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Packers Select Kingsley Keke Edge in 2019 NFL Draft Round 5, Pick 150

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Packers Select Kingsley Keke Edge in 2019 NFL Draft Round 5, Pick 150

With the 150th selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, Brian Gutekunst selected Kingsley Keke to help add depth to the Packers already talented front seven.  Here is a look at Kingsley Keke's measurables.

Measurables/Combine: Height 6'3, Weight 288 lbs., 40 yard dash time 4.95, bench press DNP, vertical 31.5, broad jump 111, cone drill 7.55, shuttle 4.46

Career Notes: Player Comp: Mario Edwards.  Kingsley Keke became a contributor in his freshman season for the Aggies as he saw action in 13 games.  The four-star recruit finally captured a starting role in 2016 during Texas A&M's final 9 games where he had 37 tackles, 4 sacks, 4 TFL, and 4 Passes Defensed.  In 2017, Keke became a full-time starter and had 54 tackles, 1 sack, and 2.5 TFL.  Keke put himself on the radar of NFL scouts during his senior season as he had a career year accumulating 51 tackles, a team-high 7 sacks, and 11 Tackles for Loss

Scouting Report: NFL.com: "Potentially polarizing prospect as some teams could struggle with his best fit in the league.  With his athletic ability and functional strength, a role base in a 4-3 scheme with the ability to reduce inside is most likely.  One gapping 3-4 defenses could target him as well, but he'll need to add aggressiveness at the point of attack for that role.  Keke could step into an early backup spot, but he possesses enough natural ability to aim for an eventual starter or designated rusher role."-Lance Zierlein

The Draft Network: "Kingsley Keke is one of the oddest players I've ever scouted.  One one hand, he has wild flexibility and bend for an interior defensive lineman, capable of contorting his body to reduce his surface area while cornering some tough angles to the pocket.  On the other hand, he's not explosive at all and takes several steps to get to top speed. He has some terrific rush moves, but he's slow to deploy them at times and doesn't finish as often as you'd like to see."-The Draft Network  

Commentary: Brian Gutekunst has had a pretty balanced draft, as he has added two selections to both sides of the ball.  The selection of Kingsley Keke adds another versatile member to the Packers front seven who can play with a hand in the ground up front and can also stand up and rush the passer.  

I look for Keke to immediately assume a rotational role and potentially replace Mike Daniels in the near future if he shows enough promise early on in his career.  

I think the selection of Keke should signal the Packers could look to move on from Montravius Adams in the near future if significant progress is not made during this offseason.  Keke could definitely be a diamond in the rough, as he has had proven success in arguably the best conference in college football.  

Brian Gutekunst has certainly upgraded his front seven by adding talented and athletic players to the fold who will be able to maximize and assume their full potential under the tutelage of Mike Pettine, Mike Smith, and the rest of the Packers positional coaches on defense.      

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David Michalski is a staff writer for Cheesehead TV. He can be found on Twitter @kilbas27dave 

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JonnieB12's picture

Actually really like this pick. Could use a year to gain some lower body size. Good value pick and with Mike Daniels potentially leaving its a good signing. Led the Aggies in sacks this year

kevgk's picture

I don't see Dean Lowry coming back either. Shame, but as long as the Packers get better, I'll get over it.

Nick Perry's picture

You mean a 2nd contract right?

GBPDAN1's picture

With Ryan and Morrison gone, and Burks not being very physical, Mack Wilson was sitting there for us to pick to solidify our last opening on D, a run stuffing, quality inside LB that was the number 3 ranked ILB by cheesehead Tv draft guide (after White and Bush). Would have been great quality in the 5th rd.

Hope KeKe is the real deal

Doug Niemczynski's picture

All these draft players not turning out..Darnell Savage better be good. We gave up 2 fourth round picks. Ugh....

Barnacle's picture

Doug

It is becoming clear that Gute is in over his head. General Managers need to consider the entire team when making decisions.

