Packers 2019 NFL Draft - Day 3 Best Available

The Packers still have four picks left in the draft. We breakdown the top remaining players going into the last day of the draft.

Four picks in and the Green Bay Packers have already addressed their top needs on both sides of the ball. While some of the selections have been a bit of a surprise, it's clear the Packers front office is prioritizing speed and athletic upside in their prospects.

Rashan Gary gives the Packers a rare athlete to develop behind Zadarius Smith and Preston Smith on the edge. While Darnell Savage adds a lot of speed and playmaking ability to their defense, he should compete immediately for a starting role at safety.

Likewise, Elgton Jenkins will have a shot at the starting right guard job, and Jace Sternberner gives the Packers another receiving tight end to add to the mix with Jimmy Graham and Mercedes Lewis.

The good news is that Brian Gutenkunst and his front office aren't done yet. They go into day three of the draft with four selections and sitll plenty of roster needs to address.

They could use more depth on both sides of the line, and they could also use more offensive weapons, whether it be at wide receiver or running back. Add in a young quarterback to develop, an off-ball linebacker, and a defensive back to provide more depth in the secondary, and it's clear Green Bay still has their work cut out for them.

With only one day left, let's take a look at the top remaining prospects going into the final rounds of the draft.

 

Tyree Jackson, QB, Buffalo - Jackson offers intriguing traits at the quarterback position. At 6-foot-7 and 249 pounds, Jackson has one of the strongest arms in the class and 4.59 speed. His ceiling is high, but his game could use a lot of refinement. He's a good candidate for the Packers in the middle rounds to select and develop behind Aaron Rodgers.

Justice Hill, RB, Oklahoma St - Hill most likely dropped down some boards because he's undersized (5-10, 198), but he's still an explosive runner with 4.4 speed. If Hill drops to the 5th round, he would be a good addition to the Packers backfield. He would make a good change-of-pace runner whose electric running style gives him big play potential on the field.

Rodney Anderson, RB, Oklahoma - The former Sooner standout has all of the tools to be an effective three-down running back in the NFL, but a long injury history in college has caused him to drop to the last day of the draft. The Packers are already set with Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams, so halfback isn't a dire need. However, this security also allows them to take a chance on a player like Anderson, who could really develop into a big-time player if he stays healthy.

Bennie Snell Jr., RB, Kentucky - The Packers will have plenty of options in the later rounds to pick the running back that best meets their offense. Snell could be a late-round candidate because he would give them something they don't currently have in their backfield--a big punishing back with great vision. Snell lacks top-end speed and explosion, but he is a tough runner who lowers his pads and runs over defenders. 

Tony Pollard, RB, Memphis - Pollard might be an intriguing late-round prospect if the Packers want to go in a very different direction at the running back position. Pollard is a third-down back with excellent receiving ability. He is also one of the best kick returners in the class and would bring a new dynamic to the Packers special teams.

Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State - The former ACC standout is a 6-foot-2, 221-pound wideout with tremendous ability in contested catch situations. In 2018, he was one of the conferences leading receivers, hauling in 69 passes for 1,017 yards and four touchdowns. He would bring some competitive toughness and playmaking ability to the Packers receiving corps and could be well worth a mid-to-late round selection.

Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State - If the Packers want to add more size and speed that can stretch the field, Butler would be a great find on day three of the draft. At 6-foot-5 and 227 pounds, the former All-Big 12 receiver has 4.48 speed and a 36-inch vertical. He averaged 22 yards per reception in 2018 and would give the Packers a big target down the field. He would also allow Davante Adams to bump inside and line up as the slot.

Anthony Johnson, WR, Buffalo - Johnson is a sharp route runner with decent size (6-2, 209) and athleticism. However, his ability to work the middle of the field would make him a natural fit in the slot, where the departure of Randall Cobb leaves an opening in the Packers offense. Johnson notched 57 receptionis for 1,011 yards and 11 touchdowns in his final season at Buffalo.

Christian Miller, Edge, Alabama - The Packers could take another edge rusher if the value is there in the later rounds. Miller is certainly a talented pass rusher still left on the board. At 6-foot-3 and 247 pounds, Miller is an explosive athlete who is coming off a productive senior season at Alabama where he recorded 8.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss. He's a natural fit at the 3-4 outside linebacker postion in the NFL.

D'Andre Walker, Edge, Georgia - Like Miller, Walker's best fit at the next level is at 3-4 outside linebacker. With a similar frame (6-2, 251) and athletic profile, Walker also brings a lot of speed off the edge as a rusher. In 2018 he recorded 7.5 sacks and 10 quarterback hurries. It wouldn't hurt for Green Bay to have another young pass rusher on their roster.

Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama - Wilson has been one of the most surprising draft day slides. Many believed he'd be well off the board midway through the second round, but now at the beginning of day three, he still remains undrafted. The former Alabama defender is still a tough and skilled linebacker with a lot of potential. If he happens to last to the fifth round, the Packers shouldn't hesitate to call his name.

Drue Tranquill, LB, Notre Dame - Tranquill is a smart linebacker with superb athleticism. He finished among the top linebackers at the combine in the 40-yard dash (4.57), bench press (31), vertical (37.5"), three-cone (6.94), and 20-yard shuttle (4.14). However, he tore his ACL twice in college, which is the primary reason he is still undrafted going into Saturday. The converted safety is a versatile defender who, when healthy, could offer a team a lot of value in the middle rounds.

David Long Jr., LB, West Virginia - Long would be another great find late in the draft. With 4.45 speed, Long has impressive range as a defender, but he also plays with a tremendous motor and agressiveness. He's a tough player, which more than makes up for his size (5-11, 226), and he'd be a great fit in the Packers defense as a nickel linebacker.

Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, DB, Florida - It is also a huge surprise Gardner-Johnson remains on the board after the first three rounds of the draft. The versatile Florida defensive back can play both safety spots, but his best spot in the secondary is lining up over the slot as a nickel corner. This allows him to play up near the line of scrimmage where he can support the run, take on tight ends in coverage, or blitz off the edge. He could be utilized in a Micah Hyde-type role.

Other Targets: QB Brett Rypien, RB Trayveon Williams, RB Bryce Love, RB Karan Higdon, WR Gary Jennings, WR Riley Ridley, OT David Edwards, DE Anthony Nelson, DL Charles Omenihu, Edge Maxx Crosby, LB Blake Cashman, LB Vosean Joseph, DB Julian Love, DB Omani Oruwariye

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RWood832's picture

April 27, 2019 at 10:09 am

It's going to be agonizing to watch the draft today knowing that the Packers have only one selection in the first 83 picks. So many talented prospects are still available as Dan notes. Tony Pollard has been my seventh round selection in virtually every mock draft I did prior to Thursday - he will be a special teams demon.

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MarkinMadison's picture

April 27, 2019 at 10:18 am

I've been looking at Pollard this morning. Very interesting prospect. He would bring a different dimension to the offense and be an immediate improvement at KR. Not sure if he has done any PR. A real weapon for outside runs and quick screens.

I'm surprised Hakeem Butler is still there. His RAS is off the charts (a ridiculous 9.92) and he was very productive in college. The knock seems to be his route tree. To me, he is a safer bet than DK Metcalf.

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sonomaca's picture

April 27, 2019 at 10:56 am

They must really like the young receivers. Always going to take a couple of years before Rodgers trusts a young receiver. I think EQ is almost there.

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MarkinMadison's picture

April 27, 2019 at 11:30 am

I tend to agree. I think EQ and MVS are both poised to show something this year, assuming the change in systems doesn't muck everyone up. I wouldn't be shocked if the offense struggles for a while this year.

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RWood832's picture

April 27, 2019 at 01:48 pm

With Pollard off the board, my next sleeper for round 6 is Jalin Moore from Appalachian State. He can be a great RB in MLF's offense and a solid return man

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Bure9620's picture

April 27, 2019 at 10:19 am

Alex Ingold in the 7th, the Packers will be looking for a FB for this offense.

Wish list players

Maxx Crosby, E. Mich
Cominsky, Charleston
David Long WVU
Stanley Morgan Nebraska
Alex Ingold Wisconsin
Justis Hill OK St

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PeteK's picture

April 27, 2019 at 10:26 am

We all forgot just how good Bryce Love is because of his injury filled season ( possible kick returner).

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Jonathan Spader's picture

April 27, 2019 at 12:17 pm

Where's the Love?

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ShooterMcGee's picture

April 27, 2019 at 10:26 am

There seems to be some good players still available. We need an ILB and some depth at RB and WR. Kaden Ellis ILB, Preston Williams WR, and Tray Williams RB are my remaining favorites. Hakeem Butler too but will he fall to 150?

By no means is the draft over because there are always some gems uncovered in the late rounds. In addition 3-4 UDFA always make the final 53 so today is quite important, contrary to what some analysts say.

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4thand10's picture

April 27, 2019 at 10:49 am

Oren Burks, I think he is projected to fill the ILB spot.

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sonomaca's picture

April 27, 2019 at 10:53 am

Example of a great athlete who may not be a great football player.

