The Green Bay Packers appear to be in excellent shape in terms of the 2014 NFL draft. The Packers currently have nine draft picks, with one in each of the seven rounds, plus two more compensatory picks which were awarded to them earlier this week by the NFL.
Here is the breakdown of the picks that the Packers currently have:
Rd. 1: 21
Rd. 2: 53
Rd. 3: 85, 98
Rd. 4: 121
Rd. 5: 161, 176
Rd. 6: 197
Rd. 7: 236
Picks number 98 and 176 are the compensatory picks. Those picks cannot be traded.
The 2014 NFL draft shapes up to be the deepest and most talented draft in quite a while.
Last month, during a conference call with reporters, via Pro Football Talk, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock gave his take on the upcoming draft which will take place in May.
“From my perspective, this is the deepest and best draft class I’ve seen in probably ten years,” Mayock said. “That’s been reinforced by most of the general managers and scouts I’ve talked to throughout the league. I had one GM tell me the other day that having a Top-20 pick this year is very similar to having a Top-10 pick last year.”
Speaking of scouts, I had another opportunity again to talk with one of the very best scouts in the business last week, when I talked to Chris Landry.
Landry first talked about the grades he has assigned to some prospects in the first round at this point:
"In terms of overall grades, you are right, I'm not completely done yet, but I can tell you that I'm on pace to have a higher number of first round grades that I've had in years. Maybe as high as 28 or 29, which is extraordinarily high."
Chris then talked about the rest of the talent and depth in the rest of the draft:
"It's really deep in the second and third rounds. Maybe even a little bit above that. So, there is really good value. And what that means is that when you are picking in the fifth or sixth round, you will be getting in a lot of cases third-round value players. Because how you grade a player is how you see them and how they fit in a certain category. And that grade is corresponding to a round. But if you have more than 32 players with second-round grades, which you are definitely going to have this year, just do the numbers. If you have 42, you have 10 players who going to bleed into the third round with second-round grades. If you do the numbers going forward, I think there is going to be tremendous value here (in this draft)."
That would be excellent news for the Packers, who now have four picks in the top 100 picks in this draft.
The two added picks that the Packers received as compensatory picks, gives the Packers flexibility to trade up if need be. Remember though, compensatory picks cannot be traded. All other picks can be traded, however.
In the last five drafts, Ted Thompson has traded up a number of times to draft a player who he placed significant value on. Examples of this are Clay Matthews in 2009, Morgan Burnett in 2010, Jerel Worthy and Casey Hayward in 2012.
Thompson has also traded back to get even more picks during that time.
In terms of the compensatory picks that the Packers have received over over the past few years, the Packers have put at least one of them to very good use, when the Packers selected Josh Sitton in the fourth round in 2008.
The Packers also drafted defensive lineman Josh Boyd last year in the fifth round with a compensatory pick.
The Packers have always been considered a draft and develop team under the watch of Thompson and head coach Mike McCarthy.
Bottom line, this year's upcoming draft will give the Packers a lot of options to add even more talent and depth for the team.
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