Earlier in the month, I highlighted the potential first round targets for the Green Bay Packers. You can read that article here. With the draft only a few days away, a lot has been said who and what the Packers should take in the first round. The first round is not the only place you can find talent in the NFL draft. Let us take a look at some of the potential second round targets for the Packers.
Creed Humphrey is one of the top interior lineman in the draft. A three year starter at the university of Oklahoma. A left-handed center, who has a been a stabilizing force for the Sooner offense, would be an ideal plug-and-play prospect. Long time starting center Corey Linsley signed with the Chargers in the offseason. The Packers are looking to replace Linsley and Humphrey would be an ideal replacement.
The Draft Network has Humphrey as their 52nd ranked prospect, a few spots higher than where the Packers pick at 64. Among interior lineman, he ranks 4th, just outside of the first round. Interior line help, especially center is a major need for the Packers after losing Linsley. Finding another long-term solution at center for Rodgers and potentially Love should be a top priority.
Elijah Moore is ranked a tier below the likes of Chase, Smith, Waddle and Bateman. Moore is part of another deep receiver class. In a different year, Moore would be locked in to the first round, but with the wealth of receivers at the top of the draft, Moore will most likely drop to the second unless a team takes a flyer on him.
Moore would fill two roles with the Packers. The Packers have been searching for a legitimate slot receiver since prime Randall Cobb. Even though Moore is small in stature, he displayed legit toughness in the slot at Ole Miss. Moore has exceptional speed and is a threat anytime he touches the ball. Moore also has the experience in the return game and can add an element of explosiveness the Packers have also missed in special teams game.
Asante Samuel Jr.
Asante Samuel Jr. has the name to go with an excellent college resume. His father, Asante Samuel Sr. was a pro bowl cornerback in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots. The Draft Network has Samuel Jr. ranked 55th overall among prospects and the 6th ranked corner in the draft.
Samuel Jr. is an undersized cornerback, similar to Jaire Alexander and has been described as having the same “dog” mentality Alexander has. The benefit of a deep corner class is having the ability to draft a prospect like Samuel Jr. in the second round. He had a strong career at an ACC, power five school. While he has room to grow for outside play, mainly zone, he would fit in nicely in the slot immediately for the Packers in 2021.