CheeseHeadTV - The DO NOT DRAFT List 2020

Our writers give their choices for the player they DO NOT want to see the Packers draft with their first pick.  

 
The pic brings back fond memories, right? Anyway, here are the players our writers do NOT want wearing Green and Gold next year.
 
Tim Backes - Terrell Lewis from Alabama has a scary injury history--basically two missed seasons and a third spent hampered by injury, and reports are he's failed lots of physicals. He's got raw talent but isn't at a position of need, so despite the talent that injury history should make him a red flag.
 
Jersey Al Bracco - My choice last year was Rashan Gary because I didn't know exactly what his position was. Still not sure. Anyway, my choice this year is Ezra Cleveland. He blew up the combine and guess what - his numbers are almost identical to... Jason Spriggs - a pick I did not approve of. Thanks to the "A-word" (athleticism), Cleveland will get over-drafted like Spriggs did. While I do think Cleveland has a better chance at success in the NFL, his similarities to Spriggs worry me too much to take him in Round one. At pick 30, we can do Better Than Ezra. 
 
Paul Bretl - I have a few prospects I could put on this list but at the top is QB Jordan Love. With Aaron Rodgers’ contract it is still too early to be looking for his successor and while many like to compare this situation to the 2005 draft when the Packers selected Rodgers with Brett Favre still around, it just isn’t. 
Rodgers was considered by many a top pick in the draft that year, and Love is not that at all. While he has the arm talent and size that teams covet, he is wildly inconsistent and needs to improve his decision making. Green Bay was just a game shy of making the Super Bowl in 2019, find someone who can help win now, not in three or four seasons. And that’s if he develops. 
 
Brandon Carwile - If the Packers select Jordan Love or any QB, I will be highly disappointed. Rodgers is under contract for the next four years so there's no rush. 
 
Dust Evely - Jordan Love. Even if I didn't feel that it was a year or two too early to invest in a QB, I'm not the biggest fan of Love. He showed flashes, but his inconsistency in accuracy is a big concern. You can teach a quarterback a lot of things, but, generally speaking, an inaccurate QB in college does not suddenly turn into an accurate QB in the NFL. I wouldn't be opposed to a later-round pick on a QB, but please steer clear of Love.
 
Cory Jennerjohn - Henry Ruggs III. The Alabama receiver put up decent numbers, but his only asset is his speed. Just like an MLB pitcher, you need more than one pitch to be successful and just being fast isn’t going to translate very well at the next level. 
 
Ken Lass -  Quarterback Jordan Love. He was all world in shorts at the combine but in games he was 0-4 against top 25 teams, wildly inconsistent, unable to put a mediocre team on his shoulders and carry it his senior year.  A bust waiting to happen.
 
Maggie Loney - Cole Kmet. I don't have a problem with Kmet as a player, but I think he'll be the first tight end off the board and that's too rich for Green Bay. I think grabbing a tight end in this draft is likely and necessary, but a mid day three pick is sufficient. Never reach. 
 
Gil Martin - Any quarterback in the first round not named Burrow or Tua. The Packers need to wait on an heir apparent or they risk losing but the advantage of having a starting QB on a rookie contract 
 
David Michalski -  Jordan Love QB Utah St. There are plenty of problems I have with Love. The first of these problems is how much he regressed from 2018 to 2019. Love’s regression was very concerning as he formed bad habits and failed to complete some standard throws
 
Aaron Nagler - All players have value. Just don't draft Braden Mann, or Michael Turk or any punter if for no other reason than I don't think the world would survive the ensuing Corey Behnke meltdown.
 

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PackfanNY's picture

April 23, 2020 at 11:11 am

Saw a mock with Packers taking Jacob Eason in the 2nd Round. Hate it. Way to early when we have too many other holes.

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TheVOR's picture

April 23, 2020 at 10:47 pm

Wish they had taken Eason at 26 instead of Love, Eason had the best NFL arm in the draft IMO.. I cannot believe they drafted Love, WTF! This entire board and article was a list of people including myself basically saying please don't draft Jordan Love... Damn it, we just lost a chance at the Super bowl.

