Seven Possible Day Three Draft Picks for the Packers

Here are some day three prospects Green Bay might go after in the draft. 

There’s been quite a bit of discussion already about possible free agents the Packers could target, and who Green Bay might consider in the first three rounds of the draft, so instead today let’s look at some potential picks in rounds four through seven of the draft. General Manager Brian Gutekunst has seven picks on day three, so in no particular order, here are seven names that could be of interest to the Packers when they’re on the clock. 

A.J. Dillon - Boston College - Running Back

Dillon looked explosive at the combine and posted an elite relative athletic score (RAS) of 9.18. Dillon is a much bigger back than Aaron Jones or Jamaal Williams at 6-0, 250lbs, making him an interesting backfield complement. Dillon had over 1,000 yards rushing and 10-plus touchdowns in each of his three seasons at Boston College, with 4,382 yards total and 38 touchdowns. He also averaged 5.2 yards per carry during his career. His 1,685 rushing yards in 2019 was good for first in the ACC. 

Jabari Zuniga - Florida - EDGE

With Kyler Fackrell likely departing in free agency, the Packers will need to invest in a fourth edge rusher behind Za’Darius Smith, Preston Smith, and Rashan Gary. Edge is a position where a high RAS matters to Gutekunst, so Jabari Zuniga from Florida would be a great day three pickup with an elite 9.74 RAS. Gary ran an insane 4.58 40-yard dash at the combine, and Zuniga wasn’t far behind with his own 4.64. He’s one of those explosive talents that hasn’t been able to put all the pieces together yet, so giving him a year as a rotational rusher behind the big three could do wonders for his stock as a developmental prospect late in the draft. 

Chase Claypool - Notre Dame - Wide Receiver

Claypool had just about the perfect combine, and while that might shoot him up some draft boards, he’s still a day three player in a loaded wide receiver class. At 6-4, Claypool is a big-bodied receiver with a broad catch radius. He’s also a quality run-blocker, which is something Matt LaFleur expects of his receivers. Claypool had an impressive senior season at Notre Dame, erupting onto the scene with 1,037 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns, averaging 15.7 yards per reception. While it still makes sense for the Packers to take a more pro-ready receiver in the first few rounds, Claypool is an exciting day three talent with a lot of upside to round out the receivers room. 

Michael Ojemudia - Iowa - Cornerback

If there’s one position that Gutekunst is dead set on drafting athletes, it’s defensive backs. Beginning at the end of Ted Thompson's tenure with Kevin King (9.93) and Josh Jones (9.07), Gutekunst drafted Jaire Alexander (9.54), Josh Jackson (9.18), and Ka’dar Hollman (9.21) who all have elite RAS scores, and Ojemudia would be no exception with his 9.13 RAS. At 6-1, he’s a lengthy corner with nice reach to play outside. He also nabbed three interceptions in both his 2018 and 2019 seasons. While he didn’t enter the draft as pro-ready as his Iowa counterpart in Jackson, he’s a great late-round flyer that could bolster the back half of a talented cornerbacks unit. 

Harrison Bryant - Florida Atlantic - Tight End

Bryant is an ideal day-three pick for the Packers. While NFL comps are just that, comps, it bodes well for Bryant that his is George Kittle. At 6-5, 243lbs, he’s a willing run blocker and big target in the middle of the field. Bryant posted his first 1,000-yard season in 2019 for Florida Atlantic with seven touchdowns and a 15.4 yards per catch average. As Jace Sternberger develops into a larger role on offense, Bryant is a capable rookie to pair opposite him in two tight end sets. Throw in a savvy vet like Marcedes Lewis for Bryant to learn behind for another year, and the future at the position looks good in Green Bay. 

Javelin Guidry - Utah - Defensive Back

Guidry’s position isn’t as clearly defined as some of the other players on this list, and the Packers could try him at either corner or safety. He’s a little undersized at only 5-9, but he ran a blazing 4.29 40-yard dash and would immediately make a difference on special teams as a gunner. He could also see some defensive snaps at slot corner if the Packers decide to keep Alexander on the boundary. Guidry’s 9.3 RAS falls into the explosive category Gutekunst targets for his secondary, and with an interception returned for a touchdown his freshman season, he might be worth a late day three gamble. 

Bravvion Roy - Baylor - Defensive Line

The Packers need a run-stuffing nose tackle, and that’s just what the team would get in Bravvion Roy. At 333lbs, Roy is a monster in the middle of the defensive line. His senior year at Baylor was his best, posting 61 total tackles with 13 for a loss, as well as 5.5 sacks and one forced fumble. With Kenny Clark serving primarily as the team’s interior pass rusher, Green Bay needs to invest in a run-stopper. 

