The Packers had a real impressive draft class this year. However, last year’s draft in 2020 was not impressive as some of their picks were indeed questionable. The Packers’ 2020 draft looked like it would be one of the worst draft classes of all time. Nobody was a real fan of the picks that the Packers made especially with the Jordan Love selection in the first round that year. The draft, however, actually looks better and the Packers found some good players from that class. Here is why the Packers’ 2020 draft class is looking good right now.
Jordan Love- Still a (TBD), But Has Shown Some Flashes With the Packers
The pick of Jordan Love was the biggest highlight of the draft as everybody questioned the selection. It was not a bad pick, but maybe the Packers could have picked him later. However, Love in the draft process got a lot of comparisons to Patrick Mahomes. He did not play in his rookie year mostly due to COVID-19 taking away his time to shine in the preseason. This year he got to play in the preseason and some time in the regular and showed some flashes. He got his first start against the Kansas City Chiefs and did pretty well, even outperforming Mahomes. Green Bay probably would have won if special teams played better that game. Overall, the success of the Jordan Love is still to be determined.
AJ Dillion- Took That Second Year Jump and He may be the Packers’ Running Back One in the Near Future
When AJ Dillion was selected it was not a bad pick but a huge reach in the second round. Nonetheless, that does not matter as he has taken a big jump in his second year with the Packers. Last year, he showed flashes especially against the Tennessee Titans where he had over one hundred yards rushing and scored two touchdowns. This year he is bringing a physicality to the Packers’ offense in the running game. He and Aaron Jones are forming a formidable duo. Also, it’s important to note that he might be Green Bay’s starting running back of the future depending on what happens to Aaron Jones. The Packers can easily get out of Jones’s contract after two years. Overall, AJ Dillion is becoming a nice player for the Packers and that pick is really panning out.
Josiah Deguara- Starting to Get More Opportunities and is Coming into His Own
Deguara will be a good player but the Packers reached for him in the third round. The pick was understandable as he can be the H-back that Matt LaFleur loves to use in his offense. Deguara showed promise his rookie year but it was cut short due to him tearing his ACL. This year he has not seen much action in the passing game. It has to be mentioned that he had to help block due to the injuries on the Packers’ offensive line especially at the tackle spots. He has certainly been good in run blocking. Also, he has been open and Aaron Rodgers has missed him on numerous occasions. Deguara will get more opportunities as Robert Tonyan is out after tearing his ACL. Overall, he is starting to emerge with the Packers and hopefully gets more opportunities.
Jon Runyan- Probably the Biggest Steal For the Packers in the Draft
The Packers found a hidden gem in the 2020 NFL draft in Jon Runyan. He was a major steal for Green Bay. He might be a future pro-bowler for the Packers as he has been outstanding so far. Last year as a rookie, he saw action against the Minnesota Vikings, San Francisco 49ers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis Colts, and the Chicago Bears due to injuries. He did not look like a rookie when he was put into the starting lineup as he played like a seasoned veteran. He is currently the starting left guard for the Packers this year and is one of the best pass-blocking guards in the NFL. Not only has he worked out but might be the long-term answer on the Packers’ offensive line.
Krys Barnes- Undrafted Player That Has Made an Impact for the Packers at Inside Linebacker
Krys Barnes was signed as an undrafted free agent as a rookie for the Packers in 2020. He has been a real surprise so far for the team. He has given the Packers the best inside linebacker play in a very long time. As a rookie he played in week one and impressed the Packers coaching staff that he was given more playtime as the season went along. He eventually became the signal-caller for the Packers’ defense in the last half of the season. A hand injury slowed him down in the postseason. This year, despite the addition of De’Vondre Campbell and some poor games, he has picked up right where he has left off from 2020. Barnes is definitely a hidden gem that Packers have found and might be the future at inside linebacker.
Henry Black- Found a Big Role For the Packers’ Defense
Another player the Packers have found a hidden gem in is Henry Black. He was an undrafted player out of Baylor. Black has been pretty good for the Packers so far. In 2020 he did not see the field too much but made a key force fumble against the Houston Texans sealing a victory for the Packers. This year he has become the third safety behind Darnell Savage and Adrian Amos. He has not been perfect but has made his share of plays for the Packers’ defense. Had a key interception against the Arizona Cardinals helping the Packers get a big win. Overall Henry Black has been a very productive player for the Packers as an undrafted free agent and has played a big role in the success of the Packers’ defense.