We have overpaid in money or draft capital in well over half of our acquisitions. Our new HC will need to be a magician to make up for Gute’s multiple errors in judgement.

Savage may be an excellent safety, but is he two 4th round picks better than the multitude of other safeties or other players available at 30 in the first round?

Gute reminds me of enthusiastic junior achievement high school students.
You gotta love them but you don’t put them in charge of over $100,000,000.

JonnieB12's picture

Yeah I can't lie I was really hoping they would draft Mack Wilson. Seemed like a plug and play starter alongside Blake Martinez. But they know more than we do about Oren Burks, they must feel confident he did what he needed to improve into a starter.

sonomaca's picture

They want great athletes, which means that even Martinez may not be resigned.

Doug Niemczynski's picture

Montravious Adam's was a 3rd round pick. Wasted.

Oppy's picture

The average NFL career is a scant three years.

That means the majority of players are what most would call "busts".

Great majority of Players in the NFL were acquired via the draft. Still, most do not get a second contract. It's an ultra-competitive league and a very tough business.

Every year, there will be a good number of previously 3rd round draftees who wash out of the pro game.. and 7th rounders, and 5th rounders, and even 2nd and 1st rounders.

Welcome to football. Evaluating talent and projecting development is largely a crap shoot.

Nick Perry's picture

Talk to Ted about that. In two drafts under Gutekunst this roster has gotten considerably more athletic, faster, and IMO a hell of a lot better.

Gutekunst clearly values athleticism and versatility. Just look at the D-Line / OLB position for example Doug. That IS an exciting group of players he's put together which should and IMO will put this defense over the top.

Clark
Daniels
Z. Smith
P. Smith
Gary
Lowry
Keke
Frackrell

Plus guys like Lancaster & Brown who played really well at the end of the year last season. That's a hell of a lot of depth and 7 of those 10 players I just mentioned can get after the QB. If Kevin King can just STAY HEATHY this will be a Top 5 defense...

Maybe Adams is a wasted pick but it sure as hell looks like Gute has covered his ass for Adams and then some.

PeteK's picture

Daniels, Lowry, ,and Frackell were drafted by TT.

HankScorpio's picture

It's still a little early for Mack Wilson for my tastes. As long as they're calling out picks it's too early. I'd be ok with him as a UDFA signing but even that wouldn't excite me.

No thanks to a LB that can't run. That's just not how today's NFL defenses play well.

IceBowl's picture

From SI.com '' 'What had come out of our session in 1989 was my April 24 cover story for Sports Illustrated entitled The Incredible Bulk, with SI's editors declaring Mandarich the Best Offensive Line Prospect EVER. ''

Get over it kids. There were busts in the past, there will be busts today and there will be busts in the future.

Even the "Best Prospects" of all time.

Surely all of us average joes (using the term loosely in a few cases) don't know who will be a bust or all pro. We are not privy to all the interviews, medical exams, family history , hobbies, likes or dislikes, etc any of these rookies has.

The people that do know are our (other teams also) scouting department and GM. They spend the whole year digging for ALL the info on players. How can you claim to compare?

Guam's picture

Remember reading somewhere that Wilson is not very fast which I think is why he has dropped this far. Given the choice of Darnell Savage, I also think Josh Jones' days as a safety are numbered and he may be our next project at ILB. Certainly has the speed they like and if he adds 10 lbs he will be the same weight as Burks.

rdent's picture

Gute had to take another D- Lineman, I hope I'm wrong but Ted's Montravias Adams appears to be another bust.

Qoojo's picture

I guess this year is Daniels' last year, given his age and potential cost. Another attempt at depth to cover the loss.

kevgk's picture

Dean Lowry's deal is running out too, and Montravius Adams hasnt flashed much. I understand the pick if DL is a focus of the team.

Qoojo's picture

Good point on that, but they might be able to get a deal on him.

sonomaca's picture

Fackrell, Martinez, Daniels, Clark, Kevin King, Aaron Jones...all need to be paid in next two years. Can’t keep them all.

