Green Bay Packers
1.21 DB Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, Alabama - Has locked down the safety position with Burnett. Strong enough to play either position, but more of a free. Greatly improved tackling since rookie season, above-average hands, picking off 6 last season. Instinctual player who every now and then instincts go awry, giving up big play.
2.21 WR Davante Adams, Fresno State - Year 1, had decent stats for 3rd option on team and made a few heady plays for a rookie(fake spike vs Miami). Year 2, Nelson goes down in the preseason and Adams/Cobb assume the #1 spot and neither can handle it, Adams regresses badly. Year 3 with Nelson back on the field, just misses 1000 yards and catches 12 TD's. Not overly fast, good hands, feet and smarts make him a solid #2WR.
3.21 DL Khyri Thornton, Southern Mississippi - This is an F for Thompson and scouting. He was projectsed to be a fifth round pick. Did absolutely nothing in the preseason, got stashed on IR with a hamstring injury, then cut at the end of 2015 camp. Playing as a backup in Detroit.
3.34 TE Richard Rodgers, California - 4.9 40 speed, GREAT HANDS, terrible blocker. Rodgers is a WR with 40 extra pounds---and except for his hands, isn't special. IF he makes the team after signing of Bennett and Kendricks, he won't see much time unless one of them gets injured. He's a nice safety valve on offense, that's it.
4.21 LB Carl Bradford, Arizona State - Every year, I tell this same story, Thomson and company find a productive, smallish DE who can only PLAY DE in a 4-3 and convince themselves this guy will be the outside LB to compliment Mathews. Well, Bradford wasn't it. They wasted a pick and 3 years of this kid's life trying to make him into something he was not. Signed with 49ers in this off-season.
5.21 OL Corey Linsley, Ohio State - Thought he was slated to be a guard and backup center to Tretter. Tretter went down though in his rookie preseason and he's just owned the center position. Strong as a ox,only downside is that he's doesn't have that top flight athleticism to do much at the second level. That's his biggest limitation, his biggest strength...he doesn't let anyone get near the franchise, #12. Smart player, who know how to adjust the line and work with teammates.
5.36 WR Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin- Spent the majority of his career in Green Bay injured. ACL and concussion. Rodgers loved and bragged about his practice and preseason work, but never showed anything during the season.
6.21 DB Demetri Goodson, Baylor - 4 game suspension in 2016. Mostly has spent time playing special teams. With depleted secondary in 2016 was getting more time on field, but blew out his knee. Coaches seem to like him and with very thin secondary might have a shot for 4th year with team.
7.21 WR Jeff Janis, Saginaw Valley - Well, he's really really fast...when he's running in a straight line. Strong for a WR as seen by his ability to fight on special teams and constantly beat double teams to get to returners, but as a WR, he doesn't look to have the ability to run good routes, at least not good enough for Rodgers to trust him on the field. Guessing he sticks another year just for his Special teams ability.
Got 2.5 starters out of this draft(depends on the package with Davante), a special teams demon in Janis and a stop-gap TE. Generally that would be enough for me to give a better than average grade, but I can't overlook 3 complete flops in Thornton, Bradford and Abbrederis, 2 in the first 4 rounds. You want to be the draft/develop GM, you can't have 3 whiffs