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The 2021 NFL Draft is complete. In all, the Green Bay Packers added nine new players to the organization. Now it is time to hand out Packers Draft Grades.

Round 1

Eric Stokes – CB – Georgia

Just what the doctor ordered. Green Bay had a major need at cornerback both now and in the future.
Eric Stokes is a long corner with elite athletic traits. He is a track speed player with fluid hips and Leadership qualities. Some had Stokes as an early day two prospect. I felt there were a few players on the board ahead of him but the pic just makes sense. If the Packers can unlock the potential this kid could be a headache for quarterbacks.

Grade: B

Round 2

Josh Myers – C – Ohio State

Another position of need filled with a big school, hard-nosed grinder. Corey Linsley is gone and Green Bay selects Josh Myers from the same alma mater, and likely playing in the same spot. Not a sexy selection, but Myers could be the day one starter at center. If that happens, the center position is covered for a long time. Myers was a safe pick with a high floor.

Grade: B

Round 3

Amari Rodgers – WR – Clemson

Green Bay trades up using their third and a fourth to get a weapon in Amari Rodgers. My favorite Packers pick in the draft will allow the team to completely open up Matt Lafleur‘s playbook. Listed as a wide receiver but built like a running back, get Rodgers touches and good things will happen. A dog of a player this guy could be special.

Grade: A+

Round 4

Royce Newman – OL – Ole Miss

This pick just screams typical Green Bay offensive lineman pick. Royce Newman is a versatile G/T prospect with good lateral movement and plays to the whistle. He comes from the SEC and handled some elite talent. Newman looked good at the Senior Bowl and the Packers liked what they saw. He’s probably a depth player now but if Green Bay can work their mid-round OL magic he could hold down a starting role. He reminds me of Bryan Bulaga type in size and movement.

Grade: B-

Round 5

Tedarrell Slaton – DT – Florida

The Packers had to be stoked Tedarrell Slaton was still on the board. A huge human to help on the defensive line. For Slaton’s size, he moves well and can push the pocket. He needs to get better in the run game and on double teams but he should free up Kenny Clark to move around the trenches. With his violent hands and explosive first step Slaton has a lot to work with.

Grade: B+

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Shemar Jean-Charles -CB – Appalachian State

What Shemar Jean-Charles lacks in size he makes up for in ball skills and work ethic. Over the last two seasons, he has been as good as any corner in pass breakups. His future is competing for the nickel-and-dime cornerback spots but could help on special teams right away. Small school guy with a chip on his shoulder.
Grade: B

Round 6

Cole Van Lanen – OL – Wisconsin

Cole Van Lanen is a Green Bay native and former Wisconsin Badger. He’s a two-time All-Big Ten left tackle and a three-year starter. Van Lanen might project better bouncing inside to guard but Green Bay is attacking the offensive line again for the second year in a row. He is already 23 with some injury concerns.
Grade: C

Isaiah McDuffie – LB – Boston College

Isaiah McDuffie is an undersized linebacker but is a tackling machine that can range sideline-to-sideline. Defensive coordinator Joe Barry has a track record of turning the smaller linebackers into highly productive players. McDuffie was the second-team All-ACC in 2020. Another pick that will add competition to a young linebacker group.
Grade: C+

Round 7

Kylin Hill – RB – Mississippi State

Kylin Hill was a prospect many felt should have gone earlier. He is a perfect fit for Matt LaFleur’s scheme and certainly a steal here. A bigger back who has the burst to cut-and-go. Hill doesn’t go down easy he is always falling forward. Also, he has 67 career catches with only one fumble to his credit. Hill fits in nicely with Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon.
Grade: B+

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Green Bay Packers: Grades for every 2021 NFL Draft pick

Minds of Green Bay Packers fans were on Aaron Rodgers during the 2021 NFL Draft but they still ventured into trying to bolster the rest of the roster. 

There were two things that overshadowed whatever the Green Bay Packers were going to do in the 2021 NFL Draft. The first was their much-maligned performance in last year’s NFL Draft while the other — which was contributed to by the 2020 draft — was Aaron Rodgers reportedly not wanting to rejoin the team.

Naturally, that’s going to make things tough for the Packers moving forward, not having the reigning MVP at quarterback. The hope within the organization is that they can mend ties with Rodgers and they went into the 2021 NFL Draft to try and get him some help.

Did they do that and, more importantly, did they do it with the right pieces? We’re handing out a report card as we grade every pick the Packers made in this draft.

Grades for every pick in the Green Bay Packers 2021 NFL Draft class

Round 1, Pick 29: Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia | Grade: B-

Entering the draft, it was obvious that the Packers needed to do something to address the cornerback room — being forced to re-sign punching bag Kevin King was evidence of that. They elected to go that route with their first-round pick, taking Eric Stokes.

