What the scouts say about the Packers' Day 3 picks. Weapons galore for the QB.
Green Bay added two more receivers and quite an eccentric edge rusher. Here is what the scouts think on the rest of the Packers' draft.
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Here is information and comments made to me by scouts before the draft regarding the Green Bay Packers’ selections on Saturday, the third day of the NFL draft.
ROMEO DOUBS, WR, Nevada
Hometown: Los Angeles.
Fact/Stat: Fourth-year senior, four-year starter … Production improved each season … Finished with 225 receptions for 3,322 yards (14.8-yard average) and 26 touchdowns … Attended the combine but didn’t participate, apparently due to a knee injury; didn’t work at pro day, either, but did appear and do some drills at a later workout.
AFC scout: “Early third-day guy. Stretch-the-field, linear-type runner. Not a very refined route runner in multi-breaking routes because there’s some tightness to him. He does have speed to stretch a defense. He’s kind of a one-trick pony in that sense. He’s not a great multi-breaking route runner. It shows. He’s just tight … Borderline introverted type personality.”
AFC scout: “He caught my eye at the Senior Bowl. He is very mentally frail. That was very much a concern that our scouts had. He’s probably no better than a third-day guy, at best.”
NFC scout: “I think he’s a third-day guy. All he’s got is size. I don’t like him. He can’t run routes. He doesn’t have quickness … All that stuff (at the combine) doesn’t scare me. They all say what a good kid he is.”
NFC scout: “He’s an athletic and productive receiver who adjusts well to the ball and flashes deep-threat ability. Lacks dominance in contested situations, finish as a blocker and consistent ability to separate. Backup … He was raised in the inner city of LA and had very little growing up. He’ll need help to develop life skills after leaving school, and will need guidance at the next level. Still learning how to take notes and study the game. Quirky personality. Hard worker who handles his business.”
AFC scout: “He’s a really good football player. He runs good. Explosive, big-play ability. Since he played at Nevada I was skeptical about him. He’s a really good traffic catcher, too. Thing is, he’s really quick. I don’t know how they got him there.”
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ZACH TOM, C, Wake Forest
Hometown: Prairieville, La.
Fact/Stat: Fifth-year senior … Started at center in 2019 and at left tackle the past two years … His brother, Cameron, went undrafted as a center in 2017 from Southern Mississippi but has continued to bang around the NFL as a backup and practice-squad member … His hands (10 3/8) were the largest of the centers whereas his arm length (33 ¼) was average for the position.
AFC scout: “He is a spectacular athlete. He’s probably the best pure athlete of all the offensive linemen I saw this year. He was a shock. He’ll probably have to move inside. If his arms were longer he’d be a top-100 pick. Excellent pass blocker and a good run blocker. Three-time All-ACC academic. I don’t have one negative. Pass-block technician. Needs to work on his kick step. He could play left tackle. Only thing stopping him is arm length. I like 34 (inches). This guy can play tackle, guard or center.”
AFC scout: “He played center previously (2019) before moving out to tackle. It won’t be brand new for him. He’s done it. Middle rounds.”
NFC scout: “Like this guy. This guy’s really athletic. He’s got bend, he’s nimble, he’s quick. He’s just not strong at all. Strength won’t be as much of an issue at center, a position he’s played before. He’s gonna start for somebody. He is a left tackle athlete without a doubt. Just not strong at all. He tries. It’s not as if he’s not tough. He plays small. I’m sure he’s got that weight up (was 290 in March 2021). But he is an excellent athlete. Second round. (Tyler) Linderbaum is my No. 1 inside guy. I’d put (Tom) at No. 2. He’s much, much more athletic than the Nebraska center (Cam Jurgens).”
AFC scout: “Center is the first thing I thought of. Here’s an undersized guy playing left tackle. He’s super athletic. His intangibles for center aren’t great. He is more of an independent contractor. Not a great worker. Not awesome football character. Not a bad kid off the field but for center, you want a dude, a guy that’s smart, a leader, an excellent worker. He didn’t have those things but physically, yes.”
AFC scout: “He’s an interesting guy. He played tackle but he’s forecast to center, like his brother. He’s a sleeper. He was too low on our board. I could definitely see mid rounds. Zach Tom is going to be in the NFL.”
NFC scout: “Quiet kid, not super vocal, works hard, consistent at practice every day, lead by example guy. He’s a fundamentally sound player who relies on consistent technique. Made a seamless transition to left tackle. Has adequate strength at the point of attack and marginal in-line power to reestablish the line of scrimmage.”
AFC scout: “Our guys would like to put him at center.”
AFC scout: “I thought he was best as a center. Later rounds.”
AFC scout: “Not a bad player. Played left tackle. Has a smooth kick but doesn’t have much pop to his play. Size-length kind of guy. Fourth round.”
KINGSLEY ENAGBARE, Edge, South Carolina
Height: 6-3 ½.
Fact/Stat: Fourth-year senior, two-year starter … Weighed 258 at the combine and then 271 at pro day … Finished with 15 sacks, 24 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles … Long arms (34 ¾), large hands (10 5/8).
AFC scout: “He had kind of a rough spring from a speed standpoint. He’s got really good length and he’s got some natural rush. He could play either end (in a 4-3). He’s got exceptional length and does a really good job using his hands as a rusher because of his length. Like him. I just don’t think he’s got enough speed and juice. He’ll be a solid NFL player but he’s not going to be an impact rusher. Not a 3-4 guy. He’s a 5.0 40 guy.”
AFC scout: “He kind of killed himself. On timing day he ran 4.9 something. I wouldn’t mess around with the guy now. I thought he’d run 4.75. He has a quick first step. Once people get their hands on him he doesn’t do much after that. He had no technique if people pushed him by.”
