NFL Draft Insiders
The 2017 NFL draft is over, and it's time to review how your favorite team fared. Where did it reach? Did it get a potential steal in Round 5? Is there a bust waiting to happen?
ESPN Insider's draft experts break down each draft class, starting with Mel Kiper Jr.'s grade, Todd McShay's favorite pick, and Scouts Inc.'s analysis on how each player fits into his new team.
Green Bay Packers
Mel Kiper's Draft Grade: B+
Kiper: After trading out of Round 1, Green Bay got an uber-talented, rangy (6-foot-3, 200) corner in Kevin King, a guy who could have been picked in the 20s. For a secondary that fell apart because of attrition last season, that's a pick at value and need. Josh Jones will help at safety, and I had him No. 38 on my board. Could he challenge Morgan Burnett at strong safety immediately? Montravius Adams could be a steal if Green Bay can get him to play to his talent every down. That's a nose tackle I thought might go higher because of the upside.
We knew the Packers would be in the market for a running back -- converted wide receiver Ty Montgomery is their No. 1 -- but they passed on Dalvin Cook, Joe Mixon and others and instead took Jamaal Williams in the fourth round. That's solid value for a guy who reminds me of Jordan Howard. Vince Biegel, who was named after legendary Packers coach Vince Lombardi, is the Badgers' best pass-rusher not named Watt. He had 21.5 sacks in his career. Malachi Dupre has some tools as a developmental prospect late on Day 3.
Overall, Green Bay hit the jackpot with King and got a pass-rusher named after the most famous Packer ever. There's little not to like.
|2/61||Josh Jones||S||NC STATE|
|6/212||Kofi Amichia||G||SOUTH FLORIDA|
|7/238||Devante Mays||RB||UTAH STATE|
Todd McShay's favorite pick
Kevin King, CB, Washington (No. 33 pick)
The Packers could've justified taking King with their original first-round pick (No. 29), but they showed a great feel for the draft board by moving down four picks and still getting their guy. (The extra fourth-round pick they acquired in the deal turned into LB Vince Biegel). Green Bay ranked 31st against the pass last season, and got exposed by the Falcons' Matt Ryan and Julio Jones in the playoffs. Injuries obviously played a huge role. With his long arms (32 inches), the 6-foot-3 King is a perfect fit for Dom Capers' press-man scheme. His stock really started to rise after the combine, where he showed the speed (4.43 40), agility (3.98 short shuttle and 6.56 3-cone), and lower-body explosion (39-inch vertical) to hang with receivers on the perimeter.
Scouts Inc. on 2017 class
2 (1) Kevin King, CB, Washington | Highlights
What he brings: He is a long, fast and rangy cornerback who also has experience lining up at safety. King has rare athleticism for his size with good ball awareness, and he is a physical tackler in run support. Brings quality value covering punts and kicks on special teams. -- Kevin Weidl
How he fits: The Packers fill one of their top needs with King, a cornerback who has the length and athleticism to fit within their heavy press-man scheme. King should be able to make an immediate contribution and help improve a pass defense that ranked 31st in the league in 2016. -- Kevin Weidl
2(29) Josh Jones, S, NC State | Highlights
What he brings: Jones lacks ideal experience -- one full year as a starter (2016) -- and he has room to develop in terms of his instincts, but he's an interchangeable and physical safety with an above-average combination of size, speed and ball skills. -- Steve Muench
How he fits: This isn't a glaring need, but a great value for the Packers who add an athletic and interchangeable safety to a secondary that ranked 31st against the pass in 2016. Jones adds insurance for Morgan Burnett who enters a contract year.
3 (29) Montravius Adams, DT, Auburn | Highlights
What he brings: Adams is a disruptive one-gap penetrator who has ideal size and quickness for a three-technique prospect. He underachieved for much of his time at Auburn though, and his effort in 2016 was far more consistent than it was during the 2015 season. -- Steve Muench
How he fits: This isn't necessarily a big need, but it's a strong value. Adams has the versatility to line up in multiple spots and provide disruption, if Green Bay can get him to play with consistency. -- Kevin Weidl
4 (1) Vince Biegel, OLB, Wisconsin | Highlights
What he brings: Biegel is an instinctive and rangy run defender. He's also an relentless pass-rusher with the size and speed to compete with tight ends in coverage. He has a history of foot injuries, though, and his arms are on the shorter side for a 3-4 outside linebacker. -- Steve Muench
4 (28) Jamaal Williams, RB, BYU
What he brings: Williams' injury history is a concern and he's not a big-play threat. But the downhill runner has the potential to develop into an effective complementary back. While he struggled with BYU's strict rules at times, the 2016 team captain is considered a hard worker. -- Steve Muench
How he fits: The Packers needed to add depth and competition for converted receiver Ty Montgomery and Christine Michael in the backfield. Williams has the potential to win the No. 2 role and make a strong contribution as a rookie. -- Steve Muench
5 (32) Deangelo Yancey, WR, Purdue
What he brings: Yancey is a limited route runner who is going to have some problems separating from underneath coverage. He's got the speed to stretch the field in addition to the frame and leaping ability to win 50-50 balls downfield. -- Steve Muench
5 (39) Aaron Jones, RB, UTEP
What he brings: Jones had a strong combine, recording the second-highest vertical jump and third-highest broad jump for the running backs. However, he doesn't play as fast as his combine 40-yard dash, and he ran slower at his pro day. His injury history is also reason for concern. -- Steve Muench
6 (29) Kofi Amichia, OT, South Florida
What he brings: A two-year starter, Amichia primarily lined up at left tackle in college but also started two games at right tackle in 2014 and could develop into an adequate No. 3 swing tackle. His arms are on the shorter side, and it's more likely he'll have to move inside to make it in the NFL. -- Steve Muench
7 (20) Devante Mays, RB, Utah State
What he brings: He is a bigger back with quick feet and lateral agility for his size. He also brings quality power to grind out yards after contact. -- Kevin Weidl
7 (29) Malachi Dupre, WR, LSU | Highlights
What he brings: While Dupre has just average speed and quickness, he is a smooth athlete for his size with reliable hands and the strength/toughness to win in contested situations. Has a chance to develop into a quality No. 3 receiver. -- Kevin Weidl
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