The Lass Word: Few, If Any, Starting Spots Open for Pack Draftees

Where is the most likely place for a rookie to start on this team?

Seems like we’ve been waiting for the NFL draft forever and, finally, it’s almost here.  As fans, we are left to speculate, debate and argue over whom the Packers should pick and in what round.  But come the end of draft weekend, when Green Bay’s selections are all in, will any of them be good enough to actually start for this team? 

 

The Packers are one of the three or four best teams in the National Football League.  You’re in that position because you have a lot of good players.  Brain Gutekunst and Russ Ball have gone to great lengths to bring back as many of them as possible.  As a result, there are few, if any, starting jobs you would consider to be open heading into training camp. 

 

 

Offensive Line 

 

Assuming David Bakhtiari is not ready to start the season, this might be the most likely position group to start a rookie.   Four of the five starters at the moment would be some combination of Elgton Jenkins, Billy Turner, Lucas Patrick and Jon Runyan.  Two second year players, Simon Stepaniak and Jake Hanson, will compete for the fifth spot along with UDFA Josh Nijman.   This draft is deep in tackle prospects.  A late first rounder like Michigan’s Jalen Mayfield or Samuel Cosmi out of Texas might show out well enough in camp to claim the right tackle spot.  If the Packers were to go with someone like Alabama center Landon Dickerson, I could see him moving directly into the starting center job.  But drafting centers in the first round is rare. 

 

 

Defensive Line 

 

The Packers will line up in different ways, requiring different numbers of defensive linemen, so it’s tricky to figure out who the D-Line starters are.  Kenny Clark, Dean Lowry and Kingsley Keke are at the head of the line on the current roster.  Tyler Lancaster is first sub in.  It’s not hard to imagine a rookie being good enough to start in this position group, a rookie like Christian Barmore for example.  It’s not a great year for D-linemen in this draft, so Green Bay would probably have to move up to get a starting caliber talent. 

 

 

Cornerback 

 

Jaire Alexander is a lock on one side.  I have to believe the Packers re-signed Kevin King with the intention of starting him on the other side.  Would a rookie talent like Asante Samuel Jr or Greg Newsome II be good enough to beat King out?  That would be a fun competition to watch in camp.   Green Bay is also going to need someone to play that “star” position, which resembles a slot corner.  Chandon Sullivan is back but he could be vulnerable.   

 

 

Inside Linebacker 

 

You’d have to be good enough to beat out second year players Krys Barnes and Kamal Martin, along with Ty Summers.  Penn State’s Micah Parsons is, but doubtful he will still be around.  Kentucky’s Jamin Davis or Tulsa’s Zaven Collins could make things very interesting. 

 

 

 

Wide Receiver 

 

Might be a year too late for a rookie to break into the starting line-up in this unit.  The number two and three receiver spots were wide open last year, but Allen Lazard and MVS had decent seasons, gained the trust of their quarterback, and seem established at their positions.  Toss in EQ and Devin Funchess, and playing time will be fiercely competitive.  Maybe someone like Florida’s Kadarius Toney could come in and start in the slot, but you’d have to grab him in the first round and I just don’t see Green Bay going that way with their top pick.  The Pack will have to restock the receiver position for 2022, so expect at least one or two to be drafted, but it’s hard to see any of them starting. 

 

 

That’s about it.  The Packer starters would seem to be set at quarterback, running back, tight end, edge rusher and safety.  Or am I missing something? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ken Lass is a former Green Bay television sports anchor and 43 year media veteran, a lifelong Packers fan, and a shareholder.

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marpag1's picture

April 22, 2021 at 03:17 pm

The Packers seventh round draft choice will start as a long snapper: Camaron Cheeseman, LS, Michigan

Go Packers. Go Cheeseman.

It's gotta happen. You know it does.

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Razer's picture

April 22, 2021 at 03:27 pm

Don't know Camaron Cheeseman but after reading your endorsement - I gotta have him. Get me some Cheese Man!

