Here’s Why Packers Should Be Excited About 5th-Rounder Kingsley Enagbare

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The Green Bay Packers had a pretty strong draft from top to bottom. While many people were questioning their approach after Day 1, as they didn’t make a move for a much-needed wide receiver, it is hard to dislike their draft overall.

They landed a much-needed receiver at the top of the second round, selecting Christian Watson out of North Dakota State. They traded up to do so, but that is a deal that should be worth the price.

Green Bay did an excellent job finding value and hitting on needs throughout the second and third day of the draft. They added a ton of depth and some of the players have a chance to make an impact right off the bat.

One of the more intriguing late-round picks that the Packers made was selecting Kingsley Enagbare with their fifth-round pick, No. 179 overall. Enagbare was a solid player in four seasons at South Carolina, racking up 24 tackles for loss and 15 sacks. He had seven TFL the last three seasons of his career with the Gamecocks, with 121 total tackles.

While not eye-popping numbers, the Packers are getting excellent value with that selection. When taking a deeper dive into the statistics, Enagbare was the highest-graded pass rusher in the SEC in 2021. His 92.5 pass-rushing grade was the highest for an SEC EDGE player since 2018.

While Enagbare is a little one-dimensional right now, that one dimension is an excellent one. Teams can never have enough pass-rushing options and he will provide the Packers with another one to help overcome the loss of Za’Darius Smith, who was a cap casualty and released this offseason.

Green Bay hit on their biggest needs, bolstering their defense in hopes of making improvements on that side of the ball to help overcome the offense losing Davante Adams. Enagbare should have a role on passing downs right out of the gate, being unleashed on opposing quarterbacks as an excellently graded pass rusher.