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Meet Your Green Bay Packers 2016 Draft Picks

Meet Your Green Bay Packers 2016 Draft Picks

The 2016 NFL Draft is in the books which means the Green Bay Packers have made all of their selections and we know who will be joining the team in training camp.  Our team at CheeseheadTV.com has done a fantastic job in breaking down each of these players so be sure to check out each and get to know your newest Packers players!
 
Let’s take a look at this year’s full slate of draft picks:

 

Round 1

 
27th overall – Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA
 
Only 20 years old and improving every year, Clark gives you more versatility along the line then a few other top DTs who might have been rated a bit higher, but were drafted later. Since the Packers play more in sub packages than in base 3-4, it makes perfect sense to pick a player like Clark.
 
You can read about Clark here and here.
 

Round 2

 
48th overall (from Colts) – Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
 
Ted Thompson traded his 2nd, 4th and 7th Round picks to move up nine spots and nab Spriggs before the Bears and Seahawks could get their hand on him. The former tight end is easily the most athletic OT in this draft, as his perfomance at the Combine clearly displayed. Perfect pick for a ZBS system, as he is not the road grader type. Needs to build up core strength, but on the bright side, only allowed 2 sack on 431 pass attempts. You can read all about Spriggs here and here.
 

Round 3

 
88th overall - Kyler Fackrell, OLB, Utah St.
 
A former quarterback, wide receiver and three-sport letterman in High School, Fackrell is a long and smoothly athletic outside 'backer. He's not your explosive type, but he can set the edge, get to the quarterback and also play in space. You can read about Fackrell here.
 

Round 4

131st overall – Blake Martinez, ILB, Stanford
 
Thompson obviously thinks fourth round is the place to look for inside linebacker helper. Like Jake Ryan last year, Martinez was a productive college linebacker. He has adequate play speed for the position, and plays with the level of intelligence you would expect from a Stanford guy. You can read about Martinez here.
 
 
137th overall - Dean Lowry, DE, Northwestern
 
Lowry has the prototypical 3-4DE body type and is a hard-working kid with a motor that doesn't stop until the whistle blows.  Another young draftee at only 21 years old, there is a lot of upside for a player with this combination of size and athletic ability. You can read about Lowry here.
 

Round 5

163rd overall – Trevor Davis, WR, California
 
There were plenty of pre-draft rumors that the Packers were looking at speed receivers and Davis fits the bill. A HS track star who set school records in the 100m, 200m and long jump, Davis fulfils the Packers' need for speed. With a 38.5" vertical and big hands for a receiver, he can also go up and win the ball over defensive backs. He's not a polished receiver, needing to improve his route running. But as a deep threat and a dynamic kick returner, he could have a real shot at making this team. You can read about Davis here.
 

Round 6

200th overall – Kyle Murphy, OT, Stanford
 
 
The Packers add a second offenive tackle and their fourth Pac-12 player of this draft to the roster. Obviously looking ahead to next year when three Packers OL starters and a key reserve will all be free agents, Thompson feeds the pipeline. In my OT analysis for the CheeseheadTV Draft Guide, Murphy was my sleeper. Needs to work out some footwork issues, but if he does that, he can be a future starter for the Packers at right tackle or move inside to guard if Sitton or Lang are not re-signed. You can read about Murphy here.
 

 

UDFA SIGNINGS

 
Check out our post with all of Ted Thompson's potential "hidden gems."
 
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dobber's picture

My guess is that 3 of these guys will be starting week 1 of 2017, and that could go up to as many as 5. Hopefully that will be a good thing.

Amanofthenorth's picture

Almost down voted but saw 2017. Whew.

gr7070's picture

I wouldn't be shocked if two start in 2016, and there could be more. It's not likely but I would definitely not be shocked.

Clark probably should start and Spriggs could (injury on OL or could prove to be the stud he has potential for). ILB has no good incumbents either.

dobber's picture

Ryan and Martinez have very similar measurables, both are more athletic than Sam Barrington. I think this is the Packers starting base ILB combo for 2017...and potentially by the end of 2016.