 

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Maggie Loney is a writer for Cheesehead TV, podcaster for the Pack-A-Day Podcast and Pack's What She Said, and hosts a weekly live show called Happy Hour through Game On Wisconsin. Find her on Twitter at @MaggieJLoney.

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greengold's picture

March 10, 2020 at 12:03 pm

Thanks for the heads-up, Maggie! Well done.

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March 10, 2020 at 12:25 pm

Good write up. If we landed Claypool & Bryant I’d be ecstatic

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stockholder's picture

March 11, 2020 at 11:15 am

Won't make it pass the 3rd rd.

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March 11, 2020 at 11:18 am

B. Roy is a beast I would draft to replace some injury prone dead wood.
Get these 3 and they will see some game time snaps.

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March 10, 2020 at 12:34 pm

LOGAN WILSON!!!!!

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March 10, 2020 at 12:37 pm

Maggie, make sure you revisit this after the draft and undrafted picks are done. Good choices so it will be interesting.

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PatrickGB's picture

March 10, 2020 at 02:42 pm

I have a feeling that Gutie might trade down and I can see that the players mentioned might be attractive on day three. He would have the ammunition to do that. Still, he surprised us with last years picks so, who knows?

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Lare's picture

March 10, 2020 at 03:01 pm

I would expect that one of Gutekunst's day three picks will be a QB.

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March 10, 2020 at 03:17 pm

Javelin Guidry might be my favorite player name since Barkevious Mingo.

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dobber's picture

March 11, 2020 at 07:19 am

...or Harry Colon

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March 10, 2020 at 06:20 pm

I really appreciate articles such as this. The RAS scores are a great way to devine who might be a late round pick for Gute.
I hope we are in on the just released linebacker Christian Kirksey. Liked him 6 years ago out of Iowa and he has played well in Cleveland. We must upgrade the linebacker position.

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March 10, 2020 at 08:10 pm

He's beginning to have injury issues (hamstring,torn pectoral muscle) the last two seasons. Too much risk for me!

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March 10, 2020 at 07:54 pm

For clarification, it is Jabari Zuniga, not Jabril. Regardless, Zuniga played strong side defensive end for UF and sometimes rushed from the inside. I don’t think he will ever have the quickness to play edge in a 3-4. He certainly never dropped into coverage nor rushed from a stand up position. I suppose he, like Gary, could be converted to edge but still don’t think he would excel there. His teammate J Greenard is much more suited to play outside in a 3-4. Both are good players but I think Greenard makes more sense for the Packers defense scheme. Plus...he plays with his hair on fire which I love. Zuniga Was projected first rounder before an ankle injury had him miss about 9 games.

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MaggieLoney's picture

April 16, 2020 at 02:52 pm

Good catch! I was just circling back to this and realized his name must've autocorrected. Wish I would've caught it sooner but appreciate you pointing it out!

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March 10, 2020 at 08:29 pm

I did a quick check of our roster and 23 guys were Day 3 picks, which was more than the first two days combined. So obviously those last four rounds, and the UDFAs, make up the bulk of your team.

I like the Boston College RB. As we get closer to the draft, I think he’d be a great pickup on the third day.

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stockholder's picture

March 11, 2020 at 11:13 am

Offense is the better late picks, This year stay to OL and Wrs.

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March 11, 2020 at 11:59 am

Ross Uglem Mock 8.0 - 30: J. Jefferson WR 62. Jordan Elliott DL #94 Malik Harrison LB 133. Ben Bartch OT 167. John HighTower Wr 175. Devin Asiasi TE UCLA. Bartch & HighTower are great picks for a Day 3. I still would have taken Watkins Wr or Thomas WR before Asiasi TE. (The Slot WR must be filled) Pass big Time on Elliott. And Harrison is 2nd round.( Solid LB)

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March 11, 2020 at 07:19 am

Two guys to keep an eye on...
QB-Cole McDonald from HI
ILB/S- Jeremy Chinn from So. IL-6-3 220 and 4.45 in forty. I don't know his 3-cone
Both of these guys could fill one of those late round picks.

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March 11, 2020 at 11:10 am

Chinn: asset in sub packages as his role evolves. Weaknesses=. Processing - Man Cover Skills- He’s not a safety that can be counted on to consistently hold up in man coverage,
Not as instinctive as he needs to be
Eye-balance needs improvement
Plays through a straw when asked to cover, losing play development around him
Football IQ is below average at this time
Bait routes pull him out of deep coverage duties
Could struggle in digesting combo routes
Slow to read keys and flow to football from the box
Will need to eliminate head-ducking as chop-down tackler

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March 11, 2020 at 11:15 am

I don't mind late RAS or Sparq picks. But Get somebody that has a high IQ and doesn't play stupid.

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March 17, 2020 at 07:06 am

that is something incredible

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