The concept of this anti-mock draft is simple. I will select 1 player in each round that the Packers should avoid at all costs. Players that remind you of guys like Justin Harrell, Derek Sherrod, and Khyri Thorton. More recent picks like Kyler Fackrell, Kofi Amichia, and Jason Spriggs come to mind as well, although they cannot be labeled as 100% busts just yet.
These players may include but are not limited to prospects like: The first round reach, the prospect with horrible character, slow, offensive linemen who cannot pass block, 1 dimensional tight ends, early round quarterbacks, 4-3 defensive ends to be placed in a 3-4 system, inside linebackers who are poor in pass coverage, defensive backs who cannot tackle to save their lives, offensive linemen who get beat out by players a virtually any skill position in bench press reps, and kickers of any kind. Even if the player you really wanted doesn’t get picked this year, you can still be happy if the organization doesn’t pull the trigger on any of these guys. Kick back and enjoy the fun.
With the 14th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, The Green Bay Packers hopefully DO NOT select…
Round 1 – Leighton Vander Esch, ILB Boise State
This really isn’t a knock on Vander Esch’s skill set. I would not mind if Green Bay picked him if we were picking at our usual spot late in the first round, but this year is different. The Packers rarely get to pick this early in the draft because they are a good team year after year. While we can be grateful for that fact, one thing is for certain, we need to get the best player we can because this is likely our 1 shot to pick this early. Vander Esch is not that guy in my opinion. There will very likely be multiple better defensive and offensive players on the board at that point, especially considering the run on quarterbacks that is impending. The Packers would be wise to select a player that is more likely to turn into a play maker on defense, something the team has lacked for years. Vander Esch also has had health concerns which were a topic of conversation at the combine.
Round 2 – Orlando Brown, OT Oklahoma
Weighing in at 345 pounds and standing at 6’8″ tall, Orlando Brown was only able to bench press 225 pounds 14 times at the scouting combine. Kevin King is a really skinny cornerback right? He was able to do 11 reps at the combine last year. 2nd round pick Josh Jones got 20 reps at last years combine as a safety. I tested myself at 225 pounds earlier this week, and even I was able to get 17 reps. That is a huge red flag. Brown Posted other poor athletic traits like a 5.85 40 yard dash time as well. The only thing that could make this fan base more steamed about picking an offensive linemen this early, is picking one with poor athletic traits like Orlando Brown.
Round 3 – Jalyn Holmes, DE Ohio State
This is the type of player that just doesn’t fit a 3-4 scheme at all. I know Pettine’s defense will be multiple, but its featured plenty of 3-4 in the past. Holmes is too big to be a stand up outside linebacker, he’s also not a good fit as a 3-4 defensive end. He would likely get caught in Datone Jones situation, which would not be good for either side of this equation. The Packers would be best to invest capital for guys who can play outside linebacker with all their talent on the interior of the line. They could also use this pick on plenty of other bigger needs for the upcoming season.
Round 4 – Simmie Cobbs Jr, WR Indiana
Simmie Cobbs was once regarded as a top wideout prospect in this years draft, unfortunately he have an extremely underwhelming scouting combine. He ran a 4.64 40 yard dash and posted a vertical of only 30 inches. Cobbs was a down the field target in college, so his 40 time really hurt his draft stock. He has also struggled with drops at times in his career at Indiana. Big physical corners jam him at the line big time. The Packers really lack speed at the wideout position, and Simmie Cobbs isn’t going to change that for them. There is also character concerns with Cobbs refusing breathalyzer test and failing to identify himself in July of 2017.
Round 5 – Alex Cappa, G Humboldt State
Where’s Humboldt State? You may be wondering. It’s a college with less that 10,000 enrollment in California which hasn’t had a player drafted since 1991. Cappa will get drafted but hopefully not by the Packers. Cappa has not faced anywhere near the level of talent he’d be going up against in the NFL. In addition to the talent level Cappa faced in college, he also has flashed mostly as a run blocker. With an Aaron Rodgers led offense, Alex Cappa is not a good fit. This is a project player the Packers should stay away from in round 5
Round 6 – Antonio Callaway, WR Florida
Antonio Callaway is a day 2 talent if he has no off the field issues, but because of his legal issues he may not get drafted at all. He would really be worth a look for Green Bay running a 4.41 40 yard dash at 5’11” in a normal situation. He is a good punt returner as well. Callaway had a string of bad behavior in college. It all started when he faced a sexual assault trial before his sophomore year but was cleared of all charges before the 2016 season by admitting during a court hearing that he was “so stoned” he did not want to have sex with anyone. He was also cited for marijuana possession in May 2017 , he then pled no contest to possession of paraphernalia in July 2017.
Callaway never played last season because of involvement in a credit card fraud scheme with some UF teammates. He may not get drafted at all, but he declared anyway rather than seeking a transfer. This may be a guy Green Bay could take a chance on as an undrafted free agent, but I would prefer they didn’t. The organization should absolutely stay away from him during the draft.
Round 7 – Tanner Lee, QB Nebraska
The fact that Tanner Lee declared for the draft was absurd in my eyes. Lee transferred to Nebraska from Tulane. His problems with making poor decisions with the football transferred as well. If I had to guess, I’d say those mistakes will follow him to the NFL as well. While he does have the arm talent to get drafted, a TD to INT ratio of 46:37 has me not wanting him on our roster as a day 3 pick. He is also oblivious to pressure at times from the outside. He is hesitant to make throws allowing the throwing window to close, but then makes the throw anyway. He should’ve stayed in Lincoln another year for sure.
Are there any players you think the Packers should avoid at all costs?