The 2016 NFL Draft is in the books which means the Green Bay Packers have made all of their selections and we know who will be joining the team in training camp. Our team at CheeseheadTV.com has done a fantastic job in breaking down each of these players so be sure to check out each and get to know your newest Packers players!
Let’s take a look at this year’s full slate of draft picks:
27th overall – Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA
Only 20 years old and improving every year, Clark gives you more versatility along the line then a few other top DTs who might have been rated a bit higher, but were drafted later. Since the Packers play more in sub packages than in base 3-4, it makes perfect sense to pick a player like Clark.
48th overall (from Colts) – Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
Ted Thompson traded his 2nd, 4th and 7th Round picks to move up nine spots and nab Spriggs before the Bears and Seahawks could get their hand on him. The former tight end is easily the most athletic OT in this draft, as his perfomance at the Combine clearly displayed. Perfect pick for a ZBS system, as he is not the road grader type. Needs to build up core strength, but on the bright side, only allowed 2 sack on 431 pass attempts. You can read all about Spriggs here and here.
88th overall - Kyler Fackrell, OLB, Utah St.
A former quarterback, wide receiver and three-sport letterman in High School, Fackrell is a long and smoothly athletic outside 'backer. He's not your explosive type, but he can set the edge, get to the quarterback and also play in space. You can read about Fackrell here.
131st overall – Blake Martinez, ILB, Stanford
Thompson obviously thinks fourth round is the place to look for inside linebacker helper. Like Jake Ryan last year, Martinez was a productive college linebacker. He has adequate play speed for the position, and plays with the level of intelligence you would expect from a Stanford guy. You can read about Martinez here.
137th overall - Dean Lowry, DE, Northwestern
Lowry has the prototypical 3-4DE body type and is a hard-working kid with a motor that doesn't stop until the whistle blows. Another young draftee at only 21 years old, there is a lot of upside for a player with this combination of size and athletic ability. You can read about Lowry here.
163rd overall – Trevor Davis, WR, California
There were plenty of pre-draft rumors that the Packers were looking at speed receivers and Davis fits the bill. A HS track star who set school records in the 100m, 200m and long jump, Davis fulfils the Packers' need for speed. With a 38.5" vertical and big hands for a receiver, he can also go up and win the ball over defensive backs. He's not a polished receiver, needing to improve his route running. But as a deep threat and a dynamic kick returner, he could have a real shot at making this team. You can read about Davis here.
200th overall – Kyle Murphy, OT, Stanford
The Packers add a second offenive tackle and their fourth Pac-12 player of this draft to the roster. Obviously looking ahead to next year when three Packers OL starters and a key reserve will all be free agents, Thompson feeds the pipeline. In my OT analysis for the CheeseheadTV Draft Guide, Murphy was my sleeper. Needs to work out some footwork issues, but if he does that, he can be a future starter for the Packers at right tackle or move inside to guard if Sitton or Lang are not re-signed. You can read about Murphy here.
Check out our post with all of Ted Thompson's potential "hidden gems."
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