Now that the 2017 NFL Postseason Divisional Round has come and gone, it has been over two weeks since we last saw the Green Bay Packers take the field. As such, plenty of time has passed to allow Packer Nation to digest the fact that Green Bay finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Because there are no longer any Packer games to sit back and evaluate, this is as good a time as any to take one last look on the 2017 Green Bay draft class as rookies and give them individual season grades. As always, keep in mind that draft classes take 3-4 years to truly evaluate and that many of these grades will certainly change by the time these guys call it quits and hang up their cleats.

Second Round, 33rd Overall, CB Kevin King

Stats: 9 games played, 5 starts, 22 total tackles, 5 passes defended

While King wasn’t the playmaker fans were certainly hoping for when the Packers selected him with their first pick in the 2017 draft, he certainly showed flashes of a bright future on the perimeter before the Packers placed him on IR following Week 12. King, who spent most of the season dealing with a nagging shoulder injury from an early in his college career, played his heart out and was a big hitter on a team notoriously known for poor tackling. Green Bay will almost certainly look to add a cornerback or two this offseason, be it in free agency or early in the draft, but expect to see King make strides at cornerback and to hopefully one day soon become the shutdown corner the Packers defense sorely needs. Grade: B+ (Midseason: B+)

Second Round, 61st Overall, ILB/S Josh Jones

Stats: 16 games played, 7 starts, 71 total tackles, 2 sacks, 1 interception, 5 passes defended

Perhaps best known for turning heads during training camp, Josh Jones had a solid but overall unspectacular rookie season. Jones best game came against a Week 3 victory over Cincinnati, where he registered 12 tackles and both of his sacks, but was relatively quiet afterward. When Jones was drafted in the second round, many pundits initially scratched their heads at the pick due to the fact that safety was a perceived position of strength for the Packers. Some thought that he would be the heir apparent to Morgan Burnett at strong safety, but almost nine months later Jones has shown almost nothing to make anyone think that replacing the veteran Burnett with the 2017 61st overall pick is a good idea. However, Jones is still a very talented young safety with loads of potential to be a playmaker in the middle of the field for the Packers. Look for Jones to make a big second-year jump in 2018 a la Kenny Clark or Blake Martinez this season. Grade: C (Midseason: B)

Third Round, 93rd Overall, DL Montravius Adams

Stats: 7 games played, 2 total tackles

While redshirting does not officially exist in the pros, that is almost exactly what Adams did in his rookie season. A foot injury early in training camp robbed the Packers’ third-round pick of virtually all offseason and preseason practices and also forced him to miss the first two regular-season games. Even after he recovered from the foot injury, Adams struggled to make the 46-man active roster on gamedays despite being a high draft pick and therefore yielding high expectations. He even struggled to see the field on a consistent basis the last two weeks of the season when the Packers were eliminated from playoff contention and clearly evaluating the bottom of the roster. While there is still plenty of time to get his career going on the right track, there really is no other way to grade Adams’s rookie season without calling it a disappointment. Grade: D- (Midseason: INCOMPLETE)

Fourth Round, 108th Overall, OLB Vince Biegel

Stats: 9 games played, 16 total tackles

Often forgotten about the ex-Wisconsin Badger is that he was selected by the pick that was sent to us by Pittsburgh in exchange for the 30th overall pick in the last draft that was used to select TJ Watt. Because of this, it is necessary to consider Biegel’s contributions when comparing Kevin King and TJ Watt as many Packers/Badgers fans will be doing for years to come. Unfortunately, after one year, Biegel has brought almost nothing to that equation, as he joins Montravious Adams in the corner of the room reserved for those who lost much of their rookie season due to injury. Biegel was hit even harder by his injury however, as he started his season on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List, forcing him to miss the first six weeks of the regular season. While Biegel did not make any headlines in his rookie campaign, look forward to him getting a whole offseason of work under his belt heading into 2018 as the Packers will certainly be hoping for him to make many more contributions as a pass rusher. Grade: D (Midseason: INCOMPLETE)

Fourth Round, 134th Overall, RB Jamaal Williams

Stats: 16 games played, 7 starts, 153 attempts for 556 yards, 25 receptions for 262 yards, 6 touchdowns

Perhaps one of the few, if not the only bright spot aside from Davante Adams in a Hundley-led offense, Jamaal Williams showed why the Packers selected him in the fourth round in the second half of the 2017 season despite a slow start. Williams more often than not carried the Packers offense nearly by himself when Aaron Rodgers was on the shelf, with four straight games of 90+ scrimmage yards. While Williams yards-per-carry (YPC) average is nothing flashy, he is a hard-nosed, run-through-you type of runner who fights for every single yard on every single play. The 22-year-old is exactly the type of runner the Packers will need for future playoff runs, as he excels at grinding down the clock at the end of games to keep opposing offenses off the field. Though he is not as electric of a back as his fellow rookie Aaron Jones, expect to be the starter heading into 2018 due to his ability as a pass protector. Grade: B+ (Midseason: D)

