Building from the draft

Sports Editor Trent Tetzlaff talk about the Packers 2016 drafts.

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Coming into the draft this year, I honestly had no clue who would fall where because of how quickly players have moved up or fell on teams draft boards in recent years.

Given this information and my knowledge on the Packers as a die-hard fan, I was able to narrow their possible draft choices down to a few positions. These positions were inside linebacker, defensive tackle and offensive tackle.

As the Packers, first round pick at No. 27 approached, many believed UCLA middle linebacker Myles Jack or Alabama’s Reggie Ragland had a good chance to come off of the board. However, the Packers threw a curveball at fans once again by picking defensive tackle Kenny Clark out of UCLA.

This pick makes sense to me as he is an immediate fix to a defensive line that struggled to stop the run last year, and he also takes over for BJ Raji who retired this offseason. Although this pick doesn’t stand out on paper, it is a safe pick for the packers taking an underrated guy with a good work ethic.

The bottom line is Clark is a guy who can clog up the running lanes and instantly bring improvement and depth to the defensive line in Green Bay.

In the second round the Packers selected Jason Spriggs, a big offensive tackle out of the University of Indiana. I have nothing else to say other than this pick was needed because tackle David Bakhtiari and guards Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang are due for contract extensions next offseason.

The Packers’ next two picks I had mixed feelings about. I liked that the Packers went out and got depth at linebacker by taking Kyler Fackrell, an outside linebacker from Utah State University, and Blake Martinez, an inside linebacker from Stanford University.

However, the knock on these two is their size, especially Martinez who is undersized at just over 6 feet and 240 pounds.

I can’t help but compare Martinez to Jake Ryan, who struggled at times with his tackling and coverage with the Packers last year, which makes me nervous.

The Packers finished their draft by taking a defensive end, a receiver and another offensive tackle respectively. I like the defensive end pick with the possibility of not re-signing Mike Neal, along with the decision to bring another receiver in with the struggle at the position last year.

Overall the packers did what they always do. They take the best available players when they can and also address their needs depth wise by stockpiling late picks and drafting “steals” in the late rounds.
As many around here say, “In Ted we trust.”