The Green Bay Packers entered the 2021 NFL Draft in a panic after reports surfaced just before the first round that superstar quarterback and MVP manager Aaron Rodgers wanted to be traded. There have been more reports since then that Rodgers have no plans to play a new game for the Packers unless the team fires general manager Brian Gutekunst.
Despite all the drama, the franchise managed to put together a very solid multifaceted draft.
From the beginning of the project, many thought that Green Bay would go with a wide receiver in the first round. Instead, they chose to take Georgia cornerback Eric Stokes as number 29 overall. The Packers then took Corey Linsley̵
Gutekunst finally made the move to lead to a match in the third round, trading for the prominent Clemson Amari Rodgers. He may not be considered one of the biggest receivers in the 2021 draft class, but he is a very good player. The main comparison for him is the former Packers star slot Randall Cobb, although many believe he will be a better player than Cobb was for the team.
If this is ultimately the case, Packers will be happy with their choice. After the third round, they made a few more quality moves and added a lot of depth to many different areas of the list. They must be very happy with what they have managed to do.
All that said, let’s look at a draft of the Packers class and answer the prospects they have chosen.
Round 1, № 29 Overall: Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia
The decision to choose Stokes was met with many different reactions. Some fans were happy with the choice, while others were unhappy and thought Green Bay should have gone the other way. No matter where you land for the spade, Stokes is a good pickup in the position you need for Packers.
Kevin King was fired in the NFC Championship Game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While the Packers have chosen to re-sign him for a one-year deal, there is little confidence that he will be a long-term starter. Stokes could be very insistent on playing time right away and he could be a starter sooner rather than later.
Packers 1st RD team Eric Stokes escaped 4.25 40 yards on their Pro Day
– PFF project (@PFF_College) April 30, 2021
During the 2020 season with the Bulldogs, Stokes amassed a total of 20 games, four interceptions, two touchdowns in defense and four assists. He has a lot of work to do in his game, but his elite speed and athleticism make him a very intriguing choice for the Packers.
Round 2, № 62 Overall: Josh Myers, C, Ohio
Josh Myers was another choice that some were unhappy with, while others were ecstatic about it. He will come in and immediately have a chance to start for the Packers. Corey Linsley has been an All-Pro center for Green Bay for the past few seasons, but eventually left a free agency to sign with the Los Angeles Chargers.
This is another quality choice of position that Green Bay really had to improve. Myers is a good prospect, which is the definition of hard work and consistency.
Make sure Aaron Rodgers or Jordan Love, who starts with a quarterback, is healthy and upright is a top priority. Gutekunst and Packers have made it clear that they are committed to achieving this goal with this choice in the second round.
Round 3, № 85 Overall: Amari Rodgers, WR, Clemson
Finally, the Packers improved their broad host position in the first three rounds of the project. Not to mention, they took a player who could come in and start right away. Amari Rodgers has the potential to enter and start the slot right after the bat for Green Bay and be a major playmaker in Matt Lafler’s offense.
Rodgers set a big year in 2020 with Clemson, catching 77 passes for 1,020 yards and seven touchdowns. Prior to the NFL Draft, Rodgers openly stated that the Packers would produce a perfect script. Well, this perfect scenario has become a reality.
This is a choice that should make Aaron Rodgers happy if he stays in Green Bay. If he doesn’t, Rodgers will be a great piece to grow Love with.
Round 4, № 142 Overall: Royce Newman, Georgia, Ole Miss
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OL Royce Newman
TE Kenny Yeboa
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– Steph Sanchez (@stragosaurus) March 25, 2021
After battling the depth of the offensive line last season, the Packers have made it clear that they will not have the same problem in 2021. The inclusion of Royce Newman was a great choice in the fourth round and he will be ready to see the action as a rookie. if his number is called.
