Murph’s 2022 Packers NFL Draft Big Board
As I get older, fatter, and grayer I tend to put off my annual draft report more and more. It is a tradition like no other but then I think back to sitting in my freshman dorm room pumping this out for a blog nobody still knows ( love you, Chuck). It is 2022 thankfully, so I legit wrote this on my phone 30,000 feet up via Apple notes.
By the time the Jaguars get on the clock Thursday night, I’ll be somewhere off the Baja California peninsula. Thankfully since we picked Jordan Love two years ago, l won’t be worrying about picking future bust Kenny Pickett.
The supply chain and inflation almost got in the way of this year’s edition, but isn’t that what everyone says these days?
At this point, I have been writing some combination of a draft preview, column, big board, or op-ed as they used to call them in the newspaper era for 15+ years. I can’t even use the Bill Simmons joke that my fingers don’t work anymore, because I could never really write or be grammatically functional but here we are.
I’m old enough to remember walking into Borders and convincing my Mom to buy the overpriced NFL Draft magazine. I remember having a cast on my right fibula as a high school freshman and being upset we picked Aaron Rodgers in 2005.
I’m not a journalist or draft insider, just a pending Packers season ticket holder at this point awaiting someone on the Executive Committee to finally give the homegrown product a shot. Should have happened years ago with John Schneider, Elliot Wolf, or John Dorsey.
After an embarrassing, frigid, and near-life-changing home playoff loss in January for most Packers fans, we dodged the national disaster Gutey and Mark Murphy created over the last few years.
Aaron Rodgers didn’t leave despite what Adam Schefter spewed almost a year ago today, too much money will do that. Thank god we didn’t lose 12 though, not ready for the Lynn Dickey years yet.
We might have parted ways with Davante Adams because of the cap implications of Gutey and Murphy screwing around, but I look forward to seeing ‘Tae throw his helmet in late December after Derek Carr misses him again.
Life reminder, you can never reincarnate your college days for more than a weekend and it is never as good as it once was. Good luck DA17, call me petty but I unfollowed you on social media.
Positions of major need this year are WR unless you live in Augusta, WI, and still don’t have power; OT, DE/DL, LB and you could talk me into CB/TE as a Day 3 developmental flyer. Sneaky into drafting a Safety because we could cut Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage might not get the 5th-year option picked up. I fully expect us to draft three receivers throughout the 2022 NFL Draft, we have a history of overloading like this at positions of need.
I’d be shocked at this point if any of the top 4 WR falls to 22 and feel the Packers would have to really move up to 14 to control their own destiny. It is a very deep Day 2 draft, so I prefer to get more shots at it by trading one or our picks out of the first round to a QB-hungry team looking for Sam Howell, Malik Willis, Desmond Ridder, and/or Kenny Pickett.
I’m going into this draft and taking a page out of Mike Mayock’s draft curriculum, just draft as many Georgia and Alabama players as possible. Those schools have dominated college football it seems like for the last 5 years, follow the leader.
Eric Berry Memorial Pick (the guy I’d give up the farm to trade up that we won’t pick):
First safety in a while here, but Kyle Hamilton. The best non-Georgia defensive player I saw in 2022. Will be a potential All-Pro guy in NFL who teams game plan for.
WR is such a need I figured I’d lay out my two boards separately.
Tier 1-Blue chips Day 1 starters
Tier 2-Red Flag
Jahan Dotson-Penn State
Tier 3- Boom or Bust
Tier 4-Day 2 Packers legacy steals
Skyy Moore-Western Michigan
Jalen Tolbert-South Alabama
Tier 5-Day 3-Don Driver or EQ territory
Kevin Austin-Notre Dame
Deven Thompkins-Utah State
Velus Jones JR-Tennessee
The big board below without WRs:
Day 1 Big Board :
Tyler Smith OT-Tulsa
Jermaine Johnson II-ED-FSU
Day 2 Big Board:
Abraham Lucas-OT-Wash St
Jaquan Brisker-S-Penn State
Jamaree Salyer -OT-Georgia
H.A.G.S. and see you all at Lambeau.