Our “Red Dot” Defensive Linemen
Kyle — Jarran Reed, Alabama
Make no mistake, Jarren Reed can be a nose tackle at the NFL level, but I love him at five-technique defensive end. While Reed is not a natural pass rusher, he is very much an elite athlete. I believe you take advantage of his ability to pursue by placing him as close to the edge as possible. In the end, Green Bay could play Reed at either nose tackle or defensive end and have a starter there for the next ten years. His movement in space and lateral quickness are elite traits for a man of his size, which makes him tough to pass on if he’s available.
Dan — Kenny Clark, UCLA
I love what Clark could bring to the Packers defense. His ability to play either nose or five-tech defensive end makes him a valuable piece in their 3-4 front and would complement Letroy Guion‘s own versatility well. Clark is also a very stout run defender who can two-gap and anchor in the middle of the line, but he also possesses some juice as an interior pass rusher. He’s an ideal fit in a 3-4 system.
Freddie — Andrew Billings, Baylor
Andrew Billings would be a perfect fit for the Packers. He would give the run defense an immediate upgrade, and he also offers a lot as an interior pass rusher. Pairing Billings with Mike Daniels on the defensive line would be a scary sight for Jay Cutler, Teddy Bridgewater and Matthew Stafford.
Our “Black Dot” Defensive Linemen
Kyle — Jonathan Bullard, Florida
I struggle with Jonathan Bullard because I feel like he’s a less intriguing version of Datone Jones. Jones has been a tweener for the Packers who has never proven stout enough to play a true five-technique defensive end. Bullard will probably be a solid contributor for a NFL team–maybe even a quality starter in the right scheme–but the Packers simply don’t need another tweener in their 3-4 defense.
Dan — Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss
At some point a player’s talent doesn’t outweigh his character concerns. Greg Hardy can be a testament to that. The fact Nkemdiche not only has gotten in some off-field trouble, but his willingness to throw his teammates under the bus in team interviews has to be a major red flag. Not to mention the various reports that have surfaced that he’s just a strange dude all-around. He doesn’t sound like a locker room presence I want on my team. I don’t care if he’s an athletic freak at the position.
Freddie — Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss
The off-the-field concerns are too much and Robert Nkemdiche isn’t worth the headache. For all of his talent, the Packers would be better off going after one of the other defensive line prospects, of which there are many talented options to choose from.
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