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Green Bay Packers 2021 NFL Draft Grades

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Written By: Matt Di Domenico

Twitter: @didomenicomatt5

Round 1, Pick 29: Eric Stokes CB, Georgia- B+

No matter who the Green Bay Packers took at this selection, it was going to be disliked by many. The reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers does have a conflicting situation and the Packers were not going to be looked at in a positive light by some media members. Putting the Rodgers drama to the side, the Packers needed some more cornerback help desperately. Eric Stokes is a very athletic cornerback out of Georgia that was able to make plays against top competition in the SEC. Stokes has positive coverage skills and will be an assist on the other side of Jaire Alexander. This is an aggressive player that has a high upside for the Packers.

Round 2, Pick 62: Josh Myers C/G, Ohio State- C+

This is a physical C/G out of Ohio State that I had the luxury to do a scouting report on. Josh Myers is a powerful lineman in the run game and is best at taking defenders straight on. The Green Bay Packers want to hit those north and south runs, which Myers will help them do. There is some work to be done in Myer’s pass protection and having cleaner footwork in his overall pass sets. The Packers need a new starting center and got it here with Myers. I did not love this pick because I did think it was a small reach at 62. Overall, the center position was a need that the Packers had to address in this draft.

Round 3, Pick 85: Amari Rodgers WR, Clemson- A-

The Green Bay Packers were able to trade up to pick #85 to select the quick Amari Rodgers out of Clemson. This was a steal in the third round in my opinion. Rodgers is a WR that can work the middle of the field in that Y receiver role. Rodgers has a quick burst and runs routes at a good overall level. Matt LaFleur will benefit with using Rodgers in jet motions, bubble screens, and even on special teams. The Packers needed to bring in more talent at the WR position and did so here with Rodgers. Whoever the QB is for the Packers, they will have a nice weapon to throw to in Amari Rodgers.

Round 4, Pick 142: Royce Newman OT, Ole Miss- C+

Royce Newman out of Ole Miss is an OT that is going to be a developmental player at the RT position for the Green Bay Packers. On film, Newman has good balance and a good lateral movement ability when handing defenders at the POA. Newman does not have the longest arms and needs to develop some more bend in his knees. The Packers need to get more competition and depth at both OT positions. This pick does provide more security for the Packers at either OT position but Newman is not a day one starter for this team.

Round 5, Pick 173: Tedarrell Slaton DT, Florida- B-

In the interior of the Green Bay Packers' defensive line, they need to get more weight, strength, and explosiveness. Tedarrell Slaton out of Florida is a 6’4” 340-pound DT that has a lot of power, strength, and surprising quickness when engaging blocks at the POA. Slaton is not going to be a player that rushes the passer effectively on every down. Slaton will be more utilized on early downs when he impacts the run game. This pick gives the Packer more depth behind Kenny Clark and was at a very good value in the 5th round. Big run stuffer here for the Packers.

Round 5, Pick 178: Shemar Jean-Charles CB, Appalachian State- A

This was one of my favorite picks that the Green Bay Packers made in the draft. Shemar Jean-Charles is an excellent cover CB that has very good ball skills. Jean-Charles can be played at the outside boundary CB but will be utilized more as a slot CB. Jean-Charles was named Sun Belt Player of the Year and was a first team All-American. We all know how much CB help the Packers need and they get even more here. The Packers' special teams also struggled in 2020 and Jean-Charles will bring value there as well. Good value for a player in the 5th round.

Round 6, Pick 214: Cole Van Lanen OT, Wisconsin- C

The Green Bay Packers get even more depth at the OT position with the pick of Cole Van Lanen out of Wisconsin. Van Lanen certainly will be competing for a backup position in training camp. Van Lanen does produce good overall blocks in the run game but needs to develop a better technique in his pass blocking sets. However, to me, this is some good value for the Packers here in the 6th round, but this a project player that will be developed over the next couple seasons.

Round 6, Pick 220: Isaiah McDuffie LB, Boston College- B-

With the 220th pick, the Green Bay Packers were able to grab an aggressive tackler out of Boston College in Isaiah McDuffie. McDuffie is not going to be a day one starter but in the 6th round, this is a player that is able to make some forceful tackles in space and on the move. The Packers need to bring in more competition at the inside backer position and do so here. McDuffie can compete for a role on special teams as well.

Round 7, Pick 256: Kylin Hill RB, Mississippi State- A-

Getting Kylin Hill in the 7th round was a steal and one of the best picks the Green Bay Packers made. Sure, Hill is not going to make that much of an impact in 2021 because the Packers already have two solid backs but to get this type of value in the 7th round is outstanding work. Hill is a very violent runner that has good burst and athletic ability to make plays all over the field. Great pickup for the Packers to add at the third running back spot.

Grading Scale:

96%-100% A+

93%-95% A 80%-82% B- 67%-69% D+

90%-92% A- 77%-79% C+ 63%-66% D

87%-89% B+ 73%-76% C 60%-62% D-

83%-86% B 70%-72% C- 59% and below F

Eric Stokes: 89

Josh Myers: 77

Amari Rodgers: 90

Royce Newman: 78

Tedarrell Slaton: 81

Shemar Jean-Charles: 94

Cole Van Lanen: 74

Isaiah McDuffie: 80

Kylin Hill: 90

753/900= 0.836= 84


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