Fighting Chance’s 2021 NFL Draft Recap: Green Bay Packers
The 2021 NFL Draft dust is now starting to settle now that we've got each pick in stone after months (and I do mean MONTHS) of speculation, scrutiny, and an endless amount of social media chattering and shouting into the void. We're ready for a whole new wave of scrutiny with a layer of optimism or pessimism depending on each team's selection.
Today, we tackle the Green Bay Packers, so let's see what they did in this year's NFL Draft!
Who the Packers selected:
R1: Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia
R2: Josh Myers, C, Ohio State
R3: Amari Rodgers, WR, Clemson
R4: Royce Newman, OL, Mississippi
R5: Tedarrell Slaton, DT, Florida
R5: Shemar Jean-Charles, CB, Appalachian State
R6: Cole Van Lanen, T/G, Wisconsin
R6: Isaiah McDuffie, LB, Boston College
R7: Kylin Hill, RB, Mississippi State
The Fantasy Impact:
If you're about to screw up one "Rodgers," it makes sense to bring in another "A. Rodgers," right? Amari Rodgers was an actual wide receiver pick the Packers made, and he was somebody I was hoping they would select as we *cheap plug* did talk about him on Lightning Round a few weeks ago with Matt Hicks:
Rodgers is a carbon copy of the best of Randall Cobb, Ty Montgomery, and Tyler Ervin. While Aaron Rodgers did not target the slot very often, he didn't have a reliable slot option. That is where the newly-drafted Rodgers shines, who had 86% of his targets from the slot last season at Clemson. He's going to line up everywhere. Outside, inside, in the backfield, in jet motion, he's going to be a souped-up chess piece for whoever is at quarterback next season for the Packers.
As for Kylin Hill, he's merely a depth piece but a productive one in the SEC for Mississippi St. that could slot in if something happens to either Aaron Jones or AJ Dillon. His game is reminiscent of departed running back Jamaal Williams, an overachieving thumper with some passing game chops.
The Bottom Line:
Amari Rodgers is likely not a factor in redraft this season, but he's worth monitoring if he sees the field in 11 personnel. In dynasty formats, he's an end of the 2nd/early 3rd round rookie draft pick with some upside. Kylin Hill is merely a taxi squad stash right now.