I’ve decided to reignite a draft day tradition by highlighting my preferred targets for each of the Packers’ 2017 NFL Draft selections. I use that term “tradition” quite loosely, as I only went through this exercise on the Draft Days in 2011 and 2012. My excitement for this class — and for the back half of Aaron Rodgers’ career — has me feeling obligated, however, to show my Cheesehead pride and step into Ted Thompson’s big shoes.
On the morning of one of my three favorite days on the football calendar, full of anticipation for one of the best draft classes in recent memory finding homes, I feel compelled to re-visit a draft topic I haven’t covered in years. In 2011 and 2012, when I was admittedly a much more avid blogger, I studied the skill position players to create my personal ranking for the top skill talent available to NFL teams. The results can be used as a rough guide for dynasty drafters, though as it’s pre-draft, it focuses solely on skill sets and developmental upside, without accounting for team fit and early-career roles. It’s purely about individual talent.
I’m going to be completely embarrassed when many of these picks are wildly off target since I’ve pored over tape, measurables and a wide variety of opinions for roughly 125 players over the last few weeks to produce the shrewdest mock draft I possibly could. Okay, embarrassed is a stretch, but I did really put in my homework, and along the way, I concluded a few things:
For anyone who caught my late-August sleepers last year and scooped up a few of the right ones, you probably thanked me all the way to a championship.
Nothing like last minute, huh?
In the spirit of Draft Day – my favorite religious holiday – I couldn’t resist taking a quick dip in the mock draft pool. After all, it’s been far too long since my last one following Seattle’s Super Bowl beatdown of Denver. That’s right, I somehow skipped an entire year. And lucky for the NFL that all-too-early February mock in 2014 wasn’t the work of Nostradamus – I had Odell Beckham going to the Seahawks to cap the first round. Boy would that have been disheartening as a Packers fan for the bulk of the next decade.