The NFL Draft is less than two weeks away and everyone has their eyes set on the talented rookies excited to hear their name called. We looked at first and second round targets for the Packers recently. Now it’s time to take a look at some guys that may be potential selections in the third round of the NFL Draft.
Devin Duvernay, Wide Receiver, Texas
The do-it-all receiver from Texas could be a tremendous asset for the Packers offense. He brings a ton of straight-line speed, outstanding hands, and a unique physicality to the field. He’s not as agile laterally as you would hope but he can be an immediate weapon down the field for Aaron Rodgers. Duvernay ran a 4.40 40-yard dash in February and can even be used in a Deebo Samuel-esque role.
Akeem Davis-Gaither, Linebacker, Appalachian State
Davis-Gaither is a cheap man’s Patrick Queen. He isn’t as big as you would like for a starting linebacker, but he can fly all over the field to make plays. His frame suggests he can put on the needed weight to last in the NFL. He finds the football with ease and can be trusted in coverage. The Appalachian State standout will serve best as a weak-side linebacker where he can just react and make plays. He will not shy away from special teams early in his career as he transitions to the pros.
Quintez Cephus, Wide Receiver, Wisconsin
If you are a local Packers fan, you should already know this kid well. Quintez Cephus is a physical guy who really tries to beat up on the man across from him. He’s not the fastest or most agile receiver but he is tough to bring down. He can catch passes in the middle of the field without worrying about a looming safety or linebacker. You don’t see many drops from Cephus, even in contested situations. The former Badger projects as a solid possession receiver who is a functional route-runner. He will run through people but don’t expect him to run around or past anyone.
Albert Okwuegbunam, Tight End, Missouri
Albert Okwuegbunam is the new breed of tight end. He stretches the field vertically with his 4.49 speed while also having the size to actually line up next to the tackle, rather than as a hybrid h-back/slot receiver, although he may still be used in that role. At 6’5 and 258 pounds, Okwuegbunam brings a style of play that is reminiscent of Evan Engram.
Prince Tega Wanogho, Offensive Tackle, Auburn
Wanogho is a prime example of raw potential. He is still new to the game of football, as he didn’t start playing until high school. He moved to the United States from Nigeria with hopes of becoming a basketball player. That basketball background is displayed on the field with his natural athleticism. With the departure of Bryan Bulaga, Wanogho can be coached up for a year or two before he steps on the field. He is a true high risk/high reward selection.
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