With the 30th Overall Pick, the Packers Select…

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Getting Noah Fant earlier in the draft was a no-brainer.  The Packers had a big need at TE and this is the right draft to fill that spot.  Another big spot that could be filled here is at Guard, but with my top two options having already been selected, I had a value issue to look at.  Do the Packers really want to spend a 1st Round Pick on the 3rd best Guard in the Draft?  Doesn’t seem like the smartest choice to me, so what to do?

There were options on Defense, but let’s be straightforward here, Offense is how Green Bay wins.  The Green Bay Packers also have a new head coach, and their star QB is (apparently) the impetus for moving on from their previous coach, so in order to keep the very sensitive Aaron Rodgers excited about his chances to win another Super Bowl, it would likely behoove the new head coach to give Aaron the best possible weapons to move the ball through the air.  


Enter A.J. Brown, who I consider to be the safest Wide Receiver in this year’s draft.  At 6’ and 226 pounds, A.J. has the size to compete at the next level, but more importantly he has the proper demeanor.  He has been described as Gritty and Durable, willing to go over the middle and high point the ball, often able to shield the pass away from the defender with his body.  This also makes him an excellent Red Zone threat. A.J. Brown has good quickness blended with power to make him a bully out of the slot, but he has the talent to play outside as well.  He has proven himself to be a willing and able blocker in the running game as well. This versatility is one of the reasons he will be so valuable to Green Bay.

As a freshman, A.J. Brown played in every game as a rookie, and as a sophomore, he earned 3rd team AP All-American honors and 1st team All-SEC with 1252 receiving yards on 75 catches.  In 2018 he increased his totals to 1320 yards on 85 receptions.  He was a 4-star recruit and was even drafted by the San Diego Padres to play baseball where is a wonderful outfielder.  But A.J. knew his first love was football, and he believed in his talent and his determination was to make himself into an NFL starter.

Metcalf may be the 1st player you want stepping off the bus, but when it comes to the football field, A.J. Brown gets the job done more often and at a higher level then his higher rated partner in crime.  Metcalf looks the part, but so did David Boston. Give me A.J. Brown every day, and twice on Sunday.

Green Bay Packers GM Bob_the_Skull selects: WR AJ Brown, Ole Miss

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  1. Arizona Cardinals – DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama
  2. San Francisco 49ers – DT Ed Oliver, Houston
  3. New York Jets – EDGE Nick Bosa, Ohio St
  4. Oakland Raiders – EDGE Josh Allen, Kentucky
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – CB Greedy Williams, LSU
  6. New York Giants – EDGE Montez Sweat, Mississippi St
  7. Jacksonville Jaguars –  OT Jawaan Taylor, Florida
  8. Detroit Lions – LB Devin White, LSU
  9. Buffalo Bills – OT Jonah Williams, Alabama
  10. Denver Broncos – LB Devin Bush, Michigan
  11. Cincinnati Bengals – QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
  12. Green Bay Packers – TE Noah Fant, Iowa
  13. Miami Dolphins –  QB Drew Lock, Missouri
  14. Atlanta Falcons – WR D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss
  15. Washington Redskins – QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio St
  16. Carolina Panthers – OT Andre Dillard, Washington St
  17. New York Giants – DT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson
  18. Minnesota Vikings – OT Cody Ford, Oklahoma
  19. Tennessee Titans – TE TJ Hockenson, Iowa
  20. Pittsburgh Steelers – WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma
  21. Seattle Seahawks – EDGE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson
  22. Baltimore Ravens – EDGE Brian Burns, Florida St
  23. Houston Texans – CB DeAndre Baker, Georgia
  24. Oakland Raiders – RB Josh Jacobs, Alabama
  25. Philadelphia Eagles – DT Rashan Gary, Michigan
  26. Indianapolis Colts – CB Bryon Murphy, Washington
  27. Oakland Raiders – S Nasir Adderly, Delaware
  28. San Angeles Chargers – DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson
  29. Kansas City Chiefs – C Garrett Bradbury, NC State
  30. Green Bay Packers – WR AJ Brown, Ole Miss
  31. Los Angeles Rams – 
  32. New England Patriots –
Do you approve of this pick?
95%
(18 votes)
Yes
5%
(1 vote)
No
Total Votes: 19

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Bob_the_Skull
Bob_the_Skull

Thanks for the GIFs Tony, you the man!

starry1
starry1

I agree with this pick. I think their first pick should have been a TE, but both guys worth first round picks are already gone, so this is a solid substitute.

sydenham
sydenham

Yup, offence with their first two picks then D at #44, that’s my guess.

ChiefZed
ChiefZed

Nice pick. I voted “approve”, but with the addition of Fant earlier, I could also see them going for a box safety here like Amani Hooker or Johnathan Abram.

BleedingRedAndGold

On paper, it’s a good pick, but for Green Bay it will depend on Rogers’ demeanor. The hope for them is that now his apparent feud with the previous HC is over, he’ll form better relationships with his receivers, but if that habit, as noted in an article or two from other outlets, is something that persists, the pick gets iffy and dependent upon Rogers reaction.

Bob_the_Skull
Bob_the_Skull

IMO, Brown’s ability to run precise routes will put him in position to actually get the ball thrown his way more often then the receivers he currently has on the roster. But as you said, predicting Aaron’s reaction to a new player/personality is difficult under the best of circumstances, which this is not, so who knows?