Stokes is a freak athlete who tore up his Pro Day workouts and rose up draft boards quickly. Having said that, his tape doesn’t show a player who plays as fast as he runs in a straight line and there are some deficiencies in coverage. He can be quite good in the NFL but taking him in the first round is a bit rich for me.

Moreover, it’s hard not to think that the front office could’ve been more aggressive to get a wide receiver or lineman who could immediately help Rodgers and possibly garner favor with the disgruntled quarterback.

Round 2, Pick 62: Josh Myers, IOL, Ohio State | Grade: B

I’ve admittedly gone back-and-forth on the Josh Myers pick because, frankly, it’s not what I would’ve done. This was slightly early for the former Ohio State center but not egregiously. What’s more, Green Bay could theoretically slot him in at center right away and shuffle someone out to right tackle and move forward from there.

That’s not a bad option and, frankly, it could work. The Packers have done well with their offensive line construction over the years and deserve good faith there. However, I would’ve again liked to see a wide receiver here or perhaps a right tackle. But Myers is a solid player and I can see how this would fit into the team’s plans.

Round 3, Pick 85: Amari Rodgers, WR, Clemson | Grade: A-

The only reason this grade is getting a “minus” tacked onto the end is that the Packers had to trade up to make the pick. Had they simply been more aggressive early on they could’ve avoided (possibly) giving up draft capital to get another weapon. But that being said, Amari Rodgers is a perfect fit for this offense and what Green Bay needed to add.

Though nothing about Rodgers’ game is overly impressive as he’s not an elite athlete nor does he have great speed. However, he’s extremely versatile and savvy with his route-running and with the ball in his hands. Putting him in the slot for this offense will give them a nice boost as it diversifies what they’re able to run.

Round 4, Pick 142: Royce Newman, OL, Ole Miss | Grade: C+

It’s pretty rare that I’m down on adding offensive line depth on Day 3 of the draft as there is always value in doing that for NFL teams. But the Royce Newman pick for the Packers just seems like wasted capital. Especially after using a second-rounder on Myers, this felt like time to address other needs on the roster, not to reach for a lineman.

Again, having depth the team likes isn’t a bad thing. But it does seem that there were better options with this pick.

Round 5, Pick 173: Tedarrell Slaton, IDL, Florida | Grade: B

Green Bay came into this draft with an obvious need on the defensive line as Kenny Clark has largely been a one-man show there when he’s been on the field. And the massive Tedarrell Slaton has the opportunity to provide depth as a gap-clogger with great power.

That said, Slaton is pretty one-dimensional as a player and doesn’t seem to pair all that well with Clark given where the incumbent star plays from more often than not. This is still a good pick but one that doesn’t totally make sense for the Packers.

Round 5, Pick 178: Shemar Jean-Charles, CB, Appalachian State | Grade: B+

Shemar Jean-Charles was a player who I had marked as a late-round sleeper, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that I’m a fan of this pick in the fifth round. Even after taking Stokes early, the depth at corner left a lot to be desired for Green Bay. Jean-Charles probably doesn’t have the frame to be a starter on the outside but, as a nickel or sub-package player, he definitely has a future in the league and will be worth some early playing time for the Packers.

Round 6, Pick 214: Cole Van Lanen, OL, Wisconsin | Grade: C

Revisiting this again, I’m not going to be overly harsh on taking late-round offensive linemen. But Van Lanen was a player who I did not believe would get drafted and was the third player in the offensive trenches the Packers took.

Taking a flier on a late-round wide receiver or defensive player would’ve made a lot more sense to me at this point. Thus, I can’t get on board. The process and player just seem a bit flawed.

Round 6, Pick 220: Isaiah McDuffie, LB, Boston College | Grade: C+

Though McDuffie played well at Boston College and was a tackling machine in the ACC, he didn’t have a favorable NFL projection coming into the draft. He just seems as if he’ll be limited, at best, playing at the pro level. He may play on special teams but the Packers could’ve possibly found a player with more upside at this spot.

Round 7, Pick 256: Kylin Hill, RB, Mississippi State | Grade: A-

Playing under Mike Leach in Starkville didn’t do Kylin Hill any favors in 2020 but he has the juice to be a role player in an NFL offense at this point.

After losing Jamaal Williams in free agency, Green Bay needed to bolster the running back room a bit behind Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon. Hill should allow them to do that as he develops a bit and gets a better grasp on the offense.

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Green Bay Packers 2021 NFL Draft grades: Needs addressed very well

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The Green Bay Packers headed into the 2021 NFL Draft with controversy ringing around the organization. Since news about Aaron Rodgers being disgruntled with the Packers came out on draft day, many wondered if the 2021 draft would be another bet on the long term like the 2020 version was.

Thankfully, at least for Packers fans, the approach appeared to focus more on what the Packers needed on their roster. General manager Brian Gutekunst and company put together a solid draft, addressing needs early and adding another weapon in the passing game. The Packers double-dipped at corner this time around, but did draft three offensive linemen, just like in 2020.

