussions and this is a concern going forward. He doesn’t have great speed, but neither do a lot of current and past wide receivers who have had good-to-great NFL success.

And Jeff Janis from Saginaw Valley State, physically is the best of the trio of rookies. He produced on the field, against lesser competition. But he also tested faster and more athletically than both Adams and Abbrederis.

They say he’s raw, but that remains to be seen. Let’s see how it all plays out this spring and summer.

Clinton-Dix is a perfect fit for the Packers, although scout’s opinions of him were a mixed bag. Some love him, some thing he’s just okay. Whichever it is, he’s a lot better than the Packers rolled out there the in 2013, 2012, and 2011 after Nick Collins had his career taken away from him in the second game of the season.

The other guys are bigger mysteries as they appeared to be classic Ted Thompson “reaches”, based on other scouts opinions.

However, Thornton and Bradford appear to have a skill-set that can improve the defense soon. Thornton might bump Jerel Worthy out of the rotation.

Thornton could give Capers' defense what he was expecting from 2012 2nd round pick. Jerel Worthy. Worthy's days could be numbered.

Thornton could give Capers’ defense what he was expecting from 2012 2nd round pick. Jerel Worthy. Worthy’s days could be numbered.

Bradford’s position is still not a certain thing. He could play outside linebacker as he has. But some feel his skills and size could make for a great insider linebacker, which is where the Packers are thinner, perhaps.

Here is a guarantee: Bradford is a good NFL player. What I still can’t figure out is where he’s going to make his money. He could be an effective outside backer, as he has that ability. But I can also see him becoming a key stud at inside linebacker. He also has that ability. I believe the Packers would be best served trying to have him upgrade the interior and Brad Jones spot.

Richard Rodgers is the pick I really question. I don’t think he’s anything better than a longshot to make a roster, a 7th round pick kind of guy. From Bob McGinn’s article today from various NFL scouts, about Rodgers: “He’s nothing at all.” “He’s in the 5th, 6th round range, nothing special at all.”

Why Thompson felt this player was so important, worthy, of a third round pick, well let’s all hope we find out why.

At center, Linsley is a lunch-bucket type of guy who some felt wasn’t NFL-worthy, but others think can turn into a starting NFL center. He or J.C. Tretter would appear to have a beat on that opening night start in Seattle. Neither guy has taken a single NFL snap.

Remember the pass rush the last time the Packers played against Seattle?
Rodgers got sacked seven times in the first half.

Everyone in Cheeseland, USA better hope whoever wins the gig at center is ready. Everyone learned last year what this team is like without Rodgers.


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