PFF draft board: Green Bay Packers

Analyst Mike Renner takes a pick-by-pick look at the 2016 draft prospects that best fit the Packers' needs.

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PFF draft board: Green Bay Packers


PFF is putting together team-specific draft boards for all 32 franchises using our draft rankings and evaluation of how each player fits in specific schemes.

Included are three ideal targets for each team with their first-, second-, and third-round picks, along with a team-specific draft board (at the bottom of this article) that includes every player in PFF’s draft rankings.

Here is the entry for the Green Bay Packers:

Round 1 (27th overall)

Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State

Jones would be another pass-rushing threat to pair up with Mike Daniels. If he falls this far, he could end up being the steal of the draft. Jones was utterly dominant, albeit in limited snaps. Against Power-5 competition, no one had a higher pass-rushing grade on the interior.

Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama

Ragland may very well be off the board by this point, but if he’s available, the Packers would have a difficult time passing him up. Few can match his prowess as a run-stuffer and blitz threat in this class. The only question is his ability as a third-down linebacker, as he was frequently moved down to an edge rusher on third downs instead of playing coverage.

Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas

Jared Cook and his one-year contract isn’t stopping me from taking the top tight end in this draft class. Henry may not have “elite” athletic traits, but he’s good enough that you can work him from the slot or out wide. His hands, though, are definitely elite, as he didn’t drop a single pass on 39 opportunities a year ago.

Round 2 (57th overall)

Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech

If they pass on defensive line in the first round, Butler would be a swell consolation prize. The former Louisiana Tech standout has the length and size to stuff the run on the nose, or as a base end. He also offered up more pass-rush as a senior, and was the fifth-highest-graded defensive tackle in the one-on-one’s at the Senior Bowl.

Scooby Wright, ILB, Arizona

Wright’s athleticism concerns will push him way down boards, but from a production standpoint, few can match the Arizona linebacker. As a true sophomore, he was the second-highest-graded LB in the FBS. Even after an injury-plagued junior year, Wright came back for Arizona’s bowl and collected a ridiculous 12 stops.

Paul Perkins, RB, UCLA

With Eddie Lacy entering the final season of his rookie contract and James Starks turning 30 years old, running back isn’t out of the question early for Green Bay. Perkins would be a nice complement to Lacy, as he brings some highlight-reel quickness to the table. He led the country in elusive rating last season.

Round 3 (88th overall)

Malcolm Mitchell, WR, Georgia

Receiver isn’t too pressing of a need for Green Bay, with Jordy Nelson and Ty Montgomery returning. That being said, Ted Thompson is always looking to add talent at the receiver position, and Mitchell fits the mold of what they look for. The Georgia receiver is a very sudden route-runner with some shiftiness after the catch.

Joe Schobert, OLB, Wisconsin

Even if Matthews is back on the edge full time, the Packers could use some more “oomph” in their third-down packages, with Julius Peppers starting to slow. Schobert was one of the most efficient rushers in the nation last year, and could even offer value as an inside linebacker, as well.

Nick Kwiatkoski, ILB, West Virginia

The Packers realistically could take multiple inside linebackers in this draft, with needs at both off-ball positions. Kwiatkoski had top-10 grades versus both the pass and run last year. Even as a mid-rounder, he could step in and start right away.

