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Green Bay Packers NFL Draft Fantasy Preview

Green Bay Packers NFL Draft Fantasy Preview
Brandon Murchison April 10, 2018 7:00PM EDT

NFL Draft Fantasy Preview Green Bay Packers

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Most NFL fans may not be accustomed to seeing the Green Bay Packers picking this high in the draft, but injuries played a large role in that in 2017. Aaron Rodgers played in just seven games, Ty Montgomery played in eight, and several receivers missed parts of games. Rodgers was a big loss as he is the Packers’ offense and with him on the sidelines, the team just could not move the ball with regularity.

Now back healthy, Rodgers will once again be the top quarterback off the board in Fantasy drafts, as he should be. The running back position will be quite crowded with Jamaal Williams, Aaron Jones, and Montgomery all figuring into the mix. Williams has the most upside among the group and should be drafted ahead of the other players as a high-end RB3. With Jordy Nelson gone to Oakland, the Davante Adams show will be in full effect in 2018, and he should be drafted as a low-end WR1.

Projected Top Three Picks

Team Needs: DB, OT, WR

First Round: Josh Jackson, CB Iowa

Second Round: Will Hernandez, OG UTEP

Third Round: Equanimeous St. Brown, WR Notre Dame

Many believe Josh Jackson to be the second-best cornerback prospect in this draft, and he will slide right into a starting spot in the Green Bay secondary. He is a ball hawk at the position as indicated by his 27 passes defended in 2017. His length gives him an advantage against most receivers on the outside. If he continues to rely on his instincts, go after the ball and not bite on route fakes, he could be a Pro-Bowl caliber player early in his career. Jackson is a playmaker with many highlights on his 2017 tape, but was he a one-year wonder? I would put money on him being the real deal.

In the second round, the Packers will look to plug a hole along the offensive line with the selection of Will Hernandez. He has the combination of power, balance, and athleticism that many coaches covet. He is nimble, quick, and able to stay on his blocks in pass protection. His upper body strength will allow him to turn defenders and open running lanes in the ground game. Hernandez will come in and be an immediate starter for this team.

The third-round selection of Equanimeous St. Brown gives Aaron Rodgers a potential receiver that can separate downfield. He is a tall target with speed who can get open for big plays to capitalize on Rodgers’ accuracy. He can smoothly maneuver in and out of breaks and work over the middle of the field. With his frame, he may struggle with more physical corners early in his career until he fills out on the pro level. St. Brown will have little value in 2018 redraft leagues, but his appeal in dynasty formats could be huge once Randall Cobb is no longer in the picture for the Packers.

Aaron Rodgers Photo Credit: AP Photo/Mike McCarn

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