How did the Green Bay Packers’ 2021 NFL Draft turn out? Let’s hand out some grades.

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Eric Stokes

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Despite the Packers re-signing Kevin King for the 2021 season, it felt inevitable that Green Bay would address the corner position early in the 2021 NFL Draft. Packers fans and analysts jumped on the Greg Newsome train late in the process, and he went off the board a few picks before 29.

Green Bay ended up selecting Georgia Bulldogs corner Eric Stokes in the first round. Stokes was another late riser in the process, especially after clocking a 4.25 forty at the “House of Athlete” combine.

Stokes’ speed is unmatched in the class, and he wasn’t beat deep at all during this past season at Georgia. He looked great carrying receivers vertically, especially Auburn speedster Anthony Schwartz. His abilities in man coverage, especially playing tight near the line, are very good. He finds the ball well and can turn any interception into a score with his speed.

Stokes does have some balance issues at the top of routes and does struggle a bit transitioning on a vertical plane. It will be interesting to see how new defensive coordinator Joe Barry will run the show this year, and if Stokes can succeed in a more zone-based defense. He might get reps at the STAR/nickel spot.

This was a high upside pick and could offer the Packers a top-tier duo. But, it’s still a risky selection.

Grade: B-

Next: Second Round

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Packers draft grades: Mostly Bs and Cs, with a few As and Fs

For their work during the 2021 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers received mostly Bs and Cs with a few As and Fs mixed in for good measure.

Every year, Rene Bugner compiles draft grades from 18 different sources to help establish a consensus grade. This year, the Packers ranked 26th in overall grade among the 32 NFL teams.

Let’s say this right off the bat: Instant draft grades are mostly meaningless little things. For most, it’s basically an exercise in looking at the general consensus on a player, figuring out if the player was a reach or a steal, and then doing it several more times, all while trying to understand if the team addressed the perceived draft needs. And it’s nearly impossible to factor in how each individual player will develop amidst a million different variables.

True grades can’t be established until two or three years down the road. But instant draft grades are undeniably fun. They can be informative if done correctly. Evaluating the process is valuable. We don’t know what the players will become, but we can try to understand what the team was thinking during each part of the event. And if an expert really knows the players, grading value in each draft slot can be accomplished to some degree.

So take the grades for what they are and don’t be bothered either way. That’s especially true this year.

Of the 18 draft grades compiled, the Packers received 14 grades in the B or C range. Clearly, the majority of analysts agreed that this was a solid but unspectacular draft class. We tend to agree. The Packers hit on needs with solid players. It was, if nothing else, a safe and sensible draft for a contender.

But the class was somewhat polarizing as well. Two analysts gave the Packers an A. Two others gave the Packers an F.

Chad Reuter of NFL.com loved what the Packers did during all three days of the draft. Thor Nystrom of NBC Sports hated the value of the entire draft class.

It’s fair to wonder if the bombshell reporting on Aaron Rodgers swayed the opinion of the class. The Packers took Love in the first round last year, beginning this whole process, and on the day it was reported Rodgers wanted out of Green Bay, the Packers picked a cornerback that wasn’t a consensus first-rounder. A day later, they took a center, and not everyone was convinced it was the right center. The long-awaited weapon for the quarterback didn’t arrive until (gasp!) the third round. So it’s not hard to ascertain why the grades weren’t glowing across the board.

But it’s all just background noise. The Packers picked nine players they think will help the football team in 2021 and beyond. In a couple of years, we’ll look back on the class and see what the Packers did right and wrong.

The process looked fine. The Packers got an elite athlete with upside at a premium position in the first round. They loaded up on big people. They got a slot weapon that looks like an ideal fit in the offense. They added depth at positions needing help. It wasn’t a sexy draft. But it’ll be surprising if they don’t get a couple of capable starters out of the mix, and it’s possible the first three picks will be instant impact players.

Just have fun with the draft grades. Getting an A won’t guarantee anything. Getting an F won’t doom the class. Have some patience, and enjoy the ride.

What grade do you give the Packers' 2021 draft class?

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Final 2021 NFL Draft Grades Include Two A's, Three F's

GREEN BAY, Wis. – When you were a kid, did you ever stick your tongue on a 9-volt battery? You know you shouldn’t but you did, anyway. Same thing with draft grades. You know you shouldn’t click but, here you are, ready for a tiny jolt of lunacy for your brain cells.

With that strong recommendation, here’s a bunch of draft grades from the national punditry that are sure to be right on the money when we look back at this group of players in a year or three.

SI.com’s Conor Orr gave the Packers an A-minus. The Packers continue to put together high value draft boards under Brian Gutekunst who, despite being the target of his franchise quarterback’s ire, has an exceptional sense of where good players tend to fall. Eric Stokes was one of our favorite players of the draft; a corner with long arms who has extensive experience against all the SEC talent at wideout that populated the early portion of the first round. He’s only been playing the position for a few years and has a ton of room to develop. The former Fastest Man in Georgia, Stokes is not just a typical track burner. There is a real functional element to his speed and should help the Packers modernize their secondary and prevent the kind of home run breakdowns that underlined their last two conference title game losses.

