Day 3 capped off a well-rounded and strong draft by GM Brian Gutekunst and the Green Bay Packers.
They added multiple receivers, EDGE help, more OL depth, multiple LBs, and even some special teams help. After this week’s draft, It now appears as though the Packers have one of the most complete teams in the NFL.
In Round 4, the Packers went offense again.
They added Nevada WR Romeo Doubs and versatile OL Zach Tom out of Wake Forest.
Starting with Doubs, Green Bay gets another tall, productive WR. At Nevada, the 6-foot-2 Doubs was an All-Mountain West selection three times. He finished his career with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.
Doubs made 225 catches for 3,322 receiving yards and 26 touchdowns. He also has return experience (39 punt returns, 463 yards, and one touchdown).
Later in the round, Green Bay took versatile All-American OL Zach Tom (6-foot-4, 304 pounds) out of Wake Forest.
In his collegiate career, Tom started 23 games at left tackle, 14 at guard, and 14 at center. Brian Gutekunst loves finding versatile linemen who can play multiple positions. Tom will provide solid depth for Green Bay as he continues to get better.
In the fifth round, DC Joe Barry got some EDGE help in South Carolina OLB Kingsley Enagbare.
At worst, he will compete with OLB Jonathan Garvin and OLB Randy Ramsey for the No. 3 spot on the depth chart behind Rashan Gary and Preston Smith. That kind of competition will be great for that unit.
He brings terrific length (6-foot-4 and weighs in at 258 pounds) and power. The former Gamecock will help bring great depth to another position that could use it.
After having no picks in Round 6, the Packers had four picks in Round 7. They addressed a few areas.
At pick No. 228, they selected LB/S Tariq Carpenter out of Georgia Tech. Early on, Carpenter should provide some great help on special teams.
But with his size (6-foot-3, 240 pounds) and explosiveness, he could contend at inside linebacker. His 4.4 speed could be a great asset on both special teams and in the box.
With their second pick in the seventh, the Packers DT Jonathan Ford out of Miami. Ford is a big man. He is 6-foot-5 and weighs 333 pounds. In other words, he is massive. The belief is that he will be a candidate for punt protection.
Remember the blocked punt San Francisco got on then-Packers punter Corey Bojorquez? Maybe that doesn’t happen with a someone like Ford in there. Even if Ford isn’t used on special teams, he will provide nice depth on the defensive line.
He and second-year DT T.J. Slaton will provide the Packers wit two huge rotational pieces behind Kenny Clark, Jarran Reed, rookie Devonte Wyatt, and Dean Lowry.
At pick No. 249, the Packers drafted OT Rasheed Waker out of Penn State. With the loss of Billy Turner and the team electing not to re-sign Dennis Kelly, Gutekunst made the right call here. The two-time All-Big Ten selection stands at 6-foot-6 and weighs 313 pounds.
This is the third consecutive year that Brian Gutekunst has drafted three offensive linemen in the draft.
A lot of people believed Walker was a third or fourth-round pick. Green Bay got him the seventh round.
He is definitely talented but still raw. Going to a place like Green Bay should help mold him into a strong backup for the Pack along the trenches.
With the final pick of their 2022 NFL Draft, the Packers added one more WR to their group by way of Nebraska’s Samori Toure.
Last season, Toure led the Big Ten in yards per catch (19.5) and had five 100-yard games. Before transferring to Nebraska, Toure was an All-American at Montana.
In 2019, he had 87 receptions for 1,495 yards and 13 touchdowns. He has 4.4 speed and stands at 6-foot-3. Another quality receiver who brings size, speed, and production.
Brian Gutekunst and the Packers brass, like Days 1 and 2, had a very strong final day. They added multiple possible special teamers in Romeo Doubs, Tariq Carpenter, and Jonathan Ford. Carpenter can also provide depth in the ILB room.
They get more pieces along the offensive line with Zach Tom and Rasheed Walker. They gain help behind Preston Smith and Rashan Gary with Kingsley Enagbare.
Their receiving room gets deeper with Doubs and Samori Toure.
Gutekunst, Matt LaFleur, their scouts and the rest of the Packers brass deserve a standing ovation for their effort on all three days and in the pre-draft process.