2014 NFL Draft: The Book on Jeff Janis

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Jeff Janis

Jeff Janis

Well, obviously Ted Thompson is now just fucking with us. The Green Bay Packers had one seventh-round pick and they chose Saginaw Valley State wide receiver Jeff Janis with it.

Because the Packers NEED MORE RECEIVERS!

They’ll open the next phase of their offseason program with 35 of them. That’s an approximation, of course.

Look, who gives a shit who the Packers select in the seventh round? These guys usually end up on the scrap heap sooner rather than later anyway.

Now, as for Janis, he was a total boss in college, but played in Division II. He is 6-3, 219 and ran a 4.42 40. In other words, he’s the rare combination of size and speed.

As you might expect, his stats are off the charts. In 2013, he had 83 catches, 1,572 yards and 14 touchdowns in 12 games. That’s 18.9 yards per reception. In 2012, he had 106 catches, 1,635 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Instead of looking at his overall scouting report, let’s look at Janis’ weaknesses. Here’s what NFL.com had to say.

Has very small, inconsistent hands — will cradle the ball and use his body. Is not a nuanced route runner. Does not attack the ball in the air and will give up some break points. Not strong after the catch and will look for a soft landing spot. Can be fazed by traffic. Regularly faced Division II competition. Not a consistent blocker — does not play to his size.

Now check this out.

More importantly, Jeff Janis already has his own Ford commercial. Take that, Jordy!

About The Author

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

16 Comments on "2014 NFL Draft: The Book on Jeff Janis"

  1. the real russ letlow

    20 reps @ 225, 37.5 inch vertical, this dude is strong for a WR. He had some unbelievable production – but how about a KR/PR for now? He looks swift. Did he do any returning in college? anyone know?

  2. Chad Lundberg

    Either one: the Packers are preparing for the departure of Cobb and Nelson, or two: they just know what Ron Wolf’s biggest regret was.

    Either way, I can’t see why we needed to draft so many WR when our D is still as bad as it is. Ridiculous.

  3. K.L.

    Just further proof that Ted Thompson does not draft for need. Ever. Regardless, I like Janis. But with all the depth we have at WR now, I don’t see him getting much action at all.

  4. Vijay

    We got some white boyz and you ain’t got none!
    Jordy, Jared and Jeff…World watch out!
    McCarthy devising a special 3 Wide White Boy scheme as we speak!
    White boys, white boys, whatcha gonna do? What cha gonna do when they run precise routes on you!?

  5. Richard

    Jeff Janis cannot be the white Charles Johnson until it is discovered that his Achilles’ tendon is missing….after he clears workouts and GB and gets traded of course

  6. GBslacker

    “But in a draft in which offensive playmakers far outweighed defensive ones, the same old win-with-offense approach is going to have to stand for another year. Capers is going to have more options provided players stay healthy, but as far as a contribution from the draft class, it might not go much farther than Clinton-Dix.”

    …Tom Silverstein May 10, 2014 10:21 p.m.

  7. Shawn Iltarion

    Very surprising that TT didn’t draft an ILB, especially so when you consider the irony of most mock drafts having the Packers taking an ILB in the first round.

    Apparently CJ Mosley and Ryan Shazier were the only ILBs in the draft that were of an interest to TT.

    • Phatgzus

      Mayock believes the OLB they drafted is better suited for ILB; based on his size and other measurables, my inexpert opinion would be to agree. Don’t forget the Pack are also very active in post-draft free agency. Also, his draft was supposed to be weak in top tier safeties, C’s, and ILBs.

      • DJ

        Agreed. Bradford played exclusively on the edge at ASU and although he was a playmaker & could add some versatility…he is still a project at ILB. Meanwhile, Shane Skov of Stanford, he of the blown out knees & supposed character red flags…but still considered a top 60 player in the class….goes undrafted & signs with the Niners today. The kid was All Pac 12 & the anchor of a damn good Stanford D for 3yrs. Our 2014 class has graded out well in most publications which is fine…but I really wish we reached on Skov or similar rather than “another” WR….especially given the facts that a need & value were both there.

  8. Zach Adams

    I went to high school with this guy and still talk to him on a regular basis. He is the hardest worker on this team now, and will show everyone he should have been picked a lot sooner in the draft. He did a lot of kick returning in HS, and I swear everytime he went back it was a touchdown. He’s very quick and is always looking to work harder than the next guy. Green Bay seriously won’t regret this pick!

    • MJ

      Hope that carries over to the NFL.
      In any case, after the cuts, the “surviving” receivers will have been picked from what is a competent bunch.

  9. jtmax

    This guy looks very physical and fast on film. Definitely a YAC kind of guy. Potential to be Jordy Nelson 2.0 if he applies himself. His hands are questionable though. The only way he can get on the 53 man roster is to catch everything thrown within his reach in camp and preseason.

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