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Green Bay Packers NFL draft picks 2022: Analysis for every selection – Green Bay Packers Blog

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The 2022 NFL Draft is being held Thursday through Saturday, and every Green Bay Packers draft pick will be analyzed here.

The event is being held on the Las Vegas strip in the area adjacent to Caesars Forum two years after it was initially scheduled. The 2020 draft was turned into a virtual event because of COVID-19.

Here’s a pick-by-pick look at how each Green Bay player has selected will fit.


Round 1, No. 22 overall: Quay WalkerILB, Ga.

My take: As improved as the Packers defense was last season, they still had a glaring weakness: They allowed the third-most yards per rush last season (4.7). Walker could help. This also represents a continuing shift in philosophy when it comes to the middle of the defense. For years, the Packers tried to get by with mid-round draft picks and moderately priced free agents at inside linebacker. But last year, they brought in De’Vondre Campbell (and then gave him a five-year, $50 million contract to keep him this offseason) and now they’ve gone with a first-round inside linebacker for the first time since AJ Hawk in 2005. For a good portion of last season, the Packers’ second inside linebacker was krys barnesa former undrafted free agent.

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Check out some of the best plays from championship-winning Quay Walker’s season with Georgia.

Gutey loves D: This was Brian Gutekunst’s sixth first-round pick since he became general manager in 2018, and the fifth on the defensive side of the ball. They’ve all fared pretty well — from cornerback Jair Alexander in 2018 to outside linebacker Rashan Gary and safety Darnell Savage in 2019 and cornerback eric stoke last season. If you’re good at evaluating defense, then why not play to your strengths?

Walker over Johnson: One of the biggest surprises of the day was that Florida State defensive end Jermaine Johnson II was available. Projected by some to be a top-10 pick, he was still there when the Packers picked Walker at 22. Johnson played well for a subpar team, but Walker was part of a dominating defense at Georgia, so perhaps that helped tip the scale his way.


Round 1, No. 28 overall: Devon WyattDT, Georgia

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Check out the best college highlights from Georgia DT Devonte Wyatt.

My take: Anytime you can get one of the best players at his position this late in the first round, it’s a bonus. Wyatt was ranked as the No. 2 defensive tackle in Mel Kiper Jr.’s position rankings, trailing only his Georgia teammate, jordan davis, who went No. 13 to the Eagles. Overall, Kiper had Wyatt ranked as his 30th overall prospect. This is an experienced player, not a one-year wonder. He started 24 games over the past two seasons on the way to becoming a second-team All-American selection last season. The only knock might be his age. He’s 24-years-old and already has a lot of snaps in him. I have played four years at Georgia after a stint in junior college. By comparison, when the Packers drafted kenny clark in 2016, he didn’t turn 21 until a couple months into his rookie season.

Not reaching for a WR: Say this much about Gutekunst, he won’t reach. Aaron Rodgers, in an appearance on The Pat McAfee show during the draft, let it slip that the Packers had first-round grades for only six receivers. All six were gone before the Packers picked.

What’s next:

This marks just the second time that Gutekunst hasn’t made a trade in the first round. So, does that mean a trade is coming tomorrow? He has three more picks tomorrow — 53 and 59 overall (second-round picks) and 92 (third round). Perhaps he might try to move up into the early part of the second round. It’s probably unlikely that the next best receivers — North Dakota State’s christian watsonWestern Michigan’s Skyy Moore and Georgia’s George Pickens — will last until the Packers’ next pick.

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