NFL.com’s Chad Reuter gave the Packers an A overall, with an A for Day 1, A-minus for Day 2 and an A for Day 3. Writing about the Day 3 picks, Reuter said, “The Packers found their right tackle in Newman, who isn’t a plus athlete but can move defenders off the ball and is reliable in pass protection. Van Lanen is another solid late-round lineman. The defensive line got a big man up front in Slaton, who was unblockable at times for the Gators when fresh. Jean-Charles should contribute in the slot and outside, always fighting through the receiver to knock away passes. McDuffie was a great value for a team needing an active inside linebacker. Hill could stick as a third back and provide real value if Aaron Jones and/or AJ Dillon get hurt.”

The Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer gave the Packers a B-plus with his 15th-ranked draft. Wrote Iyer: GM Brian Gutekunst did his best to balance making some key defensive upgrades and giving Aaron Rodgers some needed extra help after the lingering disaster that was taking Jordan Love in the 2020 first round. Myers and Newman are solid reinforcements for the interior line, while Amari Rodgers was the missing big-play cog in the slot to complement Davante Adams. Stokes can be quick upgrade over Kevin King with ballhawking to better complement Jaire Alexander. Hill is nice to replace Jamaal Williams behind Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon.

Pro Football Network gave the Packers a B. This story grades every pick, then wraps it up with: “Another draft, another year of Green Bay’s strategy lacking any identity outside of selecting multiple guys at the same position. The Packers went heavy on the offensive line, which makes sense given their losses there. Amari Rodgers is a nice value add to their receiver room. Eric Stokes upset many fans, but he’s a good addition to their secondary. They acquired the necessary depth on both sides of the ball, but they didn’t make any picks that scream out at me. It’s a good haul, but one that I’m sure Packers fans are iffy over.”

The Ringer’s Danny Kelly gave the Packers a B. “Reports that Aaron Rodgers wants out of Green Bay hung like a dark cloud over the team all weekend, but overall I thought the Packers did a nice job in this draft. Stokes should start for this defense, and Myers replaces Corey Linsley at center. Amari Rodgers is a Randall Cobb-like pass catcher who can line up all over the formation and make plays, giving the team some much-needed depth at receiver.

Luke Easterling at USA Today’s Draft Wire gave the Packers a B. “While the Aaron Rodgers situation stole all the headlines, the Packers quietly put together a solid class here. Eric Stokes has rare physical traits, and Josh Myers gives them a starting-caliber center to replace Corey Linsley. Amari Rodgers could excel in a Randall Cobb role, and the Day 3 picks were all solid values that added quality depth. Their last pick was the best value, landing one of the most underrated running backs in the class with Kylin Hill. Who knows what happens at quarterback, but the Packers got better this weekend on both sides of the ball.”

Tim Bielik from the host city Cleveland Plain Dealer gave the Packers a B. “The Aaron Rodgers news seemed like a shout for help; it would be so tough to trade him. They spent three of their first four picks on offense, including getting him another receiver at last in Amari Rodgers. Eric Stokes was a fringe first-round pick, so that makes some sense. Day 3 wasn’t anything great, but it was far from awful.”

The Draft Network's Ryan Fowler gave the Packers a B. "Despite the rumors of Aaron Rodgers’ departure prior to the first round, general manager Brian Gutekunst predicated his draft on protecting his three-time MVP, as he should."

ESPN.com’s Mel KIper Jr. gave the Packers a B-minus, with only three teams worse. Part of what he wrote for ESPN Insiders: “That Amari Rodgers pick likely saves this class from a C because nearly all of Green Bay’s Day 3 picks went higher than I ranked them on my board. Again, though, with the uncertainty around Rodgers’ situation, this is a tough team to gauge.”

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Pro Football Focus handed out a C-minus. Focusing on Day 3, it said, “Jean-Charles locked up everyone he saw on the outside at App State in 2020, allowed just 17 catches across 52 targets while making 18 plays on the ball. He may not make up for his size with elite-level athleticism — as someone like Asante Samuel Jr. does — which will likely kick him inside in Green Bay, but Jean-Charles will bring the physicality and eyes needed to hold up in the slot.

DraftKings gave the Packers a C-plus. Focusing at the top of the draft, it said, “First-rounder Eric Stokes has a tremendous athletic profile, but he played in a press-man scheme and must now transition to a zone-heavy defense. On offense, Amari Rodgers becomes the first wideout Green Bay has taken in the first three rounds since Davante Adams but might see most of his early action on jet motions and other gadgetry rather than a dedicated receiving role. Both draft choices have upside, but their Year 1 impact remains highly uncertain.”