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4thand10's picture

April 27, 2019 at 11:12 am

80+ tackles and some INTs as a senior from the ILB position. Personally I like a little more weight at the position , but with the additions of the Smiths and Gary maybe they expect more coverage from that spot. As always it’s going to be an interesting season.

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MarkinMadison's picture

April 27, 2019 at 11:32 am

I hope he has added some weight and strength in the off-season, and picked up a black belt in Akido. If he can't get off blocks he won't get on the field. For him, it is probably just that simple.

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PeteK's picture

April 27, 2019 at 12:55 pm

Just remembered that Alex Barnes (K St) is still available. He would be a good change of pace RB for us.

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sonomaca's picture

April 27, 2019 at 10:39 am

Could still use the 1st 6th round pick to move into the back end of round 4. Then, they’d have at least one pick in every round but the 5th.

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4thand10's picture

April 27, 2019 at 11:12 am

I like this idea!

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Dzehren's picture

April 27, 2019 at 11:20 am

Let's do that deal. What position's would GB target? RB or CB?

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Titletown222's picture

April 27, 2019 at 11:37 am

WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN....
If we didnt reach for Gary and trade up for Savage. If we kept 30, and made the trades that Seattle did, here is the draft that could have been
Rd 1 Pick 12, Dillard, OT
Rd 2 Pick 44 greedy Williams, CB
Rd 2, pick 47 Thornhill, S
Rd 3, pick 75 Jace Sternberger
Rd 3, pick 77 Chase Winovich
and we would still have picks 114, 118, 132, 142, 150, 185, 194, 226

There are a lot of really good players available in the 4th round. We are really missing out on some quality players to help our team. I hope Savage and Gary are as good as the packers seem to expect

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sonomaca's picture

April 27, 2019 at 10:49 am

They want extreme athletes, of which there are very few. Thornhill is a superb athlete, but I think he’s 24 years old. Dillard is a great athlete, but maybe not a good scheme fit. Gute agreed with you on Jace.

They clearly thought the Ravens wanted Savage. The Ravens traded out once he was picked, so maybe.

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4thand10's picture

April 27, 2019 at 10:56 am

Savage looks like he is going to be way way better than Thornhill. I guess we’ll see. Looking at the way he defended Paris Campbell and others from Big schools...he looks like an absolute gem.

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sonomaca's picture

April 27, 2019 at 10:57 am

Apparently lots of teams were hot for him.

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Dzehren's picture

April 27, 2019 at 11:29 am

Savage might be the next Nick Collins or Bob Sanders from Colts.
If so, it will be worth it. After watching Gary being double and triple teamed, that makes Winovich less spectacular IMO.

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MarkinMadison's picture

April 27, 2019 at 11:34 am

Bob Sanders. That's a bingo! Hopefully, he takes a lesson from Sanders' end and tones done the heat-seeking missile imitation just a notch.

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MarkinMadison's picture

April 27, 2019 at 11:35 am

No offense, but I prefer what Gutey did over your list. I think Winovich is overrated. Ditto on a previous post on Dillard and Thornhill.

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Titletown222's picture

April 27, 2019 at 11:36 am

I forgot Greedy Williams at #44

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sonomaca's picture

April 27, 2019 at 10:42 am

If they don’t pick a QB, that says quite a bit about their view of Boyle.

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rdent's picture

April 27, 2019 at 11:39 am

I read that GB really likes Boyle, good size and arm, he played in different systems in college and never got acclimated. He may best out Kizer for back up job.

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rdent's picture

April 27, 2019 at 11:41 am

I read that GB really likes Boyle, good size and arm, he played in different systems in college and never got acclimated. He may beat out Kizer for back up job.

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Swisch's picture

April 27, 2019 at 12:46 pm

It seems Boyle was a trendy late-round pick at QB not so long ago, but apparently people forget so quickly.
I'm hoping for a really quick running back who can return kicks, plus more help on the offensive line, and perhaps the defensive line.

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sonomaca's picture

April 27, 2019 at 10:58 am

Does Josh Jones move to ILB, and compete with Burks. The guy can blitz.

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ShooterMcGee's picture

April 27, 2019 at 11:32 am

I remember the Bengals.game when Josh Jones played near the line of scrimmage and had monster game with a sack and a few TFls. Certainly the coaches must be aware of this too.

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MarkinMadison's picture

April 27, 2019 at 11:36 am

I've been wondering that myself.

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flackcatcher's picture

April 27, 2019 at 10:59 am

Not much to add here. But remember that the Packers have always valued lower round choices in UFA starting with the Ron Wolf era. All in all a good draft addressing the teams immediate needs. How it plays out in the next two years is anyone's guess.

