Packers draft grades: Rounds 6-7
The Packers got fantastic value here. Like Colby Wooden, Bowling Green's Karl Brooks is another player with the versatility to play at edge rusher or inside. He adds more depth to the defensive line, and he knows how to generate pressure. In his final two seasons at Bowling Green, Brooks made 17.5 sacks and 30.5 tackles for loss. A really exciting addition to the Packers' defense.
The arrival of Anders Carlson tells us what we already knew. The Mason Crosby era is (almost certainly) over. The Packers may have a new kicker for the first time since 2007.
Green Bay needed to improve its cornerback depth, especially with Eric Stokes recovering from a season-ending injury. Carrington Valentine is another excellent athlete. Last season at Kentucky, he made 10 pass defenses, one interception, and one fumble recovery.
The Packers added competition for the RB3 spot with Central Michigan's Lew Nichols III. In 2021, he rushed for 1,848 yards and 16 touchdowns, while also making 40 catches for 338 yards and two touchdowns.
It's a real surprise that Anthony Johnson Jr. fell this far. Johnson used to play at cornerback, but has starting potential at safety. The Packers have great safety depth, and Johnson is good enough to not only make the roster, but potentially start.
The Packers round off the draft class with their third wide receiver addition. A focus has been on building the offense around Jordan Love, and Grant DuBose provides more depth at wide receiver. He is 6-foot-2, 201 pounds, and will compete for a roster spot.