DT Jarran Reed, Alabama
Why it makes sense: The Packers need to improve their run defense, and Jarran Reed is one of the best run-stuffers in the draft class. His pass rush is a work in progress, but he offers plenty against opposing ground games which could help set up regular long third down situations.
Finding a talent to plug into the defensive line is crucial, and Reed is one of the best prospects at the position in the entire draft class.
Why it doesn’t make sense: If Reed can’t improve his pass rush he could be limited to a two-down player, and that’s a heavy price to pay for someone who doesn’t stay on the field for “money downs”.
Verdict: Reed would definitely be an upgrade on what the Packers have at defensive tackle, and he can line up in a number of spots which would appeal to Dom Capers. Reed could find a home at 5-technique, although he needs to get better as an interior rusher.
Will there be other options on day two that could provide better value? That question would need to be answered before making this pick at No. 27.
Next: Offers plenty as a pass rusher