Packers Draft Grades: Kingsley Enagbare a late-round steal

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The Green Bay Packers waited a while to address their pass rush, but they got a potential late-round steal in South Carolina’s Kingsley Enagbare.

Outside of Rashan Gary and Preston Smith, the Packers lack depth at edge rusher. They needed to leave the draft with some more competition for the number three spot, and they’ve achieved this.

Many analysts projected Enagbare to go much earlier than the No. 179 overall pick, which is where the Packers selected him.


Enagbare was Pro Football Focus’ 52nd-ranked player in this year’s class. The Packers got him 179th overall. Incredible value. Here’s what PFF had to say about Enagbare in their big board:

"“Enagbare was one of the highest-graded pass-rushers in the country over the past two seasons, recording an 89.2 pass-rushing grade in 2020 and a 92.5 mark in 2021.”"

Enagbare will provide some competition for a backup role behind Gary and Smith. With time to develop, he can become an excellent player in Joe Barry’s defense.

The Packers will want Enagbare to improve his run defense, but it is something he can develop. Early on, he should contribute as a pass rusher. He could get on the field on third downs and obvious passing situations.

For Green Bay to get a talented pass rusher who was expected by many to get drafted a lot earlier than this, it’s tremendous value.

The Packers desperately needed to add some competition at edge rusher behind Rashan Gary and Preston Smith. Enagbare has a great chance to land the number three spot at training camp and make an impact as a pass rusher early on.

Barring a trade, Green Bay won’t pick in the sixth round but owns four seventh-round picks. An opportunity to add some more depth to the roster in the final round.