Packers 2018 Draft: 6 first-round options that can help defense

BLACKSBURG, VA - SEPTEMBER 17: Running back Myles Willis
BLACKSBURG, VA - SEPTEMBER 17: Running back Myles Willis /
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Roquan Smith, LB: Polished linebacker with good production (95, 124 tackles as starter). Probably the best instincts in entire linebacker class. He can diagnosis plays well, using a quick first step to track ball carriers and work down the line of scrimmage. Very high football IQ. Good sideline-to-sideline speed, good in coverage. Maybe has a lower ceiling than Edmunds but very high floor coming into the league.

Little undersized (6-foot-1, 236 pounds), bulked up for combine where he ran 4.52. Strong tackler, good form. Great work ethic, leader in locker room and on the field at Georgia, making big plays in big games. Butkus award winner who plays with heart.

Smith plays low but can get overpowered when blocked straight up and while he blitzes well he will never be a primary pass rush option. However his skills will keep him on the field for three downs. Very good in coverage, mirrors his passing assignment well. Around the ball a lot.

Marcus Davenport, EDGE: Draft hype darling, deservedly so, who has shown an ascending arc of progression over collegiate career getting better each year. Great size (6-foot-6, 260 pounds) and length and wingspan. Freak athlete with great physical attributes testing well at the combine (4.58 forty time, solid 22 reps on bench). Only so-so at Senior Bowl one-on-ones but shined in the game taking a fumble back for a TD.

Worry over small school status (UTSA) but held up okay in Senior Bowl one-on-ones before recovering a fumble and returning it for a TD during the game. Set UTSA career record for sacks (22) and tackles for loss (38). Okay against the run but gets high and sometimes allows a back to slip out of his grip.

Coaches love his work ethic. Very raw and must boost awareness but could  become the most dominant pass rusher in the class as he has all the tools. Big time boom-or-bust prospect. Interesting cat who is also a poet.