Closer look at the Green Bay Packers’ 2022 draft picks2022-04-30 22:02:00

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The Green Bay Packers selected 11 players during the 2022 NFL draft, including first-round picks Quay Walker and Devonte Wyatt, three wide receivers and three offensive linemen.

It’s now time to dig into the draft class and find out what the Packers added to their roster during the year’s biggest roster-building event.

In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the entire draft class, providing breakdowns, player profiles, scouting reports from The Athletic’s Dane Brugler and comments from the Packers on all 11 selections.

1.22: LB Quay Walker, Georgia

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Breakdown: Highly athletic linebacker with length, sideline-to-sideline movement ability and three-down potential at the next level. Compares favorably with De’Vondre Campbell, the Packers’ All-Pro linebacker. Downhill menace against the run. Thuds off blockers with power and balance and hunts the football. Rarely misses tackles. Started 15 games for one of the best defenses in college football history. Still only 21 years old. Likely a Day 1 starter next to Campbell as a rookie in 2022.

Brugler’s scouting report: “A one-year starter at Georgia, Walker played the “Money” linebacker position in former defensive coordinator Dan Lanning’s 3-4 base scheme. After playing outside linebacker and defensive end in high school, he moved inside when he arrived in Athens and struggled initially, but he showed improvement each season and was a key member of Georgia’s 2021 championship-winning defense. With his lateral twitch and movement skills, Walker has outstanding mirroring skills vs. the run and uses his long arms to punch himself off blocks or lasso ball carriers out of his reach. Although he doesn’t have the statistical résumé of a playmaker, he has a high batting average as a tackler, and his traits and trajectory suggest his best football is ahead of him. Overall, Walker is still developing his instincts, especially in coverage, but he aces the eye test with his exceptional combination of size, length and athleticism to dominate vs. the run. He has the potential to be a four-down impact linebacker in the NFL.”

They said it: “He’s big, long and has great speed. He’s a playmaker for a national champion team, and a great defense. He just has all the traits, not only as a player, but then mentally and instinctually that we’re looking for.” — GM Brian Gutekunst

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1.28: DL Devonte Wyatt, Georgia

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Breakdown: Agile 300-pounder with an explosive first step, giving him the quickness to beat blocks early in the play and the awareness, lateral agility and motor to find the ball and make the stop. Was an anchoring upfront player for Georgia’s elite defense. Likely has multi-position versatility in an odd-man front. Big and strong enough to hold the point of attack and could be a devastating three-technique on passing downs. Can bend and close on stunts and twists to cause havoc in the pocket. Older prospect (24 years old). Has a history of run-ins with law enforcement. After pre-draft visit, Packers are comfortable with him as a person.

Brugler’s scouting report: “A two-year starter at Georgia, Wyatt played mostly over the B gap as a three-technique in former defensive coordinator Dan Lanning’s 3-4 base scheme, also seeing snaps at nose tackle. He led all Georgia defensive linemen in tackles the last two seasons and took advantage of the extra year of eligibility, enjoying his most complete season in 2021. With his athletic traits, Wyatt can win in different ways off the ball, displaying initial quickness, lateral range and chase down speed. In the run game, he understands how to leverage gaps and find the ball carrier, although he would benefit from becoming a better finisher. Overall, Wyatt needs to play with better control and play recognition, but he fires off the ball and competes with the speed and effort to make an impact on all three downs. Wyatt has NFL starting skills and is the best three-technique tackle in this draft class.”

They said it: “I think he’s such a disruptor on the line of scrimmage. He can play the 1 (technique), he can play the 3. He’s a dynamic pass rusher. His ability to scrape and get to the ball in the run game is almost linebacker-like.” — GM Brian Gutekunst

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2.34: WR Christian Watson, North Dakota State

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Breakdown: Packers moved up 19 spots in the second round to get him. Arguably the best athlete and best combination of size (6-4) and speed (4.36) at receiver in the draft class. Used as a perimeter receiver, running back, kickoff returner and gadget weapon (end arounds, jet sweeps). Averaged over 20 yards per catch on 105 career catches. Returned two kickoffs for scores during All-American junior season. Tough, physical blocker on runs and screens. Compared to Marquez Valdes-Scantling but the better comp is Javon Walker. Undeniable upside given his speed, length and versatility.

