2015 NFL Draft Primer: Green Bay Packers


Team needs: Cornerback, Defensive line, Tight end, Offensive line and Linebacker.

Packers’ selections:

Round 1 – 30th overall

Round 2 – 62nd overall

Round 3 – 94th overall

Round 4 – 129th overall

Round 5 – 166th overall

Round 6 – 206th overall

Round 6 – 210th overall

Round 6 – 213th overall

Round 7 – 248th overall

Good fits early:

Kevin Johnson: With the loss of Tramon Williams, Green Bay may consider going cornerback early on in the draft. A player who may be available here at No. 30 is Wake Forest product Kevin Williams. He possesses good size at 6-foot, 188 pounds.

Williams uses good technique and has enough speed to make up ground if he gets beat. However, in today’s NFL, outside of maybe quarterback, there’s no harder position to master than cornerback, especially for an incoming rookie. With that said, Williams is used to covering the opposing team’s best receiver and he’s always up for the challenge.

Bernard McKinney: When it comes to versatility at the linebacker position, you’ll be hard pressed to find someone better than McKinney. The former Mississippi State prospect ran an impressive 40 time of 4.66 at the combine. When you couple his size with his athleticism, McKinney seems to be a natural fit in Green Bay.

Adding McKinney should only help the 23rd ranked run defense. In 2014, McKinney totaled 71 tackles, eight tackles for a loss, three sacks, one forced fumble, and four passes broken up.

Ereck Flowers: In this league you can never have enough depth up front. One injury to your front line can cause major problems, which is why Green Bay may explore going offensive line early.

Flowers weighs in at 329 pounds, which allows him to be a brute force in run blocking. Eddie Lacy has already proven to be a quality back in this league, but imagine having him run behind Flowers?

When you have Aaron Rodgers alongside receivers like Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, you would think your passing attack is set in stone. Well, Green Bay may become greedy. Ever since Jermichael Finley fell off, Green Bay hasn’t been able to fill that tight end void.

Don’t be surprised if the Packers drafted Maxx Williams, who is the consensus top tight end in the draft. Williams has natural receiver ability and brings good route running and speed to the table. With Nelson and Cobb on the outside, it would create a lot of open opportunities for Williams in the middle of the field.

Potential late-round targets:

Geneo Grissom: In a pass happy league, there’s no such thing as having too many pass rushers. The Packers recorded 41 sacks, which ranked in the top 10 in 2014.

However, Geneo Grissom could be a diamond in the rough at the right price. The former Oklahoma Sooner record 6.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in 2014. Those numbers don’t do him justice, as he caused consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

Grissom is listed as 6-foot-3, 262 pounds.

Stefon Diggs: If you look outside of Green Bay’s top two receivers, the next guy on the reception list was Eddie Lacy. As the draft gets deeper, I would expect Green Bay to pick up another slot receiver.

A sleeper here could be Maryland prospect Stefon Diggs. If not for durability issues, Diggs would probably be rated higher on most mock drafts. Diggs possesses top notch speed, with a 40 time of 4.46. Considering all of the attention Cobb and Nelson get, Diggs could be a nice fit in the middle of the field as a deep threat.

In Maryland’s bowl game against Stanford, Diggs caught 10 passes for 138 yards.

David Perry: Stanford has been known for putting tough minded guys into the league over the past few years. David Perry is no exception to that.

The 6-foot-1, 308 pound defensive tackle proved himself the week of the East-West shrine.

During the 2014 campaign, Perry totaled 7.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. For a run defense that could use all the help it needs, Perry wouldn’t be a bad option late in the draft.

The 2014 season didn’t end as the Packers had hoped. With expectations remaining Super Bowl or bust, its key for Green Bay to methodically fill out its roster with players ready to produce immediately.

About Mark Gunnels

Mark Gunnels

Mark Gunnels is an NFL columnist for Football Insiders. He has several years of experience covering the NFL and NCAA football. He's the radio color commentator for Lincoln University football. Mark's work has been featured on Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports and Yard Barker.