I hate when a year or two after the fact people say they would’ve drafted this guy instead of this guy. It’s too easy. So I decided to pick along with GM Ted Thompson and make my selections right before he made his. These were my picks:
Round 2 (#33): The only cornerbacks I would’ve taken at this point in the draft were Ohio State’s Marshon Lattimore, USC’s Adoree’ Jackson and LSU’s Tre’Davious White, and they were all off the board. I completely understand why Thompson opted for the greater need and grabbed Kevin King, but I think Florida State’s Dalvin Cook will be a truly special player, and that’s very difficult to pass up in the second round.
PICK: RB DALVIN COOK
Round 2 (#61): Chidobe Awuzie was my target here, but Dallas stole the cornerback from Colorado at 60. I’m intrigued by the choice of Josh Jones, but Kansas State’s Jordan Willis was a better player in college and has a chance to be a big-time pass rusher. Those guys aren’t normally around late in the second round.
PICK: OLB JORDAN WILLIS
Round 3 (#93): Montravius Adams was a good value pick at 93, but I couldn’t let day 2 end without selecting a corner. The best one left was Cordrea Tankersley of Clemson. Did I wait too long? Perhaps, but when push came to shove, I wasn’t willing to lose out on Cook and there were no corners worth taking at 61.
PICK: CB CORDREA TANKERLEY
Round 4 (#108): I thought Auburn edge rusher Carl Lawson was a second round pick heading into the draft, so I wasn’t going to pass him up at this point. His long history of injuries might’ve made him too big of a gamble on day 2, but it’s well worth rolling the dice in round 4. It’ll be interesting to watch and see whether the less talented but much cleaner Vince Biegel has a better career in the National Football League.
PICK: OLB CARL LAWSON
Round 4 (#134): Thompson needed to add a running back and he chose Jamaal Williams. I didn’t need Clemson’s Wayne Gallman but couldn’t pass him up. This was simply a matter of taking the best player available, and as will be the case with Biegel and Lawson, it’ll be interesting to see which back has the better career.
PICK: RB WAYNE GALLMAN
Round 5 (#175): The only pick on day 3 that I didn’t really like was DeAngelo Yancey. He’s a decent prospect, but the fifth round seemed a bit early. The Packers bought time at right guard by signing verteran Jahri Evans, but they’ll need a long-term replacement in a year. Danny Isadora of Miami could be that guy.
PICK: OL DANNY ISADORA
Round 5 (#182): I really liked the pick of Aaron Jones, but there’s no need at running back with Cook and Gallman already on board. So with Brett Hundley likely to be moved after the season and Joe Callahan nothing more than a No. 3, it makes sense to grab Miami’s Brad Kaaya, who could be pretty good with quality coaching.
PICK: QB BRAD KAAYA
Round 6 (#212): I drafted a raw but talented interior offensive lineman earlier so there was no need to double dip with Kofi Amichia, especially with LSU’s Malachi Dupre still on the board. I was disappointed when Thompson didn’t take the acrobatic wide receiver from LSU – until about an hour or so later when he did.
PICK: WR MALACHI DUPRE
Round 7 (#238): Thompson took a third running back in Devante Mays, and I took a third outside linebacker in Carroll Phillips. A team can never have enough pass rushers, and I considered the former Illinois star to be one of the top “under the radar” prospects heading into the draft. He’s a steal at this point.
PICK: OLB CARROLL PHILLIPS
Round 7 (#247): Thompson grabbed wide receiver Malachi Dupre, whom I had already chosen in round 6. Youngstown State’s David Rivers is an interesting prospect. He’s not as tall or as fast as King, but he’s got better short-area quickness. I could envision him being a useful slot corner and a core member of special teams.
PICK: CB DAVID RIVERS
One more thing, if I were truly the GM, I would’ve traded up in the second round to ensure getting Awuzie. I would’ve gladly sacrificed a day 3 pick to get a player I very well might’ve taken at 33 had Cook not been there.