Drafting Kingsley Enagbare in the fifth round
The Packers needed to find their third edge rusher this offseason, and they may have achieved this in the fifth round of the draft.
Some draft analysts projected Kingsley Enagbare to go a lot earlier, including as high as the second or third round in various mock drafts.
While Enagbare’s game needs some development, particularly in run defense, there is one thing he knows how to do: generating pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN, Enagbare pressured quarterbacks on 15.7 of dropbacks last season.
According to Pro Football Focus, Enagbare’s 92.5 pass rush grade was the highest among all SEC edge rushers in 2021, and it was the highest since 2018.
Simply put, Enagbare is a talented pass rusher. That’s where he will help the Packers’ defense the most early on in his career.
He gets the opportunity to play as a backup initially and learn from two pros in Rashan Gary and Preston Smith. Gary benefited from being in the exact same situation when he was drafted in 2019.
As a fifth-round pick, Enagbare could prove to be one of the steals of the 2022 NFL Draft. He will compete for the number three edge rusher spot at training camp, and he has every chance of winning it.