GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Every member of the Green Bay Packers' 2018 draft class spent time on the 53-man roster except for fifth-round pick Cole Madison, the offensive lineman from Washington State who never reported at the start of training camp for undisclosed personal reasons.
Here's a look at how the Packers' draft class, the first selected by general manager Brian Gutekunst, fared this season:
Grade: Above average
Best rookie: The Packers have spent high draft pick after high draft pick on cornerbacks, and it appears they finally hit on one with Jaire Alexander. The 18th overall pick earned the responsibility of matching up against opponents' best receivers and while he didn't come up with many big plays -- he had only one interception -- he was a pass-breakup machine. He and fellow Packers rookie defensive back Josh Jackson (second round) tied for the NFL rookie lead in pass breakups with 10, two more than the next-best Derwin James. Jackson, long term, might be better off at safety. The only problem was the Packers couldn't pair Alexander with their 2017 top pick, Kevin King. The two played in only four of the same games this season because of injuries. King played in only six games. Alexander missed only three games but two came when King was healthy. "I would have loved to see the combination of Jaire and Kevin King this year, with Tramon [Williams] or whoever else, in the nickel," defensive passing game coordinator Joe Whitt said. "But that's not what happened. I do know Jaire is an outstanding young talent. I do know Kevin King, when healthy if he can be healthy, can be dominant. I do know those two ... If those guys are healthy, they're going to have a helluva tandem. I do know that."
Most improved rookie: Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown came in as the second and third rookie receivers. They were picked in the fifth and sixth rounds, respectively, after fourth-rounder J'Mon Moore. But Valdes-Scantling proved to be a dangerous deep threat at times, averaging 15.3 yards per catch on 38 receptions. He had a pair of 100-yard games -- both on three catches. And St. Brown came on late in the season and averaged 15.6 yards on 21 catches. His most productive game was the season finale with five catches for 94 yards.
Jury is still out on ...: Moore. He got off to a bad start in training camp, when he had trouble catching the ball, and it got worse when he failed to grasp the Packers' offense. He played just 74 offensive snaps all season, compared with 691 for Valdes-Scantling and 358 for St. Brown. After the season, Moore admitted his inability to comprehend the system was the problem. "I wouldn't put me out there if I'm out there messing up things, not really knowing my assignments, not doing the small things right," he said. "Because that's the difference on this level, small things. If you're not doing the small things right, then it just don't come together how I need to. So there it is."
Undrafted rookie evaluation: Defensive tackle Tyler Lancaster began the season on the practice squad but in 12 games finished third among Packers defensive linemen with 26 tackles. He looks like a promising prospect. So does quarterback Tim Boyle, who put together an impressive training camp and preseason and has excellent arm strength. Athletic defensive back Tony Brown played 287 snaps on defense and 178 on special teams but was wildly inconsistent.