WKUPackFan's picture

Jersey All - CHTV's draft coverage has been off the charts!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

It sure has. Thanks for all of the hard work.

Jersey Al's picture

Thanks for the kind words! We definitely worked our asses off.

4thand1's picture

Yes great job, this is the only place I go for coverage.

DrealynWilliams's picture

Same here. I love this place.

wimiller's picture

consistently the best packer website by far.

gr7070's picture

I definitely enjoy this blog, but ACME is better IMO.

This isn't too be rude, but ACME has a higher understanding of the game and thus better articles. Cheesehead is good, but it says something that the best article I've ever read here happened to be a very recent guest contributer.

4EVER's picture

No fluff, just content, content, content...perfect. Thanks, CHTV!

HankScorpio's picture

The Packers sure made this draft all about the big guys--2 each along the O-line, D-line and LBs. Only 1 ball handler and no DBs. I'm good with that. O-line depth was non-existent. DL had some losses. And LBs are the heart of a 3-4 style defense, even if they mostly play 2-4-5.

If you're strong in the trenches, the rest falls into place more easily. Keep Rodgers upright and comfortable and he'll make plays. That door swings the other way too--make the opposing QB uncomfortable and the Pack's DBs will make plays. Both of those dynamics are about more than just QB pressure. Open holes in the run game make for comfortable down and distance for the QB. No run game makes for uncomfortable down and distance.

Nice pieces added to the puzzle. Now it is all about seeing how they fit into the larger picture.

Tundraboy's picture

Trevor Davis sounds like a perfect Packer name and returner.

Amanofthenorth's picture

Tramon, Willie Davis, Travis Williams

Tundraboy's picture

I was thinking Travis Williams as well.

Ferrari Driver's picture

Thompson and his scouting staff should be commended for keeping the Packers competitive year after year while drafting in the bottom third.

Theoretically, he should have the 27th best draft this year based upon their position, but I suspect it's closer to the 15th best.

By the way Al, nice summary.

ray nichkee's picture

I'm seeing a trend here. When TT isn't looking under the rocks he gets alot of pac10 guys and big10 big guys.

I felt good about last years crop once pressason started but this is the first time in a while i felt this good about a draft. I actually had alot of excitement before the draft.

Great job done by cheeseheadTV!

dobber's picture

Over the last 5 drafts (since most college conferences realigned), almost half of the Packers picks have come from the Big Ten (21%) or the Pac 12 (28%). The Packers have picked as many players from the weakest conferences (Sun Belt, American, etc.), old "D1-AA" and D-II schools (8, 19%) over that span as they have from the SEC and BIG 12 combined (8).

4thand1's picture

The time it must take to put together a big board. Then you have to hope the player is there when you pick. Best part of the draft was sticking it to Seattle and Chicago with the Spriggs pick. I still wish one of the Packer presenters would have said,"the bears still suck".

gr7070's picture

I hate this "bears still stuck" bs; not to mention "America's Team". It reminds me of Texas A&M or the Red Sox focusing on UT and the Yankees.

We're the Packers. We don't need to give credit to the bears or have them on the forefront. We're their top rival and the lion's and Vikings too.

Packers! That alone says everything we need to.

The bears? That's a cool mammal. And only twice a year is it anything else.

waynerdk's picture

While I like our draft the Seahawks had a great draft! They made all the moves I wish TT would have. They trade back for an extra 3rd and pick up TE Vannett. They got OL and DL help while also adding RB, TE, WR depth. John Schneider is the man. The pupil is outshining the teacher each and every year. Oh yeah then they sign my favorite sleeper UDFA TE Tanner McEvoy....damn those Seachickens!

HankScorpio's picture

With 1 QB on the roster on May 1, Schneider is forgoing even a cursory chance to get effective QB play if Wilson goes down for a short period or long one.

Jersey Al's picture

Why are you following Seattle so closely? Who cares what they did? Maybe you should trade in your Green and Gold ID membership card.

