Green Bay Packers 2021 NFL Draft Meeting Tracker & What to Know

Purdue wide receiver Rondale Moore (4) runs the ball during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020 at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette.Cfb Purdue Vs Rutgers
Purdue wide receiver Rondale Moore (4) runs the ball during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020 at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette.Cfb Purdue Vs Rutgers /

There is a lot that goes into the pre-draft process. While, of course, watching film is important, getting to know the player — both on and off the field — and having an actual conversation with them is vital as well. With no NFL Combine this year, where teams get the opportunity to sit down with players, the Green Bay Packers — along with every other team — have already begun meeting with prospects virtually.

Fortunately for us, Justin Melo of The Draft Network has been reporting these meetings, so I’ve compiled the list below and provided some insight into each player that the Green Bay Packers have met with up to this point.

Tommy Tremble, TE, Notre Dame

Over the last two seasons, the 6’4″ – 242 pound Tremble caught 35 passes on 52 targets at 11.5 yards per catch with four touchdowns and a passer rating of 107.9 when targeted. He also was Pro Football Focus’ ($) 22nd highest-graded pass-blocking tight end in 2020.

"“Tommy Tremble projects as an F-tight end in the NFL—a flex weapon that will be best served in an offense that doesn’t charge him with playing with his hand in the dirt.” — Kyle Crabbs TDN"

Trill Williams, CB, Syracuse

Williams has great size, standing at 6’2″ – 198 pounds and is a very versatile player, lining up out wide, in the slot, in the box, and as a free safety during his time at Syracuse. He appeared in 28 games with 15 starts and allowed a 58.7 completion rate on 92 targets with four interceptions, four touchdowns allowed, six pass breakups, and a passer rating when targeted of 79.1.

"“While he is versatile and has appeal in any role, I like him best at wide corner. Williams is long, rangy, athletic, physical, and aggressive. His physical skill set is exceptional and he doesn’t have any restrictions.” — Joe Marino TDN"

Greg Newsome, CB, Northwestern

Newsome has 18 starts over his three seasons at Northwestern and got better each year, which culminated in an excellent 2020 season. He was targeted times and allowed only 12 receptions for 93 yards with no touchdowns, one interception, seven pass breakups, and a passer rating of 31.7. Newsome’s stock is on the rise, and he’s certainly someone to keep your eyes on with the Green Bay Packers in Round 1.

"“Newsome II has showcased strong ball skills and length to pair with high-end levels of flexibility and functional athleticism—that’s a blend that is going to get Newsome II drafted sooner rather than later.” — Kyle Crabbs TDN"

Javian Hawkins, RB, Louisville

Hawkins set the single-season rushing record at Louisville in 2019, tallying 1,526 rushing yards at 5.8 yards per carry along with nine touchdowns. In the shortened 2020 season, he averaged 6.2 yards per rush and totaled 811 yards with seven touchdowns. He was also used a bit in the passing game, catching 21 of 26 targets over his career for 189 yards and a touchdown. A majority of Hawkins’ snaps have come out of the backfield.

"“At the next level, Hawkins doesn’t profile as a feature back, but his skill set demands a few chances each week to get involved in the passing game, jet motion, and perimeter runs.” — Joe Marino TDN"

Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue

At 5’9″ – 180 pounds, Moore is a bit smaller than the typical receivers that the Green Bay Packers covet, but is an electric player with the ball in his hands, leading the NCAA in YAC in 2018, and he provides this offense with a true slot receiver, something that they haven’t really had in the Matt LaFleur era. Because of injuries and a shortened 2020 season, Moore has played in only seven games the last two seasons.

"“When healthy, Moore is a multi-purpose weapon who can break open a football game with any touch of the football; he’s provided run after catch, special teams plays, rushing usage out of the backfield, and vertical receiving over the middle of the field.” — Kyle Crabbs TDN"

KJ Britt, LB, Auburn

Britt was on the field all four years at Auburn but became a full-time starter and saw his most extensive action in 2019 before undergoing surgery on his hand this past season. In 2019, he would record seven pressures, including two sacks, with 71 tackles, 38 stops, and was targeted 15 times in coverage, allowing 10 receptions.