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Duneslick's picture

April 23, 2020 at 11:11 am

Tee Higgins

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TheVOR's picture

April 23, 2020 at 11:16 am

Oh I know, the whole Jordan Love thing, wouldn't do it, not to be confused with we shouldn't draft a QB in this draft. If the right guy is sitting there in the 2nd or 4th round, or whatever, perhaps.

This #1 selection needs to be on the football field, starting, and or contributing at a very huge level. IMO. Tired of drafting projects, the Gary pick in the rear view mirror was a disaster. It changed the whole completion of the draft. If we had dropped back 5 to 8 slots, and selected Savage with that pick, the entire draft would have looked different. Extra 2nd rounder, still would have had the Saints pick. Using a 12 hole pick on Gary was a bust. Not saying he's a bust, just saying there was far more value in trading back and not selecting Gary.

Pick at 30, and draft a guy you intend to start! That's the guy I want at 30.

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Crazedcamel's picture

April 23, 2020 at 01:01 pm

I agree. Under your scenario they could have selected Debo Samuel with the Saints pick and still had 3 additional picks (probably 3rd and both 4th round) for depth. Who knows, maybe he would’ve found Pettine’s beloved hybrid with one of those picks. Dre Greenlaw would’ve fit the bill

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TheVOR's picture

April 23, 2020 at 06:20 pm

We could have had D.K Metcalf in that scenario? Then we wouldn't all be wanking for a WR in 2020, at least not with a #1 overall? That was the biggest *-up ever in a draft. Much worse really than Ted Thompson just picking away.

Savage was EVERYTHING you want for a rookie #1, and Gary was a massive disappointment. In the rear view mirror, what a horrific set of circumstance robbed this team of real impact from that draft. It could have been so much more! Dalton Risner, DK Metcalf, On and On..

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Tarynfor12's picture

April 23, 2020 at 01:56 pm

Do not select any player in the first two rounds that will not be in uniform and playing from day one. The lack of depth we have at multiple positions should make this a non issue as upgrading is near impossible to not do.

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TheVOR's picture

April 23, 2020 at 06:24 pm

Exactly, lets draft some real *-ing football players this year, the kind that just know how to go out and play the flipping game. That Gary pick? OMG, it set back the franchise. We could have won a Superbowl last year by simply not making that pick, and trading back 5-8 spots! We could have had a bunch of quality football players, D.K Meetcalf, Dalton Risner, on and on..

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ImaPayne's picture

April 23, 2020 at 10:38 pm

Gutt doesnt think so. He is an idiot. Give up picks to move down and take a so so qb no one was high on when we need line backers, receivers.

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TheVOR's picture

April 23, 2020 at 10:44 pm

Un-Flipping-Real! WT* were they doing there, Dumb! Well, look at the bright side, we just wasted a 1st rounder for a team that desperately needed to draft 2 starters back to back.. Wow... GB is going to struggle again this season, you can feel it coming like a freight train. We just blew our chance to get better and compete..

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Bearmeat's picture

April 23, 2020 at 11:29 am

"Just like Rashan Gary last year."

Yep. Crappy pick when it was made. Still crappy now.

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stockholder's picture

April 23, 2020 at 11:37 am

A.J. Epenesa DE Iowa. Just doesn't fit. We've just had to many Bust at De.

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packerbackerjim's picture

April 23, 2020 at 11:38 am

I could be wrong, but Neville Gallimore reminds me of Jerel Worthy: great first step and then gets stoned, and not in a good way.

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PackEyedOptimist's picture

April 23, 2020 at 11:40 am

Man, this has been painful recently. 3 years ago the one I DID NOT WANT (who was predicted as a possibility for the Packers) was Kevin King. Last year? It was Rashan Gary. You know how THOSE turned out :-( As a result, I'm afraid to name a "Please not him!" pick for this year. Well, not really, but that's because I don't think the Packers will take Herbert/Love/Hurts at 30. (Oh no, now I've done it!)

