Morning Buzz: So many draft grades, so little time
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We’ll start with Pete Dougherty’s column on the Packers' first selection in last weekend’s draft, Washington cornerback Kevin King. Pete looks at how King represents an evolution of sorts at the position, especially for the Packers.
Receivers keep getting bigger in the NFL. So cornerbacks have to also.
That helps explain Kevin King, the Green Bay Packers’ top pick in this year’s draft, general manager Ted Thompson’s pick at No. 33 overall.
King measured at 6-feet-3 on the nose at the NFL scouting combine. While the Packers have favored taller cornerbacks since Ron Wolf took over as general manager in November 1991, height like King’s at that position in Green Bay still is a rarity.
Since Day 1 on the job, Wolf placed a minimum height requirement at cornerback of 5-10½. It has been in the Packers’ scouting system since, and while 5-10½ is OK, the Packers generally have been in the camp that taller is better.
In fact, when the Packers have ignored that minimum, they've bombed.
Lots of newsy bits from Monday, including Tom Silverstein writing on the Packers picking up Ha Ha Clinton-Dix’ fifth-year option.
Michael Cohen wrote on the Packers' release of two running backs.
Jordy Nelson spoke with Lori Nickel about the importance of being a multi-sport athlete in high school.
Elsewhere, all the draft grades have come rolling in, and while I generally think they’re an exercise in futility, they can be highly entertaining sometimes.
Eric Edholm of Yahoo! Sports gives the Packers a C+.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports gives the Packers an A.
Some general managers seem to always do it right in the draft, and Green Bay's Ted Thompson is one of those guys. He had another good draft, trading out of the first round and still landing a lot of good players. He took Washington corner Kevin King in the second round, and he will be a big-time player. Second-round safety Josh Jones is a nice player who helps offset the loss of Micah Hyde . I love third-round defensive tackle Montravius Adams. Fourth-round running back Jamaal Williams will be a 1,200-yard rusher in a season at some point in his career.
Mel Kiper hands out a B+ for Ted Thompson’s latest work.
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.
Pro Football Focus doesn’t give out grades, but does do a draft overview:
Day 2 : The Packers kicked off Day 2 by adding King who may be the best combination of size and athleticism in the draft. At 6-foot-3, King moves extremely well and he posted a solid 82.5 coverage grade in 2016. Jones is another good athlete and he finished with the No. 4 run stop percentage in the draft class at 6.8 percent. Jones uses his length to get his hands on passes in coverage, finishing tied for eighth in the nation with six pass breakups last season. Adams is one of the better interior pass-rushers in the class, finishing with 13 sacks, 16 QB hits and 57 hurries on 1,089 rushes over the last three years.
Day 3 : Biegel had a productive career at Wisconsin, notching 20 sacks, 26 QB hits, and 84 hurries on 713 rushes over the last three years, and he ranked 11th in the draft class with a pass-rush productivity of 15.3 in 2016. Williams is a powerful runner who ranked 15th in the draft class with an elusive rating of 77.0. Jones averaged 7.7 yards per attempt at UTEP, including 4.0 yards after contact per rush and his 73.0 elusive rating ranked 19th in the draft class. Amichia ranked fifth in the draft class with a pass-blocking efficiency of 98.2 as he allowed only nine pressures on 403 pass-blocking attempts.
As usual, the Ranter has a good handle on things:
Deangelo Yancey has already practiced the Lambeau Leap:
Mike Daniels and Clay Matthews were featured on NFL Network’s “Top 100 Players” list:
Cheesehead TV wonders if Ty Montgomery will be on the move again:
The Power Sweep looks at the Packers' options when it comes to Brett Hundley:
Good Morning Football names Mike McCarthy a “Winner” from draft weekend:
Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report writes on the “rebirth” of Ted Thompson:
I love old-school NFL Films packages that feature the Packers. Thought you might, too: