Packers positioned to come away with three impact players in NFL draft
GREEN BAY – The Green Bay Packers have three of the top 44 selections in the NFL draft, which begins Thursday in Nashville,Tennessee.
With that in mind, we set out to rank the best 44 players on the board.
The rankings, compiled with the input of college scouts, are based primarily on talent rather than on where the player will be drafted (so it's not a mock draft). Some players with injuries that will affect their draft status were knocked down in the rankings.
Here are the top 44 prospects (with position, school, height, weight and 40 time):
1. Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama, 6-foot-3, 303 pounds (4.83 seconds)
Pound-for-pound there’s no one better and he isn’t as good as he’s going to be.
2. Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky, 6-5, 262 (4.63)
A legit pass rusher who is more athletic than Nick Bosa and can play multiple positions.
3. Montez Sweat, DE/OLB, Mississippi State, 6-5 1/2, 260 (4.41)
He’s off some boards because of an enlarged heart, but if cleared, he has limitless potential.
4. Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State, 6-3 1/2, 266 (4.79)
He’s probably a little overhyped but he can get after quarterbacks.
5. Devin White, LB, LSU, 6-0, 237 (4.42)
He patrols the middle of the field with fury and can play on every down.
6. Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida, 6-5, 312 (DNP)
He’s the rawest of the tackle prospects but he’s got all the measurables to be a great right tackle.
7. Devin Bush, LB, Michigan, 5-11, 234 (4.43)
A little undersized but there are some scouts who think he can be better than White.
8. T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa, 6-4 1/2, 258 (4.70)
In a great class of tight ends, he’s the best. Might drop because teams can fill the position later.
9. Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan, 6-4 1/2, 277 (4.58)
Not a lot of production last year but wasn’t put in position to make them. Labrum injury is a concern.
10. Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State, 6-5, 315 (4.96)
A late starter to the game, he’s the best pass blocker in the draft. Just hasn’t run blocked a lot.
11. Ed Oliver, DT/DE, Houston, 6-2, 287 (4.73)
Great athlete with impressive college numbers, but his short arms concern some scouts as does the low level of competition he faced.
12. Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama, 6-4½, 302 (5.09)
Not a lot of length to play tackle and one scout suggested center might be his best spot.
13. Drew Lock, QB, Missouri, 6-3 1/2 227 (DNP)
He has a big arm and can escape the pocket but throwing motion will have to be worked on.
14. Clelin Ferrell, DE/OLB, Clemson, 6-4 1/2, 264 (DNP)
His lack of speed scares some people, but he gets after the quarterback and can secure the edge in the run game.
15. Brian Burns, OLB, Florida State, 6-4 1/2, 249 (4.53)
Put on about 15 pounds before the combine, but he played at just 235 and that concerns a lot of people.
16. Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma, 5-10, 207 (DNP)
He might go first overall or drop like a rock. Whoever takes him is going to construct an offense that fits his unique skills.
17. Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson, 6-3, 315 (5.04)
Very good athlete but teams will have to accept that he’s a finesse player.
18. Garrett Bradbury, C, North Carolina State, 6-3, 306 (4.92)
Best all-around offensive lineman in the draft, he just happens to play center so he won’t go early.
19. Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson, 6-4½, 342 (5.05)
Can really move for a big player but must answer for a failed PED test last year.
20. Noah Fant, TE, Iowa, 6-4, 249 (4.50)
He has tons of potential as a deep threat but might have trouble playing as a traditional, hand-on-the-ground tight end.
21. Jeffrey Simmons, Mississippi State, 6-3 1/2 , 305 (DNP)
Would have been a top-15 pick but ACL injury and assault charge in ’16 will result in him dropping.
22. Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State, 6-3 1/2, 231 (5.04)
There are lots of differing views on him, including that he doesn’t like to get hit, but you can’t argue with his production.
23. Kaleb McGary, OT, Washington, 6-7⅛, 317 (5.05)
Has great agility for a big man, but his brute strength shows up more than anything.
24. Greedy Williams, CB, LSU, 6-2, 185 (4.37)
There are no sure things in the cornerback class. Williams is the fastest and has the ideal height and wingspan.
25. Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma, 6-4, 329 (5.21)
Played both tackle positions, but might be able to play right away in the NFL if moved to guard.
26. Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama, 5-10, 220 (4.55)
All-purpose back who didn’t get enough carries to show all his potential.
27. Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma, 5-9⅜, 166 (DNR)
Receivers his size don’t often make it very long in the NFL, but he had 14 catches of 50 yards over the past two seasons
28. Daniel Jones, QB, Duke, 6-5⅛, 221 (4.81)
Played with a bunch of “lawyers and accountants” at Duke, a scout said, and will excel when he gets better pass protection.
29. Byron Murphy, CB, Washington, 5-10¾, 190 (4.55)
Everyone is looking for corners and so someone will take a chance, even though he played only 20 games with the Huskies.
30. Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame, 6-6½, 295 (4.93)
There are some concerns about him losing his cool during games, but he had eight sacks rushing from inside last year.
31. Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State, 5-11 1/2 205 (4.44)
He fits the trend of the hybrid safety/linebacker position and isn’t a center fielder.
32. A.J. Brown, WR, Mississippi, 6-0½, 226 (4.49)
In a draft not very deep at receiver, he could rise. Much more agile and versatile than his teammate D.K. Metcalf.
33. Dalton Risner, T, Kansas State, 6-4 1/2, 312 pounds (5.30)
Played right tackle, but he’s pegged for center or guard in the NFL.
34. Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia, 5-11, 193 (4.53)
Great competitor, but lack of speed will scare some teams.
35. Erik McCoy, C, Texas A&M, 6-4, 303 (4.89)
Played against great competition and can move people around. Should be able to play anywhere inside.
36. N'Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State, 6-2 1/2, 228 (4.53)
Great size and athletic ability but isn’t a speed burner.
37. Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston College, 6-3 1/2, 308 (4.91)
Versatile lineman who played guard and tackle while making 47 straight starts.
38. Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama, 6-2 1/2, 242 (4.63)
Just 58 catches in college, but one scout said he’s better after the catch than Hockenson and Fant.
39. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida, 5-11, 210 (4.48)
Deep safety who had four interceptions and two touchdowns last year.
40. Dre'Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State, 6-21/2, 281 (5.12)
Filled the void when Bosa got hurt last year, finishing with 13 tackles for loss and 8 ½ sacks. Might be a better 4-3 fit.
41. Jaylon Ferguson, DE/OLB, Louisiana Tech, 6-4 1/2, 271 (4.81)
Set an NCAA record for career sacks, but had combine invitation rescinded for a fight he was in as a freshman.
42. Darnell Savage Jr., S, Maryland, 5-10 1/2, 198 (4.36)
Has all the tools to be a deep safety, but height is a concern.
43. Greg Little, Mississippi, 6-5, 310 (5.33)
Protected Kyler Murray in high school and then started 29 games at left tackle for Ole Miss. His weight will need to be monitored.
44. Taylor Rapp, S, Washington, 5-11 1/2, 208 (4.74)
Lack of height and speed has really knocked him down, but he’s a smart football player who had seven sacks and seven interceptions in three seasons.