At pick 142 in the fourth round, the Packers selected Royce Newman, an offensive lineman from Ole Miss. Newman brings a lot of skills the Packers like; good size, positional versatility, and a good athleticism score. He played both guard and tackle in college. According to Newman, he was originally slated to start the 2019 season at tackle, but some things happened and he ended up playing guard.
He is one of the types of guys Ted Thompson would have drafted. He’s more of a positional blocker. Jon Eric Sullivan, one of Gutekunst’s right-hand guys, says just by looks Newman looks like a guard but has the length and movement skills of a tackle. With a fourth-round pick, you are expecting the player to at least develop into a contributing player.
So, it sounds like the thought is to try him at tackle, and if he can stick then he might be the right tackle of the future. If not, they will move him to guard and he will probably compete for a starting spot in 2022. He might fit better at tackle because he lacks power, and is more of a positional blocker. You can kind of get away with that more on the outside versus the inside; that fits better at tackle in the Packers scheme.
His athletic testing compares favorably to Bryan Bulaga. Either way, he just brings more depth that the Packers have been lacking. The Pick is fine, he will make the team and probably contribute some.
With pick 173 in the fifth round, the Packers took Tedarrell Slaton from Florida, a big man who weighed in at 330 at his pro day but played as heavy as 360. That is something that brings you to pause. Big guys in college who have a weight problem tend to end up as pros who have a weight problem. It was a very weak class, so to get one that should contribute this late in the draft is good, but he is limited.
He’s a big, strong run stuff, but that’s about it. He still needs to keep his weight down and his motor runs hot and cold. He’s probably looking at around 15 snaps a game in short-yardage and obvious run situations. So, he helps Clark, but not really a lot. What Clark needs is someone that can play all downs, which Slaton can not.
Their second pick in the fifth round was Shemar Jean-Charles, taken with pick #178. Jean-Charles does not fit the Packers’ typical secondary pick. He’s 5’10 184 and had a RAS score of 4.27. His 40 of 4.52 was ok, but the rest of his testing was not good and he played at Appalachian State against mostly inferior competition. At his size and his athletic testing, it really doubts he would ever be able to play outside and will be confined to playing slot only. That hurts his upside potential.
What he does have going for him is good instincts, ball production, and a lot of special teams’ experience. People are really jumping the gun here on him. Some are saying he’s going to really compete with Sullivan for the nickel spot. People are not realizing he is actually a worse overall athlete than Sullivan, and people were bothered by how Tampa attacked Sullivan in the NFC championship game and exploited his lack of athleticism. Well, Jean-Charles scored a 4.27 RAS; Sullivan scored a 6.01. The only thing Jean-Charles has over Sullivan is a better 40 times. Shemar profiles more as a career special teamer and an occasional dime back.
Now onto the sixth round. The most exciting pick for a lot of Packers fans was Cole Van Lanen, the offensive tackle from Wisconsin taken with pick 214. Van Lanen started at left tackle for Wisconsin, but he won’t play there. He likely will be moved inside to guard. He could provide some depth at the right tackle, though.
Surprisingly, he tested out real well. He put up a 9.45 RAS. He is a traditional ‘packers pick’. He is somewhat similar to Newman, but tested out better and is more of a for sure guard convert, whereas Newman has a real chance to stay at tackle. Van Lanen also plays with a lot of power, and just in general, is a much better fit at guard; he even has starter potential as a guard. At the very least, he should provide some good depth at guard and emergency depth at right tackle.
With their second pick in the sixth round, the Packers selected Isaiah McDuffie, a linebacker from Boston College at pick 220. McDuffie is undersized at 6’1 227; he profiles as a special teams demon. Even with being undersized, he still scored a RAS of 7.33. He also has some coverage skills that could be developed to where he could be a nickel backer. He plays hard and fast, has good 4.6 speed, and is a really good tackler. He still needs work on his processing skills, which is why he may never be anything more than a special teams player.
With their final pick, the Packers selected Kylin Hill at pick 256. Hill probably has the best shot at contributing from scrimmage of all the Day Three guys. Hill surprisingly fell all the way to the seventh round. One rumored reason is that he had a conflict with his coaching staff his senior year. Everything must have checked out for the Packers since they do not like to take chances with locker room problems.
Hill is a well-built downhill runner. He is a powerful runner with a deadly stiff arm and good contact balance; he’s a decent overall athlete. He showed his developed receiving skills as a senior. However, he does lack some agility and explosiveness to his game.
He actually is very similar to Jamaal Williams. He has the potential to be a similar type back, which is really good for a seventh-round pick, and probably the best overall value picks in this draft for the Packers.