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Green Bay Packers draft review

Green Bay Packers draft review

1 (12). Rashan Gary, DE: 6-4, 277, Michigan

1 (21). Darnell Savage Jr., S: 5-11, 198, Maryland

2 (44). Elgton Jenkins, C: 6-5, 310, Mississippi St.

3 (75). Jace Sternberger, TE: 6-4, 251, Texas A&M

5 (150). Kingsley Keke, DE: 6-3, 288, Texas A&M

6 (185). Ka’dar Hollman, CB: 6-0, 196, Toledo

6 (194). Dexter Williams, RB: 5-11, 212, Notre Dame

7 (226). Ty Summers, LB: 6-1, 241, TCU

Grade: C
Green Bay found plenty of talent. Gary is a top-five athlete, Savage is electric and versatile, and Jenkins and Sternberger could contribute early. Keke has some interior pass-rush ability, and Williams should earn a spot in the backfield rotation. Still, the Packers really could have used a wideout and a developmental offensive tackle. Add in the risk with Gary’s so-so production and this is a wait-and-see class.

Best pick: An eventual replacement for Jimmy Graham, Sternberger was a great get midway through Round 3. He’s not as twitchy as Travis Kelce, but he’s an excellent route-runner with speed to threaten the seam and split out wide. He’s also a willing blocker, though he must get stronger.

Upside pick: Gary’s gifts are well documented, but they didn’t translate play-after-play at Michigan. How will coordinator Mike Pettine use him? At outside linebacker? At 5-technique, or 3-technique? A stand-up joker rusher on third downs? The sky is the limit if he’s deployed properly.

–Field Level Media

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