SnoTapWI Top Five: Linebackers For Packers in 2020 NFL Draft
The linebacker position is one that Green Bay will be looking at in the NFL Draft. Packers are likely looking to add one player in the middle of the field. They added Christian Kirksey in free agency and have Oren Burks. Yet the Packers are going to look for more options. When we say linebackers in the headline, it is more the middle linebackers. We’re going to look at EDGE rushers tomorrow along with cornerbacks to wrap up this Top Five. EDGE rushers are linebackers, but the game has changed a bit. Here are some linebackers that I believe the Packers should target this weekend.
1. Kenneth Murray – All the mock drafts have Murray going in the top 20, but we can hope for a bit of a fall, right? If Murray falls around the early 20s, it would not shock me if the Packers moved up to get him. He is the perfect linebacker for Mike Pettine’s system. He is fast as hell and a surefire three-down linebacker out of the gate. The only criticism that draft analysts have on him is Murray can sometimes get lost and take the bait on an option plays or playaction.
2. Jordyn Brooks – After NFL.com’s Peter Schrager mocked Jordyn Brooks to the Packers, I immediately watched some film on him as he wasn’t a guy I truly knew about. Brooks is a stud. The arm length is amazing with a wingspan that fits a person at 6’7. He loves to tackle and will play special teams day one. Dane Brugler describes him as a ‘3-4 middle linebacker part of a blitz-heavy defense.’ Pettine doesn’t blitz as often as he should but this does feel like a description perfect for the Packers.
3. Zach Baun – One time I had a take that I’d rather draft Vince Biegel than T.J. Watt. This take exists on SnoTapWI. No, I will not link it so you can laugh at me. That said, I’d rather Packers draft Baun than Jonathan Taylor. Jim Leonhard and Mike Pettine are very close. Leonhard will have the insight if he believes Baun can fit inside in Pettine’s system. Baun is also a helluva a pass rusher which can be effective as an off-ball linebacker. Baun’s speed alone makes him an interesting talent.
4. Patrick Queen – Another player that it is hard to think will be there when the Packers draft at 30. Queen is a stud. He is a great tackler and not afraid to get into the mix. Adding Queen to Mike Pettine’s defense would be an excellent move. The only knock on him is the experience factor. Queen started one year at LSU as he backed up Devin White prior to this year. He might need a little more time to be a full-fledged NFL starter.
5. Davion Taylor – This is more of a project linebacker, but Taylor’s athleticism is off the charts. Brian Gutekunst loves athletes more than I love desserts. Taylor is a man child and can fly with his sprinter-like speed. He will need some time to develop as a linebacker, but Packers can immediately utilize him on their special teams. Taylor might be another version of Burks which is something I’m not sure Green Bay needs at this time.