The NFL draft for 2019 is getting closer. We're just one day off NFL's annual meeting, and with the Packers having two rounds in the first round, Thursday should be an exciting night.
What the Packers have to do on Thursday is pretty simple. You have to choose good players.
With all the reunion around the design and the talk about creating hardship or the best available player – the simple truth is that the packers have to find good players.
And one of those guys has to be a strong defensive defender, because even after signing three agents who do not make any money, the defense still lacks gimmickiness.
Jaire Alexander definitely looks like a man who can provide it. Kenny Clark too. Blake Martinez and Mike Daniels have their moments when they are well, while Green Bay still has high hopes for talented youngsters like Kevin King, Josh Jackson and Kyler Fackrell, who made double-digit sacks last season.
With Preston Smith, Zadarius Smith and Fackrell, that should be enough pass, especially with Clark and Daniels inside. However, the packers could use another explosive edge breaker and also need a linebacker for game mechanics.
Do not get me wrong, Martinez is a good player. I would say he deserves a second contract. However, his passport cover abilities always leave something to be desired.
There was a reason why he was a fourth round. He's just not as athletic as a guy like Devon White of LSU or Devin Bush of Michigan, two of the best defenders available in the draft.
White does not seem to be available to the Packers unless they act. The LSU linebacker was a top 1
Of course he is worth it. White is one of the guys you expect to see an immediate impact next season. Both he and Bush are 4.4-man types who can tackle, cover, pinch, and basically do anything.
In today's NFL, that's exactly what the packers need. They need a guy like Devin Bush, and if lucky for Green Bay, the Michigan linebacker will slip down to # 12.
Unfortunately, Bush seems to move up and not down. Earlier this week, Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN said he expects Bush to hold no less than the eleventh selection.
Since many have ranked White as equal to White, or even higher in some cases, it is not surprising. He is a true three-down linebacker who has had 18.5 TFL and 10 sacks in the last two seasons.
Another thing that needs this defense in Green Bay is the attitude, and Bush abounds with it.
Did you watch the video in which he rolled up the Spartan logo with its tunnels in midfield before the Wolverines defeated Michigan State last fall?
If not, you should check it. It was not athletic at all, but let us know that this is the NFL and the Packers could use a middle SOB in the middle.
Honestly, if Green Bay had to act to acquire Bush or White, this would be the case. At least then you know that in this draft you get one of the elite defenders.
That's more than anything the packers need, and if they can not do that in the design, it'll be difficult to call it a success.