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TheVOR's picture

April 23, 2020 at 06:16 pm

It's not like Kevin King can't play! It's that Kevin King can't stay available for 16+ games in a season. Kevin King is a hell of a cover corner, he just can't be expected to stay on the field!

My 2..

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gmeyers1's picture

April 23, 2020 at 11:54 am

There isn't going to be a rodgers replacement drafted this year, so no sense even mentioning a name. Wide receiver, LB, or DB, or TE needs to have speed as an important part, three cone athletic ability as well, but speed is at the top of the list. There will be an OT and a DL taken in the mix somewhere too. Whoever Gutey likes is fine with me.

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taarons420's picture

April 23, 2020 at 12:05 pm

"Whoever Gutey likes is fine with me."

You must see something in our last 2 drafts that I don't see.
Gutey has been horrible.

Good:
Alexander
Savage (?)
Jenkins

Bad:
Gary
Sternberger
Keke
Hollman
Williams
Summers
Jackson
Burks
Moore
Madison
Scott
Valdes-Scantling
St Brown
Looney
Bradley
Donnerson

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WMA's picture

April 23, 2020 at 12:48 pm

Way too early to say bad for Gary, Sternberger, Keke, Hollman, Madison (injury), MVS, St Brown. Summers is a great special teams player - for 7th round that is a find. Scott the punter bad - please.

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taarons420's picture

April 23, 2020 at 01:21 pm

Nah.
They're all bad.
And drafting a punter = bad pick no matter what.

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Johnblood27's picture

April 23, 2020 at 05:57 pm

Please don't feed the trolls...

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taarons420's picture

April 23, 2020 at 12:02 pm

Anyone who is against picking a QB high must think the Packers can still win a SB with Rodgers.
You're wrong.
Passing on picking your next QB just because you made a mistake with the contract of your current QB is just digging a deeper hole.

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taarons420's picture

April 23, 2020 at 12:05 pm

The answer is Higgins.

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Jnixman's picture

April 23, 2020 at 12:15 pm

Like Nagler says, all these “no” players are great picks for some team at some point in the draft. Just not for the Packers #1.
I know the consensus is to go WR or OT but if Epenesa is there, I would take him at 30. He’s a prototype 3-4 DE and pairing him with Kenny Clark would go a long way toward fixing the Pack’s run D issues. Get the big guys early.

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hobowilly's picture

April 23, 2020 at 05:52 pm

Hi. Don't mind a Dlineman first. But, even though Blacklock is rated slightly lower than your Hawkeye (and, i do love Hawkeyes-hello Mike Daniels), we DONT NEED another edge rusher. As Nags would say, "that's just me"!!! I'd take Blacklock but i'd bet he'd slide into the 2nd round-just a hunch. Gutey doesn't like that his 3 or 4 guys he projects are within reach (in the earlier 20's) ARE GONE, so he trades his #30 for an extra 2nd and plus a 3rd or 4th? he can then select Blacklock somewhere in the mid 30's to early 40's and then an extra WR with those extra picks he gets. Bingo!

Who knows, Nags could be right. We wait all evening, or at least until, say #22, then a trade is announced, Philly trades pick with GB and GB gives up its brat concessions for 2020 and their #30 and their #94 for Murray or OT's Wills/Thomas or some such. Ya don't have to trade around for a WR in the first, guys. There are plenty that may well "contribute" in their rookie seasons--what a huge WR class indeed.

We've proven we can find the Devon's and Jordy's in the second!

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April 23, 2020 at 12:18 pm

Like Nagler says, all these “no” players are great picks for some team at some point in the draft. Just not for the Packers #1.
I know the consensus is to go WR or OT but if Epenesa is there, I would take him at 30. He’s a prototype 3-4 DE and pairing him with Kenny Clark would go a long way toward fixing the Pack’s run D issues. Get the big guys early.

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Leatherhead's picture

April 23, 2020 at 12:36 pm

No WR or OT on the first two days. No defensive player who doesn’t love to tackle.