The New York Post’s Ryan Dunleavy gave the Packers a C-plus. He wrote, “Nine of the Packers’ last 10 first-round picks are defense. The other is a backup QB, making Aaron Rodgers angry. Stokes better be more than a track star. Myers fills a big need after free agency and the Packers are tempting fates with another mid-round WR.”

Bleacher Report’s Brent Sobleski delivered two Bs, three Cs and one D for the Day 3 haul. The D came for the Hill pick: “Why the Packers need him behind Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon is confusing.”

Yahoo!’s Eric Edholm gave the Packers a C-minus. He had a favorite pick and a worst pick. Let’s focus on the negative with a snippet of Edholm’s thoughts on Eric Stokes in the first round. “When Stokes ran a sub-4.3 40-yard dash at his pro day, one NFL talent evaluator in attendance predicted: ‘You watch, someone will take him in the first. We frankly didn’t believe it. Yes, he has makeup speed, a nose for the ball and big-play ability, but Stokes’ clunky hips and tendency to be extra grabby make this a fearful pick with a notable bust quotient.”

Nate Davis of USA Today gave the Packers a C-plus. After an early focus on Rodgers, Davis wrote: “GM Brian Gutekunst managed to fill needs at corner (Eric Stokes, Round 1) and center (Josh Myers, Round 2), though there were arguably better ways to address those positions. Then Gutekunst moved up in Round 3 for slot WR Amari Rodgers, who might significantly benefit Aaron Rodgers ... if he's still around in September.”

The Washington Post’s Mark Maske gave the Packers a C-minus. “The picks, taken individually, were fine. But this was about the bigger picture. If ever there was a moment for the Packers to attempt to mollify QB Aaron Rodgers by using a first-round choice on an offensive player, this was it. The Packers didn’t, instead going with CB Eric Stokes. They did get a replacement at center for the departed Corey Linsley with second-rounder Josh Myers, and they added a WR in the third round in Amari Rodgers. But it may have been far too little, far too late for the Packers to repair their relationship with the NFL’s reigning MVP.”

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle also went with a C-minus. “Their draft didn’t get much attention because of stories about Aaron Rodgers wanting to be traded. They reached with CB Eric Stokes, but he’s fast and tough and should help as a rookie. C Josh Myers could start in place of Corey Linsley, who was lost in free agency. WR Amari Rodgers should fit nicely into their offense.”

WalterFootball.com gave the Packers an F. Here’s the last of three paragraphs: “I liked some of Green Bay's later picks, but this entire ordeal was a disaster for them. They largely failed to address needs; they reached on players; they allowed the Bears to land a franchise quarterback; and they drove Aaron Rodgers out of town. How is that not worthy of a failing grade?”

Thor Nystrom of NBC Sports gave the Packers an F. “Packers GM Brian Gutekunst appears to be in over his head. Green Bay's 2021 draft didn't feature a flashy, controversial pick to light up talk radio as Jordan Love did. What lingered was Gutey's receiver-aversion and habit of reaching. This class was four-deep in Tier-1 corners. When Greg Newsome, the last of the four, got popped three slots ahead of Green Bay, Gutey could have regrouped by gobbling up picks to trade out of R1 with an idea of getting a corner in the next tier anywhere in the top-half the R2. Instead of being okay with a consolation prize of extra picks and a choice of most Tier-2 corners, Gutey had to get his favorite of the group, Eric Stokes. Only one corner would go on to be selected over the next 14 picks. I'm clearly lower on Stokes than Green Bay is, but what was more concerning to me was seeing another example of rotten board management.”

Saving the worst for last: FanSided’s Matt Lombardo gave the Packers an F. Lombardo, who apparently had top-secret knowledge all 32 teams’ draft boards, wrote: “In the first-round, cornerback Eric Stokes was among the biggest reaches of the draft, because he might have been available last late as the late second-round. Meanwhile, the Packers didn’t add a wide receiver until Amari Rodgers in Round 3.”

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Grading the Packers 2021 NFL Draft

Packers draft grades around the internet feature a couple A's and a couple F's

Georgia defensive back Eric Stokes celebrates after returning an interception for a touchdown during a game last September at Arkansas.

Naturally, the draft "grades" process is one that requires numerous caveats; after all, the draft itself is an inexact science, not to mention the science of evaluating how teams did before the players even try on a jersey. 

Several news outlets liked what the Packers did over the weekend, but with the backdrop of a troubled relationship between the organization and quarterback Aaron Rodgers, not everyone was so impressed. 