Standing at 6 feet-5 and 310 pounds, Newman is a great body on the line with solid athleticism. He can play both wrestling and security, which is in line with the preferences of packers to have offensive commanders who can play in multiple positions. Newman is unlikely to win a starting job, but it will be an important depth as the season moves forward and players will be hit.
Round 5, № 173 Overall: Tedarrell Slaton, DT, Florida
The Packers then turned to their defensive line in the fifth round, taking Tedarrell Slaton from Florida. At 6 feet 5 and 340 pounds, Slaton will bring some ability to play alongside stellar defenders Kenny Clark. Green Bay was vying to find a legitimate competitor for Clark, and Slaton could eventually be that man.
He amassed 38 total matches to go along with 1.5 sacks in the 2020 season with the Gators. Its size will help the Packers up front and he should be ready to play right away if needed. Green Bay probably won’t see Slatton become a star, but he has the potential to become a quality starter on the defensive line.
Round 5, № 178 Overall: Shemar Jean-Charles, CB, Appalachians
Perhaps the biggest theft of Draft NFL 2021 for Packers came with this choice. Shemar Jean-Charles was a monster for the Appalachians in 2020, recording 35 battles, one interception and 16 saves. These numbers pop up like a person who may one day become a legitimate starter.
Pro Football Focus also shared very intriguing statistics about the new cornerback of the new Packers.
Selection of the 5th round of packers: Shemar Jean-Charles, App State DB
Highest compulsory non-completion rate since 2019 (22.9%) pic.twitter.com/Fv9T3iVWLD
– PFF project (@PFF_College) May 1, 2021
Jean-Charles may not get much time to play as a rookie, but he will have quality depth. Over the next few years, if he works hard and develops his game, he could make his way into a big role in defending Green Bay. This choice could be a huge victory for the Packers.
Round 6, № 214 Overall: Cole Van Lanen, Georgia, Wisconsin
With their first pick in the sixth round, the Packers kept things close to home with the selection of Wisconsin offensive player Cole Van Lanen. Just like Newman, Green Bay will get a universal offensive line player who can either play guard or handle. It has a much more difficult route to a place on the list, but there is no doubt that it has the potential to develop in depth.
The front office of Gutekunst and Packers is finished with little opportunity for depth of the offensive line. Even if Van Lanen doesn’t play a single moment, it’s a good choice for the team. He is hardworking and will be able to come in and play if injuries force this to become a situation.
Round 6, № 220: Isaiah McDuffie, LB, Boston College
Some fans were surprised that the Packers did not focus on attracting a linebacker before this choice. However, the franchise does not consider the backpacker’s position as one of their biggest needs. With this selection, they believe they have gained potential sleep in Isaiah McDuffie from Boston College.
McDuffie was a beast for Boston College last season, finishing the year with a total of 107 games, three sacks and one interception. He can make plays all over the field and may have a chance to create a role for himself in 2021.
There is no doubt about McDuffy’s work ethic, and he could become a starter at some point in the future. Although the Packers didn’t bring much help to the linebacker, they still need to feel good about what they have. McDuffie is not a man we will predict will become a huge theft and a star in the future, but he is a quality player who was a good selection in the sixth round.
Round 7, № 256 Overall: Kylin Hill, RB, Mississippi
OFFICIAL Pro Day numbers for RB Kylin Hill:
5104, 214 pounds
4.57 dash with 40 yards (1.60 with 10 yards)
36 inch vertical
122 inches wide
4.35 shuttle for 20 yards
– Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) March 30, 2021
With their last pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Packers came out and brought a third win to play behind Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon. Kylin Hill was not expected to be available with this choice, so Green Bay was very happy to be there.
Back in 2019, the last full season Hill played because of COVID-19, he played football 242 times for 1350 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also caught 18 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown. Hill is a double threat back that will fit perfectly with the Packers violation.
Of course, he won’t see the field much. But if Jones or Dylan are hurt, Hill will be able to touch. He is a quality third runner and Packers should be happy with that choice.