#44 Elgton Jenkins – G – Mississippi State
#75 Jace Sternberger – TE – Texas A&M
Well, love it or hate it, the newest additions to the Packers so far are: Rashan Gary, Darnell Savage, Jr., Elgton Jenkins, and Jace Sternberger. Surprising many, but not all, the Packers front office used the first round to continue their agenda of bolstering Mike Pettine’s Year 2 defense. The team completely ignored the Wide Receiver class and only grabbed an OL and a low tier TE on the offensive front. I think it all keeps coming back to the same thing: Mike Pettine is returning from last year so the team wants to play their strength next year in the fact that this system is maturing. How well it continues to mature with so many players swapped in and out since last season remains to be seen.
“Offense sells tickets, but defense wins championships.” – Bear Bryant
Let’s be honest, the Packers do not need to sell tickets. Having a QB like Rodgers that can think and react like a NASA supercomputer in the pocket is the exact type of versatility the team needs in this situation. If you’re going to make the best of an offense like ours, it’s hard to find a better QB to do it. I think it is obvious at this point that Gutekunst is planning to rely heavily on Aaron Rodgers and returning defensive coordinator Mike Pettine to provide the team stability while they continue to groom guys like Aaron Jones into the stars they’re very capable of being. An O-Line pick brings the team one step closer to protecting Rodgers and allowing him extra time.
Jace Sternberger seems to have potential as a talented route runner but do not expect much productivity from him in the near future. As a whole, the NFC North welcomed three new tight ends. Detroit Lions, known for making the last high first round TE pick, made another high first round TE pick with T.J. Hockenson.
Not too bad and certainly not another 2015. While there is reasonably some debate as to the appropriateness of picking Rashan Gary at #12, the team seemed to have overall played it safe and did not take too much extra risk. I really like the Savage pick at safety for some breakneck speed and that 39.5-inch vertical jump. I can see Amos being a great mentor for him.
Totally forgot about the Luke Getsy-Elgton Jenkins connection. Duh. Getsy coached Jenkins last year at Mississippi State. Can't beat that for inside info
At No. 75 overall, Jace Sternberger becomes the organization's highest-drafted tight end since Bubba Franks went 14th overall in 2000. Jermichael Finley and Richard Rodgers were also third-round picks, but they landed at 91st and 98th, respectively. #Packers