2017 NFL draft: Green Bay Packers picks
The Green Bay Packers entered the NFL draft April 27-29 with eight selections, including one compensatory pick in the fifth round.
After a couple of trades, they ended up selecting 10 players, including two in the fourth, two in the fifth and two in the seventh.
Following is a look at the Packers draftees, along with links to what scouts told Bob McGinn about them before the draft.
Traded No. 29 to the Cleveland Browns for pick No. 33 (second round) and pick No. 108 (fourth round).
ROUND 2: No. 33 overall (from Browns)
THE PICK: KEVIN KING, CB, WASHINGTON
AGE: 21 HT: 6-3 WT: 198 40-yard dash: 4.43 HOMETOWN: Oakland, Calif.
LOWDOWN: Caught the attention of personnel people everywhere with a terrific combine performance. Ran the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds; 39 ½-inch vertical leap and 26 on the Wonderlic. He posted the fastest time among cornerbacks in both the 3-cone drill and the 20-yard shuttle. “Was not highly rated until the combine,” said one scout. “When people saw how he ran and moved around his stock went up.” Started 34 games during a four-year career at Washington and played multiple positions — perimeter corner, slot corner and safety. Spent the final two seasons at cornerback and made honorable mention All-Pac-12 in 2015. Finished his career with 165 tackles, six interceptions and 28 PBUs. “I'm a man coverage type of guy,” King said at the combine. “We played man a lot, we had the personnel to do it, and the coaches trusted us to do it. I got comfortable with it. We mixed up a little zone in there too, and I can play in whatever scheme they put me in.” Immediately becomes the tallest and fastest cornerback on the roster among players contending for starting reps. Tallest cornerback in recent memory for the Packers. “It’s a blessing to be able to move like that and be at my size,” King said. “I just try and use it to my advantage." MORE: What the scouts were saying | Related story
ROUND 2: No. 61 overall
THE PICK: JOSH JONES, S, NC STATE
HT: 6-1 ½ WT: 221 40-yard dash: 4.40 HOMETOWN: Walled Lake, Mich.
LOWDOWN: Ran the 40-yard dash in 4.40 seconds, the fastest combine dash on the Packers defense. Had a 37½ inch vertical and 11-0 broad jump. Got 20 reps on the bench press. Arms are 32 inches, 2-hands are 9 3⁄8. Scored 17 on the Wonderlic. Honorable Mention All-ACC, he started all 13 games in 2016 and finished with 109 tackles. His eight career interceptions in three seasons were more than any undergraduate safety drafted in first three rounds. Had 71 career interception return yards and no touchdowns. Versatility is his strength. Able to play box linebacker in nickel and traditional safety. “I have great size to play in the box, great speed to back deep. So I’m just excited to get to work as soon as possible,” he said. Packers like his ability to tackle in box and skill in coverage. “He’s a very good tackler in space and in the box,” director of pro personnel Brian Gutekunst said. “He’s one of those guys at NC State you’ll see they drop him in there, kind of play a will linebacker and he’ll shoot the gap and take on the big guys inside and has no problem doing that. And when he’s back in the back end and he’s got to get the speed guys he has no problem with that either.” MORE: What the scouts were saying | Related story
ROUND 3: No. 93 overall
THE PICK: MONTRAVIOUS ADAMS, DT, AUBURN
AGE: 21 HT: 6-3 1/2 WT: 304 40-yard dash: 4.81 HOMETOWN: Vienna, Ga.
LOWDOWN: Ran the 40-yard dash in 4.87 seconds. Said he took the Wonderlic twice, scoring 13 the first time and 21 the second. Started 52 games at Auburn, which was the second-highest total on the team. Made 26 straight starts, which was third on the team and first among defensive players. Finished with 151 career tackles. Was an All-SEC first-team selection by the Associated Press as a senior. Had six tackles, including two for a loss, against LSU. Had a sack and three quarterback hurries against Texas A&M. Was a five-star recruit while at Dooly County High School, where he recorded 127 total tackles and 7½ sacks as a senior to lead his team to the Dooly County Class A state title game. “He has got good size, but he’s also tremendously quick and explosive at the line of scrimmage,” Packers general manager Ted Thompson said. “He has been a good player. Very much recommended by the staff there.” MORE: What the scouts were saying | Related story
ROUND 4: No. 108 overall (from Browns)
THE PICK: Vince Biegel, OLB, Wisconsin
AGE: 23 HT: 6-3 WT: 245 40-yard dash: 4.69 HOMETOWN: From Wisconsin Rapids.
