Grade : A
Round 1 Pick 21 – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix S
Round 2 Pick 53 – Davante Adams WR
Round 3 Pick 85 – Khyri Thornton DT
Round 3 Pick 98 – Richard Rodgers TE
Round 4 Pick 121 – Carl Bradford LB
Round 5 Pick 161 – Corey Linsley C
Round 5 Pick 176 – Jared Abbrederis WR
Round 6 Pick 197 – Demetri Goodson CB
Round 7 Pick 126 – Jeff Janis WR
After an injury hit 2013 season, the Packers came into the draft looking to give Rodgers the weapons to orchestrate a bounce back season. Did they succeed though?
In the first round, the Packers had the 17th overall pick. As teams like the Saints, Bills, Browns and Vikings jumped up and down the draft chasing the best picks, the Packers stayed where they were and allowed safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to fall into their laps.
Clinton-Dix was the Safety in the draft that best fit into the Packers defense. Although he doesn't possess elite speed he reads the game well and is a great center fielder. Perhaps his best asset though is his ability to make clutch stops on third downs.
Although Clinton-Dix's 2013 statistics of 50 tackles, two interceptions and four passes broken up aren't dazzling what those figures don't show is drive-stopping importance that many of those tackles had.
Getting Ha Ha Clinton-Dix with pick 17 is a steal.
After filling the need for a safety, the Packers then spent three picks in the second, fifth and seventh rounds a trio of new wide receivers toys for Aaron Rodgers to play
The first of these picks was second round pick Devante Adams. Over the past two seasons at Fresno State Adams received 223 passes and took them for over 3,000 yards. At College Adams' stats were aided by his superior athleticism to his opponents. He shouldn't have the same edge in the NFL. His 40-yard-dash time was 4.56 seconds although he does seem to be faster when changing directions.
The best thing about the Adams' pick though is the situation he finds himself. He has a top QB in Rodgers, there is a open starting spot with James Jones departure and experienced wide receivers like Cobb and Nelson are their to help him make the step up to the NFL. If either Cobb or Nelson don't sign fresh deals then Adams will have had a great schooling before having to step up and be one of the main targets in 2015.
The second of the Packers wide receiver trio was Jared Abbrederis. Packers fans are of course already well acquainted with Abbrederis from his time with the Wisconsin Badgers.
They are also excited and with good reason. When Abbrederis went head to head with Bradley Roby in 2013 Abbrederis destroyed the first round pick with a his excellent route running. Getting the ex-Badger in round 5 represents tremendous value.
The final member of the trio is seventh round pick Jeff Janis. A big tall receiver Janis represents great value in the seventh round with tremendous upside. Whilst he will
initially need to find a spot in special teams. Janis could be one to watch in years to come.
Not satisfied with three wide receivers, the Packers also used a third round draft pick to grab tight end Richard Rodgers. Rodgers offers another option for the Packers as essentially an oversized 6'4'' 275 pound wide receiver. The talk is that post-Finley the starting tight end spot is Rodgers to lose.
I'm not so sure that this is the case however. Aside from the potential of free agent Finley coming back there is also undrafted super-talent free-agent Colt Lyerla looking
to earn a place on the roster. Rodgers was consistently underused by Sonny Dykes last season and I worry that there was a very good reason for this. I fear that taking Rodgers in the third round doesn't represent great value.
Overall, though there is much to like about the 2014 Packers draft that adds depth across a number of areas of need.
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