The Green Bay Packers announced the signing of their second pick from the second round of last month’s NFL draft late Friday afternoon.
Josh Jones, the 61st overall pick, will be used in a variety of roles in defensive coordinator Dom Capers' defense. While Jones was considered a safety at North Carolina State, the Packers wasted no time in giving him reps at linebacker when he took the field two weeks ago during rookie orientation camp.
Jones possesses a prototypical combination of size and speed, coming in at 6-2 and 220 pounds. He ran a 4.4 second 40-yard dash at the scouting combine.
He is one of several draft picks that will be expected to improve the Packers' dismal pass defense, which ranked 31st in the league last year, or second to last.
The rookie safety becomes the seventh member of the Packers' draft class to sign with the team. Previously, the Packers announced the signing of second-round cornerback Kevin King, wide receiver DeAngelo Yancey and running back Aaron Jones (both fifth-round selections), guard Kofi Amichia (sixth round) and their two seventh-round picks, running back Devante Mays and wide receiver Malachi Dupre.
The draft picks who are not signed are defensive lineman Montravius Adams (third round) and their two fourth-round picks, linebacker Vince Biegel and running back Jamaal Williams.