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April 29, 2018 at 10:44 pm.

A closer look at the Packers’ picks:

Round 1/18 – Jaire Alexander, CB, 5-10, 195, Louisville

Alexander’s best film came during his junior year, when he finished with five interceptions, nine pass breakups and earned second-team all-ACC honors. Alexander’s play slipped during an injury-plagued 2017 campaign. If the Packers get the 2016 Alexander, he’s the likely opening-day starter in the slot.

Round 2/45 – Josh Jackson, CB, 6-1, 192, Iowa

Jackson sat for most of his first three seasons in Iowa City, then exploded in 2017. Jackson led the nation with eight interceptions and had a remarkable 26 passes broken up. He could start outside from Day 1.

Round 3/88 – Oren Burks, ILB, 6-3, 233, Vanderbilt

Former safety moved to inside linebacker his final year with the Commodores. Ran a 4.62 40-yard dash and should get immediate playing time in the base and sub. Led all linebackers in the draft in the broad jump (10-10) and vertical jump (39 1/2).

Round 4/133 – J’Mon Moore, WR, 6-3, 207, Missouri

Had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, but Moore also struggled with drops and was benched for a stretch his junior year.

Round 5/138 – Cole Madison, G, 6-5, 308, Washington State

Four-year starter at right tackle, projects to guard in the NFL. Good athlete with quick feet who excels in space. Needs to get stronger, though, to handle the beefy defensive tackles he will face.

Round 5/172 – J.K. Scott, P, 6-6, 208, Alabama

Four-year starter with 45.6-yard career average. Huge leg and averaged 4.55 seconds of hang time last season. Highest punter drafted by Green Bay since 2004, when Packers took eventual bust B.J. Sander in Round 3.

Round 5/174 – Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, 6-4, 206, South Florida

Remarkable size-speed prospect who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.37 seconds. Valdes-Scantling set a South Florida record with 879 receiving yards in 2017, but is raw and must improve his ball skills.

Round 6/209 – Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, 6-5, 214, Notre Dame

Teamed with current Packers reserve quarterback DeShone Kizer to catch 58 passes for 961 yards and nine touchdowns in 2016. But St. Brown slipped badly in 2017 when the Fighting Irish couldn’t get their quarterbacking play figured out.

Round 7/232 – James Looney, DE, 6-3, 287, California

Had solid junior year with 3.5 sacks and eight tackles for loss, but slumped badly as a senior. Must add weight and strength to have any chance of sticking around.

Round 7/239 – Bradley Hunter, LS, 6-3, 236, Mississippi State

The Packers had all sorts of problems with the long snapper position after Brett Goode was injured last year, so they spent a draft pick on one.

Round 7/248 – Kendall Donnerson, LB, 6-2, 248, Southeast Missouri

Earned first-team All-Ohio Valley Conference honors in 2017 with 13.5 tackles for loss, six sacks, an interception, three pass breakups, three forced fumbles and 53 tackles. Ran the 40-yard dash in 4.44 seconds.

PLUG AND PLAY

CB Jaire Alexander: The “star” position – or slot corner – is a featured spot in Green Bay’s defense. Alexander has the skill set to thrive in that role

WILL SURPRISE

G Cole Madison: The right side of the Packers’ offensive line is a mess. The versatile Madison, who played tackle in college but projects to guard in the NFL, seems likely to help somewhere in 2018.

WHAT THE HELL?

P J.K. Scott: We get it. Scott is a unique talent and the best punter in this draft class. But Justin Vogel ranked seventh in the NFL and broke the Packers’ net punting record of 40.2 last year. The Packers had a long list of needs, but punter wasn’t one of them.

 

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