Pack-A-Day Podcast - Episode 1028 - Which Rookies Can Make the Biggest Impact in 2021

Packer Report Publisher Ross Uglem breaks down the entire draft class and makes snap-count predictions (offense and defense only) for every single pick. Can this class make the impact that 2020’s class didn’t? Find out today!

Packer Report Publisher Ross Uglem breaks down the entire draft class and makes snap-count predictions (offense and defense only) for every single pick. Can this class make the impact that 2020’s class didn’t? Find out today!



Andy is a graduate of UW-Oshkosh and owns & operates the Pack-A-Day Podcast. Andy has taken multiple courses in NFL scouting and is an Editor for Packer Report. You can find him on WFRV's Green Bay Nation and every Friday on the Friday Film Room on WDUZ . Andy grew up in Green Bay and is a lifelong season ticket holder - follow him on Twitter @AndyHermanNFL!

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greengold's picture

May 18, 2021 at 09:55 am

GREAT job, Ross! Flyin' solo. Well done.

I recall Kevin King talking about playing over the slot WR last year, saying everyone was wanting to be there and that it was a coveted spot on the D.

King is without a doubt polarizing. Personally, I think he is WAY better than what we saw last year to end our season. I've been wondering if we don't see King taking that star position in this D, with Eric Stokes starting opposite Jaire Alexander. That would keep Savage in his role as the robber FS with immense range, and Amos as the SS.

Kevin King in the middle of the D could be a very good personnel adjustment, knowing we have a completely capable player opposite Jaire in Dirty Red. King has that size to handle TEs in coverage over the middle and he is a very willing and capable run stopper. Maybe King at STAR is what we see to start the season. That might be a good place for him in Barry's D.

450 snaps for Amari Rodgers would be awesome in a JL QB1 scenario. A lot of high percentage short passes that AmRod can turn upfield to make the most of his elusiveness/YAC.

I agree Amari has possibly the easiest path to starting outside of C Josh Myers, and he has a very high probability of being super productive, both run/jet and pass.

Royce Newman looks to have the tools, but you're right about him needing functional strength, as most OTs entering the NFL do. I look at Newman much like Bakhtiari when he was drafted. If pressed into action, he can likely get the job done.

TJ Slaton has the upside to be a force. His snap counts increased at Florida, and he liked it. My sense is the Packers might have gotten the steal of the draft on the DL with Slaton. For a man his size, 6-4 330, the dude DOES NOT LOOK FAT!!! He carries his weight well, and he does show an explosive quality. Line him up next to Kenny Clark? Who do they double team, exactly??? This could be really, really good. The Packers needed an effective NT, as you say, and TJ Slaton might be the real deal there.

Shemar will be a good player in Nickel or Dime, and he loves STs. Seems he will turn out to be a super reliable player in this D. Big put up or shut up time for both Jackson & Sullivan. No question. Personally, I think Sullivan hit the Sophomore slump, and he rebounds this year. Who knows?

Agree Van Lanen is pure PS who provides OT depth the further he develops.

McDuffie I see more like a pure ST Ace being a tackle machine. Our 2021 Travis Jervey ST Ace???

Kylin Hill, a dream pick at 256. You had him rated at 130 or 140? So did many others. We can thank Mike Leach for helping Hill to find his way onto the Green Bay Packers. WOW!!!

We have a very, very serious group of running backs 1-4, including Patrick Taylor Jr.!!! I bet all 4 make this 53. This 2021 Packers team will be running the rock. No doubt. Could be close to a record setting year for carries, which opens up one hell of a lot in the passing game.

Thanks, Ross!!!

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YouAskedForThis's picture

May 18, 2021 at 05:25 pm

Kevin King has decent speed, good size/length, but one thing he has always struggled with is quick change of direction, quick-twitch receivers. The type of WR often found in the slot position. I think there is a spot for KK on an NFL roster, but he is a limited player who gets hurt too frequently.

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Alberta_Packer's picture

May 18, 2021 at 12:12 pm

It will be interesting to see how many snaps the rookies, in total, record during the regular season. R.U. predicts it will dwarf last year's total (which isn't really a high hurdle). However, a franchise record? If so, it could be a most compelling and entertaining year - regardless who is the QB.

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