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nostradanus's picture

April 22, 2021 at 05:12 pm

I wants me sum cheeseman too! Go get him!

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Razer's picture

April 22, 2021 at 03:25 pm

Sorry Ken but I feel that there are numerous spots to upgrade throughout the team. The O-line may be the most glaring. Billy turner is not a RT and only an adequate guard. We need a center and a half season answer at LT. The offense needs a quick twitch slot WR and another RB to cover for the likely injuries that will test our depth in the backfield.

D-line needs 2 guys to upgrade a chronic weakness on this defense. We have two basic starters at ILB that were rookies last year and are by no means enough to fill the need. We need a corner who will cover for the weaknesses that will be there again this season.

There will be a lot of opportunity for smart, talented players. Will the draft yield a lot of first day starters - I doubt it. But, if we draft well, there will be many new faces contributing to a playoff run particularly on defense and special teams.

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Leatherhead's picture

April 22, 2021 at 03:40 pm

Right tackle.

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greengold's picture

April 22, 2021 at 04:31 pm

I don’t get it, Ken.

OL is without TWO All-Pro players entering the 2021 season, along with the loss of last year’s FA pickup RT Rick Wagner. 1 starter.

DL. The Packers have ONE known quantity in Kenny Clark. Lowry and Lancaster are bottom of the barrel and ought to be replaced. Kingsley Keke should show development. Willington Previlon has hopefully hit the gas on his development as well - he could be a big help if so. Clark must get relief from his regular 70+ snap counts. 2 starters needed here.

CB? Are King, Jackson, Hollman & Ento all going to jump out of the hot tub at the same time? 1 starter.

ILB has Martin and Barnes, who I like, but the Barry D requires top end play there. The Packers currently lack that with certainty at both starter positions, with ZERO quality backup at the positon. 1 starter.

At WR, you mention we will need starters there next year for sure, but, LaFleur’s O utilizes a gadget WR heavily. The Packers should draft and instant starter who will get a solid 35-50 snaps/game if they are good - and we need a really good one. 1 starter.

Might have forgotten how this new D system employs Safeties differently... 1 starter.

Who is the Packers Kick Returner, again? Punt Returner? Are they the same? No. Rarely. What about our starting punter? Does Gutekunst draft one just to piss off Corey Behnke? 2 starters.

Granted, the development of Yosh Nijman and the trio drafted last year of Stepaniak, Hansen and Runyan will be helpful there. Gutekunst has added what I consider to be quality players to develop, and we may realize that development in some this year. Some we know have met their ceilings. Hoping for the best.

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blondy45's picture

April 22, 2021 at 06:12 pm

The Pack will not get 9 starters out of this years or any years draft. If we get 3 starters this year out of this draft it will be amazing (injuries?). We may get a number of future starters in this draft class, but picking where we are, the draft is again going to be for the future. Not to keep beating a dead horse but, next year we will need many players to be ready to step up and fill the needs of the dearly departed.

Our O-line will be fine this year with young quality linemen waiting to start their pro careers. OT does need to be addressed when appropriate in this draft. No interior linemen needed. Draft an OT to be an OFFENSIVE TACKLE.

CB's are the 2nd biggest need next to the DL position. Our returning defensive backfield is more than adequate, though quality depth is very much lacking. I am sure Gute will address this need this year. Whomever they draft we need them to be able to TACKLE in run support. A star Safety/LB (Moehrig) would be welcomed too.

DL looks like a no go in the draft this year unless Barmore falls to the 29th slot (will not happen). Later post draft vets signings will be needed. We need to stock the RB position later in the draft. TE and QB needs are fortunately not needed in this draft. Punter FA hopefully will wake up JK Scott or else, bye bye.

WR's need some talent for the near future, not a starter now. It is going to be a battle this camp for playing time on our roster as it is now. I see no more than two WR's, one being a speed slot weapon on draft day with the current roster makeup.