Samson's picture

He follows the NFL. --- One can't really evaluate the Pack accurately if he ignores the rest of the NFL. --- There are 31 other teams vying for that same Lombardi Trophy every year. (FYI)

DesertPackFan's picture

Yeah, and the Packers are one of only a handful of teams that are vying to that trophy EVERY year. But that seems beyond you.

waynerdk's picture

Just trying to be objective big Al. I'm jealous of the extra picks and players they acquired by savvy trading. I would trade their draft for ours right now. More swings means more hits, ne c'est pas?
I'd also like to point out the draft is more important to our Green and Gold since we sign less free agents than other teams. Consequntly we need to be the best at drafting, or at least close since we have A-Rod.

Samson's picture

This site is Homerville, USA. -- To have any conflicting opinion with the homers lands you on their $hit list. -- Forget having a varied and informed opinion. -- It doesn't matter here.

But watch how fast some of these die-hard homers jump ship at the first sign that the Pack is struggling. -- They usually disappear.

waynerdk's picture

You're right, Wow! I love the Pack but have to give other teams credit when it's earned. I certainly didn't expect such animosity to ensue. The Emperor's new clothes are so wonderful.

zeke's picture

Going to a fan site that is written by fans, for fans, and complaining that the people on the board are "homers" is a bit odd. Like going to Baskin Robbins and complaining that all they serve is ice cream.

HankScorpio's picture

More than a bit odd.

Evan's picture

Savvy trading? You mean like throwing away 1st round picks on Harvin and Graham? That's savvy?

Evan's picture

And you'd really trade their draft for the Packers? That's ridiculous. I'm not saying one is better than the other, but based on team needs it makes no sense. I like Vennet and Reed as players, but out of 9 picks, Seattle took 2 OGs, a C, 3 RBs (?!) and the lesser Cal WR.

That draft fits their needs since their OL has been ignored for years and their star RB retired, but I certainly wouldn't want it for the Packers.

chugwater's picture

I don't mind comparisons with other teams, but stating Seattle's draft was head and shoulders above Green Bay's is...odd. Spriggs is better than Ifedi. Clark and Reed are coin flips. (I like Clark a little more because he's only 20. Might have been a top 10 pick in the next draft if he had stayed another year.). Three RB's? Yawn.

Nothing to see here folks. Move along.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

I like Seattle's draft. I think Ifedi and Odhiambo were taken too high, but I like them. Ifedi has to play LT, at least OT, for this to be a good pick. There were good guards available into the 4th and 5th rounds. Reed is a tremendous value pick. Prosise is a dynamic guy, and I like Collins too though he is a different type of runner. Wish we had Vannett - he can block and catch a pass if necessary. Don't like Lawler or Brooks, and I don't know Hunt or Jefferson. But I see 5 prospects who will play sooner rather than later.

al bundy's picture

I read draft analyst by team this am and the packs did all right. We need to be concious that our competition is also in this an again, Spielman stole another draft. This guy is agenius. His picks were excellant to fill a few team needs, but while doing it he managed to pick up two important mid round picks for 2017. I just dnt get how Ted canhave most of his entire O line walking out the door at ths same time. That needs to be discussed as well. Were spending picks on o linemen and passing on skill players, dont know how that works in the long run. Not to mention the o linemen we have know they hold the ace cards against Ted.

ray nichkee's picture

Rick spielman a genius? Ha! He has been with the queens for about ten years now. How many of TT cast offs has je brought in. Genious. Letroy guion has worked well for the pack. Genius. Cordarrell patterson, pussy harvin, fill in the blank. Genius. Both tackle spots are up for grabs right now. Genius. I could go on and on. Genius.

Take your hand out of your pants and go sell some shoes, al bundy, genious. Who says all the OL are walking out the door for the pack? The OL seems to be in good shape today. Nobody is fighting for a roster spot on the OL in green bay. Let it play out al bundy the genius.

Jersey Al's picture

"Take your hand out of your pants and go sell some shoes, al bundy,"

You made me spit out my coffee. damn you!

