The first, virtual NFL Draft is now history; 255 players heard their names called on TV and their professional dreams became reality. Nine were chosen by the Green Bay Packers:
The Packers traded up four picks to select the presumptive successor to Aaron Rodgers. Utah State Quarterback Jordan Love is considered an elite level arm talent, with abilities comparable to 2018 NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes. A three-year starter at Utah State; Love finished his career with 8,600 passing yards and 60 touchdowns.
The Packers selected Boston College Running Back Algiers Jameal “AJ” Dillon in the second round. Dillon is a larger than life running back at 6 ft., 248lbs; he’s drawn comparisons to Tennessee Titans Running Back Derrick Henry. Dillon had an exceptional college career compiling numerous accolades that include ACC Freshman of the Year; First Team All ACC (twice), Freshman All American, and Associated Press Third Team All-American. Dillon finished his career with 4382 rushing yards and 40 total touchdowns.
In the third round the Packers selected the versatile Tight End/Fullback Josiah Deguara of the University of Cincinnati. Deguara was a former First Team All AAC performer and was seen by many as a versatile player that will fit well into Packer Coach Matt LaFleur’s offense. He finished his college career with 1,117 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns.
The talented University of Minnesota Linebacker, Kamal Martin was selected in the fifth round. Martin started games in all four years at Minnesota, but injuries ended his senior year earlier then he had hoped. Regardless of the injury, Martin was the leader of the Golden Gophers defense and helped the team win 11 games. He earned Honorable Mention All-Big Ten in 2019. He finished his college career with 171 tackles, 3.5 sacks and 4 interceptions.
The Packers had three Picks in the sixth round and used all three to help the offense line. First, they selected an offense tackle out of Michigan, Jon Runyan Jr. They followed by selecting Oregon center Jake Hanson, and then Indiana guard, Simon Stepaniak. The three players have a combined to start 109 games in college.
The Packers had two picks in the seventh round and used them on former TCU safety, Vernon Scott and Miami (FL) defensive lineman, Jonathan “Spider” Garvin. Scott was a one-year starter at TCU, and is considered by many to be a great special teams player. Spider, as he is known by, because of his long arms and legs, started 24 games over two seasons and compiled 63 tackles and 12.5 sacks.
These nine new Packers will look to continue the legacy of many great Packers before them, and hopefully help bring the Lombardi Trophy back to Titletown, USA.
Written by: Nik Sandona
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