GREEN BAY – Packers fans get filled with rage every year when the draft rolls around. It’s not that they are bad at the whole process, but more that they don’t get the immediate needs first.
Green Bay is notorious for not getting Aaron Rodgers any help in the first round of the draft. Even this year they took Christian Watson in the second round out of North Dakota State.
However, in 2019, the main need was pass rush. With the 12th pick in the draft, that is exactly what the Packers went out and got in Rashan Gary.
But, in this hypothetical situation, let’s say in a 2019 re-draft that Rashan Gary is already off the board. Who should the packers get?
Packers still get pass rush in PFF re-draft
Pro Football Focus recently decided to do a re-draft of the 2019 draft class. It’s something fun to do, that often tells how well teams did in the process.
The 2019 draft was stacked. There were great football players in every position. The Packers did great in their evaluations of Rashan Gary.
Gary was one of the league’s best pass rushers last year. Per Pro Football Focus, he finished with an overall grade of 89.3, and a pass-rush grade of 88.9, which is the eighth highest in the NFL in his position group.
It’s safe to say Gary was a great pick.
The re-draft PFF has the Packers selecting Brian Burns, an EDGE out of Florida State. Considering Gary was already off the board in the hypothetical situation, this is a great pick for Green Bay.
Here is why they chose to go that route:
“The Packers definitely needed pass rush in the 2019 NFL Draft. With Gary already off the board in this re-draft, they’ll settle (that word is used very sarcastically since Burns is so good) for Burns. He recorded 7.5, nine, and nine sacks respectively, over the past three seasons. His 26.5 sacks are second-most of any player in this class.”
Burns is very good. While he is not quite as good as Gary, the Packers likely would have been right in either situation they went.
You can read the rest of the PFF article, here.
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