The Green Bay Packers have drawn the ire of your benevolent dictator and received an abysmal “F” grade. All teams start with an average “C” grade and then need to impress me in order to move up. The Packers strategy was about as impressive as a chunk of old, moldy American cheese.
The Packers moved up nine spots in the first round from No. 30 to No. 21 in order to draft Darnell Savage. In exchange for moving up they sacrificed two valuable fourth round picks, No. 114 and No. 118. As I state in TDI’s Glorious Constitution, “If you trust your GM and scouts to nail No. 10, you should trust them to nail No. 15.” This is even more true when talking about picks 20-30, especially when the alternative is giving up two fourth rounders. Good scouts can find contributors in the fourth round, maybe not starters but guys who can fill as capable backups, and they do it on dirt-cheap, four-year contracts.
There’s no guarantee Darnell Savage (No. 21) will even be better than Deandre Baker (No. 30) when you put the two head-to-head. I’m much rather have Baker and two fourth round picks to work with. Only time will tell which will produce more value – Savage (who Green Bay drafted), or the combination of Baker, Dru Samia, and Hjalte Froholdt, but I’d take three over one in this scenario (one first round and two fourth rounders) every day of the week.
Overall the Packers net trade rating is a +56 based on the Dallas Draft Value Chart, which means they got back quite a bit more value than they gave up. I obviously don’t agree with that old-school assessment. I’m pretty sure time will prove me right on this.