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sonomaca's picture

April 27, 2019 at 11:06 am

Can Kizer really give you a win or two? I’m not so sure. May want to cut losses in that one, and deal him for a late round pick.

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shmelbs's picture

April 27, 2019 at 01:02 pm

We don't know anymore, because Kizer and everyone else will be learning a brand new offensive scheme. Maybe LaFleur can find a way to make Kizer effective. Hopefully, we never have to find out.

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crayzpackfan's picture

April 27, 2019 at 11:14 am

I can’t help but feel GB needs to somehow trade back into the 4th round. There’s still a lot of meat on the bone. What do u guys think?

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MarkinMadison's picture

April 27, 2019 at 11:37 am

I would like it if they went and got Butler.

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MarkinMadison's picture

April 27, 2019 at 11:38 am

Crap, 1st pick of the 4th round. Guess I'm not surprised.

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crayzpackfan's picture

April 27, 2019 at 11:54 am

Yeah. Butler getting picked is what inspired my question to move up. The draft is still a perfectly good excuse to drink all weekend though. Cheers

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

April 27, 2019 at 11:41 am

I'm not expecting any more 6'2" 250 lbs OLBs. The Pettine defense appears to be moving away from that body type. I'd be more inclided to expect DL depth than a Capers style OLB today.

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sonomaca's picture

April 27, 2019 at 12:12 pm

Still like one more corner, and an athletic developmental tackle.

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HankScorpio's picture

April 27, 2019 at 12:14 pm

Tyler Roemer fit athletic developmental tackle--if you meant offense.

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HankScorpio's picture

April 27, 2019 at 12:13 pm

As we creep closer to #150...

Defense: Charles Omenihu, Amani Oruwariye, Renell Wren, D'Andre Walker

Offense: Stanley Morgan. Emanuel Hall, Foster Moreau, Devine Ozigbo.

I was going to add Phil Haynes but he was just picked.

if they want to trade Jimmy Graham for the 'next' pick any time from now until 150, I'm good with that.

I'd be good with a QB anytime now, too.

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SterlingSharpe's picture

April 27, 2019 at 12:19 pm

I do not like the Bears getting David Montgomery & Riley Ridley dammit.
I also really wanted Anthony Miller last year.

Trubisky has been given tremendous weapons. Of course, Tarik Cohen is the electric one.

And then they have added Khalil Mack and Roquan Smith just a year ago.

Bears still suck though.

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HankScorpio's picture

April 27, 2019 at 12:40 pm

Ridley is firmly on the list of players i did not want on the Packers. Like Irv Smith, I'm fine with him landing with a division rival.

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sonomaca's picture

April 27, 2019 at 12:39 pm

Cashman and Omenihu lasting longer than expected.

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HankScorpio's picture

April 27, 2019 at 12:50 pm

I'd be happy with either one @ 150.

So naturally, they will both be available and the Packers will pass. :)

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sonomaca's picture

April 27, 2019 at 12:47 pm

Getting in move-up range.

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HankScorpio's picture

April 27, 2019 at 12:54 pm

Deionte Thompson goes round 5, pick 1. I'm old enough to remember speculation he would go in the first round.

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sonomaca's picture

April 27, 2019 at 12:55 pm

He was once forecasted to be a top 10 pick.

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PatrickGB's picture

April 27, 2019 at 01:04 pm

I am old enough to remember Paul Horning going in the first round.

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sonomaca's picture

April 27, 2019 at 01:00 pm

Hi RAS + no injury + no off-field = new Packer People.

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leche's picture

April 27, 2019 at 01:23 pm

Is this high RAS even if not great football skills even a proven concept? Are we attempting to blaze a trail here? Or are we just so arrogant that we're just going to pound this square peg into that round hole if it's the last thing we ever do?

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sonomaca's picture

April 27, 2019 at 01:29 pm

Pound square peg. Low RAS...get lost.

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leche's picture

April 27, 2019 at 01:33 pm

No one is advocating for guys with low RAS... But it seems obvious to me that you need a balance between athleticism and football skills and at this point it seems we're very skewed toward the athleticism side of the scale. Is that a proven concept? Can we just put a team of super athletes on the field who are mediocre at actual football and expect them to win?

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McFly's picture

April 27, 2019 at 01:01 pm

I’d like to see WR Harmon if he lasts to 150. Big, makes tough catches, back shoulder catches and has good long speed. Could be the next Jordy Nelson-type player for this offense.

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McFly's picture

April 27, 2019 at 01:08 pm

Mack Wilson also would be good value and add competition for the ILB spot.