Turophile's picture

I cannot understand why Wisconsin OT Dave Edwards is still on the board. Packers didn't want him, even at #150.

There must be something to prevent him from being drafted.

Dzehren's picture

Was wondering the same thing on Edwards.
Maybe in the 6th rd?

Bure9620's picture

Watch his tape, he is not great in Pass pro, he was taken to school so many times, had a hard time with Western Kentucky's pass rushers. Got burned a lot.

Turophile's picture

He moves fluidly enough to have been a good developmental guy........

Went at #169, I believe, to the Rams

rdent's picture

Can't be any worse than Jason Spriggs.

Guam's picture

Edwards played hurt most of last year (shoulder I think) and by his own admission put some pretty bad film out there. Suspect he will be a steal for someone as he played very well two years ago.

jannes bjornson's picture

He should have stayed forhis senior year and prove he could move better and the shoulder issue. Given poor advice.

Nick Perry's picture

I like it..... This is what the CHTV draft guide had to say about him...

IN A NUTSHELL: Keke is an incredibly strong interior defender, and he knows how to use that strength. He anchors down incredibly well in the run game and bull rushes offensive linemen into the laps of quarterbacks consistently. He has the build of a modern NFL defensive lineman and the athleticism to boot. However, Keke is still rather raw. He will need to develop better technique at the point of attack to consistently win against offensive linemen; namely better leverage and hand placement. Keke is too often stymied if he is unable to land his hump move and will need to develop a set of counters to become successful at the NFL level.

FIT WITH THE PACKERS: Keke may be the best value and fit, when talking about defensive linemen, in this entire class for the Packers. Green Bay doesn’t have a need for premium talent at the position at this moment but will in the near future. Keke has legitimate upside but needs some time to develop. Initially, he would provide some depth to the Packers’ defensive line group and would be able to be groomed to take over in a year or two if the Packers decided to move on from Mike Daniels.

Personally I'm glad Gute is drafting from the SEC instead of the Pac12 or Mac12

Since '61's picture

Nick - totally agree with your last sentence. The West Coast players besides Aaron Rodgers have just not worked out for the Packers. Much happier with Gute’s approach. Time will tell if it works out. Thanks, Since ‘61

Rak47's picture

Hadn't notice before you mentioned it but the first two picks were from the Big 10 and the next 3 from the SEC. That is a stark contrast to Thompson's usual selections from the Pac 12, WAC, MAC, Big East, ACC, and Sunbelt conferences.

Handsback's picture

Cowboys were watching this guy, so there's that. I'm surprised that Mack Wilson wasn't the pick for ILB.

D Ernie's picture

Packers passed on a dt from Clemson for this guy. Wonder why? He skipped the press too, wonder why. He lacks the big body. Wonder why. This draft just keeps getting better.

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Nick Perry's picture

I'm guessing here Ernie but I'd say it's because he's pretty athletic for a man his size and the 7.5 sacks & 11 TFL he had last season to lead his team...

Funny stat for a D-Linemen... He had 7 passes defensed in his career in College. He'll that's more than some of these CB's drafted. HAHA

MarkinMadison's picture

Just watched his tape from the Gator Bowl. He got a sack. Other than that, I really didn't see any plus plays.

Handsback's picture

Take what I said about Wilson back...Justin Hollins is who I would have loved to see (I know another edge). I thought he went in the 4th round, I really liked him, but now that he's a Bronco, I'll care later.

Doug Niemczynski's picture

No Mack Wilson?

What was wrong with him?

Doug Niemczynski's picture

RAW TALENT!! HIGH POTENTIAL!! #12 PICK IN THE DRAFT COMMENTARY SECTION OF CHEESEHEAD TV!!!! GRADE A Pick for the packers. He had slight brain injury, but he was CERTIFIED by the Packer faithful.

Doug Niemczynski's picture

Kingsley Keke?

sam1's picture

Doug Niemczynski ????????????????????????????!

MikeS's picture

The guy is a project.

