Green Bay has some holes to plug, no doubt, and for a team which has built its roster through the draft that means that rounds as late as the fifth are still a source of excitement. Green Bay’s starting center, after all, was a fifth-round pick just a few seasons ago.
So who could be on Green Bay’s radar when their two-pick fifth round rolls around? The following are three players who could present solid value and depth.
Aaron Jones, RB, UTEP
Jones is physical and explosive, but because of his lack of ideal size (5-9, 208) in addition to a career at UTEP mired by injuries, he could find himself waiting to be picked until the later rounds. Still, for a smallish back Jones packs some power and appears on some runs like he’s being shot out of a cannon. As far as Packer-friendly metrics (another shout-out to Justis Mosqueda’s draft tendencies series), Jones comes in short of the 5-foot-10 mark and a hundredth of a second off the 40-time (at 4.56 seconds). He checks other athletic boxes (of varying importance) with an impressive 3-cone time of 6.82 seconds, a vertical jump of 37.5 and 16 reps on the bench. Most importantly, he brings it. If the Pack doesn’t pull the trigger on a running back by Sunday of the draft, Jones could present excellent value and depth.
Vincent Taylor, DT, Oklahoma St.
Taylor’s disruptiveness and quickness off the line are the qualities that stand out. Will he be there in the fifth round? We’ll find out. He’s big (6-3, 305), with long-arms (34 3/8) and huge hands, and has shown a knack for rushing the passer. There’s a lot to like about his potential versatility in Green Bay’s front. Taylor has tools that work for three- and four-man fronts, and could be a good rotation guy in sub packages. I keep seeing that pad level is an issue of his. Sounds like a totally correctable flaw – but his explosiveness and strength are qualities much harder to teach.
Xavier Woods, S, Louisiana Tech
Woods showed up all over the stat sheet at La. Tech, and if he was an inch taller, 15 pounds heavier and played for a college football power, I believe he’d be a household name. He comes in at 5-11 and just a shade under 200 pounds, but he has plenty of likeable attributes with 4.54 speed, good strength (19 reps) and excellent agility (6.72 3-cone drill). Woods shines in man coverage, which makes him a versatile set piece in a defense that has asked safeties like Micah Hyde and Morgan Burnett to move around. He’s also a ballhawk, and while not a great tackler he doesn’t shy away from contact. Best of all, he’s a playmaker. Woods logged 14 interceptions and five forced fumbles over the past three seasons.
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