Fifth Round, 175th Overall, WR DeAngelo Yancey

Stats: Spent all of 2017 on Green Bay’s practice squad

Once again, not much to say here, as Yancey spent all season on the practice squad and was even passed up by undrafted rookie Michael Clark, who played in two games to close out the season. Yancey did not show much to separate himself from other replacement-level receivers during camp, however he will most certainly have the opportunity to make the 2018 Green Bay Packers roster and give his career a jump start. Grade: F (Midseason: INCOMPLETE)

Fifth Round, 182nd Overall, RB Aaron Jones

Stats: 12 games played, 4 starts, 81 attempts for 448 yards, 9 receptions for 22 yards, 4 touchdowns

Whereas Jamaal Williams was the exciting rookie back for the second half of the season, Aaron Jones did it before it was cool during the first half of the season. Bursting onto the scene as the healthy back against the Bears in Week 5, Jones followed up his debut with a phenomenal showing the following week against Dallas, tallying up 125 yards and 6.6 YPC with a touchdown to go along with it. Two weeks later he put on another show, going for 131 yards and another touchdown against the Saints. However, outside of a thrilling 20-yard overtime touchdown to win the game against the Buccaneers in Week 13 on his only carry of the game, Jones was nearly invisible the rest of the season. While injuries to both knees during this time certainly didn’t help, his inferior pass-blocking ability compared to Williams certainly played a factor as well. In order to see more playing time in 2018, Williams will need to hone his ability to protect the face of the franchise in order to earn the coaching staff’s trust. Grade: B (Midseason: A)

Sixth Round, 212nd Overall, OL Kofi Amichia

Stats: Spent all of 2017 on Green Bay’s practice squad

Similar to Yancey, Amichia spent his entire rookie season on the practice squad and therefore has no real gametape to watch and grade his season on. However, though Yancey was only passed once by a fellow wide receiver, Amichia was actually passed over three separate times. Twice came early on in the season when the Packers offensive tackles went down like flies and forced the Packers to promote undrafted rookie Adam Pankey from their practice squad and poach Ulrick John from Arizona’s. Then, later on in the season with two games remaining, the Packers signed Dillon Day from Denver’s practice squad instead of giving Amichia a shot on their roster. While Amichia has all offseason to engross himself in the playbook and work on his skills, the early signs point to Amichia not having a real great shot at the roster this upcoming season. Grade: F (Midseason: F)

Seventh Round, 238th Overall, RB Devante Mays

Stats: 8 games played, 4 attempts for 1 yard, 3 receptions for 0 yards

Mays was never really given a true shot out of the backfield during his rookie season, and after his offensive debut it’s not hard to understand why. He fumbled not just on his first, but also his second career carry in the Week 11 shutout loss to Baltimore at home. While he ran hard in preseason and showed some potential as a goal-line/short-yardage back, the seventh round pick was stuck in the doghouse after his disastrous and will have to wow the coaching staff during the preseason to not only see playing time but to secure a roster spot heading into the 2018 season. Grade: D- (Midseason: INCOMPLETE)

Seventh Round, 247th Overall, WR Malachi Dupre

Stats: Spent 2017 with the Buffalo Bills

As I mentioned in my midseason 2017 Rookie Class Grades, Dupre was released by the Packers during final cuts, but unlike any of the other members he did not join the Packers practice squad, instead finding his way to the Buffalo Bills. He was a member of their practice squad nearly all season, getting promoted to the active roster prior to Week 17. Dupre was then a healthy scratch for both that matchup and for their Wild-Card Round loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. It is unlikely that the seventh-round pick will find his way back to the Packers, as he is under contract with the Bills through 2019 (via Grade: F (Midseason: F)


This rookie class, which will go down in history as Ted Thompson’s final draft, is rather all over the board. Three of the 10 picks didn’t even make the roster coming out of camp, which is unusual for a Ted Thompson draft haul. Two more of them, Adams and Biegel, had their rookie seasons ruined by injuries early on, causing them to earn poor grades despite being potential impact players. Another pick, Mays, made the roster and did not suffer significant injuries, but failed to make a major impact. The remaining four: King, Josh Jones, Williams and Aaron Jones, all made impact plays in some form or another, and look to have bright futures for this team. Combined the aforementioned pair of picks who missed time with injuries, these contributors can very easily increase this overall grade by taking a big leap heading into their respective sophomore seasons.

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