ESPN’s NFL re-draft has Packers landing future star at QB

Tua Tagovailoa (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
Tua Tagovailoa (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) /

ESPN’s NFL re-draft has the Packers landing a future star at QB.

If every player in the NFL became available in a re-draft, which players would come off the board first?

Patrick Mahomes would be the clear number one overall choice, but how would you build a roster with so many star players at different positions to choose from?

ESPN has done just that, and the results are somewhat of a mixed bag for the Green Bay Packers.

Packers land Tua Tagovailoa in ESPN’s re-draft

ESPN has re-drafted the entire NFL, and it’s a really fun concept. There were a few simple rules. Each team would make four picks, one of which needed to be a quarterback, one a non-QB offensive player, one a defensive player, and the fourth a player at any position.

Salary cap? Forget about that. Draft order? The same as this year’s, but in a snake, meaning the team that picks first in Round 1 goes last in Round 2.

ESPN’s Rob Demovsky made the picks for the Packers, who owned the 30th, 35th, 94th, and 99th picks.

In the first round, the Packers landed their quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa. Nineteen quarterbacks were already off the board so it made sense to go with Tagovailoa’s upside even though he’s yet to take an NFL snap. He has star potential. Aaron Rodgers was already off the board, but Tua could be the next great QB in Green Bay.

No problems with the second pick either. With the 35th selection, Demovsky picked four-time All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari. He needs no introduction in Green Bay. An incredible player who would help protect Tagovailoa.

In the third round, the Packers select cornerback Darius Slay, a three-time Pro Bowler could lead the secondary. Slay has missed some time due to injury recently, but when healthy he’s a top-tier cornerback.

So far, so good. And with their fourth and final pick, there were some great players still on the board.

In need of a pass rusher, how about DeMarcus Lawrence? He has 30 sacks over the past three seasons. How about adding even more talent to the secondary with five-time Pro Bowl safety Harrison Smith? Jaire Alexander? He’s one of the best young cornerbacks in the league. Kenny Clark? Another star player who would be a great addition to the defensive line.

How about giving Tagovailoa a top receiving option to throw to such as Kenny Golladay, Stefon Diggs, or A.J. Brown?

Demovsky saw it slightly differently, instead picking kicker Justin Tucker. I understand that Tucker is an incredible kicker and one of the most accurate of all-time. He could win the Packers games on his own. But in the fourth round? With so many star players still on the board?

I’m out.