Brugler’s scouting report: “A three-year starter at North Dakota State, Watson was an outside receiver in offensive coordinator Tyler Roehl’s run-heavy scheme. A late bloomer who fell through the recruiting cracks, he developed into one of the best deep threats in the FCS (20.4 yards per reception during his career) with four touchdowns of at least 65 yards in 2021. With his smooth acceleration, Watson displays vertical tempo as a route runner and is quarterback-friendly with the way he works back to the ball and expands his catch radius. He never faced an FBS opponent while at NDSU and will see a sizable jump in speed and physicality when facing NFL competition. Overall, Watson is unpolished as a route runner and must improve his consistency at the catch point, but he is an intriguing size/speed athlete with the explosiveness to win vertically. He projects as a WR4 as a rookie with WR2 upside and offers kick-return experience.”

They said it: “He’s a big, fast, physical receiver. We think his best football is ahead of him. We brought him in for one of our 30 visits, got a chance to spend a lot of time with him. Really smart kid who we feel will fit our culture. He’s got really good tape, his athletic traits are off the charts, and the more we got to know him as a person, we felt really good about him.” — GM Brian Gutekunst

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3.92: OL Sean Rhyan, UCLA

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Breakdown: Experienced left tackle who played over 2,000 snaps on the blindside over the last three seasons. Built like a guard and will likely need to move inside, but the Packers think he can play tackle. Moves surprisingly well for a man his size. Gave up only 13 pressures and graded out as a plus run-blocker in 2021, per PFF. Could be a legitimate competitor for the starting right guard job in 2022.

Brugler’s scouting report: “A three-year starter at UCLA, Rhyan anchored the left tackle position in head coach Chip Kelly’s zone read scheme. A rugby player growing up, he started playing football in high school and continued to blossom for the Bruins, showing steady improvement each season and growing into one of the best left tackles on the West Coast. Rhyan is a powerful blocker who understands blocking leverage and how to anchor. However, he looked like a guard playing tackle on tape because of his lack of range, fluidity and recovery skills in space. Overall, Rhyan is strong and balanced in both the run game and passing game, but he must play with quicker hands/feet and more efficient weight distribution for him to make it. He does his best work in short areas, projecting as a guard with NFL starting potential in either a power or zone scheme.”

They said it: “We think his best football is ahead of him…pass pro and run blocking, very consistent. I thought he had really good balance and flexibility for a man his size…We thought his ability to do some of the things we ask of our offensive lineman, being able to play outside, being able to play inside.” — GM Brian Gutekusnt

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4.132: WR Romeo Doubs, Nevada

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Breakdown: Deep threat who consistently found ways of beating man coverage and getting behind the defense for explosive plays. Wins with his release and has the acceleration necessary for getting vertical. The Packers believe he’s raw as a route runner overall but has the playspeed and natural athleticism to develop into a separator at all levels. James Jones-like body type with good length and a muscular build. Extensive punt return experience gives him immediate special teams value. Has the potential to develop into a quality No. 2 option.

Brugler’s scouting report: “A four-year starter at Nevada, Doubs was primarily an outside wide receiver in former head coach Jay Norvell’s version of the Air Raid offense. A high school quarterback, he made a quick transition to receiver with the Wolf Pack and finished his career fourth in school history in receiving yards (one spot ahead of Nate Burleson). Doubs lived with QB Carson Strong and TE Cole Turner since his freshman year, and that chemistry was clear on the football field with his ability to make plays at all three levels. While he has the footwork to separate out of his breaks, he must improve his tempo and setup on non-linear routes. Overall, Doubs doesn’t consistently play bigger than he is, but he has the speed to stack cornerbacks vertically or be a catch-and-go creator. He projects as a potential fourth receiver on an NFL depth chart with punt-return value.”

They said it: “We liked his play speed. We thought he played fast on tape. He’s a fairly big kid…we thought he was very intriguing. Good value where we got him. Good week at the Senior Bowl. We think he’s got some upside to grow into a player.” — director of player personnel Jon-Eric Sullivan

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4.140: OL Zach Tom, Wake Forest

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Breakdown: Highly athletic and versatile offensive line prospect who made starts at left tackle (24 games) and center (13) and flashed high-level pass-blocking skills, creating a truly unique profile. The Packers think he can play all five positions along the offensive line. Lacks ideal length but has the movement and mirroring ability to play tackle. All-American in 2021 after dominating in pass protection at left tackle. Was PFF’s highest-graded pass-blocker. ACC edge rushers, including first-round pick Jermaine Johnson, struggled to beat him.

