Green Bay Packers: Pack drafts Wisconsin's Vince Biegel in the 4th Round

Ross Houston
May 12, 2017

The Broncos took Green Bay's original fifth-round slot at No. 172, and the Packers picked up an extra seventh-rounder, No. 238.

The Green Bay Packers selected Washington cornerback Kevin King with the first pick of the second round.

The addition of the 6-foot-3, 200-pound King, whom the team considered picking at No. 29, was more than just taking the best player available.

Randall was a first-round draft pick in 2015, while Rollins was taken in the second round that season.

Thompson's first two draft picks clearly demonstrated his desire to bolster Green Bay's secondary, and his third-round choice suggested a larger goal of simply making the defense faster.

"We feel like we accomplished some things", Thompson said of the 10-player class, tied for the fifth-largest of his tenure.

Green Bay was 31st in pass defense last season and received high interest in the No. 33 pick. Jones had been projected to be taken in the first round earlier this year, in many cases ahead of his teammates from the UW secondary, but an Achilles injury suffered during Washington's pro day required surgery, putting his 2017 season in jeopardy and severely impacting his draft stock. Though they have two established starters at the position in Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Morgan Burnett, Jones helps to replace utility man Micah Hyde, who departed in free agency. Green Bay - desperate for a healthy running back - signed him nearly immediately and in March re-signed him for 2017 after he showed some burst sharing carries with Montgomery in six regular-season and three playoff games. "I think he had his own identity", Highsmith said.

The running back room now features rookies Jones and Williams, as well as Ty Montgomery and Christine Michael. Jones might also be able to play a hybrid safety-linebacker role similar to the one that veteran Morgan Burnett filled last season.

In fact, the Packers might be the last team in the entire league that should be drafting a quarterback. That changed in 2014 when the general manager selected wide receiver Jared Abbrederis in the fourth round, his first Badger pick.

"The reason we were doing some of that trading was we felt like the board was strong enough to absorb it", Thompson said. "I have great size to play in the box, great speed to play back deep". It could be that a team sees an opportunity to maybe trade up and get a player they didn't think they could get and maybe it's again a trade that works well for us.

"I'm very versatile", Jones said.

The final pick isn't a stranger to Lambeau Field.

The only other time the Packers dropped out of the first round on Thompson's watch came in 2008. Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below!

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