Re-grading the Green Bay Packers’ 2014 draft class four years later.
You can only begin to truly grade a draft class after around four years. By then, their rookie contracts are up, and we can get a gage on how the picks have panned out.
It was an important offseason for the Packers in 2014. They were fresh off an early wild-card exit at home to San Francisco. Aaron Rodgers had missed half the season with a broken collarbone, but returned just in time to help the Packers win the NFC North.
Green Bay’s defense was a mess, and it desperately needed help at the safety position. The Packers were also in the hunt for a wide receiver after losing James Jones in free agency, and needed a new tight end following Jermichael Finley’s injury.
The 2014 Packers were much improved on the previous year, and remains one of the best rosters the team has had in the Aaron Rodgers era. It was helped by that year’s draft class, but also the fact they stayed relatively healthy throughout the season.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane and revisit the 2014 draft class. After four years we can assess which picks worked out, and who turned out to be busts. Let’s begin.