Monday, May 16, 2022

Green Bay Packers Post-Draft NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2022 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Green Bay Packers rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 5.2 (6th)
  • Best ranking: 4 (CBS Sports)
  • Worst ranking: 6 (Multiple)

Below you will find a post-NFL Draft roundup for the Packers in our consensus 2022 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 6

Player who benefited most from draft: DT Kenny Clark

If anyone on the Packers' interior defensive line was going to face double-teams, it was Clark. If the second of the Packers' two first-round picks, DT Devonte Wyatt (No. 28 overall), warrants some attention, it could free up Clark more often. The Packers are clearly trying to build a championship defense, and having more players around standouts like Clark can only help. -- Rob Demovsky -- Rank: 5

Packers melodrama is a renewable resource. Green Bay traded superstar wide receiver Davante Adams to the Raiders in March, then chose to pass on drafting a wide receiver on Day 1 despite owning two first-round picks. Cue the inevitable Aaron Rodgers appearance on The Pat McAfee Show, where the mercurial quarterback said Adams' departure was "a little surprising" and that he had hoped by returning he'd influence Adams to stay in Green Bay, as well. Anyway, GM Brian Gutekunst did trade up to land North Dakota State wide receiver Christian Watson with the 34th overall pick on Friday. Watson, Sammy Watkins, Allen Lazard and Amari Rodgers headline a decidedly meh receiver room in Green Bay. Odell Beckham, show yourself.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 6

They really beefed up the defense in the draft, but also added three receivers who can help. With Aaron Rodgers back, it's go time again.

USA Today -- Rank: 6

They were never going to replace WR Davante Adams' production with one stroke and were wise not to reach for a wideout in Round 1. Perhaps a reinforced defense could propel a team that wins 13 games every year but just can't seem to get to the 15 or 16 required to win the Super Bowl.

The Athletic -- Rank: 4

Last time we were here, it seemed like a sure thing receiver Davante Adams would still be in Green Bay 2022. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers' status was more unclear. Now? Adams is with the Raiders and Rodgers will be throwing to a receiver group that includes 2022 second-round pick Christian Watson. Our panel clearly considers the Packers NFC contenders, but it will be interesting to see how this new-look offense comes together.

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