You can’t judge someone “inside” because of these practices, warns Wolf, Green Bay Packers GM from 1991 through 2001. But he quickly added, you can certainly dismiss someone “outside” if they struggled so hard that it was clear they were out of their depths. .
But at first glance during the Friday and Saturday practices, none of the 11 members of the 2022 class in GM’s Brian Gutkunst training course seemed to be over their heads. There have been a few times that head coach Matt LaFleur has had to remind himself not to get dizzy about what he just saw.
“It’s always exciting when you get these guys in the building. It’s like getting a bunch of new games,” said Lafleur, who has limited rehearsals and 7 to 7 intervals, avoiding any 11 through 11 work. Of these people, but it is practical. And time will tell how good these guys are.”
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With that in mind, here’s a brief rundown of what each of the eleven draft picks showed up over the two days, with the team’s curated practices beginning May 23:
Kwai Walker, Elbe, (1)
Walker has looked at every part of his 6-foot-4, 241-pound physique, and while in-house midfielder coach Kirk Olivadotti has put his set to center drills, you can see how naturally Walker moves with his size. The guesswork here is that defensive coordinator Joe Barry can’t wait to see him paired up with Defender Campbell in an 11v11 drill against attack.
“My confidence is high but not very high,” Walker said. “I’m learning new defense and these are old men (I’m going to play with them) – adult men. So it’s going to be a little different. But at the same time, it’s still about being competitive and playing football and doing what they’ve formulated for me.”
Devonty White, DT (1)
It’s easy to pick out the draft for a more personal appearance during a locker room question-and-answer session with reporters, and White flashed his lunge drills and showed off his strength while doing drills with closing sleds. He certainly caught Lafleur’s attention in primetime.
They drafted me into the first round for a reason. “I just want to get in, just do the things I did in Georgia or even better,” White said. “Everyone (who really is) in this defense is elite. It’s just that I do my part, and I really do my part. Whatever the coaches ask of me, it will be my turn.”
Christian Watson, WR (2)
Watson is tall (6-5) and lightweight (listed as 208 pounds), so it will be interesting to see if he can add volume to his chassis. He’s moved well in 1-on-1 drills, and had one of the best moments of the weekend on the road to contact with three defenders around him on Friday.
“I am really excited to learn and grow and see how much step I can take on this next level,” Watson said. “I am really confident and believe that confidence will only grow. I am trying to do what I can as fast as I can. I know it will take a lot of work to get to this point.”
Sean Ryan, OL (3)
Ryan who’s 6-5, 321 pounds has been abused by some scouts for having short tugging arms (32 3/8 inches) but he definitely has a strong lower body, and he’s shown that strength in the potholes. He worked on guard and on the right tackle, and it will be interesting to see if the left college tackle jumps into the open right tackle competition right away.
“I’ve had some pretty good D ends and I’d say and hold myself,” Ryan said of playing tackle instead of moving inside in the NFL. “I will compete. Everyone else will be competing. And when the season starts, we will see what happens.”
Romeo Dobbs, WR (4)
The 6-2, 204-pound Dobbs was the player who forced the observers to remind themselves that no permanent judgments should be made from these practices. He hit three deep balls during Friday’s practice, showed strong hands and had the kind of speed-to-volume ratio that coaches love.
“It’s really motivating, for me,” Doubs said of his No. 87, which was worn by Jordi Nelson, one of the best passers in Packers history. “You see guys like him, you hear from all the staff in the building about how hard they work. I just think (sticking to) that standard is really important.”
Zack Tom, OL (4)
Tom played center and left in college at Wake Forest, and with only line workers doing without pads, Tom wasn’t going to show off his versatility, anyway. However, he seemed comfortable in the center while the line was working as a unit.
“I want to be someone who can play all five positions at a high level. That is my main goal in the offseason, through camp,” Tom said. I want to be someone who can come out in any position and you can count on him to perform at a high level.”
Kingsley Ingbar, OLB (5)
It was strange to see someone other than Zadarius Smith wearing the number 55 jersey, and given that Enagbare is more of a tall player, it’s no surprise to see him move so smoothly during his outside quarterback training.
“It was definitely a great feeling to be there with the guys and kind of feel that,” said Enagbare. “I feel like it’s been going well. But I pretty much (have to) do whatever it takes to get me here. Work hard, take care of my body, stay in the rules of the game and be a good teammate. I feel if you do all of these things You will have a successful career in the NFL.”
Tariq Carpenter Small (7)
The 6-3, 230-pound Carpenter sounded like a safety advocate for the quarterback who was seen as coming out of Georgia Tech. He’s worked on safety in defense, but with special teams coordinator Rich Bisachia seemingly keeping a close eye on him, Carpenter looks very much like the type of player who would help those oppressed units.
“I’m not about myself,” Carpenter said. “If I’m going to play with special teams and if I can contribute to our winning the Super Bowl, that’s what I want to do.”
Jonathan Ford, DT (7)
At one point during rehearsals, defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery stalked Ford for bad manners while dealing with a fellow cushion-carrying lineman, thanks to which Ford Mountain (6-5, 338 pounds) fixed his mistake and got a boy Atta from Montgomery is excited. It will be interesting to see him in towels at the camp.
“It’s a very good place,” Ford said of Montgomery’s training style. “You want a coach like this, who gives you everything he has. Having him (training) each of us every day is just amazing.”
Rashid Walker, T (7)
Walker did not train on Friday – the team is not required to file an injury report of any kind – but did some practice on Saturday. After coming to Green Bay before the draft for one of the 30 permitted Packers visits, Walker was right where he expected to be.
“Green Bay was probably one of my favorite places to visit, just how they run things here and the facilities, the different resources they have here,” he said. “I felt like I knew Green Bay was going to take me – I felt so good. And here I am now.”
Samori Toure, WR (7)
The previous Montana and Nebraska wides looked smooth trails and showed his speed (4.44 seconds and 40 yards) as well, but the real test was yet to come.
“I am really confident. I know I was a late draft pick, but all that matters is that I am here now,” Tori said. “I am very confident and very optimistic in my abilities.”