Brugler’s scouting report: “A four-year starter at Wake Forest, Tom started at left tackle in head coach Dave Clawson’s RPO-based offense. He started every game the past three seasons, initially at center before kicking out to left tackle the past two seasons, where he established himself as one of the top blockers in the ACC. Tom displays coordinated movement skills and trusted technique as a pass blocker. He uses strong, independent hands, but his average core strength leaves him trailing and falling off blocks. Overall, Tom’s lack of ideal mass and length will lead to him losing block connections, but his body control and intelligence are terrific foundation traits for the center position. He projects as an NFL backup who can become a starter.”

They said it: “That (versatility) drew him to me. He’s not the biggest guy we would take, but his ability to play all five spots from center to left and right tackle and both guard spots was something that really intrigued us. He’s an exceptionally smart kid. Has ability to handle that physically and mentally, which is a tough challenge. He fits that versatility we like so much.” — GM Brian Gutekunst

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5.179: Edge rusher Kingsley Enagbare, South Carolina

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Breakdown: Nickname is “J.J.” Long, powerful edge rusher with big, violent hands and the ability to consistently win pass-rushing reps. Not an elite athlete but has Za’Darius Smith-like physical traits. One of the best pass-rushing win rates in the class. Able and willing edge setter against the run. Competed against NFL-level talent each week and is physically ready for the pro game. Might have some interior pass-rushing potential. Should immediately come in and compete to be the No. 3 outside linebacker job behind Rashan Gary and Preston Smith.

Brugler’s scouting report: “A two-year starter at South Carolina, Enagbare played the “Buck” edge rusher position (mostly in the boundary) in defensive coordinator Clayton White’s 4-2-5 hybrid scheme. After Javon Kinlaw left for the NFL, Enagbare grew into the alpha on the Gamecocks’ defensive line, leading the team in sacks and tackles for loss as a junior and senior. Enagbare rushes with heavy, skilled hands and forward lean to convert his speed to power and does a nice job with his rush sequencing to set traps for blockers. He is rugged and alert but will need to become more consistent setting the edge in the run game and proving he can kick inside on passing downs. Overall, Enagbare has tightness in his movements and lacks suddenness, but he is efficient and powerful in his attack with the athletic movements to break down the rhythm of blockers. He projects as a rotational defensive end who has the talent to quickly earn NFL starter reps.”

They said it: “He’s a guy who still needs to work on how he gets there, but he can bend, he’s powerful, he’s got a thick lower body. They did a good job of singling him up. Just really a power guy who can straight-arm guys. You saw at the Senior Bowl he ran right through the tight end that got drafted earlier. Really power is his game, but he can bend and get around the corner.” Patrick Moore, assistant director of college scouting

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7.228: S/LB Tariq Carpenter, Georgia Tech

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Breakdown: Hybrid safety/linebacker with NFL-ready size and athleticism. Four-year starter with 52 games of experience. Comfortable playing in the box, suggesting a role as a dime linebacker is possible. Played linebacker at the Senior Bowl. Good range and tackler. Highly productive special teams player. Has an ideal body type and athleticism for special teams, giving him the potential to be a core player for Rich Bisaccia in Green Bay.

Brugler’s scouting report: “A four-year starter at Georgia Tech, Carpenter played a box safety role in head coach Geoff Collins’ 4-2-5 scheme, also seeing snaps deep and vs. the slot. Despite not receiving an invite to the NFL Combine, he put together a solid college career and posted testing numbers at his pro day that have the attention of NFL teams. Although he might be caught between linebacker and safety, Carpenter has the size, speed and explosive traits that can be molded (Carpenter: “Teams see me like a big pile of Play-Doh.”). He is at his best in the box with his flow-and-chase skills, but you want to see his read-react to be more sudden and seamless. Overall, Carpenter is a hybrid defender who might struggle to find a permanent home on defense, but his ability to be a four-phase special teamer gives him a fighting chance to make an NFL roster.”

They said it: “He’s a little bit of a tweener because he has the size of a linebacker but he plays safety and he has that kind of speed. He’s really, really physical. We’ll figure out exactly how he fits, whether he goes to the linebacker room or safety room at different times and what packages he plays in on defense, but certainly on special teams is one of the reasons we took him.” — GM Brian Gutekunst

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7.234: DL Jonathan Ford, Miami

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Breakdown: Massive defensive lineman with a good first step and intriguing length at over 330 pounds. Started each of the last three seasons in the middle of Miami’s defense. Produced three sacks in 2019, but pass-rush production is minimal. Didn’t make many plays. Likely a two-gapping nose tackle at the next level.

