The 2017 NFL Draft is getting closer and closer. In fact, two weeks from today, the whole thing will be over. By then, the draft and rookie free agency will be over and the 2017 roster will come into much greater focus.
However, that moment is still two weeks away and so there is no better way to spend that time than to speculate on who the Packers might pick with their eight selections (one in each round, two in the fifth).
Green Bay is a hard team to predict come draft day. Ted Thompson has always tried to stick to the best player available mantra, which can sometimes make his targets hard to figure out.
Yet, Thompson does like a certain kind of player and while it's not always true, the Packers often select seniors and pick players with a lot of college production.
Obviously, the Packers have strayed from that philosophy at times. Clay Matthews, who didn't even start until a few games into his senior season, is one that comes to mind. But generally, when I think about players that Green Bay would draft, I look for size and speed criteria, fit in the system and if the player seems like a Thompson pick.
And to me, one player that sticks out as a Thompson guy is Michigan defensive end Chris Wormley. There are a few reasons why Wormley would fit perfectly in Green Bay and the first is that he's a heck of a player.
Wormley was highly productive at Michigan and over four years he notched 119 tackles, 31.5 tackles for loss and 17.5 sacks. He's also 6-5 and nearly 300 pounds, but carries the weight well and is pretty darn athletic.
Over the past two seasons, Wormley registered 12 sacks, but also did a great job against the run. In Green Bay, he would be an ideal 3-4 defensive end. He's stout, long, can rush the passer and is disruptive. He's a guy that could even see snaps a 4-3 end (elephant) the way Julius Peppers was used at times,
Certainly, the Packers need on the defensive line isn't great. Mike Daniels has one defensive end spot locked up and he's arguably the team's best defender. Kenny Clark showed plenty of promise as a rookie at nose and the roster also includes Dean Lowry, as well as newly signed Ricky-Jean Francois.
But, Wormley is probably a better pass rusher than all those guys outside of Daniels and possibly Clark. He also could be a long-term starter at the position and a front three of Daniels, Clark and Wormley, with Lowry off the bench, would be formidable.
Most projections have Wormley going in the second or third round and my gut tells me if Green Bay chooses him, it will be in round 2. With other needs to satisfy at offensive guard, cornerback, outside linebacker and inside linebacker, picking a guy like Wormley might seem like a luxury.
On the other hand though, good defensive lineman are hard to find and the Packers put a premium on big guys. Thus, if the board falls a certain way, I see Wormley as a plauisble day two option for Green Bay and one that will be a great fit, even if he doesn't fill an urgent need.
— BigTimeFootball® (@BigTimeFootball) April 9, 2017
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