D Ernie's picture

This year the whole team is a project

Barnacle's picture

D Ernie

Unfortunately our GM is a “project” too.

Coldworld's picture

7th round = project, or fodder. Take your choice. Seems like a good size and athleticism match with Burkes.

Swisch's picture

Doug, what has gotten into you?
Until this weekend, you seemed a such a level-headed, light-hearted lad.
Have you gone draft daft?
Then again, I guess I would have been somewhat distraught if the Packers had taken QB or RB or WR in the first four rounds.

D Ernie's picture

Three rounds. We don't get to participate in the forth. What a shame that is. There's a real lack of brain power in th staff.

Swisch's picture

One way to look at it is that we did get four players in the first three rounds, so that's even better than having a fourth-rounder.

Coldworld's picture

What the heck is this 4th round obsession? I’d rather have a potential starter at safety than 2 picks passed on 3 times by the entire league if we want to get better. We whined about numbers over quality for years. Now we have a GM trying for quality (inherently more risky and high profile as an approach) we are already whining about this approach?

Swisch's picture

What Savage may have that is worth trading up for is excellence as a center fielder in coverage and as a tackler in the open field.
We'll see, but safeties who can both cover and tackle at a high level seem to be few and far between.
In any case, I agree with your thinking, Coldworld -- plus we still managed eight picks in seven rounds overall, including four in the first three rounds (thus, in effect, getting a third-rounder with our fourth pick).

Bure9620's picture

Another high end Athlete, RAS of 8.6. His lower half looks like someone 350 lbs, strange body type.

sonomaca's picture

Put him in there with Fadol Brown, Looney, etc..see if any emerge.

Doug Niemczynski's picture

Dunno ...never been the same since that 1st pick in the draft at #12. Rashan Gary better turn out good for the Packers.

Doug Niemczynski's picture

Ruh-oh

Coldworld's picture

I’d be saying the same about whomsoever we picked. Let’s see before we decide. Clearly looks like they loved this guy and have a plan for him. Let’s find out what that is snd how he performs within that and then decide if Gute and co are earning their keep.

Daren726's picture

Git something good? This is the fifth round. Everyone is a relative unknown or has something to work on. They are all developmental talent at this point.

MikeS's picture

Amen brother.

jannes bjornson's picture

Aaron Kampman, anybody? 5th round.

Lare's picture

Would be nice to fill a few needs at some point- add an ILB, RB, OT, backup QB, KR, WR, blocking TE.

D Ernie's picture

Obviously at this point, the coaches don't see the same needs as us or they would not have given away two 4th round picks to a division foe. Of course wash would not pass at having 3 or 4 fourth rounders and they got some talent with them too, we sat it out.
I think the staff thinks way more highly of the talent they have then we do.

jannes bjornson's picture

Gurekunst has hit every need noted on this blog except PR/KR.

MarkinMadison's picture

I wonder if the Packers would be interested in Jay Ajayi?

Doug Niemczynski's picture

ok?

jsb937's picture

Fire this Gute guy now. This guy is a wasted pick. Will not make the team. No lower body strength. Fire Gute and hire Reggie McKenzie.

kevgk's picture

yikes

sonomaca's picture

As someone pointed out, Gute is just updating Al Davis: fill your team with athletic marvels, and outrun everyone else.

Daren726's picture

Give Gute a chance. He’s only been here two years in the big chair. He’s shaking it up and making you think. This is fantastic. In two years you can decide if he’s doing a good job or not. But not right now.

Doug Niemczynski's picture

How about 6th rounder for RB Duke Johnson?

JonnieB12's picture

I would be happy with that.

IceBowl's picture

Doug,

Why waste the 6th. You can get him for our 7th!

Doug Niemczynski's picture

Mo to Ajayi

jannes bjornson's picture

Once agan, It's time for the annual: Fire the Fans!

draftnut59's picture

I was hoping for DeMarkus Lodge here. I’d lost track of Mack Wilson. He would have been even better. How is he still on the board? What a weird draft!

