Draftseason’s Draft Grade A Day is back! This is where we look at each team’s 2019 Draft class and grade it based on PRODUCTION ONLY! Points will be awarded per round and the scale is determined on the expectation of the round the pick was made. Fractional points are given out as well as bonus points for any player who outplayed their Draft ranking. We will add up the total points to determine the final grade. We started with the Arizona Cardinals who had the first pick in 2019 and will work our way up.
Grading Scale: (total possible per round)
Round 1 – 5 points
Round 2 – 4 points
Round 3 – 3 points
Round 4 – 2 points
Round 5 – 1 point
Round 6 & 7 – 0 points
GREEN BAY PACKERS
Pick: DE/OLB Rashan Gary, Michigan
Analysis: Gary appeared in every game but only mustered 21 tackles and 2 sacks in rotational duty.
Pick: S Darnell Savage, Maryland
Analysis: Savage had 55 tackles in 14 starts with 2 forced fumbles and 2 interceptions. He had a very solid season and should be the Pack’s starter at free safety for the next handful of years.
Pick: C/G Elgton Jenkins, Mississippi St.
Analysis: Ol’ EJ started 14 games for the Packers as a rookie and played at a pretty high level
Pick: TE Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M
Analysis: Sternberger was extremely disappointing as a rookie. He played in 6 games with no receptions.
Pick: CB Ka’Dar Hollman Toledo
Analysis: K’Dar played in four games but had no stats.
Pick: RB Dexter Williams, Notre Dame
Analysis: Williams got his feet wet by running for 11 yards on the season, but wet feet don’t equal points here.
Pick: LB Ty Summers, TCU
Analysis: Summers was active for 16 games and had 4 tackles. He gets a fractional bonus point for those 16 games.
FINAL GRADE & ANALYSIS
Final Grade: 10.5/15
The Packers have had a resurgent season that has led them back to the NFC Championship Game and their 2019 rookie class helped them get there. They appear to have 2 immediate starters and one key situational pass rusher in this group. The pass rusher is their first-round pick, Rashan Gary. It’s hard to get on the field much when the Smith Bros. are ahead of you on the depth chart. Gary did get his fair share of snaps and was able to produce a couple of sacks and 21 tackles on the season. Maybe next year he’ll get worked in a little more, but when Preston Smith and Zadarius Smith are playing out of their minds, it’s hard to take them off the field. Their other first-round pick, safety Darnell Savage, played very well. He’s a ball of energy who can fire up the Packers defense with his intensity and ability to lay a big hit. He’ll be a fixture in Green Bay’s secondary for the better part of the next decade. The Packers also landed help on their offensive line. Second-round offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins was inserted at guard and started 14 games. He’s a big road grader type and helped Aaron Jones have his spectacular season on the ground. That’s about where the good for the Packers draft ends. Third round tight end Jace Sternberger was a huge disappointment as he only appeared in 6 games and didn’t catch a pass, which was supposed to be his specialty. The Packers didn’t get much out of their late rounders in year one, though guys like Dexter Williams and Ty Summers did show some potential. This grade could go up in the future if Rashan Gary is a bit more productive and Jace Sternberger can start realizing his potential.