"“In the run game, he has been effective but struggles when linemen get on top of him. He has missed some tackles and needs to be a more consistent finisher. He doesn’t project with much value in the passing game in the NFL. However, he will add value as a coverage player in the kicking game.” — Drae Harris TDN"

Brevin Jordan, TE, Miami

Over his three-year career at Miami, Jordan has been a big part of the Hurricane offense, tallying 149 targets over that span and 1,358 receiving yards at 12.9 yards per catch and a passer rating of 119.5. Jordan also finished with a pass-blocking grade from PFF this past season that ranked 28th out of 89 eligible tight ends.

"“The Canes used Jordan all over the formation including in-line, from the slot, and out of the backfield as both a receiver and blocker and he should do the same at the next level.” — Joe Marino TDN"

Thomas Graham, CB, Oregon

Graham is one of the more experienced cornerbacks that you will see with over 1,500 career coverage snaps at Oregon. He was targeted 226 times and allowed a completion rate of 55.8 percent and 13.7 yards per catch with 12 touchdowns. Graham also recorded eight interceptions, 24 pass breakups, a passer rating of 83.4.

"“Thomas Graham has average reactive athleticism, as evidenced in his agility and overall quickness. He is a willing tackler in the run game and has shown the ability to be a wrap-up tackler against the run. When he is the force player, he does a good job getting the runner on the ground. In the passing game, he plays with good technique.” — Drae Harris TDN"

Jermar Jefferson, RB, Oregon State

Jefferson’s most productive season came in 2018, when he totaled almost 1,400 rushing yards on 5.7 yards per carry. In 2019 he recorded 688 yards on 143 carries and then 858 yards on 133 carries this past season. In the passing game, Jefferson was targeted 49 times over his career, hauling in 43 of them for 297 yards and two touchdowns. He has some but not extensive experience lining up in the slot and out wide.

"“Jermar Jefferson has been very productive as a yardage gainer in this offense and is a good athlete with regards to his agility and body control as a ball-carrier. In the passing game, Jefferson is dangerous after catching check-downs due to his ability in space and creativity in the open field.” — Drae Harris TDN"

Asante Samuel Jr, CB, Florida State

During his career at Florida State, Samuel was targeted 137 times and allowed a completion rate of just 51.8 percent and 12.2 yards per catch. He allowed nine touchdowns — with six coming in his first season in 2018 — came away with four interceptions and 23 pass breakups. In 2020, he was PFF’s 10th highest-graded cornerback in coverage.

"“Samuel Jr. is a touch undersized, but he is outstanding in man coverage where his natural pattern matching instincts, loose hips, and quick feet make him tough to separate from. Despite not having ideal size, Samuel Jr. is a competitive run defender and tackler that gets his work done and isn’t a liability.” — Joe Marino TDN"

Daelin Hayes, Edge, Notre Dame

Hayes has been a starter since 2017, although he missed time in 2019 with a shoulder injury and played in only four games in 2020. His most productive season came in 2018 when he totaled 28 pressures, two of which were sacks, 29 tackles, and 19 stops.

"“Hayes’ ceiling, without further fundamental development, is an early-down defender on the LOS who would need several other prominent pieces in an attack style defense to afford him on-vs-ones and wins as a pass rusher with any level of consistency. That said, he’s got a clear role to play and could start in the right environment.” — Kyle Crabbs TDN"

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Alim McNeil, IDL, NC State

McNeil has seen ample playing time the past three seasons for the Wolfpack, recording 50 pressures, including 10 sacks — seven of which came in 2019 — along with 69 tackles and 52 stops. McNeil clocks in at 6’2″ – 320 pounds.

"“While there is some rawness that shows up to his game when it comes to technique and processing skills, McNeill is a powerful interior defender that is capable of controlling and resetting the line of scrimmage with his heavy hands and functional strength.” — Joe Marino TDN"