PlayerPositionSchoolPFF Draft BoardGreen Bay Packers Draft Board
DeForest BucknerDIOregon21
Jalen RamseyCBFlorida State32
Myles JackLBUCLA63
Laremy TunsilOTOle Miss54
Joey BosaEDGEOhio State15
Jared GoffQBCal46
Sheldon RankinsDILouisville87
Corey ColemanWRBaylor98
Josh DoctsonWRTCU109
Ezekiel ElliottRBOhio State710
Chris JonesDIMississippi State1211
William Jackson IIICBHouston1512
Vernon HargreavesCBFlorida1813
Reggie RaglandLBAlabama2614
Jarran ReedDIAlabama2015
Sterling ShepardWROklahoma2316
Jack ConklinOTMichigan State1317
Leonard FloydEDGEGeorgia1918
Shaq LawsonEDGEClemson1119
Ronnie StanleyOTNotre Dame1620
Vernon ButlerDILouisiana Tech3221
Cody WhitehairGKansas State1722
Jaylon SmithLBNotre Dame2523
Hunter HenryTEArkansas3324
Leonte CarrooWRRutgers3525
Shilique CalhounEDGEMichigan State2926
Andrew BillingsDIBaylor2227
Austin JohnsonDIPenn State3928
Rashard HigginsWRColorado State4028
Karl JosephSWest Virginia3030
Michael Thomas (OSU)WROhio State2431
A'Shawn RobinsonDIAlabama4132
Noah SpenceEDGEEastern Kentucky3633
Eli AppleCBOhio State3134
Scooby Wright IIILBArizona7135
Kenneth DixonRBLouisiana Tech4735
Michael Thomas (SM)WRSouthern Miss3837
Carson WentzQBNorth Dakota State1438
Mackenzie AlexanderCBClemson2139
Adolphus WashingtonDIOhio State4340
Jason SpriggsOTIndiana4641
Jonathan BullardDIFlorida2742
Joe ThuneyOTNC State5142
Kyler FackrellEDGEUtah State6544
Laquon TreadwellWROle Miss2845
Kalan ReedCBSouthern Miss5446
Tyler BoydWRPittsburgh8247
Bronson KaufusiEDGEBYU6648
Hassan RidgewayDITexas5749
Kenny ClarkDIUCLA5849
Will FullerWRNotre Dame6049
Sheldon DayDINotre Dame3452
Paul PerkinsRBUCLA4953
Nick KwiatkowskiLBWest Virginia7654
Daniel BravermanWRWestern Michigan6255
Steven DanielsLBBoston College10156
Paxton LynchQBMemphis5557
Ryan KellyCAlabama4258
Kamalei CorreaEDGEBoise State7859
Su'a CravensLBUSC4859
De'Vante HarrisCBTexas A&M6959
Malcolm MitchellWRGeorgia6759
Nick MartinCNotre Dame4563
Joshua GarnettGStanford5064
Kevin DoddEDGEClemson7065
Taylor DeckerOTOhio State5266
Kevin ByardSMiddle Tennessee State7367
Christian WestermanGArizona State8568
Jerell AdamsTESouth Carolina5969
Isaac SeumaloGOregon State6370
Dean LowryDINorthwestern9771
Pharoh CooperWRSouth Carolina9671
Kevin PetersonCBOklahoma State9471
Devin LucienWRArizona State9271
Cre'Von LeBlancCBFlorida Atlantic9371
Braxton MillerWROhio State9871
Keyarris GarrettWRTulsa6477
Jeremy CashSDuke5378
Jordan HowardRBIndiana5678
Willie HenryDIMichigan9980
Cyrus JonesCBAlabama7781
Joshua PerryLBOhio State8682
Joe DahlOTWashington State11283
Javon HargraveDISouth Carolina State7984
Xavien HowardCBBaylor8084
Le'Raven ClarkOTTexas Tech11986
Jake McGeeTEFlorida12386
Darius LathamDIIndiana8488
Thomas DuarteTEUCLA8988
Joe SchobertEDGEWisconsin7490
Emmanuel OgbahEDGEOklahoma State3791
Brandon DoughtyQBWestern Kentucky10991
Shon ColemanOTAuburn9193
Austin HooperTEStanford12593
Darian ThompsonSBoise State8393
Kentrell BrothersLBMissouri10896
Vonn BellSOhio State9097
Alex CollinsRBArkansas8797
Spencer DrangoGBaylor10799
Maliek CollinsDINebraska61100
Anthony ZettelDIPenn State114100
Darron LeeLBOhio State81102
Demarcus AyersWRHouston150102
Jordan PaytonWRUCLA118104
Matt SkuraCDuke128105
Carl NassibEDGEPenn State68106
Nick VanHooseCBNorthwestern88107
Connor CookQBMichigan State75108
Aaron BurbridgeWRMichigan State138109
Germain IfediOTTexas A&M182110
Sebastian TretolaGArkansas126111
Ronald BlairEDGEAppalachian State102112
Robert NkemdicheDIOle Miss44113
Matt IoannidisDITemple124113
Tavon YoungCBTemple115113
Devon CajusteTEStanford174116
Jakeem GrantWRTexas Tech173116
Austin BlytheCIowa203118
Will AnthonyEDGENavy132119
Darrell GreeneGSan Diego State157120
David MorganTEUTSA153121
Nelson SpruceWRColorado145121
Tajae SharpeWRUmass180123
Kyle MurphyOTStanford72124
Devontae BookerRBUtah103125
Henry Krieger-CobleTEIowa230126
Jordan JenkinsEDGEGeorgia127127
C.J. ProsiseRBNotre Dame105127
Cody KesslerQBUSC106127
Will RedmondCBMississippi State116130
Joe HaegOTNorth Dakota State117130
Tyler GrayLBBoise State160132
Artie BurnsCBMiami144132
Yannick NgakoueEDGEMaryland134134
Terrell ChestnutCBWest Virginia129135
Jihad WardDIIllinois159136
D.J. ReaderDIClemson162136
Terrell LathanDITCU167136
Jack AllenCMichigan State122139
Will ParksSArizona100140
Nile Lawrence-StampleDIFlorida State148140