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marpag1's picture

April 23, 2020 at 01:05 pm

Mekhi Becton - The same reason that everybody wants him is the reason why he's overrated. He's 6'7" and damn near 370 lbs, and amazingly ran 5.1 in the 40. Problem is he can't pass block. He can damn sure be a run blocker, but bulldozers don't rate, and in today's NFL no one wants to give up a top ten pick for a guy who can't pass block. You also have to wonder if a guy that big is going to last physically. I'm not saying he's a bust, and he might develop into the next Anthony Muñoz but there's a lot of risk with this kid....

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blacke00's picture

April 23, 2020 at 01:55 pm

My gut feeling is they'll do exactly that and draft Love. They shouldn't have drafted Gary. But I hope I'm wrong.

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Lphill's picture

April 23, 2020 at 02:24 pm

A lot of Gary Haters, watch him this season , limited snaps last year and still was productive. We need players drafted that can play today, if they draft Love that is a waste of a pick .

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taarons420's picture

April 23, 2020 at 04:26 pm

couldn't get snaps over.... fackrell.
yikes.

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dobber's picture

April 23, 2020 at 06:41 pm

Didn't have the same role in the defense and was not playing behind...fackrell.

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ImaPayne's picture

April 23, 2020 at 10:42 pm

Gary will ape Perry, play lights out in his contract year then go dormant again. Hey gary did zilch at michigan. He only had big days against rutgers. Good teams handled him easily. Gutt is the worst gm in football.

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egbertsouse's picture

April 23, 2020 at 03:49 pm

He should not draft anyone in Rd. 1 who has to change positions to make it in the NFL. And no “slashes” like ILB/S or OLB/DE or OG/OT. He has a bunch of picks in Rds. 6 and 7 to draft those projects and “jack-of-all-trades and master of none” type guys.

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Johnblood27's picture

April 23, 2020 at 06:02 pm

Chinn is a "slash" type player, SS/Slot/Hybrid ILB, and he would be a great fit in Pettines defense at a position of need.

Im not advocating him at 30, but with a RAS of 10, it wouldn't be completely out of place.

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dobber's picture

April 23, 2020 at 06:45 pm

He's the flashy kind of RAS player BG seems to be enamored with.

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Alberta_Packer's picture

April 23, 2020 at 04:02 pm

No to any:
1. WR who runs a 4.5+ 40
2. TE who runs a 4.8+ 40
3. RB who runs a 4.6+ 40
4. CB who runs a 4.5+ 40
5. S who runs a 4.6+ 40
6. Any OL /DL who runs a 5.4+ 40

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Johnblood27's picture

April 23, 2020 at 06:03 pm

now we are set with our master plan to assemble the greatest track team EVER!

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Johnblood27's picture

April 23, 2020 at 06:07 pm

My NO! draft player in round 1 is...

Patrick Queen.

I really do not like his size for the NFL game at ILB.

He might be a hybrid type, or a WLB in a 4-3, but PLEASE, NO for a 3-4 ILb in a defense that already gets pushed around in the run game.

1st round is too early for an ILB thats NOT a 3 down player with the ability to impact both the run and pass game.

edit: My best value ILB would be Luke Wilson at our spot in round 3. Better would be in round 4, but he will not last that long.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

April 23, 2020 at 07:20 pm

FUBAR:

CB Jaylon Johnson. Had shoulder surgery on March 4; his recovery time is 5 months. Did I mention that it is his third shoulder surgery?

Raekwon Davis: Guys who come in like gangbusters and then don't progress despite big time college coaching and facilities have something wrong with them.

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Leatherhead's picture

April 23, 2020 at 10:28 pm

All you NotJordan Love guys jinxed it, just like last year with Gary.

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ImaPayne's picture

April 23, 2020 at 10:35 pm

I fn hated the gary pick last year. This year its your guys turn to hate and trash gutnick for the love pick. . Again Spielman stole another draft. He has enough picks getting rid of guys and acquiring picks to fill all gaps. Why the f did they move down for a guy no one was high on. Guttnick will destroy this team.

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ottscay's picture

April 24, 2020 at 04:26 pm

Lol, maybe it's time to stop publishing this particular bit before the draft?

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