Doug Niemczynski's picture

Yep...Savage at #12 might have been ok? Maybe

JonnieB12's picture

Or they could have traded down and drafted him and picked up a mid round pick....

draftnut59's picture

Trading away those fourth rounders away looks a lot different now. Starting to wish we’d have taken Savage @ 12 and kept them. There’s a lot more talent left on the board than I figured there would be.

HankScorpio's picture

After Savage, the next 2 Safeties off the board were Jonathan Abraham and Marquise Blair. When I compare Savage to those 2 and then look at who went in the area of those 2 4ths, I feel a lot better about trading up than I did on Thursday.

I think Savage can be special. I don't see that in any of the others, even through there are some good players. 1 special player is better than 3 solid ones.

4thand10's picture

Packers keep getting bigger up front , I like this pick. The less 240lb OLBs rushing from the outside the better. Looks like we are getting more 4-3 looks this year and I love it. I’m almost thinking we can bring pressure with 4.

leche's picture

Going 4-3 would at least make sense given our complete overlooking of another ILB to pair with Martinez

RWood832's picture

The Packers will be in their 3-4 defense less than 30% of the time. Lots of four man fronts with various combinations behind them.

Coldworld's picture

I think Jones, Burkes, Martinez will be our ILB corps. They do seem high on Burkes and I’ve been pushing to give Jones one role and that role not include deep coverage, so this makes sense to me.

PS. particularly so after last pick, sort of mid way between Burkes and Jones.

I think we are seeing Gute give Pettine the player types he desires. It will be fun to see what the D looks like with them in place. Like the CB pick a lot too.

Can any of these return punts too?

crayzpackfan's picture

Nice pick. If the defense stays healthy, we have zero excuses now Packer Nation. The D is stacked, has depth, and a seemingly good coach. I’m excited to see that side of the ball perform.

sonomaca's picture

Seemingly? He’s a good coach.

crayzpackfan's picture

I think he’s good. Seemingly meaning he still has to show it. He’s done ok with what he has, but.....

Swisch's picture

Now, finish with an offensive lineman, perhaps a future tackle; and a quick running back/kick returner like Darren Sproles.

ShooterMcGee's picture

The trenches on both sides of the ball have definitely been upgraded thru free agency and the draft. Now add some running backs and ILBs in the 6th, 7th, and UDFA and our team should be able to compete with anyone. I am curious as to how UDFA make their decisions on which teams to sign with. Certainly our lack of depth at RB and ILB must be a factor.

Swisch's picture

I could see a slightly slimmed-down Rashan Gary playing some at ILB, and eventually starring there.
Josh Jones may contribute greatly there in certain situations.
Oren Burks may turn out to be really good.
That doesn't mean we can't get some more at that position, though.

Doug Niemczynski's picture

Ka'Dar?

I guess were in the K's

Letter "L" should be coming up shortly.

sonomaca's picture

RAS 9.32. 6 feet tall.

leche's picture

At this point it's pretty obvious that anyone reading an RAS chart can do Gute's job.

This is ridiculous

JonnieB12's picture

Surprised by this pick as well. He ran a 4.37 40 at his pro day with a 39 inch vertical. I guess he will be another developmental player.

JonnieB12's picture

King has 2 years left on his contract right? Planning for the future if they dont resign king and/or he cant stay healthy.

leche's picture

When are we ever going to actually try to win now? We have 4 years left of Rodgers, at some point the future has to be now or we'll end up wasting the last decade of his career

JonnieB12's picture

Not many 6th round picks come in day 1 and are difference makers. Hard to get "win now" guys in this round. Am surprised they didnt go RB or TE again.

leche's picture

Sure, but maybe don't spend early round picks on 3 year projects then...?

Coldworld's picture

Perhaps they like Tonyan and that’s why no 5th TE. As to RB, again they may like what they have and UDFA options.

HankScorpio's picture

"When are we ever going to actually try to win now?"

