Packers 2022 Draft Grades
Loaded with draft capital following the Davante Adams trade and needing to fill holes on the roster around Aaron Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers were among the most interesting teams entering the 2022 NFL Draft. Let’s examine how general manager Brian Gutekunst fared in his efforts to keep Green Bay as a contender in the NFC with these Packers 2022 draft grades.
Packers 2022 Draft Grades
Round 1 (No. 22 overall): Quay Walker, LB, Georgia
As the draft approached, the buzz that Walker could go on night one heated up and he found a home with the Packers. While many expected Green Bay to buck their trends and select a wide receiver, the board didn’t fall in such a way that it made sense to reach for one. Walker is an explosive athlete with good size. His pairing with De’Vondre Campbell should provide Green Bay with its best duo on the second level in years.
Round 1 (No. 28 overall): Devonte Wyatt, IDL, Georgia
With their second first-round selection, the Packers continued to prioritize the defensive side of the football and grabbed its second player from arguably the best defensive unit in college football history. Wyatt has a high ceiling as a pass rusher with terrific range as a run defender. I hope the Packers enable him to serve as a penetration-style player where his quickness and urgency can shine.
Round 2 (No. 34 overall): Christian Watson, WR, South Dakota State
Watson was destined to become a Packer, it was just a matter of what selection. I love that Green Bay didn’t force him in the first round but remained patient and still got their guy. Watson is an explosive athlete with great size. A big-play machine, Watson had 57 plays in college that went for at least 20 yards on 180 touches. He fits a major need for the Packers’ passing game.
Round 3 (No. 92 overall): Sean Rhyan, OL, UCLA
Rhyan was the first of three offensive line investments the Packers made that I absolutely love. I think Rhyan has a chance to be a starter during his rookie season. Rhyan is an experienced blocker with outstanding grip strength and control. He is powerful enough to create displacement in the run game and his background as a college left tackle should set him up well to pass block on the interior in the NFL.
Round 4 (No. 132 overall): Romeo Doubs, WR, Nevada
Given the need at wide receiver, it made sense for the Packers to double-dip at the position given how many draft selections they held. A productive player at Nevada, Doubs needs to find more consistency with his hands and dealing with contact as a route-runner but should provide much-needed depth.
Round 4 (No. 140 overall): Zach Tom, C, Wake Forest
After several seasons of seeing the offensive line depth stressed in Green Bay, Tom is a perfect player to add to the mix. I believe he has the ability to play any of the five spots on the offensive line. He is an experienced and athletic blocker that is committed to executing with sound technique. He offers elite versatility but also has the makeup of a starter. Great, great pick for the Packers here.
Round 5 (No. 179 overall): Kingsley Enagbare, EDGE, South Carolina
I wouldn’t have been surprised to see Enagbare come off the board a round or two earlier, but the Packers were rewarded for their patience. Enagbare is a long-armed, heavy-handed edge player with good functional strength. He does lack flexibility and needs to develop more technique for clearing blocks but he has an appealing foundation of traits to develop from. I really like his fit in Green Bay where he can play as a standup edge rusher.
Round 7 (No. 228 overall): Tariq Carpenter, LB, Georgia Tech
Carpenter was an oversized safety at Georgia Tech that projects to a linebacker role in the NFL. He projects favorably as a special teams standout in the NFL with developmental appeal given his physical traits and transition to a new position. Players like Carpenter are exactly the types that should be picked in the seventh round.
Round 7 (No. 234 overall): Jonathan Ford, IDL, Miami
Ford is a big-bodied nose tackle that projects as a run stuffer that can eat space, occupy blocks, and allow the second level to get to the football. He can help challenge the bottom of the rotation and provide the defense with another option up front.
Round 7 (No. 249 overall): Rasheed Walker, OT, Penn State
Walker was a promising recruit who played plenty of football at Penn State but his development got stagnant. He could way outperform his draft position if the light bulb comes on. He was a worthwhile swing for the Packers at this point in the draft.
Round 7 (No. 258 overall): Samori Toure, WR, Nebraska
A big-play threat that transferred from Montana to Nebraska, Toure averaged more than 17 yards per catch in college with 18 touchdowns. He offers plenty of athleticism and developmental appeal for the Packers at a position of need.
The Packers were outside of the range to land one of the top receivers in the draft, but I really liked how they remained patient and still landed Watson while adding two meaningful pieces to the front seven. I love the value of the offensive line picks and Enagbare in the fifth round. The seventh-round picks were all logical.
Perhaps the Packers’ haul looks different than expected but it’s hard to argue that Green Bay didn’t address needs with good value.
Overall Grade: B
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