Wiscokid's picture

Don't bag on Al Bundy. He scored 4 touchdowns in the city championship game when played for Polk High. ☺

DesertPackFan's picture

He should go back to managing his shoe store!

GVPacker's picture

Rick Spielman a genius! LOL that's a good one!!! Rick Spielman would screw up a Rock Fight!

dobber's picture

We can disparage the Vikes to our heart's content, but the fact remains that they are now a pretty good team, they had a pretty good draft, and they aren't going away any time soon.

Ouch...it hurt to say that...

GVPacker's picture

Good Point Joel!

dobber's picture

GVPacker: you're one up on me! You seem to have me figured out...do I know you?

HankScorpio's picture

As I was checking on nfl.com draft ticker to follow the proceedings, it was conspicous that the Vikings picked before the Packers in each round.

Again.

So much for genius.

DesertPackFan's picture

We spent pick on the OL and DL. That's where the game is won or lost. Skill players? What skill players do the queens have? Peterson and a cast of nobody's. Teddy is average at best. No WR that can dominate, Treadwell is a rookie. They have a good D. What happens when Peterson is gone (and he will be soon)? Teddy and his cast of nobody's can't beat anyone w/o a dominating running back.

marpag1's picture

In fact, the whole concept of "skill players" is one of those ludicrous truisms that so many people swallow whole without realizing how stupid it is.

It's just too damn bad that JJ Watt doesn't play a "skill position." He'd be pretty valuable if he weren't just one of the big uglies.

Oppy's picture

So true.

In my estimation, DB's and OL are the most "Skilled" players on the field in terms of technique separating the good, the bad, and the ugly.

DB's probably get lost in the wash because they also are usually the best athletes on the field, as well... But you get burned real quick if your back pedal, hand placement, hip swivel, or angles aren't right.

Amanofthenorth's picture

Tldnr: Al didn't play football

Jersey Al's picture

Whether you are referring to this Al or Al Bundy, you are wrong - we both had "brilliant" HS Football careers.

lucky953's picture

We've got Rodgers. They've got Bridgewater. 'Nuff said?

DrealynWilliams's picture

https://youtu.be/re3KXO7OwRs?t=2m43s

1st down - sack
2nd down - collapsed pocket
3rd down - great hustle (at 314 pounds)

Still bringing it in the 4th Quarter

https://youtu.be/re3KXO7OwRs?t=6m21s

Same drive...

https://youtu.be/re3KXO7OwRs?t=7m2s

One of his top performances

Amanofthenorth's picture

Nice post. . If there were an "A" C D C. Clay Clark Daniels

Nick Perry's picture

He'll do just fine thank you. He was doubled the whole time and was still pushing the Pocket.

DrealynWilliams's picture

Call me crazy, but I'm loving what I see from Dean Lowry. Again, he has little-to-no pass rush moves and hopefully the coaches can teach him a thing or two there, but damn it his run technique is awesome.

Hug that Tackle's hip!

https://youtu.be/IVj_rq5bMRw?t=1m50s

Short arms? Get your JJ Watt on!

https://youtu.be/IVj_rq5bMRw?t=2m41s

Very next play

https://youtu.be/IVj_rq5bMRw?t=3m

jeremyjjbrown's picture

I'd really like to see what he did in th Stanford game.

DrealynWilliams's picture

Me too.

CFBstats.com shows he recorded 2 QB Hurries, 4 Tackles (1 Assisted), 1 TFL (3 yards)

Oooo, look what I found...

https://youtu.be/WIir_KhZ4PU?t=3m3s

I'm about to enjoy this.

DrealynWilliams's picture

By the way, have I already mentioned how impressive his get off is?