The $56 mil in signing bonus for free agents isn't trying to win now? Just what exactly would they need to do in order to convince you they are trying to win now?

MarkinMadison's picture

Maybe that could draft Reggie White. That might do it.

sonomaca's picture

Need corner depth. These guys are always hurt.

jannes bjornson's picture

A complete rebuild of the Defense in many ways. Let's get to Work.
3 and outs...Field Position...Control the clock...Get Turnovers...Set the tone.

Handsback's picture

Would like to see Penny Hart, WR, nobody could cover during the Senior Bowl.

leche's picture

Soooo next pick, depending on the position:
RB- Alex Barnes
WR- Emanuel Hall
OL- Yosuah Nijman
LB- Ty Summers

Doug Niemczynski's picture

Well, they did pick someone with a good name. Dexter.

Doug Niemczynski's picture

Has anyone been able to predict who the pack was going to draft in any of the 7 rounds?

JonnieB12's picture

Only Jace Sternburger

leche's picture

I called that Ty Summers pick (see above)... RAS, FTMFW!

IceBowl's picture

From SI.com '' 'What had come out of our session in 1989 was my April 24 cover story for Sports Illustrated entitled The Incredible Bulk, with SI's editors declaring Mandarich the Best Offensive Line Prospect EVER. ''

Get over it kids. There were busts in the past, there will be busts today and there will be busts in the future.

Even the "Best Prospects" of all time.

Surely all of us average joes (using the term loosely in a few cases) don't know who will be a bust or all pro. We are not privy to all the interviews, medical exams, family history , hobbies, likes or dislikes, etc any of these rookies has.

The people that do know are our (other teams also) scouting department and GM. They spend the whole year digging for ALL the info on players. How can you claim to compare?

SpurgeonsCigar's picture

I had Darnell Savage and Keke Kinsley in my list of draft guys.

Tundraboy's picture

All I know is I'm feeling a hell of a lot better about our team than I did at this time last year

MarkinMadison's picture

I couldn't agree more. The holes last year were many and obvious. Other than counting on Savage (always a risk with a rookie) and MVS/EQ (a projection, but a reasonable one), this team seems to have credible answers at all positions now. I'm not buying my Super Bowl tickets or anything, but if they can jell on both sides of the ball then I don't see why they wouldn't be contenders for the North again.

SpurgeonsCigar's picture

I admit I was a part of the Freakout Parade when Rashan Gary was chosen. Now that the smoke has had some time to clear the parade room I have taken a step back from the ledge. His film does show an incrediblly powerful and fast young man. He was disruptive and allowed other players like Bush and Winovich to garner more tackles. If he stays healthy he can be part of a rotation of generating some great pressure. He won't be on the field all three downs. The big guys always need more breathers. Rotationally he may be a havoc creator. I like the way the draft focused on the defense . Even the CB in the 6th round looks like a keeper. I apologize for my earlier "jumping to a conclusion without having all the necessary information". I also really like the Notre Dame RB who could add some juice to the offense. The TE Jace Sternberger also will be a difference maker. All in all it appears to be the MAKINGS of a wonderful draft.

IceBowl's picture

SpurgeonsCigar,

No apologies necessary. That was the majority opinion around here.

As I am no draftnick, I have to trust our experts to make the player evals.

I, like you, are extremely hopeful and excited for this new direction.

4thand10's picture

Did anyone take Alex Barnes? I thought for sure he would get drafted by somebody.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

I think Keke represents exceptional value at pick 150.

KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

If anyone has taken the time to compare Gary and Keke you find some interesting contrast. Size wise they both are very similar in height and weight. Then take their Combine stats and compare. Obviously Gary's stats are significantly better than Keke's overall.

However, when you compare stats for production last year Keke doubled the # of sacks Gary had. Did not get into tackes behind the line of scrimmage or overall tackles. Just focusing on the # of sacks.

I suppose one could spin all the above several different ways but for me I interpret it that Gary really was not used in the most effective way. Should be very interesting to see how the Pack uses him and his production as a result.

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