With the 213th pick in the 1999 NFL Draft the Green Bay Packers select Donald Driver from Alcorn State University. The rest was history with Driver becoming one of the Packers greatest receivers and being inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 2017. As they continue their search late round gems, let’s take a look at 5 players they may go after on day three of the NFL Draft.
James Williams, RB – Washington State
This is a great gadget piece for Matt LaFleur’s new offense. Williams is an explosive player and a highlight reel waiting to happen. His biggest asset is his receiving ability. If Williams finds the right home he could be a big factor on third downs and certain packages. In Green Bay, he wouldn’t be asked to do anything he is not capable of with Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams in front of him. An elusive weapon for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers new offense.
Cortez Broughton, DL – Cincinnati
Ed Oliver may not be available at pick 12, but no worries Packer fans Cortez Broughton will be there later. His explosiveness and athleticism is right up there with Oliver. Broughton is a force creating pressure up the middle. He may also have some of the best feet of the defensive linemen in the draft. He also fits the profile of Kenny Clark and Mike Daniels, however he is more athletic. He is a little undersized, but plays with great pad level, eats up double teams with a solid anchor, and has high energy. A great depth piece for the defensive line.
Malik Reed, EDGE – Nevada
Reed is a guy who is finding himself more and more in the hybrid role between EDGE and LB because of his size. Regardless, he is a big time impact player who likes to make plays upfield. He would thrive more in sub-packages and on special teams early on in his career. He has great bend and gets around the corner tight. He will need more time as a LB, but he likes to wreak havoc on the other side of the ball. Mike Pettine is another guy who likes to create some havoc of his own.
Ulysees Gilbert III, LB – Akron
Another impressive athlete, Gilbert would help keep shaping the LB unit to fit today’s NFL. This is a player who may have his best football in front of him. He plays very well in space where his athleticism takes over. Gilbert can play man in certain packages to help eliminate mismatches with running backs. He will be a big time contributor on special teams while he continues to grow into his role as a LB. He has a good mentor in Blake Martinez who has a high football IQ. A very solid depth piece which Green Bay has not had in a few years in the middle of the defense.
KeeSean Johnson, WR – Fresno State
Another receiver from Fresno State? Sign me up. Johnson may not be the athlete Davante Adams is, but he brings his own unique set of skills. Johnson is more suited to play slot, but he is very versatile. Not to mention, he runs great routes and has some of the strongest hands in the draft. He would be surrounded by great athletes in the Packers receiving room which is why I think this is a great fit. Johnson just needs to be himself. A reliable sure handed target that Aaron Rodgers always knows where he is going to be. Rodgers always had that outlet in Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb when things broke down. I think Johnson would thrive being that sneaky player with Rodgers. A great option to fight for WR3 or WR4.
Any other hidden gems you’d like to see in Green and Gold before the weekend is over?