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As a reminder, these are the players drafted by the Packers (and thus the players who will be referenced below)

  • No. 29: Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia
  • No. 62: Josh Myers, C, Ohio State
  • No. 85: Amari Rodgers, WR, Clemson
  • No. 142: Royce Newman, OL, Ole Miss
  • No. 173: T.J. Slaton, DT, Florida
  • No. 178: Shemar Jean-Charles, CB, Appalachian State
  • No. 214: Cole Van Lanen, OL, Wisconsin
  • No. 220: Isaiah McDuffie, LB, Boston College
  • No. 256: Kylin Hill, RB, Mississippi State

ESPN: B-minus

Mel Kiper, perhaps the foremost name in NFL draft evaluation, admitted it's hard to land on any evaluation without knowing what the Packers will be doing at the quarterback position.

I wrote on Thursday night that I thought Green Bay reached for Eric Stokes (29) and could have had better corners there. Same with Josh Myers (62) in the second round. He is my fourth-ranked center, and the team took him over Creed Humphrey, who I think is clearly better. All-Pro center Corey Linsley left in free agency, so this is definitely a need, but it's a reach on my board.

Now, Amari Rodgers (85) is a great slot receiver, and he's going to help whoever is playing quarterback, running all sorts of routes and getting open. Last season, Davante Adams had 82 more receptions than any other Packers wide receiver. Rodgers can gobble up targets out of the slot. This pick also guarantees at least one A. Rodgers on the team.

That Rodgers pick likely saves this class from a C, because nearly all of Green Bay's Day 3 picks went higher than I ranked them on my board. Again, though, with the uncertainty around Rodgers' situation, this is a tough team to gauge.

USA Today (Draft Wire): B

Luke Easterling is one of several writers comparing receiver Amari Rodgers to Randall Cobb, but he also felt good about Green Bay's final pick.

While the Aaron Rodgers situation stole all the headlines, the Packers quietly put together a solid class here. Eric Stokes has rare physical traits, and Josh Myers gives them a starting-caliber center to replace Corey Linsley. Amari Rodgers could excel in a Randall Cobb role, and the Day 3 picks were all solid values that added quality depth. Their last pick was the best value, landing one of the most underrated running backs in the class with Kylin Hill. Who knows what happens at quarterback, but the Packers got better this weekend on both sides of the ball.

NFL.com: A

American offensive lineman Royce Newman of Mississippi (72) gets set at the line in the second half of the 2021 Senior Bowl on Jan. 30, 2021, at Hancock Whitney Stadium.

Chad Reuter gave the Packers no worse than an A-minus for each of the draft's three days.

Cornerback was a major need for the Packers, and with receiver Rashod Bateman off the board to the Ravens, they decided to pick up the speedy and competitive Stokes with their first-round selection. Myers will be a sturdy professional in the pivot for the next few years, though it will be interesting to see how other center prospects who were available at No. 62 will work out for their teams. Rodgers was an excellent selection in Round 3 to give the team a much-needed returner and playmaker in the slot (and sometimes in the backfield).

The Packers found their right tackle in Newman, who isn’t a plus athlete but can move defenders off the ball and is reliable in pass protection. Van Lanen is another solid late-round lineman. The defensive line got a big man up front in Slaton, who was unblockable at times for the Gators when fresh. Jean-Charles should contribute in the slot and outside, always fighting through the receiver to knock away passes. McDuffie was a great value for a team needing an active inside linebacker. Hill could stick as a third back and provide real value if Aaron Jones and/or AJ Dillon get hurt.

CBS Sports: B

Pete Prisco, somewhat contrary to others, liked what Green Bay did in the first round.

Best pick: Some might say taking corner Eric Stokes in the first round is a questionable move, but I love it. He can run and he will give them a nice player to join Jaire Alexander. 

Worst pick: It's not a player, but it's waiting until the fourth round to take an offensive tackle. They have a major need there. 

The skinny: They didn't draft a receiver to appease Aaron Rodgers in the first two rounds, which I respect. They took a corner in the first, but they did help Rodgers with two offensive linemen and receiver Amari Rodgers with their next three picks. Did it make Rodgers happy enough? 

Sports Illustrated: A-minus

Clemson wide receiver Amari Rodgers is headed to Green Bay.

Conor Orr had high praise for first-round draft pick Eric Stokes and third-round pick Amari Rodgers.

The Packers continue to put together high value draft boards under Brian Gutekunst who, despite being the target of his franchise quarterback’s ire, has an exceptional sense of where good players tend to fall. Eric Stokes was one of our favorite players of the draft; a corner with long arms who has extensive experience against all the SEC talent at wideout that populated the early portion of the first round. He’s only been playing the position for a few years and has a ton of room to develop. The former Fastest Man in Georgia, Stokes is not just a typical track burner. There is a real functional element to his speed and should help the Packers modernize their secondary and prevent the kind of home run breakdowns that underlined their last two conference title game losses.

The Amari Rodgers pick was probably the most quintessential Packers selection and, at its core, makes a lot of sense. Why waste valuable draft capital on a belle-of-the-ball type receiver who has his own preferences, when everyone who succeeds with Aaron Rodgers does so after acclimating to his own preferences? Amari Rodgers isn’t going to take as long to break in, and his value will be seen early on.

