Grading The Green Bay Packers’ 2014 Draft Picks

Grading The Green Bay Packers' 2014 Draft Picks

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
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The Green Bay Packers had another really solid draft in 2014. GM Ted Thompson's picks didn't necessarily make you jump for joy, but he hit a home run with first round selection and added eight other players with good potential. Here is a round-by-round breakdown and grade for each pick.

Round 1: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
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Round 1: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
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The Packers had a huge need at safety and were extremely fortunate when Clinton-Dix fell to them at no. 21. He is kind of safety Green Bay has been lacking since the early retirement of Nick Collins, and could be the missing piece on a defense that should be much improved in 2014.

Grade: A

Round 2: Davante Adams

Davante Adams
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Round 2: Davante Adams

Davante Adams
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After losing James Jones this offseason, the Packers needed a young wide receiver and Adams fit the bill in round two. Adams is not exceptionally big or fast, but has tremendous ball skills and caught 38 touchdowns in two seasons at Fresno State. He fits perfectly with quarterback Aaron Rodgers thanks to his great hands and body control. Expect to see some back shoulder fades thrown his way from no. 12 very soon.

Grade: A-

Round 2: Richard Rounders

Richard Rodgers
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Round 2: Richard Rounders

Richard Rodgers
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Green Bay needed to come away from the 2014 NFL Draft with a tight end and after five went in the first 65 picks, Rodgers was the best available. He has good size, athleticism and outstanding hands. He played both wide receiver and tight end at Cal and has a chance to contribute early as a receiving tight end.

Grade: B-

Round 3: Khyri Thornton

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Round 3: Khyri Thornton

Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy
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Packers head coach Mike McCarthy has been talking all offseason about adding more versatile players up front. It started with the signing of free agent Julius Peppers and continued with the selection of Thornton. Some consider him a reach in the third round, but his talent is undeniable. He has a high motor and is a stout run defender. If Green Bay can keep him on the field and get his maximum effort, he will be a stud.

Grade: B

Round 4: Carl Bradford

Carl Bradford
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Round 4: Carl Bradford

Carl Bradford
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Bradford is a guy who slipped due to concerns about his size at just 6-foot-1, 251 pounds. He played defensive end in college and should convert to linebacker Green Bay. He excelled as a pass rusher and is a great effort player. He should back up at multiple spots right away, but his biggest impact as a rookie will be on special teams.

Grade: B

Round 5: Corey Linsley

Corey Linsley
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Round 5: Corey Linsley

Corey Linsley
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With no true center on the roster, Green Bay desperately needed to get one in the draft and accomplished that by adding Linsley. He was a bit of a reach in round five, but is experienced and can at least compete with J.C. Tretter for the starting center job in training camp.

Grade: C

Round 5: Jared Abbrederis

Jared Abbrederis
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Round 5: Jared Abbrederis

Jared Abbrederis
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By the fifth round, Green Bay was simply picking the best player available, and despite picking a receiver in the second round, a player of Abbrederis' caliber was too hard to pass up. He dominated against first-round selection Bradley Roby from Ohio State this past season and is one the best route runners in the draft. He should earn a roster spot with ease and is good enough to contribute early in 2014.

Grade: A

Round 6: Demetri Goodson

Demetri Goodson
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Round 6: Demetri Goodson

Demetri Goodson
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Goodson is a raw athlete who played both football and basketball in college. He is an extremely talented athlete who will need to contribute on special teams to stick. He may have been a slight reach, but has enough upside to justify it.

Grade: C

Round 7: Jeff Janis

Packers GM Ted Thompson
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Round 7: Jeff Janis

Packers GM Ted Thompson
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Ted Thompson swears by the "best player available" philosophy when it comes to drafting players, and his seventh round pick of Janis is the perfect example. The former Saginaw Valley State receiver has outstanding size and speed, but dominated against lesser competition. It's hard to imagine Green Bay keeping six wide receivers this season, meaning if Janis wants to stick, he has work to do.

Grade: C-






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