The Green Bay Packers drafted 10 new players this past weekend, and every one of them looks to provide a lot of potential to see a decent amount of playing time this season.
Coming into the draft, the Packers held the 29th overall pick in the first round. But they traded it away to the Cleveland Browns for the 33rd overall pick and a 4th round pick later on. Right off the bat this was the smartest move the Packers had made in years. They knew the guy they wanted was going to fall to the second round so they traded back and received an additional pick.
Round 2, Pick 33: Kevin King, CB, Washington
Pick Grade: A
One of the biggest areas of concern for the past few years has been the Packers’ secondary. They have tried to solve this problem in previous drafts by selecting questionable cornerbacks (Damarious Randall & Quinten Rollins) in the first and second rounds. These two have clearly not been getting the job done. So they went out and drafted a well-known cornerback with a lot of size.
Kevin King standing at 6’2” and was part of the Washington Huskies’ stellar defense last season. The Packers are missing size at the cornerback position so they finally realized it was the time to address it. King will most likely start to open the season alongside Davon House or Damarious Randall.
Round 2, Pick 61: Josh Jones, S, NC State
Pick Grade: A
It looks like the Packers got a steal at pick #61. Jones is a stud safety also with some size, standing at 6’2”. With losing Micah Hyde during the off season to the Buffalo Bills, they will have no problem filling his position with Jones. He also brings more size than Hyde and delivers some big hits, not to mention his lightning fast 4.41 40-yard dash time.
Jones is crucial for this young secondary to function properly, and if Jones and King can live up to their potential, the Packers have a chance to have one of the best young secondary’s in the NFL. Morgan Burnett and HaHa Clinton-Dix could finally be getting the help they have needed for a while now.