The Green Bay Packers tackled a major need last night in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Who are some prospects that should be on their Day 2 list?
Green Bay’s secondary improved with the selection of former Louisville corner, Jaire Alexander. Essentially the Packers moved four spaces and obtained a 2019 first-round pick from the New Orleans Saints.
Alexander, the 5-foot-10 defensive back, will add grit and toughness to the Packers’ secondary unit. His speed and shiftiness will play a huge role in containing wide receivers at the next level.
He showed off his blazing speed at the combine, running the ninth-fastest overall time (4.38 seconds) in the 40-yard dash. In addition, he posses the skill-set to be effective on special teams, specifically as a punt returner.
Green Bay currently has one pick on Day 2, their second-round selection (No. 45). Their third-round pick was packaged in the trade to the Seattle Seahawks, which allowed the Packers move up to No. 18.
Despite the lone second-round pick, Green Bay has a combined six picks between the fourth and fifth round, that they could use to get back into the second round or obtain a third-round selection.
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There are a plethora of talented prospects still on the board that could help shape the future of the Green Bay Packers.
Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
Another CB? Yes, why not. Shockingly enough, Jackson is still on the board.
The former Iowa corner was projected to be a first-round selection. Many mock drafts predicted the Packers would select Jackson at 14.
Jackson’s size, arm length and ball-hawking abilities make him a value prospect.
In his final year at Iowa, he led the nation with eight interceptions. He was runner-up for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the best defensive back in the nation.
Despite being a well-rounded prospect, Jackson only has 14 career starts and could be considered a one-year wonder, based on his overall production.
The Packers will likely have to move up to select Jackson, however adding him would solidify the secondary unit.
Harold Landry, EDGE, Boston College
Landry is another prospect that was a projected first-round pick that is still available.
The 6-foot-2 rusher lacks ideal size, but has the athleticism to make an impact at the pro level.
Lance Zierlein of NFL.com compared the former Boston College standout to Vic Beasley. Landry clearly has some learning to do, but the ceiling is extremely high, under proper guidance and coaching.
It appears that Landry’s fall out of the first round was because of his injury history. His final season at Boston College was cut short because of an ankle injury.
When healthy, Landry is clearly a difference maker and that was evident in his junior year, when he tallied 16.5 sacks. Pairing Landry with Clay Matthews would be instrumental to his growth.
James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
If the Packers are looking to add a vertical threat on offense, Washington is their guy.
The former Oklahoma State wide receiver was the recipient of the Fred Biletnikoff Award, presented to the top wideout in college football.
He finished his career at Stillwater with 226 receptions, 4,472 yards and 39 touchdowns. The 6-foot playmaker showed his deep ball ability by averaging about 20 yards per reception in each of his last three seasons.
Washington’s body has been compared to a running back’s frame and there are questions regarding the level of talent he faced in the Big-12, which is notorious for no defense.
He has a similar built to Ty Montgomery, but is a more natural receiver.