The Green Bay Packers selected Mississippi State defensive tackle Josh Boyd with their second fifth-round pick, No. 167 overall.
Boyd is 6-3, 300 pounds and was a full-time starter for three seasons with the Bulldogs. He had 33 tackles, including 2.5 for loss and 1.5 sacks in 2012.
Boyd is a big body, but he isn’t a pass rusher. Good motor, tough and quick. He also sometimes dropped into space in college, which is probably one of the reasons the Packers liked him.
The downside is Boyd never really lived up to his potential. He was a top high school recruit. He actually chose MSU over Alabama, LSU, Miami, Florida State and a bunch of other colleges. At Mississippi State he was known for playing down to his competition and not finishing plays. This is a guy who will make a move and if it doesn’t work, quit.
He ran a 5.14 40 and had 32 reps on the bench press.
On the bright side, the Packers wanted to improve their defensive line and they’ve got another guy to throw into the competition.
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Again, I just don’t think Ted & Co. display any talents for drafting O Line and D Line—time will tell. I think other players on the board offered better potential than this guy, but he’s does have those natural gifts you look for. If we have to question his passion to finish plays…is that acceptable anymore?
Most thought we’d move more and grab players at positions of actual need instead of reaching for potential as we have done a lot of lately…time will tell, but this draft is getting less and less impressive by the minute.
I’m rating it as a C+ or a B- thus far with not many picks left to improve that number.
Remember how we thought this would and need to be an A draft??? How you feeling now people?
C+ or B- ?? Seriously man, at this point nobody cares what arbitrary grade our draft got. Let’s hold our horses an wait for the season to start so we can see how many impact players we got.
Improve that “grade”….not “number”…I’m drinking a few.
This guy is much better value than Datone Jones, if that counts for anything.
Packers pick Nate Palmer has very limited bio info available. He’s a 3-4 OLB prospect from tiny ILL St. college and he was the 593rd ranked player by CBS Sports and had a whopping 54.5 grade on NFL.com
I think Keith Pough from Howard or even Kevin Reddick from N.C. (both still on the board) would’ve been better pro prospects than Palmer, albeit more MLB types. Time will tell…
This draft succeeded in bringing in opposing safeties at least 5 yards every down and that alone will make jordy and james jones much more lethal. Remember them? this will be a B+/A- draft.