LB's are not usually a Packer priority, rarely drafted early is the Packers MO. I have no way of knowing who will be available at the end of this draft, but if Zaven Collins (my preference) or JOK is there at 29, PICK ONE. Barry has the history of being a LB coach. He needs a stout LB to control his defensive scheme. Our LB on roster talent is 2nd worst next to the DL on our current roster.

One week to go, I can not wait. Please not not trade up in the first round. RELAX, be PATIENT, and let the board come to us. And oh yes, keep the phone lines open!

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nostradanus's picture

April 22, 2021 at 05:22 pm

The Packers draft fiscally thinking and a year ahead in most cases. Knowing that guys like Preston Smith, Z, Amos and Turner have good size cap hits coming that definitely weighs into their draft strategy more than finding guys who can start day 1.

Because they are a solid and well run team they can draft BPA which is the smart and higher percentage way to draft.

The Packers GM will try to hit the most glaring positions, OL-WR-DL-DB-Edge-ILB and may wait until UDFA to get a TE - RB - QB #3 - KR, when you are drafting #29 & #62 you are looking for BPA unless you are willing to gut some of your middle rounds and trade up, which will most likely happen.

But who knows? Thats the fun of it all ;)

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GatorJason's picture

April 22, 2021 at 05:27 pm

Packers could get three players competing for starting role at OT, CB and either ILB or DT depending on who they pick at the top of the draft.

More importantly, they need six or seven to stick and compete for playing time in 2022 when the Packers cut loose over-priced, under-performing veterans. This is the draft Gutey needs to be solid and bat better than .500. The talent is there but they are tougher to predict due to COVID19 folks who elected not to play last year or had limited opportunity to play.

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stockholder's picture

April 22, 2021 at 05:37 pm

It may be weak. But the next step is the DL. You called it. Any draft pick won't beat out whats in front of them. So take what this draft gives you on the DL . Barmore RD1. Nixon , McNeill, Marvin Wilson, Rd 2.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 22, 2021 at 08:52 pm

They will probably go to the DT/DE in the fourth round.

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stockholder's picture

April 22, 2021 at 11:03 pm

4th rd should be LB and slot cb

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CheesyTex's picture

April 23, 2021 at 11:31 am

Hoping they get a mid-round shot at Jay Tufele, DT USC. Sat out last year, but is solid by most reports and was a game wrecker the one time I saw him play.

IMO he could get into the rotation in year 1 -- as the used car salesmen say, "I guarantee it".

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Coldworld's picture

April 22, 2021 at 05:44 pm

OL possibly but I think unlikely, DL potentially (have to come from somewhere), butCB/DB probably most likely to receive the most snaps as rookies, which is really what matters these days. Starter is not the most relevant term.

The ideal would be CB 2, but more realistically plenty of opportunities to upgrade and deepen in whatever mix Barry uses.

That’s without dealing with situational and sub packages. Kick returner is one, slot/option another, but the point isn’t solely who starts in any package but also improving depth when injuries hit, which they will.

Lots of spots where this roster can be upgraded as well as some where, at the moment, we lack even numbers (DL, DB, CB, returner, option, slot WR, 5th WR, 3rd RB, unless you are banking on futures types and back of the roster holdovers.

Competition is good.

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April 22, 2021 at 05:44 pm

Have to agree that at least 7 new starters are NEEDED, providing 1 can also return kicks & punts, plus a Punter & Long Snapper, that's 9. Reality is that you just can't find that many starting caliber players in the draft even if you hit on the 10 we have in every round. Starting caliber Rookies are rare. Draft BPA & believe in your coach & develop philosophy to get better. This only works if you'll consider FA's to fill in the gaps. Tough to do with no cap room.

