Packers 2016 Draft: Roundtable mock draft fourth round
Previous picks: DT Andrew Billings, LB Jaylon Smith, ILB Scooby Wright
OLB Yannick Ngakoue, Maryland
Green Bay did well in terms of pass rushing production last season (tied for seventh in the league in sacks), but beyond the raw numbers there was room for improvement. There was a lot of designed blitzes used to help generate that pass rush, and having the ability to pressure without blitzing would undoubtedly improve the overall ability of the defense.
Ngakoue would probably only be a situational rusher at first, but that’s all Green Bay needs him for this year; Clay Matthews is set to return to taking most snaps at OLB, while Julius Peppers and Nick Perry should be able to handle most of the OLB snaps across from him. With Perry and Peppers each set for free agency in 2017 though, Ngakoue would be set to step in as at least a decent piece in the rotation for years to come.
TE Jerell Adams, South Carolina
While the Packers picked up Jared Cook, they could use another tight end prospect. Adams is a capable pass-catcher and also does well as a blocker (something the Packers have been missing in their tight ends), and would provide a possible long-term option to rotate with Richard Rodgers, should Jared Cook not pan out as hoped.
RB Paul Perkins, UCLA
The last time the Packers went with a UCLA runner, he looked promising before injuries ended things prematurely. Like Johnathan Franklin before him (pre-injury), Perkins is an elusive and shifty-styled runner who can provide a great change of pace to an offense. With Eddie Lacy looking slimmer and expected to be back to his hard-running ways, having someone who can sprint right past battered defenders sounds like an excellent way to improve an offense that had a down year in 2015.
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