LOWDOWN: Runs the 40-yard dash in 4.69 seconds. Redshirted in 2012, backed up in 2013 and started 38 of 39 games played from 2014-16. “I could tell he was a leader the moment he walked on the field at pro day,” said Alonzo Highsmith, the Packers’ senior personnel executive. “You could tell he has passion for the game … he’s a good pass rusher. He has a knack for getting to the quarterback. He’s got speed and tenacity.” Finished with 191 tackles (39 ½ for loss), 21 ½ sacks and 3 forced fumbles. “The strength of my game is my motor and working hard,” Biegel said. “I’ll bring that and then some to Green Bay. I’ll have a chip on my shoulder. I want to earn the respect of my teammates.” Vertical jump of 33 1/2 inches, broad jump of 9-10 and 21 reps on the 225-pound bench press. Arms measured 32 3/8 inches, hands were 9 1/8 inches. Was the 14th 3-4 outside linebacker selected. Highsmith expected Biegel to be drafted Friday. “He’s quick, athletic, very flexible,” said Highsmith. “I’ve done this for 19 years. I always watch how guys approach the game. I was very impressed with him.” Scored 23 on the 12-minute, 50-question Wonderlic intelligence test. Suffered a broken foot in October, underwent surgery and was back after missing two games. Father, Rocky, played LB at Brigham Young. Grandfather, Ken Biegel, was a Hall of Fame head coach at Manawa, New London and Wisconsin Rapids high schools. “To be able to live this out, I am incredibly blessed,” said Biegel. Will be married July 1. Over-aged; Will turn 24 in July. Agent is Carter Chow. MORE: What the scouts were saying | Related story
ROUND 4: No. 134 overall
THE PICK: Jamaal Williams, RB, BYU
AGE: 22 HT: 6-0 WT: 215 40-yard dash: 4.54 HOMETOWN: From Fontana, Calif. (Summit High School).
LOWDOWN: Started eight of 13 games as a true freshman in 2012, carrying 166 times for 775 yards (4.7) and catching 27 passes for 315. Featured back in 2013, started again in ’14 before suffering a torn ACL and LCL. Withdrew from school in 2015 after being hit with a one-game suspension for violating the BYU honor code. He said it was being caught with a woman in his room. Returned to start nine of 10 games as a senior, missing several games with ankle injuries. “He’s a guy that can hammer ‘em,” said Jon-Eric Sullivan, the team’s director of college scouting. “It takes a toll on a defense. We were a little bit surprised he was still there.” Finished with 726 rushes for 3,901 (5.4) and 35 touchdowns. Also caught 60 passes for 567 (9.5) and 1 TD. “Aggressive, downhill runner,” Sullivan said. “Built to last. He complements the guy we already have (Ty Montgomery) here. He’s all football. Up here in the elements, he’ll be a good fit for us.” Vertical jump of 33, broad jump of 10-3 and 18 reps on the bench. Arms were 31 1/4, has big hands (10). “I feel I can be a workhorse,” said Williams. “I felt Green Bay would be a good spot for me. They really don’t have a lot of backs.” Wonderlic of 20. Agent is Leigh Steinberg. MORE: What the scouts were saying | Related story
ROUND 5: No. 172 overall (traded to Broncos for No. 175 and a seventh-round pick, No. 238)
ROUND 5: No. 175 overall (from Broncos)
THE PICK: Deangelo Yancey, WR, Purdue
AGE: 22 HT: 6-1½ WT: 200 40-yard dash: 4.52 HOMETOWN: Atlanta (Mays High School)
LOWDOWN: Started 36 of 47 games, including five in 2013, seven in 2014 and 12 each in 2015-16. Made senior season his best, catching 49 passes for 951 (19.4) and 10 TDs. Made All-Big Ten second team. “Big, strong guy,” said Eliot Wolf, the team’s director of football operations. “Excellent hands. Good speed. He plays much faster than the 4.5.” Finished with 141 receptions for 2,344 (16.6) and 20 TDs. “Really confident player,” Wolf said. “Sometimes with guys that don’t get invited to the combine you don’t always see that. I thought he was a player from day one.” Vertical jump of 35½, broad jump of 10-1 and an outstanding 21 reps on the bench. “I feel I can separate downfield and I have great ball skills,” said Yancey. “I had no idea (if he’d be drafted). I knew I’d have a chance to go free agent if I didn’t.” Green Bay was one of about 10 pre-draft visits. Arms were 32¼, hands were 9¾. Wonderlic of 12. Agent is Sam Leaf. MORE: What the scouts were saying | Related story
ROUND 5: No. 182 overall (compensatory pick)
THE PICK: Aaron Jones, RB, UTEP
AGE: 22 HT: 5-9½ WT: 208 40-yard dash: 4.58 HOMETOWN: El Paso (Burges High School).