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April 22, 2021 at 06:44 pm

I disagree that we NEED a lot of new starters but wholeheartedly agree that a new starting punter would be nice and a new punt and kick returner are almost a certainty. Our ST need some new blood. I suspect we'll draft an OL (1 of the 5 positions, thank you Elton) and that person will see a lot of snaps. Otherwise draft for depth and the future. I must say that I really appreciate how Gute addresses the glaring needs via FA which frees him up immensely in the draft.

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Titletown222's picture

April 22, 2021 at 06:13 pm

Potential staring spots available - C RT OG WR (slot or outside) DL (2spots) ILB, slot corner/hybrid safety, returner I can see our 1st 2nd and possibly 3rd round pick challenging for a starting spot at most of these positions

We don’t need to swing for the fences and have the mentality of picking a player at a certain position just because it’s a stronger immediate need.

We need to focus on the best player that has the ability to help this team in 2021 and 2022. No 3 year projects. With the depth at positions that fit most of our needs, I truly believe we can find players in all 7 rounds that can contribute now and in 2022.

I think we should come out of this draft with 9+ picks to help replenish the depth on this team.

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CoachDino's picture

April 22, 2021 at 07:48 pm

IMO the OL is in desperate need of 1 day 1 starter from this draft UNLESS the packers know something that the public/Media doesn't in how far along Yosh, Runyan and step are. Runyan was bad last year, period. It was just washed over due to it not being terrible and having a All Pro center next to him. Doesn't mean he can't be better this year. Patrick was between Avg/below avg as well. Hopefully he makes a jump. From what the media says hanson is a boy amongst men. Step was a 6th Rd pick, why would anyone think he is going to come in a be an avg G right out of the shoot. Then on the outside you have an Avg at best Tackle in Turner (He sucked against TB) and the other is Yosh or your LG Elkins.

Arod is the man but he is not a young man and his performance is going to suffer greatly if he can't execute the offense w/o having to worry about getting crunched, the days of scrambling Arod are over. Not only because he's lost a step or two but they don't have the WR like that anymore. ARod is a Goat at moving around within the Pocket to extend plays, lets at least give him the tools to do it.

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PhantomII's picture

April 22, 2021 at 10:04 pm

Rodgers could use a couple better WR's but running around was MM poorly designed offensive scheme. These bad habits got both collar bones broken. Getting rid of the ball around 3 seconds makes poor OL look passable most of the time. Half of the problem is AR not hitting his WR in time. How many quick slants do you see. Favre bread and butter throws. Last year was the first year of Rodgers career he checked down passes at a decent rate and he played much more crisp than past years. I wouldn't mind a OT but I'd rather burn 2 first rounds on DL and CB first.

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greengold's picture

April 22, 2021 at 10:25 pm

The last time we won a Super Bowl, we drafted a OT Round 1. Bryan Bulaga. Do it again.

We have AR, Aaron Jones, Dillon, none of whom will do well without a solid OL.

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Guam's picture

April 23, 2021 at 07:14 am

You may be underrating Stepaniak a little bit. He was widely regarded as better than a 6th round pick, but fell to there because of his torn ACL which was going to require a "redshirt year". Have no idea whether he will be good enough to start, but I wouldn't dismiss him just because of the 6th round label.

I do expect the Packers to take an OT early simply because Turner is on the last year of his contract and will be over 30 when his next contract comes up. The Packers need to do some cap management in 2022 and a good young RT on his rookie contract would be a great place to start.

I also think that one of the developmental IOL players will come through and be the replacement for Linsley on the O-line. If not, we will see a center drafted in rounds 4/5.

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greengold's picture

April 22, 2021 at 08:37 pm

So many great comments in here. While I was merely calling out needs, there are other considerations. Namely, player development. I’m actually SUPER excited to see what Matt LaFleur and his staff has done with many players who needed development. Previlon could become a huge factor on our DL, as can Keke. Yosh Nijman ought to be able to pop in at RT with 2 solid years of intense coaching. The trio of Stepaniak, Hansen & Runyan could emerge and surprise many. I thought Begelton was a great slot WR UDFA add last year.

