If you are a follower of the Green Bay Packers draft, you most likely know what RAS is. Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst and his staff utilize RAS a good amount when studying draft prospects. It was a major reason they chose Rashan Gary last year with their top draft pick. There is no doubt that RAS will be a major component for the Packers in this year’s draft. So, we thought it would be fun to do a forecast of the Packers draft implementing RAS as the major component.
Forecasting Green Bay Packers Draft Utilizing RAS
By no means, will this forecast of the Packers draft strictly on be on RAS. While RAS will be a major force, we will take in mind the needs of the Packers. Offensive tackle, wide receiver, and the interior defensive line being the essential positions.
For this Packers draft forecast, we used thedraftnetwork.com’s mock draft machine. If you are a fan of doing mock drafts, we strongly urge you to use this tool. We believe it is one of the best mock draft tools out there.
For each Packers draft pick, we will give prospects who were on the board when the Packers came up. The players shown will be players that play a position the Packers have been forecasted in filling. We will show the RAS score of each of those prospects as well.
Here is our seven round forecast, utilizing RAS, for the 2020 Packers draft.
First Round, 30th Overall
Available: WR Denzel Mims 9.76, ILB Kenneth Murray 9.89, OT Ezra Cleveland 9.93
Murray, who i am a big fan of, would be an instant upgrade to the Packers inside linebacker position. He has a very high RAS score, but inside linebacker in the first round seems like a stretch for the Packers. Especially since defensive Mike Pettine seems to devalue the inside linebacker position.
Wide receiver depth is a major issue for the Packers. If this scenario were to be real, we believe that it would be difficult for Gutekunst to pass on Mims. But since we are using the RAS gauge, Mims gets passed on.
Finding a young offensive tackle prospect is a need for the Packers. They did sign Rick Wagner to take over for the now Bryan Bulaga. But he is just a stopgap. Cleveland would make sense and he has the RAS score that Gutekunst and his staff would value. Gutekunst may be wary to select Cleveland after the Packers missed big on similar OT prospect Jason Spriggs a few years back.
Second Round, 62nd Overall
Available: WR Michael Pittman Jr. 8.29, WR Laviska Shenault Jr. 6.89, WR Tee Higgins 4.18, WR Chase Claypool 9.98
With the wide receivers available at this point, it illustrates how deep this draft is at position. This would be a dream scenerio for the Packers. They need help badly at the wide receiver position.
This pick pained me to make. As a football fan, we believe Shenault should be the pick here. He does so many things well. Although he has some injury concerns, his upside is very high.
But with using the RAS scale, Claypool would be a no brainer for Gutekunst. He loves big fast wide receivers and Claypool fits right into that category. He was productive at Notre Dame, but many wonder if it will carry over to the pro ranks.
Third Round, 93rd Overall
Available: CB Troy Pride 7.18, Running Back/Wide Receiver Antonio Gibson 9.29, DT Jordan Elliott 7.41, ILB Logan Wilson 8.84
Another difficult choice to make. Logan Wilson is a favorite of mine. He is a big inside linebacker who can defend the run and make plays in coverage. He would be an asset for the Packers defense.
But Gibson is a Swiss army knife that could allow head coach Matt LaFleur to do some different things on offense. Although we have our reservations still that LaFleur can be creative as a play-caller.
Gibson can be a running back and has kickoff returning experience. But he might be a nice weapon out of the slot as a wide receiver. While Wilson would be tough to pass on, Gibson could be a nice fit for the Packers offense. Gibson also could open up LaFleur’s creativity, something we didn’t see last season in the Packers offense.
Fourth Round, 136th Overall
Available: ILB Joe Bachie Jr. 8.28, DT McTelvin Agim 8.55, QB James Morgan 3.87
Will the Packers draft include a quarterback? James Morgan could be tempting. He is a big quarterback with a big arm. Plus, he grew up in the Green Bay area. But with going off the RAS scale, other prospects would be more worthy at this point in our Packers draft.
Agim plays a position that the Packers need to fill. They have solid pieces in Kenny Clark and Dean Lowry for the interior of the defensive line. But the other interior defensive line position is a need of help. Agim is a good athlete, has a solid RAS score, and fills a need for the Packers in the fourth round.
Fifth Round, 175th Overall
Available, RB Joshua Kelley 7.62, OT Terence Steele 8.37, EDGE Derrek Tuszka 8.63
Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith are the Packers star pass rushers. Gary was drafted 12th overall last year and is expected to be the top backup at outside linebacker. But the Packers need to fill in their depth at the position. Especially with Kyler Fackrell departing as a free agent this off-season.
Tuszka was a dominant pass rusher at North Dakota State. He was the top pass rusher at that the FCS level last season. As his RAS number illustrates, he is a solid athlete and his background shows that he is a winner. He has the skills to develop into a nice rotational piece for the Packers outside linebacker position.
Sixth Round, 192nd Overall
Available: WR Antonio Gandy-Golden 6.15, ILB Mykal Walker 8.17, ILB Jacob Phillips 8.21
I personally like Walker more than Phillips. While at Fresno State, Walker displayed that he can stand up as an inside linebacker but also could play the edge. But the RAS numbers point to Phillips.
Phillips was overshadowed by Patrick Queen while at LSU. But Phillips, as his RAS shows, is a very good athlete. He also played in a similar defense that Pettine runs while at LSU.
Sixth Round, 208th Overall
Available: CB Lamar Jackson 4.94, CB Madre Harper 8.90, CB Essang Bassey 8.24
The Packers draft should have cornerback be a part of it. Jaire Alexander and Kevin King are the starters and Chandon Sullivan turned out to be quite a find for the Packers. But after those three, there are questions. Tramon Williams still hasn’t been re-signed and Josh Jackson hasn’t proven he is capable of contributing.
Harper has a lot of NFL intangibles that should peak the Packers interest. He has the size of an NFL cornerback and he possesses the type of RAS score Gutekunst and his staff they look for.
Sixth Round, 209th Overall
Available: TE Jared Pinkney 4.82, WR John Hightower 8.03, RB Sewo Olonilua 8.47
At this point in our Packers draft, we wanted to fill the Packers tight end need. Pinkney was once the top-rated tight end before last season. But he struggled and by his RAS score, he wouldn’t be our choice here.
Olonilua is a big back, standing 6’3″ tall. Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams have different body sizes, so Olonilua would be a nice change-up. Dexter Williams still has a chance to be the Packers third running back. But Olonilua would give him some competition for that position.
Seventh Round, 236th Overall
Available: TE Stephen Sullivan 7.46, WR Austin Mack 4.33, EDGE Carter Coughlin 9.81
When Carter Coughlin arrived on campus at Minnesota, he was a standup linebacker. He made the shift to EDGE pass rusher because the Gophers required EDGE pass rushers. He adjusted well to the edge, but we believe he could be a solid inside linebacker.
In this Packers draft forecast, we had them selecting Phillips in the sixth, but I believe that Coughlin could be the better pro out of the two at inside linebacker.
Seventh Round, 242nd Overall
Available: WR Aaron Parker 3.64, CB AJ Green 3.52, QB Cole McDonald 9.01
Cole McDonald put up some big numbers while playing for the University of Hawaii. He played in a pass-happy offense and was asked to throw the ball a lot. His fundamentals need a lot of work, but he has a lot of skill to work with.
Today’s NFL quarterbacks are better athletes than they used to be. McDonald has a lot of athletic ability. He ran a 4.58 forty yard dash at the combine, which surprised a lot of people.