In five years from now, which rookie will be the best overall player?
Brandon Carwile: It will be either Josh Jackson or J’Mon Moore, but I’ll go with Moore. Moore produced consecutive 1,000-yard seasons in arguably the toughest conference in college football.
There’s growing concern about him predominately lining up on the left side at Missouri, but in my opinion, it’s better than only playing in the slot. If a receiver can win on the outside, then he can win from anywhere. The fact that he’s used to seeing the ball come at him from one direction is not overly concerning.
Moore is a great route runner and is really smooth out his breaks. His frame and pass-catching traits almost remind you of Davante Adams. Moore could very well be the Packers second receiver on the boundary opposite of Adams.
How quickly he can get on the field will come down to holding on to the ball and building chemistry with Aaron Rodgers. If no. 12 doesn’t trust you it will be hard to get opportunities.
Mike Wendlandt: I’m tempted to go with Oren Burks here due to the emergence of the speedy, undersized linebacker in the modern NFL, but I can’t get past how good Alexander can be. As someone who can play outside and in the slot, his versatility will be a great chess piece for Mike Pettine and his ball skills are second only to Josh Jackson in this draft class. Throw in his punt return ability and his leadership skills at Louisville and you have the makings of a perennial Pro Bowler or All-Pro.
The only question about Alexander is his health. If he can avoid the fluky injuries that got him in 2017, he can be a top flight corner for the Packers, solidifying that defense for the long term. There are a lot of high ceiling guys in this Draft class, including Jackson, Burks, and all the receivers, but Alexander could be seen as the best defensive back out of the 2018 Draft by 2022.
Brian Sampson: Well, I’m going with a totally different player than Brandon and Mike. My pick is Green Bay’s second-round selection. Jackson.
Jackson hardly played his first two years at Iowa before exploding onto the stage last season. It appears he might just be a late-bloomer and could very well take a couple of years to adjust to the NFL speed as while. If that’s the case, he’ll be the Packers’ best player from this class thanks to his abundance of ball skills and ability to make plays.