Yahoo! Sports: C-minus

Eric Edholm identified Amari Rodgers as his favorite pick and Stokes as his least favorite.

Overall: Rodgers is a redeeming choice, and Myers could start (even though there were better center options on the board when he was picked). And we like that the Packers seem to always mine for versatile, quality Day 3 OL talent worth developing. Overall, this was a tough haul to embrace, even as some of the respectable Day 3 selections helped put a nice bow on a pig.

Meanwhile, Edholm's colleague Nick Goss gave the Packers a B-plus.

The Ringer: B

Count Danny Kelly among those who feel the Packers did their best despite the cloud over the quarterback situation.

Reports that Aaron Rodgers wants out of Green Bay hung like a dark cloud over the team all weekend, but overall I thought the Packers did a nice job in this draft. Stokes should start for this defense, and Myers replaces Corey Linsley at center. Amari Rodgers is a Randall Cobb-like pass catcher who can line up all over the formation and make plays, giving the team some much-needed depth at receiver.

Sporting News: B-plus

Vinnie Iyer also particularly likes the addition of Amari Rodgers.

GM Brian Gutekunst did his best to balance making some key defensive upgrades and giving Aaron Rodgers some needed extra help after the lingering disaster that was taking Jordan Love in the 2020 first round. Myers and Newman are solid reinforcements for the interior line, while Amari Rodgers was the missing big-play cog in the slot to complement Davante Adams. Stokes can be quick upgrade over Kevin King with ballhawking to better complement Jaire Alexander. Hill is nice to replace Jamaal Williams behind Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon.

Pro Football Focus: C-minus

Jan 11, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes offensive lineman Josh Myers (71) against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2021 CFP National Championship Game. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Like Kiper, PFF felt the Packers reached for Stokes and Myers.


Day 1: Stokes is one of the fastest players in this class, regardless of position. He’s not particularly fluid or instinctive, though. That’s why we viewed him as a third-round product at best. He does play the catch point well, has press experience and won’t get beat deep, but this is still a major reach. Stokes may have a bit of a learning curve getting used to the NFL illegal contact penalty, too.

Day 2: Myers has never earned a PFF grade above 75.0 over a full season, and the Packers selected him at this spot with significantly better centers on the board, including the one that went one spot below to the Chiefs. Meyers has impressive explosion and power, but he is far too aggressive and often loses by going for it all and whiffing at the line. The potential is there for Myers to be more, but he needs a lot of work.

NBC Sports: F

Thor Nystrom did not mince words (and he had more to say than just this), noting that he felt general manager Brian Gutekunst "appears to be in over his head."

Green Bay's 2021 draft didn't feature a flashy, controversial pick to light up talk radio as Love did. What lingered was Gutey's receiver-aversion and habit of reaching. This class was four-deep in Tier-1 corners. When Greg Newsome, the last of the four, got popped three slots ahead of Green Bay, Gutey could have regrouped by gobbling up picks to trade out of R1 with an idea of getting a corner in the next tier anywhere in the top-half of R2. Instead of being okay with a consolation prize of extra picks and a choice of most Tier-2 corners, Gutey had to get his favorite of the group, Eric Stokes. Only one corner would go on to be selected over the next 14 picks. I'm clearly lower on Stokes than Green Bay is, but what was more concerning to me was seeing another example of rotten board management.

FanSided: F

Matt Lombardo also considered the Packers among the draft's biggest losers. 

In the first round, cornerback Eric Stokes was among the biggest reaches of the draft, because he might have been available as late as the late second round.

Meanwhile, the Packers didn’t add a wide receiver until Amari Rodgers in Round 3.

Royce Freeman and Josh Myers will help up front, but their impact might not be significant enough to placate Rodgers, which needed to be the priority this weekend.

Bleacher Report: B

Brad Gagnon likes Amari Rodgers and felt Stokes was a slight reach.

Corner, center and receiver were Green Bay's top three needs and general manager Brian Gutekunst addressed all three on the first two days of the draft. Aaron Rodgers might be insulted they continue to refuse to use a first-rounder on a wideout, but let's not pretend that was a dire need with Davante Adams, Allen Lazard, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Equanimeous St. Brown and Robert Tonyan in the pass-catching corps.

That said, Stokes is a first-round risk who might need time the contender Packers can't afford to give him and none of their Day 3 picks jump off the page. It was a smarter draft than most are giving them credit for, but it wasn't exactly bold.

JR Radcliffe can be reached at (262) 361-9141 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @JRRadcliffe.

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Green Bay Packers Draft Report Card: What Grades were Handed Out?

Even before looking through these various draft grades from different sites, my thought was that some were either going to really like this draft or others were going to find this Green Bay Packers’ draft class rather underwhelming. For the most part, that was correct as the grades that I’ve compiled vary, but I will say that they were mostly positive.