It’s possible we might not be as devoid of talent as I’ve been thinking. Some players, you can tell there’s not much ceiling left. Others, we really won’t see till TC.

I really like Ento, Hollman, Randy Ramsey... some of those guys could surprise. Chandon Sullivan could be our Ace in the hole if he returns at a higher level. Could have had a sophomore slump. Regardless, I think Gutekunst will make us much better in a week!

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CoachDino's picture

April 22, 2021 at 11:44 pm

I so hope your right. Not knowing where these guys are in their development is what makes wanting and predicting draft picks so impossible. Us fans and media have only half the required information. If this is Arods last year I just hate to see him behind a line that has just 1 above avg players until Bahk gets back.

A good point was made on the board about release time being so critical, so true. If the line can Run block well it will help slow the rush as well, in rub or pass situations.

We saw Keke can be a help on the line before injury so he's encouraging. It's not that Sullivan stinks he's just not good enough against teams that know how to expose him. That Slot/Star/Nickel position is getting more and more valuable, best case scenario they find a CB that can do both and he can take over for the weakest link as the season progresses.

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Coldworld's picture

April 23, 2021 at 07:42 am

There are some players in the PS/futures group that may have more impact this year.

At OLB Galeai, if he has managed to add weight and strength—something Garvin needs to do too, but I actually think Galeai could be better in terms of potential. Both could be significantly improved. Can one of them learn to cover?

Hanson at C. A good C with upper body strength but he needed to work on his lower body. If he has, he could surprise I believe.

On DL, I’m actually more optimistic that Anthony Rush could make an impact. He’s good against the run and has the ability to push the pocket. He’s a little further along in his development than Previlon at a position that often takes time. Previlon needs to add a lot in the weight room at well under 300, whereas Rush is a genuine big body at around 350.

At DB, Ento remains intriguing if he can ever stay healthy as an outside prospect, but there are two valid candidates for DB in the middle that may have upside: Stanford Samuels and KeiVarae Russell. Russell is a plus run supporter and could fit well in Barry’s scheme as i currently understand it. Samuels is another. I see Samuels as more a cb type and Russell as more of a safety longer term, both in the middle.

Offensively, Nuata is a conventional TE with good hands and plus blocking—better than Tonyan and Sternberger. He tested poorly athletically, but his tape was more impressive. He could make a genuine run at TE behind Tonyan if Sternberger struggles. Other than that, Patrick Taylor might be more than a body at RB and WR Juwaan Winfree has upside if he can tap into it.

Obviously not all will make a jump (there are others I know very little (even less) of too). I do think we have some genuine prospects carried over that may make a legitimate push this year, in addition to draftees. We may have a couple of pieces under our nose who didn’t show up last year.

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PackEyedOptimist's picture

April 23, 2021 at 05:50 am

Good comments CW, and I'd add Weber at RB and Black and Scott at S. It's always hard for fans to know what the coaches are seeing at practice, but this year is much worse since we didn't even get to see practices or pre-season games last year.

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PhantomII's picture

April 22, 2021 at 09:53 pm

If Gute moves up for anything in the first but a QB, They will start. CB- Asante Samuel. Everyone says if he was 6' tall he'd be #1 CB in the draft. Speed overcomes a lot in positioning for a CB pass defensed. He will be good. Might have to move up 5-7 spots.

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PackerBacker77's picture

April 23, 2021 at 05:57 am

Lol , 5-7 spots. More like 10-14

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 23, 2021 at 06:24 am

I think they replace King next year and pick up a slot CB in the third or fourth. Two would be best. I still prefer two picks in the first round to solidify the ILB spot with Collins and then, yes, Samuel becomes part of the conversation as a guy to target or the OT.

