Round 7: DL Quinton Jefferson, Maryland
With the Packers’ final pick, they go back to the defensive line by selecting Quinton Jefferson, a defensive tackle out of Maryland. Jefferson stands at 6-foot-4, 289 pounds.
What the Packers would have here is a project, a big guy they can develop into a rotational piece along the defensive line. Jefferson has flashed potential and could become a disruptive player in the NFL over time. Here’s what NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein had to say:
"“High cut 3-technique with good upper body strength but below average lower body power to take a stand. Jefferson flashes penetration ability and some pass rushing talent, but he needs to be fitted to a 1-gap, upfield defense and will have to make a team as a rotational lineman.”"
Jefferson did suffer a torn ACL in 2014, and he would be required to pass a number of medical checks to ensure he isn’t at high risk of re-injury. Assuming he is good to go, the Packers could make a move in the final round.
Stocking up on big guys is always a sensible approach to take, and Jefferson could find a home on the defensive line after time to develop.