So why would some draft analysts be unimpressed with the Green Bay Packers’ nine selections? I, for one, really liked how their draft turned out.

I’m sure some of it stems from Green Bay once again spending their first-round pick on the defensive side of the ball. But we can all agree that addressing cornerback early — and right away if possible — was a must.

Or maybe because of everything going on with Aaron Rodgers, some disapprove of the Packers waiting until Round 3 to take a receiver–even if Amari Rodgers is tailormade for this Matt LaFleur offense.

Or could it be due to a lack of value? Although I don’t see that.

Chances are it has to do with a lack of understanding the team needs and siding with a tired national narrative that the Packers offense — which was the top-scoring offense in football last season, by the way — is lacking weapons.

But again, I don’t know that to be certain. I could go on and on speculating as to why some are unimpressed with the Green Bay Packers’ 2021 draft class. And frankly, I don’t get it.

As I mentioned above, I thought Brian Gutekunst and Co. had an excellent three days.

For starters, several of their picks are going to be immediate impact players. Eric Stokes, Josh Myers, and Rodgers will all see ample playing time right away. Meanwhile, Tedarrell Slaton and Shemar Jean-Charles could see snaps as well.

The Packers also did a terrific job of addressing their needs. They bolstered the cornerback room with Stokes, who will take over the CB2 role sooner than later, along with Jean-Charles, who has the potential to be a starting nickel. They added several versatile players to the offensive line — and that’s never a bad thing — while giving LaFleur his slot/gadget weapon in Rodgers.

Green Bay would also add needed depth to the linebacker position, find help inside for Kenny Clark, and a potential RB3 in Kylin Hill.

I’ll admit, none of these picks outside of Packer nation are going to grab headlines — which is likely another reason for some of the grades they received — but for what Green Bay needed and the holes they had on this roster, they did a very good job at filling those gaps.

So, now that I’ve got all of that off my chest, let’s take a look at the Green Bay Packers’ report card and what way too early grades their 2021 draft class is receiving.

Pro Football Focus

Grade: C-

NBC Sports

Grade B+

“A flurry of reports and rumors involving Aaron Rodgers’ uncertain future with the Packers were the top stories for Green Bay during the draft, but they actually made some really good picks.

Their first three picks addressed important positional needs — cornerback Eric Stokes in Round 1, center Josh Myers in Round 2 and wide receiver Amari Rodgers in Round 3.”

New York Post

Grade: C

“Nine of the Packers’ last 10 first-round picks are defense. The other is a backup QB, making Aaron Rodgers angry. Stokes better be more than a track star. Myers fills a big need after free agency and the Packers are tempting fates with another mid-round WR.”

NBC Sports Edge

Grade: F

Washinton Post

Grade: C-

“The picks, taken individually, were fine. But this was about the bigger picture. If ever there was a moment for the Packers to attempt to mollify QB Aaron Rodgers by using a first-round choice on an offensive player, this was it. The Packers didn’t, instead going with CB Eric Stokes. They did get a replacement at center for the departed Corey Linsley with second-rounder Josh Myers, and they added a WR in the third round in Amari Rodgers. But it may have been far too little, far too late for the Packers to repair their relationship with the NFL’s reigning MVP.”

NFL.com

Grade: A

Sporting News

Grade: B+

“GM Brian Gutekunst did his best to balance making some key defensive upgrades and giving Aaron Rodgers some needed extra help after the lingering disaster that was taking Jordan Love in the 2020 first round. Myers and Newman are solid reinforcements for the interior line, while Amari Rodgers was the missing big-play cog in the slot to complement Davante Adams. Stokes can be quick upgrade over Kevin King with ballhawking to better complement Jaire Alexander. Hill is nice to replace Jamaal Williams behind Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon.”

Touchdown Wire

Grade: B

Draft Wire

Grade: B

“While the Aaron Rodgers situation stole all the headlines, the Packers quietly put together a solid class here. Eric Stokes has rare physical traits, and Josh Myers gives them a starting-caliber center to replace Corey Linsley. Amari Rodgers could excel in a Randall Cobb role, and the Day 3 picks were all solid values that added quality depth. Their last pick was the best value, landing one of the most underrated running backs in the class with Kylin Hill. Who knows what happens at quarterback, but the Packers got better this weekend on both sides of the ball.”

Sports Illustrated 

Grade: A-

The Draft Network

Grade: B

“Despite the rumors of Aaron Rodgers’ departure prior to the first round, general manager Brian Gutekunst predicated his draft on protecting his three-time MVP, as he should.”

ESPN ($$)

Grade: B-

My Grade for the Green Bay Packers

Grade: B+

As I highlighted already, I thought that the Packers checked a number of boxes. They found immediate help early on while also addressing future needs as well. Every position that they drafted needed attention and special teams received a major boost. In the coming weeks, the national media may not discuss Green Bay’s draft, but the Packers knocked this one out of the park.

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