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oceanstrength's picture

April 22, 2021 at 10:38 pm

Yes, you are missing something. The same thing everyone seems to be missing since Ted Thompson stopped reminding us every time he spoke.
You take the best player available regardless of position!
This is because an injury, which are an absolute guarantees, can and will strike any position at any time and create an instant starter.
The nfl is a revolving door. Draft order means nothing, absolutely nothing.

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Coldworld's picture

April 23, 2021 at 07:55 am

BPA isn’t a scientific measure. It’s a best guess based on some data, such as athletic testing and subjective analysis OT tape and other factors. BPA really means the best player in the GM’s opinion in light of team needs, testing, film and so on.

That is why teams misdraft so often, why they have different priorities and why the talking head experts are so often wildly wrong about who gets taken by whom and when.

BPA sounds good. It has the word ‘best’ in it. It suggests an empirical approach without predicting and is hard to rebuff as a defense of a pick. That’s why it is used so often. What Ted was telling you was that generally he would take the player he liked best regardless of position, but that position might be one of the reasons he liked him.

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PhantomII's picture

April 23, 2021 at 10:18 pm

So we're drafting another unneeded QB because he is BPA. Got it.

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albert999's picture

April 22, 2021 at 10:45 pm

60% of drafted OL sign a second contract 27% WR
That being said rd1 OL round 2 CB,WR in that order

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pakmann's picture

April 22, 2021 at 11:50 pm

Ken,
I like your thinking.
With the extra choices I'd like to move up in the 1st getting a defensive starter, and again getting another defensive starter in the 2nd.
Isn't this team on the verge of a Super Bowl, or what?
We have plenty offensive lineman ready to prove if they are worthy of making the 52 man roster.
Don't mortgage next years draft choices but go after some young speed on defense and take a shot at adding 2 defensive starters. Packers need to get more 3 and outs, putting that offense back on the field.

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April 23, 2021 at 05:35 am

Nothing has changed at WR from 2019 to 2020 to 2021. Rook WRs are notoriously slow to develop. But the bar to clear is about as low as it gets for a starting spot. Lazard and MVS both put up 33 catches last year. That's barely 2/game. MVS did that with gaudy yards/catch. And plenty of bad drops. Both block fairly well, which is no small deal. But saying a WR is paid to block is like saying a CB is paid to tackle. It's a nice fundamental to master but not the primary gig. WRs are paid to catch the ball and CBs are paid to prevent those catches. And coaches are paid to ensure their guys master the fundamentals.

I am just as baffled when people say WR is not a big need as I am when they say OT is a big need. It's like people think Bahk sucks and thost two don't. That's just not how I see it.

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murf7777's picture

April 23, 2021 at 07:39 am

Hank, I agree about our WR’s but we did just fine last year. Build the OL and give Rodgers the time and he will find them. That said, I think you get your WR in day 2. More importantly, we need them to develop for future years.

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PhantomII's picture

April 24, 2021 at 12:53 am

They develop slow if you choose outside RD 1 generally. Several WR last year had great first years. How solid the GM picking the prospects makes a big difference as well as how high you pick them. A few slide through every year in 2-3 RD and produce like Terry McClauren WFT, Claypool but honestly sometimes you and I may see it and they won't. I think we tend to condense things down to what we need versus GM decisions scope is much larger.

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April 23, 2021 at 08:55 am

I think we need a starting player at either OT or C on the OL and we need a starting WR whether in the slot or on the outside. The idea of MVS improving after 3 seasons in the league is 50/50 at best.

On defense we need a starting CB and hopefully a DL who can at least rotate in as the season goes on.

I realize that it's unlikely that we will get 3 starters out of one draft but if we can get 3 players who are on their to becoming starters during 2021 that would be a big help to the roster. A starting CB would be most important as that gives us some depth and maybe one of our current DBs can move into the star position.

Thanks, Since '61

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greengold's picture

April 23, 2021 at 01:19 pm

It's pretty interesting at CB. A lot of unknowns in terms of what we have. Sullivan, Hollman, Ento all looked to have the goods, the latter two unavailable due to injury their two years in GB. Sullivan looked great as a rookie, then seemed to hit a sophomore slump last season. Maybe he bounces back. Maybe not.

