Draft analyst Tony Pauline is a fan of the Green Bay Packers’ 2017 draft class.
Pauline, Publisher of DraftAnalyst.com and Draft Insider for the SNY Network, gave this thoughts on the entire draft class.
Pauline provided some excellent analysis on each of the Packers’ draft selections, while also noting some undrafted rookies he likes.
You can find his full analysis here. Here’s his overall grade:
"“What’s not to love about this draft? The Packers got great value with their first two selections with players who can help them immediately. Their third-round pick will be a starter if he turns up the intensity and the first fourth-round selection will start if he stays healthy. They’ll get something out of the three running backs they drafted, and Green Bay may have hit a home run with both receivers drafted on the final day. And don’t forget — they signed three developmental prospects after the draft. Most teams won’t get the production from three drafts that the Packers are bound to receive from this single effort. Grade: A+“"
And it’s easy to see why he likes the class. The Packers addressed a number of their most pressing needs—like corner and running back—early and often in the draft.
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Thompson focused on defense early, grabbing cornerback Kevin King, safety Josh Jones, defensive lineman Montravius Adams and edge rusher Vince Biegel with his first four picks. Each player was at a pre-draft “need”, and allowed him to focus on offense the rest of the way.
With three running backs, two wide receivers and a guard joining the mix on day three, Thompson ensured a number of problem areas were addressed, while also adding competition across the board, which is healthy entering training camp.
Thompson rarely leaves the draft without addressing the wide receiver position at least once, and the same was true of this one. Pauline had high praise for fifth-round pick DeAngelo Yancey, who he believes is “ridiculously underrated”. Yancey has a great shot of making the final 53-man roster, but just how big of a role will he eventually land on offense?
It’s not just Yancey he likes. Pauline believes seventh-round pick Malachi Dupre can develop into a No. 2 wide receiver, which is high praise for a late day three selection.
As is always the case this time of year, we don’t know for sure how any of these players will turn out once they put on an NFL uniform, but Pauline is an analyst I trust, and to hear such high praise of the Packers’ selections is encouraging.
Be sure to check out Pauline’s entire article for his in-depth analysis of the class. Do you agree with his comments?
Check out our full interview with Vince Biegel here.