I don't know the guy who got the sack, but I hope he thanked Dean

https://youtu.be/WIir_KhZ4PU?t=30m9s

DrealynWilliams's picture

OH MY!! On the very next play! I'm done! I'm going out on a limb and saying he's a steal.

https://youtu.be/WIir_KhZ4PU?t=30m39s

DrealynWilliams's picture
DrealynWilliams's picture

Collapsing the pocket which led to a horrible pass which should have been picked off

https://youtu.be/WIir_KhZ4PU?t=59m9s

holmesmd's picture

I think you are getting a bit too excited;) Calm down bro, don't blow your load before camp even starts! Lol!:P

jeremyjjbrown's picture

OK, I stand corrected. I like this kid. I like this whole draft now.

Pack12's picture

Very pleased with this draft. The Pack got bigger and deeper at DL and OL as well as addressing the Inside Linebacker position. Trevor Davis brings much needed speed to the WR position. There will always be critics that sit back in their easy chair swigging on a beer and believe that they know how to do it better. That's life but I trust TT and the Packer personnel staff as they actually do all the hard work.

garyyannone's picture

Very well written summary.

Samson's picture

2 OL -- 2 DL -- 2 LBs-------------- It's called picking for need. -- -- It would have been great if TT had also added 1 OL, 1 DL plus 1 ILB via free agency. ------ Not the "break the cap" type but a more veteran player (Don't ask for names - that's not my job - that's the job of the GM) . ------ Very few rookies have an impact in their first season. -- Season 2016 hasn't been altered to any great degree by this draft. -- Just a little more inexperienced unproven depth. ------------ Hopefully, there will be a surprise out of this group immediately.

zeke's picture

Your posts should be more informative. Don't ask me how; that's your job.

dobber's picture

"Not the "break the cap" type but a more veteran player (Don't ask for names - that's not my job - that's the job of the GM) "

You could have stopped after "player" and you would've only sounded like a malcontent, not the malcontent deuchebag you came off like...

BradHTX's picture

C'mon, Dobber... You gotta admit that TT is just a lazy ass for refusing to walk down to the corner Vets 'R' Us and pick a savvy DL who is cheaper and better than anyone currently on the roster. There's a whole aisle of them, for crying out loud!

4thand1's picture

Its not lazy, its called cap management. When you have some elite players on any team, you have to be cheap in other areas. People brag about Seattle but they are losing keys players and guys holding out for more money. Everyone said when Wilson gets paid cap hell would take over.

Samson's picture

Quit talking about cap management. -- You haven't a clue. -- All NFL teams use strategies that are way beyond your comprehension.

dobber's picture

If he has to stop talking about cap management, then you need to stop talking roster management. Note the arrogant use of the phrase "...your comprehension."

And we all need to stop talking NFL football.

Amanofthenorth's picture

Write off? You don't even know what a write off is, do you?

The TKstinator's picture

Sure I do. They just "write it off".

Jersey Al's picture

with a wave of the hand...

BradHTX's picture

4th: My point exactly. I was being ironic — people like the OP seem to think that TT should be able to just magically make FA vets appear who are both cheaper and better than the players we already have, and those FAs don't always exist. The OP's comment about not being a GM so he doesn't have to name examples was asinine.

DesertPackFan's picture

LOL... That's some funny shit. Vets "R" Us?! Great stuff.

BradHTX's picture

Tip o' the hat to you, DPF.

Nick Perry's picture

"Don't ask for names-that's not my job - that;s the job of the GM"

WHAT???

All you do is come here and play GM, give me a break. You're critical of everything the Packers do, offer an opinion about everything and then come with some BS like that? LMAO...Too funny

Lphill's picture

The other NFC north teams draft according to the Packers abilities , the Packers draft according to their own needs . That tells you all about the draft .

DrealynWilliams's picture

For anyone that's not yet sold on Kenny Clark

https://youtu.be/QvNYigr-HKA?t=3m44s

Since '61's picture

TT drafted to his needs. Whether or not these picks work out only time will tell. To Jersey Al and CHTV another great year of draft coverage. You guys are the best! Thanks, Since '61

SuperGramps's picture

This series is quite literally one of the very best I've ever read about the value of the Packers draft.
I signed up just to let the author know how incredible it is. This and the profiles before the draft and crazy good.
You can bet I'll be looking at more content at CTV.

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