We should consider CB in our top 4 or 5 positions to address. No question. And, I don't know how you would rank them, as they all look to have equal needs as top priorities. Too bad there are that many calling for immediate help, but it is looking like that is the case. I do think there is hope, though. Was looking at our roster, and found a couple of players I had overlooked:

DE Delontae Scott - SMU 6-4 246 Strong, long arms, has the tools, needed sand in the pants. Has all the hand work down, powerful, and the lateral mobility, good feet. In 4 seasons, 97 Tackles, 35 TFL, 17 sacks 2 PD, 4 FF.

S Ray Wilborn - Ball State 6-3 224 Fast, at least he plays faster than his 4.56 40 time, with great pass coverage.Sound tackler v. run too. Held opponents to a 71 passer rating, tops in MAC. S/ILB hybrid. Signed to a futures contract in January. In 2 seasons he had 166 Tackles, 12.5 TFL, 3 sacks, 4 INT, 8 PD and 2 FF.

Wilborn was signed to a futures contract in January, and the kid looks like a player, for sure. Led all MAC ILBs with a 71.0 passer rating allowed. Looks like that hybrid S/ILB is a perfect fit in Barry's D. As for Scott, he was a very effective rush end at SMU, but needed to add weight and power.

I'm really looking forward to seeing how players develop under Matt LaFleur. Some players could really help this team along in 2021 if they worked on their strength and technique training. Can't wait to see.

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Since'61's picture

April 23, 2021 at 04:58 pm

greengold I have also overlooked Scott and Wilborn. Even if one of them comes on and surprises in 2021 it will help the overall roster especially is Scott can help the DL. he might be a little bit too light for a full time DE role but he might be an effective pass rusher. I don't know how well he will hold up at the point of attack against the run game.

I like Wilborn's size, weight and speed. He could contribute as a hybrid from Day 1.

We'll just need to see how both of them do during TC and preseason games. Good job bringing both of them up.
Thanks, Since '61

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April 24, 2021 at 01:05 pm

I agree, the great Jordy Nelson took 3.5 years for him to be special. I think MVS wants to get paid. He will improve, probably enough we can't resign him. That's what I think. I would like WR#2 in the draft, they are there out of RD #1 if our scouts do their homework. The learning curve for our GM and Coach in their duties will get better. I think if we pick up top DL player they could start next to Clark, could not be worse than what we have. Hoping for Keke to pick up his game and sit Lowry more, that would be nice.

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murf7777's picture

April 23, 2021 at 10:33 am

Unless you are a pro bowler in the last couple of years, your job is in jeopardy for someone to take over.

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PatrickGB's picture

April 23, 2021 at 11:07 am

If it’s true that the team has few needs for starters in this draft then trading down out of the first into multiple picks in the second makes the most sense. I would love to have some of the players projected to go early in the second round. Good OT’s and CB’s can be found there. Like many others, I wish for a great D-lineman and Linebacker but the value won’t be there this year.

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April 23, 2021 at 12:20 pm

What about special teams? I’d say PR/KR could definitely be a rookie. And if our punter doesn’t get more consistent, he could be sitting on the bench.

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Matt Gonzales's picture

April 23, 2021 at 12:49 pm

The good news is we don't really NEED a week 1 starter at any position (other than PR/KR), though camp injuries could change things. I expect we will see several rookies get playing time and some may be starters or significant contributors throughout the year. If we see a rookie beat out an incumbent in camp and PS, great, but we have the luxury that there is a bar set, which will give them the ability to earn playing time and grow into a role.

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April 23, 2021 at 10:25 pm

Punter, LS, WR #2, #2 CB, 3rd Safety,Slot CB, good DL, RT , C , Kick Returner all could start if drafted.

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