Dadi Lhomme NicholasEDGEVirginia Tech161140
Aaron WallaceEDGEUCLA166140
Kyle RoseDIWest Virginia168140
Sterling BaileyDIGeorgia170140
Delvon SimmonsDIUSC175140
Brennan ScarlettDIStanford178140
Brandon AllenQBArkansas104140
Jatavis BrownLBAkron131149
Daniel LascoRBCal141150
Byron MarshallWROregon121151
Alex McCalisterEDGEFlorida169152
Jayron KearseSClemson120153
Demarcus RobinsonWRFlorida140154
Max TuerkCUSC113155
Tyrone HolmesEDGEMontana130156
Bryson AlbrightEDGEMiami (OH)195157
Travis FeeneyEDGEWashington196157
Quniton JeffersonDIMaryland210159
Eric MurrayCBMinnesota154159
Trevone BoykinQBTCU142161
Charles TapperEDGEOklahoma136161
Kenyan DrakeRBAlabama135161
Jonathan WilliamsRBArkansas137161
Derrick HenryRBAlabama95165
Keanu NealSFlorida176165
Alex LewisOTNebraska183167
Graham GlasgowGMichigan158168
Ryker MathewsGBYU164168
D.J. WhiteCBGeorgia Tech155170
Cory JohnsonDIKentucky156170
Kevin HoganQBStanford143172
Jeff DriskelQBLouisiana Tech149172
D.J. PettwayEDGEAlabama211172
Matt JohnsonQBBowling Green110175
Vernon Adams, JRQBOregon111175
Miles KillebrewSSouther Utah187175
DeAndre WashingtonRBTexas Tech194175
Tyler ErvinRBSan Jose State197175
Adam GotsisDIGeorgia Tech177180
KeiVarae RussellCBNotre Dame171180
Corey TindalCBMarshall172180
Kolby ListenbeeWRTCU181180
Justin SimmonsSBoston College163184
Eric StrikerEDGEOklahoma165184
Ian SeauEDGENevada219186
Matt JudonEDGEGrand Valley State220186
B.J. GoodsonLBClemson146186
Kendall FullerCBVirginia Tech139189
Joey HuntCTCU189190
Rees OdhiamboGBoise State190190
Praise Martin-OguikeEDGETemple208192
Jhurell PressleyRBNew Mexico179193
Cody CoreWROle Miss184194
Kenny LawlerWRCal193194
Taveze CalhounCBMississippi State147196
Blake MartinezLBStanford198197
Landon TurnerGNorth Carolina133198
Connor McGovernGMissouri202198
Rashard RobinsonCBLSU200200
Donte DeayonCBBoise State199200
Teddy RubenWRTroy212200
Cardale JonesQBOhio State222203
Jacoby BrissettQBNC State151203
Mike RoseEDGENC State223203
Victor OchiEDGEStony Brook244203
Cory LittletonEDGEWashington246203
Tyler RobertsLBTroy215208
Clayton FejedelemSIllinois201209
Tanner McEvoySWisconsin206209
Curt MaggittEDGETennessee207209
Tyler MatakevichLBTemple185212
Perez FordLBNorthern Illinois188212
Nila KasitatiGOklahoma152214
Jenson StoshakWRFlorida Atlantic214215
Jordan WilliamsWRBall State218215
D.J. FosterWRArizona State216215
Wendell SmallwoodRBWest Virginia228218
Brandon ShellOTSouth Carolina191219
Trevon ColeyDIFlorida Atlantic186219
Ted KarrasGIllinois213221
T.J. GreenSClemson217222
Nick VigilLBUtah State205222
Deion JonesLBLSU250224
Eddie YarbroughEDGEWyoming192225
Connor WujciakDIBoston College204226
John TheusOTGeorgia231227
Jerald HawkinsOTLSU232227
Justin MurrayOTCincinnati249227
Vincent ValentineDINebraska234227
Martavius FosterDIColorado State240227
Prince Charles IworahCBWestern Kentucky225227
Jalen MillsCBLSU247227
Mitch MathewsWRBYU226227
Charone PeakeWRClemson229227
Chris MooreWRCincinnati236227
Trevor DavisWRCal239227
Alex EricksonWRWisconsin227227
Caleb AzubikeEDGEVanderbilt209239
Mike HiltonSOle Miss233240
Nick ArbuckleQBGeorgia State242240
Jimmy BeanEDGEOklahoma State248240
Josh FergusonRBIllinois235240
Boston StiversonGKansas State237244
Jarell BroxtonGBaylor238244
Vadal AlexanderGLSU243244
Jesse ChapmanCAppalachian State241244
Jake BrendelCUCLA245244
Roger LewisWRBowling Green224249
Dak PrescottQBMississippi State221250

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  • Restaurant Quality Lemonade

    I get your reasoning for Hunter Henry here but now that Cook is in hand, TE is just not a first round need for Green Bay.

  • rsmitty

    Where is Nick Vannett?!?

    • Tim Edell

      Waiting in the 4-5 round

    • TrueSteel

      In a much later round. Now go home.

  • JimmyCrackCorn

    Not a huge fan of Scooby (if he becomes Borland it works, but the limited athleticism and injuries make him too big a risk) or Perkins in the second, but otherwise I like it. Also, I feel like Schobert probably gets moved inside, so I think there needs to be another EDGE guy somewhere. Maybe Correa or Fackrell in the third?

  • RWood832

    Is Tyler Higbee even on Ted Thompson’s board as a draftable player after his off the field issues?

    • mitch

      Who knows but the kids got talent. 6’6″ WR that moved to TE? Yes please.