The Packers came into the draft’s day two having addressed one of their biggest needs at safety with the addition of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Rumblings were that the Packers would be looking hard at the wide receiver position and with their first pick in round two, they chose Davante Adams out of Fresno State.
In round three, the Packers stayed put with both of their picks. The first was defensive lineman Khyri Thornton from Southern Miss and the last pick of day two was tight end Richard Rodgers out of Cal Berkeley. The Packers struck gold with one Rodgers out of Cal. Can lightning strike twice? Here’s a look at some of the top names that could intrigue the Packers on the last day of the 2014 NFL draft.
Utah CB Keith McGill: Originally projected in rounds two or three, McGill has now fallen into a position of value in round four or later. He’s a taller corner at 6’3″ but only had one interception in two seasons at Utah. McGill is also 25 years old. It is often said that a team can’t have too many good cornerbacks and McGill could be an enticing choice when Green Bay is on the clock on Saturday.
Arizona State LB Carl Bradford: CBS Sports had Bradford ranked as the fourth-best outside linebacker coming into the draft. The three guys ahead of him: Khalil Mack, Anthony Barr and Ryan Shazier, all were drafted within the top 18 picks of the first round. Bradford brings a lot of fire and enthusiasm to his game. He had 27 sacks in three seasons with the Sun Devils. He has the versatility to get after the passer or stop the run. He can play in space too. With many pegging linebacker C.J. Mosley as a possibility for the Packers in round one, one has to wonder if they want to address that position sooner than later on day three. Bradford could certainly be an option.
Wisconsin WR Jared Abbrederis: Abby, as he’s often called, is right where CBS Sports had him ranked coming in: third to fourth round. The New England Patriots are one team rumored to be looking at the receiver. The Packers took Adams in round two and may feel that they can fill a potential fifth spot later in the draft or in undrafted free agency. Abbrederis would be a long shot to the Packers at this point, as they have some other areas to address (OL, LB), but if the Packers are enamored, he’s there for the taking.
Baylor OL Cyril Richardson: 6’4″, 333 lbs, 30 bench reps. The Packers need some depth on the offensive line with the status of tackles Bryan Bulaga and Derek Sherrod unknown. Questions still loom about J.C. Tretter’s effectiveness now that he’s fully healthy. While Richardson lists as a guard, he could also be a project at tackle. The Packers love versatile offensive linemen and Richardson could poke at them if he drops down the board and into the late rounds. He’s a projected third to fourth round pick.
Stanford S Ed Reynolds: Are the Packers done adding defensive backs? If Ted Thompson truly values the best player available strategy, Reynolds may be too good to pass up. He lists as a free safety set to go in rounds four or five. Last year, the Packers took defensive back Micah Hyde in the fifth round and that worked out well. But if Hyde is truly going to spend some time at safety and with Clinton-Dix chosen in round one, the Packers may opt to address other areas.
Florida State LB Christian Jones: Jones should probably be higher on my list here but this list also isn’t meant to be in any specific order. 6’3″ 240 lbs and lists as an outside linebacker. Sound like anyone you know? He at least fits the bill at the position and the Packers will still use the outside linebacker role in 2014. Jones projected as a third round pick and now offers value to the team that selects him. He faced good competition in the ACC and played on a championship team last season.
Alabama QB A.J. McCarron: Let’s assume that McCarron’s reality show won’t interfere with a little thing called his football career. He will likely be an early day three pick and that seems a bit too soon for the Packers to add a quarterback to the mix of guys that already figure to be on the roster. But with Ted Thompson, one never knows. He surprised us on day two with his two third round selections so we could be in store for some more twists and turns.
Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage: I’m surprised that Savage is still on the board and that’s why I’m adding him to this list. Much like McCarron, I expect Savage to be a earlier day three pick. He has exceptional arm strength and could turn into a later-round gem. If Ted loves this quarterback, he won’t hesitate to pull the trigger and pair him up with Mike McCarthy, who has done some good things with the quarterbacks he has had in Green Bay.
Georgia QB Aaron Murray: Of the three quarterbacks here, Murray seems like the most realistic to end up in Green Bay if he falls out of the fourth round. It’s possible that the Packers take a quarterback sooner, but I don’t see it happening until the sixth or seventh round (or during street free agency). I do think they’ll add a passer and do so before the draft ends. Murray is the kind of guy they could add and stash on the practice squad. Mike McCarthy said he would ideally like to enter the offseason with four quarterbacks and I would assume that they continue to be in the running for a developmental type with good potential and high character. That’s Murray.
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