Five Players for the Packers in the 2021 NFL Draft: Part II

Each Tuesday leading up to the draft, Maggie will highlight five new players that make sense for Green Bay.    

Last year leading up to the draft I wrote a couple of pieces on later-round or likely to go undrafted prospects I thought made sense for the Packers, so I thought I’d do the same thing this year. Instead of trying to target late round selections though, I’m just going to look at players whose fit I like for the Packers. 

This short series leads up to night one, so we’ll get through 25 players before the 2021 NFL Draft begins on Thursday, April 29th. We’re back this week with the second installment of the series, bringing five new draft prospects to your radar. If you missed Part I, you can check that out here. Otherwise, let’s get started: 

Caden Sterns, S, Texas

I love the way Sterns would fit in the safety room behind Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage. He posted one of the top relative athletic scores (RAS) for all free safety prospects in this draft class with a 9.57, boasting elite explosion and speed. He ran a 4.41 40-yard dash and has an impressive 42-inch vertical. He started 28 of 29 games for the Longhorns and finished his career with five interceptions, eight passes defensed, and 173 total tackles. Sterns is aggressive to the football and a willing tackler, but sometimes his overaggressive pursuit causes him to miss tackles, which is something defensive backs coach Jerry Gray can take care of. He’s got high upside and could be one of the steals of the draft if Green Bay lands him late day two or early day three. 

Tyler Shelvin, DT, LSU

The Packers need a big guy in the middle of the defense, and there might not be anyone bigger in this year’s draft class than Tyler Shelvin, the pure nose tackle out of LSU. He measured in at a whopping 350lbs at his Pro Day last week at 6-3. While he opted out of the 2020 season, there’s a lot to like when you watch his game. Shelvin is the definition of a true anchor along the defensive line, playing primarily run-contain. He’s a space-eater known for taking on double-teams, which would free up a player like Kenny Clark to do what he does best, rush the passer. 

Jimmy Morrissey, IOL, Pittsburgh 

With All-Pro center Corey Linsley departing in free agency, Jimmy Morrissey is a name to keep an eye on. The 6-3, 303lb offensive lineman started out as a walk-on at Pittsburgh before becoming a four-year starter and team captain. With a RAS of 8.97, Morrissey has poor size by position-standards, but great explosion and elite agility for a big guy. He started every game but one at center in his career, with his lone remaining start coming at right guard. Draft Network’s Joe Marino likes him best as a center at the NFL level, but proving he could also play guard would go a long way in boosting his draft stock. We all know how much Green Bay likes position-versatile linemen. 

Trill Williams, CB, Syracuse 

Just like Adebo last week, Trill Williams is another one of my favorite cornerbacks in this year’s class. He’s incredibly versatile, having played boundary corner, in the slot, and at safety during his time at Syracuse. At 6-2, he’s got great size to play outside which is likely where the Packers would use him. He also just turned 21 so he’s a young prospect. Williams is a super physical, aggressive corner who puts his body on the line when he makes tackles. He also has a nose for the football and is seemingly always where the action is. He returned one punt for a touchdown as a freshman, forced three fumbles as a sophomore (returning one for a touchdown,) and had four interceptions his junior year, returning one of those for a 90-yard score, too. Williams has had a virtual meeting with the Packers. 

Daelin Hayes, EDGE, Notre Dame

While the Packers were able to retain all three starting edge rushers in Za’Darius Smith, Preston Smith, and Rashan Gary, a player like Daelin Hayes would provide excellent depth at the position, offering versatility (there’s that buzz word again!) to the room. He’s already met with the Packers virtually and has proven he can play off the edge, standing over tackle, or on the inside. At 6-3 and roughly 250lbs, he’s got a good NFL frame to add size and develop his pass-rushing repertoire. Pro Football Network likes his fit best as a run defender to start, but he has all the physical tools to be effective in a pass-rushing rotation. He's got a slight injury history that's worth monitoring, but as a day three selection, Hayes is a locker room leader and checks all the boxes as a developmental player with long-term upside. 

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Maggie Loney is a writer for Cheesehead TV and podcaster for the Pack-A-Day Podcast and Pack's What She Said. Find her on Twitter at @MaggieJLoney.

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mnbadger's picture

April 06, 2021 at 12:21 pm

It's hard to add insight to an article like this, so I'll just say, bring them all to Lambeau! GPG

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stockholder's picture

April 06, 2021 at 12:35 pm

You got this draft covered. Nice picks.

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Swisch's picture

April 06, 2021 at 12:35 pm

The photo seems to be a subtle suggestion that we should go all out to somehow draft Trevor Lawrence, although that could put Aaron Rodgers in jeopardy.

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13TimeChamps's picture

April 06, 2021 at 03:36 pm

If you had read the article, she was highlighting the defensive player Hayes, not the QB.

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Swisch's picture

April 06, 2021 at 05:37 pm

I actually had that figured that out, 13TimeChamps, and it was just a joke.
However, as I'm kind of a goofball, you may catch me in a real mistake just about any day. I recently misplaced the car keys.
Check back often here at CHTV to my detect my next blunder.