Brugler’s scouting report: “Jonathan “Jon” Ford grew up in south Florida and attended Dillard High, where he made varsity as a freshman. He had a breakout junior season with 98 tackles and 12.0 sacks to earn All-County honors. A three-star recruit, he had almost 30 offers, including Ohio State and USC, but he always dreamed of becoming a Hurricane. He started each of the last three seasons at Miami with inconsistent results, managing only 8.0 tackles for loss over 50 career games. Ford has controlled footwork at contact with the size to engage, anchor and maintain his gap integrity. He has the physical hands to get into blocks, but doesn’t have the countering quickness or instincts to track down ball carriers. As a pass rusher, he is sluggish transitioning his first step into a disruptive rush sequence. Overall, Ford looks the part and flashes point-of-attack strength and handwork to two-gap, but his lackluster impact on tape is unlikely to improve vs. NFL-level blocking.”

They said it: “Huge man that clogs up a lot of space. He’s a one-technique more than anything else. He’s tough to move off the spot. His best football is ahead of him. Excited to find a guy who has played as much as he has, and a guy his size was something we were looking for.” — GM Brian Gutekunst

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7.249: OT Rasheed Walker, Penn State

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Breakdown: Started 32 games at left tackle over three seasons. Terrific size and length. Didn’t test during the pre-draft process due to a knee injury but tape shows an agile big man with quick feet and the movement ability of an NFL left tackle. Gave up 26 pressures in 2021 and was a better pass-blocker in 2019 and 2020. Even after taking two offensive linemen earlier in the draft, the Packers felt the value in the seventh round was too much to pass up. Could eventually compete for snaps on either side of the offensive line.

Brugler’s scouting report: “A three-year starter at Penn State, Walker lined up at left tackle in offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich’s offense. He was one of the prizes of signing day in 2018 and started 32 consecutive games at left tackle over the last three years before a knee injury sidelined him toward the end of the 2021 season. Walker has intriguing physical traits with a ready-made frame, quick feet and body flexibility. However, he doesn’t consistently play under control and has a long list of bad habits (over-setting, poor angles, stopping his feet) and will require an influential offensive line coach in the NFL to develop his technique. Overall, Walker has the frame, raw power and body fluidity to be effective, but he too often sacrifices his balance and loses his bearings to stay connected. He has starting talent, but he must become more detail oriented to be a better-than-replaceable NFL starter.”

They said it: “We wanted to add to that room to add competition…we didn’t see Rasheed falling to where he did, at some point we just thought it was worth it…this spring he wasn’t able to do some things because he was dealing with an injury, that might be part of it. After a while, we just thought it was too good to pass up.” — GM Brian Gutekunst

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7.258: WR Samori Toure, Nebraska

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Breakdown: Led Nebraska in receiving and led the Big Ten in yards per catch in 2021 after transferring from Montana. Thin receiver (6-0, 191) but runs smooth, well-crafted routes and displays the speed to get behind the coverage and make plays after the catch. Strong, consistent hands. Had five games with 100 or more receiving yards last season, including games against Wisconsin and Ohio State. Willing blocker at his size. Productive on gadget touches. Should have slot value at the next level. Also has experience as a kick returner.

Brugler’s scouting report: “Samori (suh-MORE-ee) Toure (TOO-ray) grew up in Beaverton and Portland and became the all-time leading receiver at Westview High. A two-star recruit, he committed to FCS-level Montana, where he rewrote the school’s record books with his All-American 2019 season. After the 2020 season was postponed, he transferred to Nebraska in January 2021 for his final season and led the Huskers in receiving, including two 70-plus-yard catches (only Alabama’s Jameson Williams had more). Toure is a salesman in his routes with the pacing and controlled feet to create pockets of separation at the stem. He caught the ball well on his Nebraska tape, with the focus to track without slowing his momentum. However, he needs to improve his balance through contact and in the open field to shake tacklers. Overall, Toure struggles with physical press coverage and crowded catch points, but he has the explosive route speed to earn a spot on an NFL depth chart.”

They said it: “When you look back at his last year at Montana, he had a huge year, 1,300 or some yards, 10 touchdowns. Transferred to Nebraska, put up good numbers there.” — GM Brian Gutekunst

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