The Packers spent their first three draft picks to fix their defense. Their third selection of 2017 went to Auburn DT Montravius Adams.
While Green Bay’s offense ranked near the top of league again in 2016, its defense labored through the season. Through three rounds of the 2017 draft, the Packers’ commitment to fixing their defense has been pretty obvious. After taking DBs Kevin King and Josh Jones with their first two picks, Green Bay added DT Montravius Adams in round three.
The Packers also used their first rounder last year on a defensive lineman, but Adams should easily find a role in 2017.
Green Bay needed depth in the defensive trenches. The Packers released Mike Pennel, while former-starter Letroy Guion will miss four games due to suspension. Montravius Adams should provide more options behind Mike Daniels and Kenny Clark to open the season.
Adams stands tall at 6’4” and 304 lbs while posting a solid 4.87 40-yard dash time. During his final season at Auburn, he made second-team all-conference after recording 4.5 sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss. The lineman was a starter for three years at Auburn. While critics point out that he lacked consistency as a junior, he bounced back in a big way during his senior season with the Tigers.
The NFL’s scouting website believes that Adams won’t contribute much as a pass rusher. While the Packers could use more quarterback pressure from its d-line, Adams could find a niche as a run stopper. His draft projection game around the 2nd/3rd round, so the Packers didn’t “overpay” to add Montravius Adams to the team.
The pick also means that Ted Thompson has picked at least one defensive lineman in each of his 13 drafts. The Packers open the fourth round of the draft at 11 a.m. on Saturday, looking to solidify its defense and add some skill players on offense.