NFC scout: “He ran 4.9. No.”
AFC scout: “He’s a 3-4 outside backer. He’d struggle to be a 4-3 D-end. We don’t like him. Day 3.”
AFC scout: “He played a mixture of outside linebacker and edge. He could be an edge. He’s my No. 4 off-the-ball linebacker (on the strong side in a 4-3). He’s a good college player but he’s not dynamic by any means.”
AFC scout: “He’s a good-hearted, likeable guy who means well. Frustrated the (staff) with his stubbornness and lack of maturity at times. He got frustrated too easily sometimes and they’d have to talk him out of that head space. Needs a kick in the ass at times to set him straight or get him going. Carries himself as if he’s arrived. Thinks he’s better than he is … Can win with his length and motor but not the athlete to dip around the corner or collapse (the pocket) with explosive power. Want to see more violence at the point of attack.”
NFC scout: “Didn’t see much. No juice, no power. Just a backup kind of talent. He’s straight line. In one on one’s he can just go run at a guy, but in the whole big picture he doesn’t (produce).”
TARIQ CARPENTER, LB, Georgia Tech
Hometown: Ludowici, Ga.
Fact/Stat: Fifth-year senior, four-year starter as a box safety … Totaled 223 tackles (6 ½ for loss), four interceptions, three forced fumbles, 22 passes defensed and no sacks … Missed eight games because of injury, underwent four surgeries at Tech (three wrist, one shoulder) … A non-combine prospect, his 11-4 broad jump at pro day was the best of all defensive backs.
AFC scout: “He’s an oversized guy lacking a little coverage skills that you really want.”
NFC scout: “Like him, a lot. He’s a run-and-hit Jesse. Ran 4.4. Very talented. This kid is freakish. You see enough bad plays that are the reason he’s not being talked about. Not smart. But he has the skill set that you need. I hope we take him in the fourth round.”
NFC scout: “An enticing talent but needs development. You question whether he’ll ever be more instinctive or cut it loose. In theory, he should be a versatile player but he lacks innate football feel … Has a ton of upside to match up with tight ends with his size and length (32 5/8 arms), but he lacks confidence to trigger. Lacks route anticipation, will bust occasionally. Doesn’t trust what he sees. Bad eye discipline. Needs to play faster mentally. Not a violent player. Comes to balance but hesitates to trigger and tackle. Well-liked and nice, but like many people with a stutter lacks confidence. Not a leader. Good kid, just a timid personality. A tic late to react to everything. Has some learning concerns.”
NFC scout: “He’s a linebacker. That’s where everybody will project him. Late fourth round.”
AFC scout: “Take him and develop him into your safety stack. Liked him. He’ll be a core (special) teamer because of the height-weight-speed. You’ve just got to develop him as a fourth or fifth safety. He’s talented. He isn’t really that (a big hitter). He’s more wrap-guys-up-and-get-them-down. I don’t see him as a hitter.”
JONATHAN FORD, NT, Miami
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Fact/Stat: Fifth-year senior, three-year starter … Accounted for 60 tackles (eight for loss), three sacks and one forced fumble … Close friends with former teammate Jonathan Garvin, the Packers’ outside linebacker … Average arm length (33 ¼), disproportionately small hands (9).
AFC scout: “Inconsistent player with some bad habits. Just a vanilla player who didn’t show may traits to get excited about. Has some sloppiness and laziness. Lacks explosion and violence and finish. Handles base blocks well but is marginal to poor against doubles. Gets collapsed against side pressure. Rarely sheds and finishes a play. Not a good chase player.”
RASHEED WALKER, T, Penn State
Height: 6-5 ½.
40: Did not run.
Hometown: Waldorf, Md.
Fact/Stat: Fourth-year junior, three-year starter at left tackle … Missed three games in 2021 with a knee injury and never worked out this spring … Charged with a pair of misdemeanors, including one involving a stolen bike … Average arm length (33 5/8), large hands (10 5/8).
NFC scout: “He’s got physical talent. There’s just a little concern about who the guy is, the mental, his football character stuff and if he’s long enough to be outside. Tape is good, but through the process more questions have come.”
AFC scout: “Our guys didn’t like him.”
AFC scout: “I think he could be a solid starter. Still waiting on him to work out. He probably won’t after his knee surgery.”
AFC scout: “He is supremely gifted but has zero intestinal fortitude. Lazy. He is an eternal f---up. He’s got no confidence and he’s got no heart. He’s a mental midget. But he’s going top 100.”
AFC scout: “He’s hit or miss. There are really good plays and really bad plays. He’s a tackle so he’ll get a chance. Very inconsistent. Lesser version of (Charles) Cross and (Tyler) Smith. Fourth round, which is where you take guys with traits and flashes but aren’t complete. There’s starter potential.”
SAMORI TOURE, WR, Nebraska
Hometown: Portland, Ore.
Fact/Stat: Spent four years at Montana, starting two. Had record-setting season in 2019 with 87 catches for 1,495 (17.2) and 13 TDs. When the Grizzlies’ season in 2020 was postponed, he eventually transferred to Nebraska. Played one year in the Big Ten, catching 46-898-19.5-5 … Ran a swift 3-cone (6.77) at pro day but flopped on the bench press (seven reps).
AFC scout: “Flashes the ability to slip past press defenders but struggles to cleanly pull away when working downfield. Shows competitiveness but can be outmuscled and shows inconsistent finish in traffic. Smooth athlete with subtle agility and short-area quickness as a route runner. Adequate movement skills and hands but lacks ideal top-end speed. Finesse route runner. Priority free agent.”