Packers potential 2018 draft picks

Derwin James, Denzel Ward headline list.

From trades to scandals, anything is possible on NFL draft night. With the Packers currently sitting on pick 14, they have the potential to move up or down based on the big board and based on earlier reports, it's likely they will move up to acquire top-tier talent. 

Here are some of the players the Packers could select in tomorrow's draft: 

Marcus Davenport, Defensive Tackle, University of Texas-San Antonio
One of the most heavily prognosticated picks throughout the offseason, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. has never wavered on Davenport falling to Green Bay at 14. 

But if his name gets called on draft night, it might leave a lot of Packer fans scratching their head and saying, "who?"

During his senior season, he grabbed 8.5 sacks, 17.5 TFL's, defended four passes, forced three fumbles and scored a touchdown, and during the senior bowl, he sacked Baker Mayfield and scooped and scored a touchdown on a fumble.

The only knock against him is his college. UTSA began D-1 football in 2012, and in 2016, had their first ever player selected in the NFL draft when the Vikings took David Morgan II in the 6th round.

But Khalil Mack went from Buffalo to dominating the NFL in one short year, and according to NFL analysts, Davenport is the real deal. 

Denzel Ward, Cornerback, Ohio State
The Consensus All-American and First Team All-Big Ten corner might be the best defensive back in his class and is expected to be an instant starter wherever he goes. The only problem? He might not fall all the way to 14. 

The Bears, 49ers and Dolphins all need secondary help, and realistically, it's hard to pass on anyone this good when cornerbacks are one of the most valuable positions in the league and a good free agent corner is expensive and hard to come by. 

Ward only picked off two passes in his collegiate career, but played in a deep Ohio State secondary and is heralded for his athleticism, footwork and 32 percent completion percentage. 

The knocks against him, he's listed at 5-foot-11, 183 pounds, so bigger receivers could get the better of him downfield, but his 4.32 speed should make up for it. 


Minkah Fitzpatrick, Safety, Alabama
For fans that watched the College Football playoff, it was hard to miss Alabama's do-it-all defensive back. The junior had 60 tackles, 7 pass defenses, 1.5 sacks and an interception this past year, but the most impressive element of his resume is his consistency. 

Since he stepped on campus freshman year, he was a starter on a deep team and earned Freshman All-American honors. 

His main plus is his versatility, he can play corner, safety and even some linebacker, and with the league valuing versatility more than ever, he can be a big problem for opposing offenses. 

The negatives, some doubt his man-to-man coverage and deep zone coverage ability, saying he's more of an inside the box guy who can chase down runners and be a force in the run game. 

Fitzpatrick is a bit more likely to be there than Ward, but it's also possible his ability to flex between different positions could vault him up draft boards. 

Derwin James, Safety, Florida State
The 6-foot-3, 211-pound safety was one of the lone bright spots on an average Florida State team, posting 84 tackles—5.5 for loss—11 pass defenses, 2 interceptions, and one sack. 

He's described as an alpha in the locker room that makes guys listen and a versatile, hybrid weapon with blitz ability and brilliant deep zone reads. 

His issue had been injuries. He tore his ACL and played just 26 games over three years. But if James is healthy and on the field, he could be the most talented person in this draft. 

Plus, his mom nicknamed him "Pooh Bear" because he was so hairy and plump as a baby, and he would round out a dangerous Packer safety group of Ha-Ha and Pooh Bear. 

Mike Hughes, Cornerback, Central Florida
A big part of the undefeated UCF Knights team, Hughes has some teams salivating but is leaving others questioning his consistency in coverage. 

He's not the biggest guy ever, clocking in at just 5-foot-10 and his speed isn't burning. He ran a 4.53 at the combine.

But what he lacks in top end size and speed, he makes up for in physicality. He loves to jam at the line and has elite agility and hands thanks to his prolific career as a punt returner. 

However, he played only two years with the Knights, and only one as a starting corner, leaving some to wonder if he will have a lack of experience coming to the next level. 

Tremaine Edmunds, Linebacker, Virginia Tech 
He's a physical freak, measuring at 6-foot-5, 253 pounds and registering a 4.54 40-yard dash, and the results showed on the field. In his Junior season, he had 108 tackles—14 for loss—5.5 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles. 

Football is also in his blood. He's the son of two-time pro bowler, Ferrell Edmunds and has two brothers that have suited up for Virginia Tech and Maryland. 

The only criticisms surrounding Edmunds revolve around him being overly dependent on his athleticism and not trusting his instincts, something that can burn him on misdirection. 


Jaire Alexander, Cornerback, Louisville
It's not likely the Packers take Alexander, unless they trade down, but the Junior corner has the ability to make an instant impact on defense. 

However, he does come with a significant injury concern. He's had both a sprained knee and a broken hand. But solid speed and instincts make him worth the risk. 


Josh Jackson, Cornerback, Iowa
It's hard to ignore the season Jackson just had, 8 interceptions, 18 pass defenses, 2 touchdowns and 48 tackles. It's incredibly impressive considering just two years ago, Jackson was a wide receiver. 

On tape, Jackson checks all the boxes, greats hands, feet an instincts, but experts worry he was a one-year wonder due for a regression. 

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