Packers bring offensive counter on Day 3 of NFL Draft


Day 3 Recap

Round 4, Pick #108: Vince Biegel, OLB, Wisconsin

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Accomplishments: 2x Second-Team Al-Big Ten selection

One of two Badgers that Packers fans had been clamoring for since the beginning of the draft (the other being T.J. Watt), Ted Thompson pulled the trigger on Biegel, the team’s first in-state pick since Jared Abbrederis. Biegel comes in and fills a need immediately, as he has the opportunity to become a top edge rusher in Dom Capers’ defense even as a rookie. A second team All-Big Ten selection in 2016 and third team in 2014, Biegel brings a winning pedigree and high motor to the Packers out of the fourth round.

Strengths: High motor, solid tackler, leadership; voted team captain at Wisconsin

Weaknesses: Somewhat undersized (6’3”, 246)

Projected Role (Rookie Year): Special teams

Potential: Starting OLB

Round 4, Pick #134: Jamaal Williams, RB, BYU

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Accomplishments: BYU records in carries (726), yards (3,901), rushing touchdowns (35)

After multiple rounds of fans (mostly on Twitter) criticizing the lack of a pick at running back, the Packers select Williams here in the fourth. Leading the team in rushing all four years of his career, he scored over 10 touchdowns in two of those seasons, with 12 in 2012 and 2016. In this past season, despite missing 3 games with an ankle injury, he rushed for 1,375 yards and 12 touchdowns, finishing 5th in the country with 137.5 yards per game. However, he has had some off the field in the past, as he was suspended for multiple code violations in his junior year, including a citation for underage drinking. In addition, he also sat out the 2015 season for personal reasons, but did return for 2016.

Strengths: Size (6’0”, 212), not taken down easily, good ball security

Weaknesses: Lacks elite top end speed; flashes, but average athleticism/shiftiness

Projected Role (Rookie Year): Special teams/short yardage back

Potential: Backup/3rd down back

Round 5, Pick #175: DeAngelo Yancey, WR, Purdue

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Accomplishments: 2016 third-team All-Big Ten selection

The Packers traded down with Denver from their original pick at #172 to gain an extra 7th round pick. Yancey only won 9 games as a member of the Boilermakers over 4 years, but he showed his talents despite the relative lack of talent around him. As a junior, he led the team with 700 yards while scoring 5 touchdowns on 48 receptions. Yancey would follow that solid year up with a season of 10 touchdowns and 951 yards on just 49 catches, earning him the aforementioned conference honors.

Strengths: Good size (6’2”, 201), big play ability (19.4 yards per touch in 2016)

Weaknesses: Poor catch rate (no more than 50 percent of targets caught in any season), Drops, poor short/intermediate skills

Projected Role (Rookie Year): Borderline roster spot/practice squad

Potential: 4th/5th WR if drop issues fixed

Round 5, Pick #182: Aaron Jones, RB, UTEP

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Accompishments: 2016 first-team All-Conference USA selection, 2014 second-team All-CUSA selection, UTEP All-time leading rusher

With their second fifth round pick, the Packers went to the well once again by picking their second running back of the day. While in El Paso, Jones ran for over 4,000 yards in his career, including 1,773 in his senior year (4th in NCAA). He also scored 17 times, including 14 on the ground and 3 through the air on 28 receptions for 233 yards. He also had a great combine performance, putting forth a solid 4.56 40 along with high ranking performances in vertical jump (2nd), broad jump (3rd), 3 cone drill, 20 yard shuttle and 60 yard shuttle. He was arrested earlier this year on suspicion of DUI and entered a diversionary program.

Strengths: Stocky build (5’9”, 208), good hands out of backfield (7 rec TDs in career), productive college career

Weaknesses: Injury issues (broken rib freshman year; torn ligament in ankle junior year, redshirted)

Projected Role (Rookie Year): Special teams

Potential: Special teams/3rd string RB

Round 6, Pick #212: Kofi Amichia, OL, South Florida

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Accomplishments: 2016 first-team All-AAC selection at LT; honor student

A player who could not even be found on the draft prospects profile page, Kofi Amichia was relatively unknown prior to the 2017 draft. This despite leading the way for two USF seasons in which the offense set new school rushing and total offense records and an all-conference selection. Through 2015 and 2016, Amichia started 26 games in a row and helped keep his QBs upright, with his line averaging 1.15 sacks allowed per game in 2016 and 1.12 per game in conference games in 2015.

Strengths: Solid feet; good size for guard in NFL (6’4”, 297); Amichia said to media he is currently at 308

Weaknesses: Could use adding 10 pounds or so to his frame

Projected Role (Rookie Year): Backup guard

Potential: Solid backup/spot starter

Round 7, Pick #238: Devante Mays, RB, Utah State

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Coming out of Utah State, Mays only played two seasons, but showed solid production regardless, particularly in 2015. That season, he ran the ball just 165 times for 966 yards and 9 touchdowns. In 2016, he suffered an injury that limited him to just 37 carries, but he still tallied 259 yards with 3 scores. Mays turned in a good performance at his pro day, running a 4.52 40 (would have been 11th at combine among RBs) with a 40.5” vertical (would have been 1st) as well as a 4.53 20-yard shuttle.

Strengths: Stocky build (5’11”, 230); falls forward for yardage; surprisingly quick in game; tough, physical runner

Weaknesses: Injury concerns

Projected Role (Rookie Year): 3rd string RB or practice squad

Potential: Special teams/short yardage back

Round 7, Pick #247: Malachi Dupre, WR, LSU

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Accomplishments: 2014 SEC All-Freshman selection

While his numbers are not extremely impressive (career totals of 98 receptions, 1,609 yards and 14 TDs over 3 seasons) Dupre showed a lot of versatility at LSU, playing multiple wide receiver position. Inconsistent quarterback play did not help his cause in terms of overall production or award recognition, as he was not voted to either the first-team or second-team in the SEC during his career. A former high school state champion in triple jump, long jump and high jump, Dupre will likely rely primarily on his athleticism and deep ball skills in order to make the Packers roster come August.

Strengths: Athleticism (39.5 vertical jump; 135 inch broad jump); Size (6’2”, 196); big play potential (22.7 YPC freshman year with 5 touchdowns on 14 catches)

Weaknesses: Needs to become faster off the ball; short/intermediate route skills need to improve, primarily a vertical receiver

Projected Role (Rookie Year): 5th receiver/special teams

Potential: 2nd or 3rd receiver


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