Packers Make Seven Selections on Final Day of Draft


At the risk of simplifying things too much, the Packers’ primary accomplishments in the 2017 NFL Draft can be boiled down to these.

They made themselves potentially more dynamic on defense, and they loaded up at running back.

When Green Bay added outside linebacker Vince Biegel with the first pick on Saturday in the fourth round, it was a fourth consecutive selection on the defensive side of the ball, which needed the most attention following last season’s run to the NFC title game.

“His play style jumps off the video at you,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said of Biegel. “He’s a really good leverage player. You look at his background, the wrestling and so forth, he’s an excellent fit at that position.”

There’s been nothing stagnant about the Packers’ running back position since last season, and it continued to evolve on Saturday with three draft picks added to the mix.

While McCarthy declared Ty Montgomery the definitive leader of the bunch – “He will be our starter,” he said – the head coach believes BYU’s Jamaal Williams, UTEP’s Aaron Jones, and Utah State’s Devante Mays “can play three downs.”

More to the point, the increased depth and competition were absolute necessities.

The Packers were caught short last year when Eddie Lacy and James Starks both went down with injuries, accelerating Montgomery’s conversion from receiver and leading to waiver-wire additions and practice-squad promotions throughout the year.

The three running backs, chosen in the fourth, fifth, and seventh rounds, were part of a six-player draft run on offense to fill out Green Bay’s class, following the four defensive picks to open.

The offensive additions also included sixth-round South Florida lineman Kofi Amichia, who’s expected to convert from tackle to guard, and a pair of receivers in Purdue’s DeAngelo Yancey and LSU’s Malachi Dupre, taken in the fifth and seventh rounds, respectively.

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