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sonomaca's picture

April 27, 2019 at 01:10 pm

Emanuel Hall is RAS monster.

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McFly's picture

April 27, 2019 at 02:44 pm

Yeah he’s intriguing, could be a big time playmaker and good value in the 6th.

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sonomaca's picture

April 27, 2019 at 01:11 pm

Could we see our TE Tyree Jackson?

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sonomaca's picture

April 27, 2019 at 01:13 pm

Raiders just jumped us.

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MarkinMadison's picture

April 27, 2019 at 01:16 pm

Yo Andy, where you at?

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sonomaca's picture

April 27, 2019 at 01:17 pm

Were we going to pick Hunter Renfrow?

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MarkinMadison's picture

April 27, 2019 at 01:18 pm

Raiders jumped us for Renfrow? Yeah, I can see that...

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sonomaca's picture

April 27, 2019 at 01:42 pm

I think Gruden is just dumb. Renfrow is horrible tester. If NE didn’t want him, why would we?

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leche's picture

April 27, 2019 at 01:19 pm

If we take Mack Wilson here at 150, all of my complaints about trading up to get Savage will be rescinded.

Still don't like the Gary pick though

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leche's picture

April 27, 2019 at 01:20 pm

And we went with a DT, because of course we did

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NickPerry's picture

April 27, 2019 at 01:29 pm

Me too BUT.... This is a decent 5th round pick.

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NickPerry's picture

April 27, 2019 at 01:32 pm

This is what they said here on the CHTV guide about him

FIT WITH THE PACKERS: Keke may be the best value and fit, when talking about defensive linemen, in this entire class for the Packers. Green Bay doesn’t have a need for premium talent at the position at this moment but will in the near future. Keke has legitimate upside but needs some time to develop. Initially, he would provide some depth to the Packers’ defensive line group and would be able to be groomed to take over in a year or two if the Packers decided to move on from Mike Daniels.

Mack Wilson MUST not be what everyone thought he was. Hell "Draftek" who many seem to like here had him going at #30, the Packers 2nd first round pick....Just saying

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dobber's picture

April 27, 2019 at 01:23 pm

Was hoping for Wilson at that spot....

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SterlingSharpe's picture

April 27, 2019 at 01:24 pm

Me too

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leche's picture

April 27, 2019 at 01:34 pm

Just drafted by the Browns

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albert999's picture

April 27, 2019 at 01:21 pm

KEKE

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sonomaca's picture

April 27, 2019 at 01:22 pm

RAS monster. What else.

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Doug Niemczynski's picture

April 27, 2019 at 01:40 pm

two please

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MarkinMadison's picture

April 27, 2019 at 01:23 pm

Keke. Anyone?

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SterlingSharpe's picture

April 27, 2019 at 01:23 pm

KINGSLEY

CHTV somehow won't allow links, so copy & paste this

hogshaven.com/2019/3/14/18259052/kingsley-keke-has-elite-athletic-traits-could-the-redskins-maximize-his-potential-with-coaching

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NickPerry's picture

April 27, 2019 at 01:28 pm

This is what the CHTV Draft Guide had to sat about him...

FIT WITH THE PACKERS: Keke may be the best value and fit, when talking about defensive linemen, in this entire class for the Packers. Green Bay doesn’t have a need for premium talent at the position at this moment but will in the near future. Keke has legitimate upside but needs some time to develop. Initially, he would provide some depth to the Packers’ defensive line group and would be able to be groomed to take over in a year or two if the Packers decided to move on from Mike Daniels.

He was ranked 9th on the CHTV draft guide AND he had some decent stats in 2018 for Texas A & M....Nice pick

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sonomaca's picture

April 27, 2019 at 01:33 pm

RAS 8.48. High.

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Doug Niemczynski's picture

April 27, 2019 at 01:31 pm

Keke is awesome. I think the plan this year was to draft players with weird 1st names.

Next year we can go by the pretty uniforms.

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Doug Niemczynski's picture

April 27, 2019 at 01:33 pm

No
Andy
John
Paul
Thomas
Steve

???

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MarkinMadison's picture

April 27, 2019 at 01:36 pm

Just watched a cut-up of the Gator Bowl. Saw one plus play by Keke.

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RWood832's picture

April 27, 2019 at 01:44 pm

Thank you Mike Daniels for your contributions to the Packers. Your replacement has just been picked because we cannot afford to retain you next year.

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jsb937's picture

April 27, 2019 at 01:57 pm

This Gute guy is sending the Pack on a long slide to the bottom of the division.
Stiff picks.

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