Green Bay Packers Final NFL Draft Grades 2024: Packers Continue Defensive Overhaul With Edgerrin Cooper, Javon Bullard, and More

Did the Green Bay Packers make use of their excess capital in the 2024 NFL Draft? Let's take a closer look at their NFL Draft grades to find out.

The Green Bay Packers are on the ascent with Jordan Love leading a young roster, but were they able to sustain that momentum with a strong 2024 NFL Draft class?

Let’s take a closer look at their 2024 NFL Draft grades and see for ourselves.

Green Bay Packers 2024 NFL Draft Grades

Round 1, Pick 25: Jordan Morgan, OL, Arizona

We’ll never know if the Packers had Terrion Arnold in their sights before Detroit sniped them with the 24th overall pick, but Green Bay chose to pivot to the offensive side of the ball with the 25th overall pick, taking offensive lineman Jordan Morgan.

On PFN’s value board, 25th is a bit high for Morgan, but within a certain lens, it makes sense for the Packers. Green Bay has measured confidence in Rasheed Walker and Zach Tom at tackle, so Morgan will most likely play at guard, where he projects well.

At 6’5”, 311 pounds with sub-33” arms, size could push and keep him inside. But in that role, Morgan has the high-energy athleticism, power drive, and natural leverage to be a solid starter. He’s not dissimilar to 2023 rookie Matthew Bergeron, who shifted inside from tackle and thrived with the Atlanta Falcons.

Grade: B+

Round 2, Pick 45: Edgerrin Cooper, LB, Texas A&M

The Packers took the first linebacker off the board in the 2024 NFL Draft, selecting Texas A&M’s Edgerrin Cooper at 45th overall.

At 6’2”, 230 pounds, with 34” arms and 4.51 speed, Cooper has all of the physical tools to be a standout second-level defender in the NFL. And in college, those tools were maximized by his feel for pursuit angles and attack voracity in the box.

In coverage, Cooper still has room to improve his technique and blind spot awareness – Junior Colson would’ve been the better pick in that department – but he absolutely fits as a WILL linebacker for the Packers. He can run and chase, close gaps in pursuit, and envelop RBs with his length and range.

Grade: B

Round 2, Pick 58: Javon Bullard, S, Georgia

With the 58th pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, the Packers selected Javon Bullard from Georgia. Bullard is an excellent addition based on PFN’s value board, and beyond that, he’s a near-perfect scheme fit.

The Packers already added their post safety in Xavier McKinney, and Bullard can function as the Swiss Army Knife who plays beneath him. Bullard can play two-high, off-man and press-man nickel, and roam in the box, and he can even interchange as a single-high defender on occasion.

With his twitched-up athleticism, coverage variability, and ruthless physical edge, Bullard bears similarity to veteran safety Jordan Whitehead – and he can be a vital component in Green Bay’s secondary.

Grade: A

Round 3, Pick 88: MarShawn Lloyd, RB, USC

After addressing enough needs, the Packers decided to look at luxuries like running back. And with the 88th pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, they selected MarShawn Lloyd out of USC.

The Packers already have Josh Jacobs after signing the former Las Vegas Raiders standout in free agency, but Lloyd strengthens Green Bay’s rotation and gives them dynamism as a sparkplug. He’s a rocked-up 5’9”, 220 pounds, but he plays more like a finesse back — with the burst and agility to weave through lanes.

While Lloyd is a great change-of-pace option, he doesn’t bring quite the amount of receiving upside that the Packers could’ve gotten with other options on the board. He also has fumbling issues, as well as a medical history to take into account.

There are risks with this pick, but Lloyd’s upside is worth the gamble late in Round 3.

Grade: C+

Round 3, Pick 91: Ty’Ron Hopper, LB, Missouri

The Packers double-dipped at linebacker in the Day 2 range. First, they added Cooper in Round 2. Then, they added Missouri’s Ty’Ron Hopper with the 91st overall pick.

A slight reach on my board, Hopper has room to add mass to his frame and hone his down-to-down processing before he can be a consistent starter. But at the very least, there is upside here, as well as role flexibility and two-phase utility.

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As Hopper displayed in a 2022 campaign that saw him amass 13.5 TFLs, he has the explosiveness to sear through narrow lanes in support, and he’s also a fluid and natural mover in coverage. There’s still work to do both with refinement on the intangible side and mass buildup, but Hopper has a solid toolbox to work with.

Grade: C+

Round 4, Pick 111 (From NYJ): Evan Williams, DB, Oregon

Evan Williams is a great fit for the Packers’ defense as a strong safety playing underneath Bullard, but the two may be somewhat redundant with their roles. Bullard could function as a nickel defender in Jeff Hafley’s scheme, but a pure cornerback might’ve been a better target at this point.

Grade: C+

Round 5, Pick 163 (From BUF): Jacob Monk, OL, Duke

The Packers made a savvy decision to trade up in the fifth round and acquire a versatile depth piece on the offensive line, with starting upside.

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At 6’3”, 312 pounds, Jacob Monk is a plus athlete who started over 40 games at Duke, with games at tackle, guard, and center. He immediately functions as a high-quality reserve but could eventually take the reins from Josh Myers at the fulcrum.

Grade: B+

Round 5, Pick 169: Kitan Oladapo, S, Oregon State

The safety position has been drafted to death by Green Bay this year, so there’s a little bit of clutter in the group that might’ve been avoided with a selection at cornerback or elsewhere. But Kitan Oladapo is a solid fit as a strong safety with special-teams utility. He’s not explosive or rangy, but he has good size, patience in zone, and physicality as a tackler.

Grade: C+

Round 6, Pick 202: Travis Glover, OT, Georgia State

The Packers managed to turn seventh-round pick Rasheed Walker into a quality NFL starter at left tackle. They’ve proven their mettle with drafting and developing, so seeing them take a traits-rich tackle like Travis Glover is notable. Glover has all of the measurements at 6’6”, 317 pounds, with near-35” arms, and as a late call-up at the Senior Bowl, he put his impressive take-on strength, competitive edge, and finisher mentality on display.

Grade: B+

Round 7, Pick 245: Michael Pratt, QB, Tulane

The Packers didn’t necessarily need to take a QB in this year’s class after taking Sean Clifford in Round 5 of the 2023 NFL Draft. But Michael Pratt is a QB prospect who graded comfortably above Clifford on my board. Pratt doesn’t have the same athletic talent, but he’s an experienced passer with the processing ability, general accuracy, and toughness to be a quality backup behind Jordan Love.

Grade: A

Round 7, Pick 255: Kalen King, CB, Penn State

With their final pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, the Packers take a chance on a once highly-rated prospect who had since fallen out of favor. Kalen King is undersized and lacks high-end athleticism — factors that have caused some to speculate about a move to safety. Wherever he plays, however, King’s physicality, route recognition, and ball skills give him a decent functional floor, and he provides quality depth in a CB room that needs it.

Grade: A-

Green Bay Packers 2024 NFL Draft Summary

With a strong, ascending roster, the Packers had a larger margin for error in the 2024 NFL Draft. But that doesn’t change the fact that a few of their picks were reaches on the value board, or somewhat redundant with the personnel they’d already acquired.

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Lloyd and Hopper, in particular, felt premature on Day 2, and Morgan will also be pressured to play at a high level right away after going in Round 1.

Nevertheless, for all the uncertainty, picks like Bullard, Monk, and Glover matched fit and value perfectly, and in Round 7 — as they always do — the Packers managed to score a couple potential buy-low steals.

Final Grade: B-

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