The Packers have been given a D grade for their 2020 draft class.
The Green Bay Packers‘ draft class didn’t go down too well.
Fans and draft analysts were equally surprised with the Packers’ picks, particularly early on when they traded up for Jordan Love then selected AJ Dillon in the second round.
Most surprising of all was that they didn’t use any of their picks on a wide receiver.
NFL Mocks gives the Packers a D grade
Sayre Bedinger of NFL Mocks has given each team a grade for their 2020 draft class and, as expected, the Packers haven’t been given a particularly good grade. Bedinger gave them a D.
Bedinger criticized the decision not to draft a wide receiver while also noting that the timing of the Jordan Love selection was “way off”. While I’m a bigger fan of the Love pick than most, it’s hard to disagree with much of what Bedinger wrote in the article.
However, it’s not all bad. He added that offensive lineman Jake Hanson was a steal, who he believes can become a starter “sooner rather than later”. That’s potentially big news for the Packers with questions remaining at the right guard spot and also considering center Corey Linsley is entering a contract year.
The Packers likely have one eye on 2021 when Linsley and left tackle David Bakhtiari will be free agents. We should expect them to re-sign one, likely Bakhtiari, but bringing back both won’t be easy. Drafting three linemen potentially shows they agree.
Ultimately, this draft class will come down to Love. If he ends up being a longtime starter at QB and the face of the franchise, it’ll be a great pick.
In the short term, if AJ Dillon makes an impact in Matt LaFleur’s offense, one of the offensive linemen develops into a starter, and Josiah Deguara becomes a versatile piece on offense, this draft class can be a success.
But, on paper, it was a head-scratcher.