The Packers & Patriots make another Draft Day Trade with the Patriots. Remember, in 2006, NE traded up to select WR Chad Jackson and 2009 when GB traded up to select Clay Matthews. The funniest part was that in 2006, after Belichick whiffed on Florida's WR Jackson, the Packers grabbed Western Michigan's Greg Jennings. How would you compare those two careers? Still, New England, despite their many draft whiffs, has been able to utilize other means of roster-building, and has made and won many more Super Bowls since those two trades, than the Packers lone one.
Green Bay trades their 1st rd pick (#14), their 4th (#101), and a 6th (#207)
for New England’s two 1st Rd picks (#23 & #31, and their 7th Rd (#219).
#23- OLB Harold Landry, BC, 6-2, 248
#31- CB Isaiah Oliver, Colorado, 6-1, 195
#45- OT Orlando Brown, Oklahoma 6-8, 345
#76- DT Tim Settle, Virginia Tech, 6-3, 328
#133- CB/S Dain Cruikshank, Arizona, 6-1, 205
#138- OLB Dorance Armstrong Jr, Kansas, 6-4, 246
#172- TE Ian Thomas, Indiana, 6-5, 248
#174- TE Ryan Izzo, Florida St, 6-5, 245
#186- WR Antonio Callaway, Florida, 5-11, 197
#219- WR Daurice Fountain, N. Iowa, 6-2, 208
#232- ILB Nick DeLuca, NDSU, 6-3, 248
#239- G Toby Weathersby, LSU, 6-5, 320
Let's take a look at these Packer draftees.
Don’t worry about his relatively unproductive 2017 season, Boston College edge rusher Harold Landry is the pass rusher with the highest ceiling in the 2018 NFL Draft. Landry has elite burst and bend to win the edge, and when he’s healthy, his skill set is nightmare for tackles to defend.
Landry needs to develop counter moves and improve his hand usage to vary his attacks some, but he’s a sound run defender with elite traits to be a double-digit sack artist in the NFL. Those type of players don’t fall far come draft day.
Length is essential at cornerback. It’s an intangible that can’t be taught. For his part, Oliver might as well be Gumby. He possesses some of the longest arms in this class of corners at 33.5-inches and almost 10-inch hands. When combined with his 6’1″ frame, it forms a strong foundation for his game. Oliver is big, physical, and plays with the kind of edge desirable in a cornerback.
Man coverage is Oliver’s strong suit. In press coverage, he works patiently and has clean footwork with fluid hips to open his body and stick with his man. Oliver has the speed to stay with fast players downfield and has good poise when receivers are getting in and out of their breaks. His long arms allow him to recover even when his man gets some separation, and they also give players fits when the ball is arriving. It’s also worth mentioning that Oliver has natural ball skills and can play on both sides of the field, which can’t be said for some corners.
He may not have tested as a high-end athlete, but Oliver has a set of intangibles that are hard to find. He’s an imposing player who eats up space at the line-of-scrimmage and has an attitude at the catch point.
This guy looks like a top-5 NFL pick, and he blocked like it in college. At times. His dad was a great NFL player as an offensive tackle too, until a referee threw a penalty flag into his eye and almost blinded him, ending is career (made a comeback after a long time, to no avail.)
He tested slow at the Combine, so now he's seemingly forgotten. I see far worse OT's being rated higher than Brown now, from Kolton MIller to Connor Williams. No way are they better than Big O.
Immediately, Brown can replace Bryan Bulaga at right tackle, and save the Packers close to $6 million against the cap this year. With the new life at running back, the Packers need to realize that they have something special in Aaron Jones, plus Jamaal Williams and Ty Montgomery are fine rotating in. They've each shown some great moments. Adding "Zeus" at right tackle would help the running game. He can hold his own in pass protection too with his long arms.
From Brian Baldinger (The third one shows Roquan Smith being manhandled like a child):
Who is Dane Cruikshank?
Dane Cruikshank deserves more hype – traits rival that of Minkah Fitzpatrick
Published on April 1, 2018
One of the blue-chip players in the 2018 NFL draft class is Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick. He has experience at cornerback, both inside and out, as well as at safety, both deep and in the box. This unique blend of cover skills, physicality, athletic ability and versatility gave Fitzpatrick immediate top-10 status in this class, and deservedly so. He has not only translated these traits into production in the toughest conference in football, but he also has all the intangibles you look for in a leader of a locker room. That leads me to this question: If Fitzpatrick is a “lock” to be drafted in the top 10, then why is Arizona’s Dane Cruikshank a Day 3 pick at best to the majority of draft analysts?
At 6’1, 209, not only does Cruikshank have almost identical size, but he also tested better than Fitzpatrick in every area on the field at the Combine. He ran a 4.41 40-yard dash, had a 38.5-inch vertical jump, 121-inch broad jump, 6.89 three-cone time, and put up 25 reps on the bench press. On tape, their style of play mirrors each other.
They both have experience at nearly every spot in the secondary, cover like a cornerback in man, have ball skills like a wide receiver, and hit like a linebacker. Yes, there are some variances that makes Fitzpatrick a top 10 player on my board whereas Cruikshank falls in the second round, but there cannot be a multi-round gap between these two players like there is now in the draft community.
For a defensive back with Cruikshank’s size, it is rare to see them line up against a smaller, quicker receiver in off man coverage. But Cruikshank’s stop-start quickness, hip fluidity, and recovery speed, in addition to his length, makes him such an asset in man coverage. He can guard almost any type of receiver because of his versatile skill set to win with his length at the LOS, or with his foot quickness and change of direction.
Like Fitzpatrick, I think some teams will have Dane Cruikshank listed as a cornerback on their board. Played on the outside in 2016. C2 lined up on Ross, takes Gaskin on the wheel, and completes the INT at the high point. This versatile coverage skill set translates.
MUCH more breakdown of his skills here.