Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:48 pm
Stay up-to-date with all the news from tonight’s first round here."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections The APC PodcastPackers Film RoomFantasy Football Adviceround oneNew ,1012commentsStay up-to-date with all the news from tonight’s first round here.CDTShareTweetShareShareNFL Draft 2019 Day 1 Live: Picks, trades, rumors, and updates from round oneKirby Lee-USA TODAY SportsIt’s time. The NFL Draft gets underway this evening, starting at 7:00 PM Central time. Thursday night encompasses round one of the draft, and the Green Bay Packers are scheduled to make two selections this evening, at #12 and #30 overall.APC is here to carry you through round one of the draft all evening long. Keep it here for live updates of the draft, including trades of draft picks , the full first-round draft board, and commentary from the APC staff. Join us for plenty of speculation and discussion all throughout this fine Thursday evening.2019 NFL Draft — Day 1Start time: 7:00 PM Central TimeLocation: Nashville, TennesseeTV Coverage: NFL Network, ESPN, ABCOnline Streaming: NFL.com, ESPN appTime per pick: 10 minutesFull 2019 NFL Draft PrimerFull list of Green Bay Packers’ 2019 draft picksDay One Draft Pick TradesSteelers acquire 10th overall pick (ILB Devin Bush) from Broncos in exchange for #20, #52, and 2020 third-round pickPackers acquire 21st overall pick (S Darnell Savage) from Seahawks in exchange for #30 , #114, and #118Eagles acquire 22nd overall pick (OT Andre Dillard) from Ravens in exchange for #25, #125, and #197Washington acquires 26th overall pick (OLB Montez Sweat) from Colts in exchange for #46 and 2020 second-round pickGiants acquire 30th overall pick (CB Deandre Baker) from Seahawks in exchange for #37, #132, #142Falcons acquire 31st overall pick (OT Kaleb McGary) from Rams in exchange for picks #45, #79First Round Draft ResultsPickTeamPlayerPositionCollegeNotesPickTeamPlayerPositionCollegeNotesAPC Staff Twitter FeedA Twitter List by acmepackingco Through the last three drafts, the Packers significantly upgraded the speed on the back end of the defense."In recent years , the Green Bay Packers have seen their secondary get burned with regularity. After a 5th-place ranking in defensive passing DVOA in 2015, the team followed that up with finishes of 23rd, 27th, and 28th in the past three years.One plausible reason for these issues is a general lack of speed on the back end of the defense. However, since the 2017 NFL Draft, the Packers have drastically improved the raw straight-line speed of the player most responsible for pass coverage. Prior to that year’s draft, the average 40-yard dash time of the Packers’ cornerbacks was 4.50 seconds. Now, the unit’s average 40 has dropped to just under 4.43 , and there are four players who ran 4.40 or under compared to just one before the 2017 draft. At safety, the overall average 40 has dropped slightly as well, from 4.50 to 4.48, but there are two players now running 4.41 or less compared to none prior to the 2017 draft.Take a look at the numbers below. Here are the recorded 40 times for the current members of the Packers’ secondary:Cornerbacks (average 40: 4.426)Jaire Alexander: 4.38Kevin King: 4.43Josh Jackson: 4.48Tramon Williams: 4.57*Tony Brown: 4.35Ka’Dar Hollman: 4.37*Natrell Jamerson: 4.40Will Redmond: N/ASafeties (average 40: 4.480)Adrian Amos: 4.56Darnell Savage: 4.36Josh Jones: 4.41Raven Greene: 4.51*Tray Matthews: 4.56Jason Thompson: N/ANow take a look at the numbers for the players on the roster prior to the 2017 NFL Draft:Cornerbacks (average 40: 4.498)Damarious Randall: 4.46Davon House: 4.44Quinten Rollins: 4.57Ladarius Gunter: 4.69Josh Hawkins: 4.39*Demetri Goodson: 4.44Safeties (average 40: 4.502)Morgan Burnett: 4.51*Ha Ha Clinton-Dix: 4.50Kentrell Brice: 4.44Marwin Evans: 4.47Jermaine Whitehead: 4.59* indicates number reported from players’ Pro Day rather than NFL CombineIt’s easy to see that improving team speed became a bit of a focus in 2017. That year, King and Jones were the team’s first two draft picks, both running in the low 4.4s. Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson were picks in 2018, and both Brown and Jamerson were additions from other teams. Now this season, the team added another pair of sub-4.4 athletes in the draft in Savage and Hollman.Not only is the overall speed of the units better , but that of the starters in particular has improved, thanks primarily to the team’s high draft picks. In that 2017 offseason, the Packers had just finished up a year that saw Ladarius Gunter and his 4.69 40 time finishing the year as the starter. Now the team has Jaire Alexander and Kevin King in the starting lineup instead. Adrian Amos won’t blow anyone away with his speed, but the pairing of the steadier Amos with terrific athletes in Savage and Jones should prove productive.While the Packers have always tried to find excellent overall athletes in the NFL Draft, the focus on pure speed is finally becoming razor-sharp. Hopefully that — in combination with a revived pass rush — will prove to be a drastic improvement in the team’s overall success defending the pass in 2019.