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April 06, 2021 at 10:15 pm

And it was damn funny Swish. You don't get enough credit for your personality.

If the Packers drafted Lawrence, Rodgers will be in jeopardy again. Then he'll have to show 2 QB's who haven't thrown an NFL pass what a 3 time NFL MVP QB looks like.
(hee-hee)

Never stop Swish, that was gold my friend...GOLD!

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April 06, 2021 at 11:24 pm

It wouldn't put Rodgers in jeopardy, it might put him ON Jeopardy! Full time game show host! LOL

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April 06, 2021 at 01:09 pm

Very Nice ML...love these 3 day picks too. Great year for drafting. I'm thinking maybe 10 picks is NOT enough.

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PF4L's picture

April 06, 2021 at 01:44 pm

Tired of the NFL silly season? Need a break from the mock draft “experts”
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Nothing beats the excitement of a SB, especially when your team is in it.
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But the 85th playing of the Masters in Augusta Georgia takes a back seat to no one.
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Special good luck to International HOF legend Bernhard Langer.
He may not make the cut, but he finished 29th last year.
That isn’t that special, except when you consider he’s 63 years old
competing against the worlds best as he tee’s it up at the Masters
for the 37th time.
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Mad respect.

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April 07, 2021 at 09:28 am

So agree about The Masters, it's one of my all time favorite sporting events to watch. Nothing like it! Not sure how you could get 6 down votes on your comments.

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dobber's picture

April 07, 2021 at 09:39 am

It makes some of the best white noise for naptime...

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April 07, 2021 at 10:21 am

LOL....I certainly understand that if your not a golfer!

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dobber's picture

April 07, 2021 at 04:08 pm

As a golfer, I'm a pretty good landscaper: I move a lot of turf.

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April 06, 2021 at 02:07 pm

Sterns has a great legacy, yet hasn't gotten the recognition that I think he should get. He needs a focus, something that UT didn't provide. I suspect that he goes in the third round. If the Pack wants him...will probably have to move up.
Williams is also another guy that has slipped through the cracks. He's a very good player, but the Packers need a CB that has the talent level to be the nickel or dime back.

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April 06, 2021 at 02:32 pm

I look at this team and how many weak players are on it - o line, linebacker, corner, special teams and think, you cannot make this team whole with one draft. Your not going to get the players you need to replace the deadwood.
Rodgers is in a terrible position career wise because his going to another super bowl is un likely and they wasted his ability with the draft and develop and not the win now philosophy.
Rodgers has zero time for draft and develop.

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April 06, 2021 at 11:27 pm

No Clue!!!All that needs be said!

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April 06, 2021 at 03:13 pm

I’ve liked Shelvin from the start. He’ll be available at #62, but might still be available at #95. I, personally, would not have him at the top of the board at #62.

I’m liking the idea of Sterns more and more. He’s not a corner, but he’d be a good player in the secondary . Maybe he’s the elusive hybrid type we yearn for. He’s no higher than late 3rd round,

Maggie.......you should run a draft contest. List 5 guys at random and have us guess when they get drafted. You get a point for every place you’re off and fewest points wins. Say you picked a guy at #40, and he gets drafted at #28....that’s 12 points.

Winners get bragging rights. Losers get nothing.

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April 06, 2021 at 03:53 pm

There was an article on Trill Williams from this site in March. I went back and looked at it again. I like him and he may drop to the third round or later.

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April 06, 2021 at 05:00 pm

A Shelvin and Morrissey combo with a slight change. "Some Boys are Bigger Than Others" I want them both.

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April 06, 2021 at 05:31 pm

Id love to see the PACK pick up Shelvin and Hayes. Hayes I saw quite a bit since Im an Irish fan, nice fluidity, not stiff in the shoulders, strong, understands leverage Good speed He was banged up a bit, but I think he would be a nice addition if hes still around in the fourth or fifth round. I watched Shelvin in a couple games, and the guy is a load in the middle strong, quick off the snap. GO PACK!!

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April 07, 2021 at 05:36 am

Now have seen several Cuse players written up for this draft. Their team was bad. Surprised anyone at that team is nfl material.

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April 07, 2021 at 06:59 am

Shelvin tested horribly and opted out and cannot rush the passer. Does not sound like someone that you invest a round 1-4 pick on. You can find a big run clogger with less of an investment than that. In round 5 or later, the odds are so low, it really doesn't matter to me. But I doubt Shelvin lasts that long.

There are only a handful of DL in this class that passed the physical testing with numbers you want to see. DL was rated the weakest position in the entire draft by Lance Zeirlien. If one of those handful falls into the Packers lap, I hope they take advantage. But that doesn't seem likely to me.

I think DL is a screaming need but I'm bracing myself for no draft help. If the players are not there, they are not there. You cannot wave a magic wand to put them there. Chasing after need by over-drafting is a recipie for failure. It bites. But sometimes reality bites.

I hope I'm wrong about all that. It surely would not be the first time. If I'm not, Joe Barry is going to need that magic wand.

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