LOWDOWN: UTEP’s all-time leading rusher, breaking John Harvey’s 28-year-old record. Started six games as a true freshman in 2013, 12 games in ’14 and two games in ’15 before suffering a season-ending ankle injury that required surgery. After a DUI arrest in February 2016, he enjoyed his finest season as a fourth-year junior. “He’s really fast,” said Wolf. “He consistently beat the angles of the safety.” Finished with 658 carries for 4,114 (6.3) and 33 TDs to go with 71 receptions for 646. Nine career fumbles. “I think I have great balance,” said Jones. “Mix of power and speed. I catch the ball well out of the backfield.” Vertical jump of 37½, broad jump of 10-7 and 16 reps on the bench. “He (Jamaal Williams) is more of a big back,” said Jones. “I’m a little bit faster than he is and I can catch the ball out of the backfield. I did it all. Check-downs, screens, corners.” Arms were 32½, hands were 9½. Played freshman season on the Miners’ basketball team after gaining all-El Paso city honors in high school. Wonderlic of 19. Comes from a military family; lived in Germany from age 2 to 5. Agent is Leigh Steinberg. MORE: What the scouts were saying | Related story
ROUND 6: No. 212 overall
THE PICK: Kofi Amichia, C/G, South Florida
AGE 22 HT: 6-3½ WT: 308 40-yard dash: 4.98 HOMETOWN: Riverdale, Ga. (McEachern High School)
LOWDOWN: Backup in 2013. Started two of four games at RT in 2014 and all 26 games at LT the past two seasons. “James Campen (offensive line coach) does a great job of taking linemen and moving them,” GM Ted Thompson said. “Tackles to guards, guards to center. We’ve had a lot of success with that.” Highly athletic testing numbers at Bulls’ pro day. Vertical jump of 33½ and broad jump of 9-6, but just 22 reps on the bench. “My strength is my athleticism,” Amichia said. “My suddenness off the ball. Being able to identify tendencies of the defense. I have the feeling that nobody can stop me.” Arms were 33¾, hands were a good-sized 10 1/8. He played mostly center for two years as a backup but also practiced some at guard. Visited Green Bay before the draft, and was told it was as a center-guard. He said most teams viewed him as a guard. Played last season between 290 and 295, went up to 304 at pro day and is 308 now. “In the NFL nobody is playing at 290,” said Amichia. “I took the initiative to gain weight … by eating right.” Wonderlic of 31. In December, he earned degree in information technology. Parents are natives of Ghana. Agent is Austin Atkinson. MORE: What the scouts were saying | Related story
ROUND 7: No. 238 overall (from Broncos)
THE PICK: Devante Mays, RB, Utah State
AGE 22. HT: 5-10½ WT: 230 40-yard dash: 4.51 HOMETOWN: Livingston, Texas
LOWDOWN: Played at Tyler (Texas) Junior College in 2013 and Blinn (Texas) Junior College in ’14. Started six of 13 games in ‘15, carrying 165 times for 966 (5.9) and 9 TDs. As a senior, he started two of six games in ’16 before a knee injury ended his season. “He does a nice job of sitting down on his runs,” Thompson said. “His butt’s almost on the ground.” Suffered a sprained MCL and high-ankle sprain in Game 2. Returned later in the season only to suffer reinjury. “I had really big plans of doing great things,” Mays said. “Second game it took a huge turn. I was never really able to overcome the injury. Everything went down the drain.” Finished with 202 carries for 1,225 (6.1) and 12 TDs. Just two receptions for 17 yards. “I catch the ball well,” said Mays. “Obviously, that’s a big question because that hasn’t been on display at Utah State.” Workout warrior: vertical jump was 40 ½, broad jump of 10-9. Bench-pressed 22 times. “The injury knocked me off a lot of people’s radar,” Mays said. “I wasn’t able to show people what I can do. I think I’ll surprise a lot of people.” Arms were 31 ¾; tiny hands (8 5/8). Coach Mike McCarthy said the new draft picks at RB all were three-down players. Wonderlic of 18. Agent is David Lee. MORE: What the scouts were saying | Related story
ROUND 7: No. 247 overall
THE PICK: Malachi Dupre, WR, LSU
AGE: 21 HT: 6-2½ WT: 194 40-yard dash: 4.50 HOMETOWN: New Orleans (Curtis High School)
LOWDOWN: Played extensively as a true freshman in 2014 before starting the past two years. Finished with 98 receptions for 1,609 (16.4) and 14 TDs. “Good-sized guy,” Thompson said. “Kind of a home-run hitter.” Tremendous testing numbers: vertical jump of 39½, broad jump of 11-3. Bench-pressed 11 times. “The best part of my game is I can play inside and outside,” said Dupre. “I’m a guy that’s smart. I can recognize defenses.” Arms were 31 ½, hands were small (9). Renounced his final year of eligibility to enter the draft, and then almost wasn’t drafted. “First and foremost, I feel ready to take the next step mentally and physically,” Dupre said. “I never had second thoughts. I know I can have impact in the NFL. I can’t wait to show everyone what I can do. It was a very long day. I’m very thankful to the Packers’ organization for picking me.” Wonderlic of 22. Agent is Rocky Arceneaux. MORE: What the scouts were saying | Related story