GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The Green Bay Packers selected Colorado offensive tackle David Bakhtiari with the 109th pick, Cornell offensive tackle J.C. Tretter with the 122nd pick and UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin with the 125th pick on Saturday in the fourth round of the NFL draft.
The Packers, who acquired the 109th selection from New Orleans through Miami, added Bakhtiari and Tretter to help protect their biggest investment, quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who signed a five-year contract extension on Friday.
The 6-foot-4, 299-pound Bakhtiari started 33 of 34 games for the Buffaloes, 22 at left tackle and 11 at right tackle. Bakhtiari entered the draft after his junior year and allowed just 5 1/2 sacks and only 11 quarterback pressures in three seasons at Colorado.
With their second pick of the fourth round, the Packers selected another offensive tackle, this time an Ivy League big man.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The Green Bay Packers selected Iowa cornerback Micah Hyde with the 159th pick and Mississippi State defensive lineman Josh Boyd with the 167th pick on Saturday in the fifth round of the NFL draft.
After using four of their first five picks of the draft on offense, the Packers dedicated their two fifth-round picks to their 3-4 defensive scheme.
Hyde finished his career at Iowa with 240 tackles and eight interceptions after starting 38 consecutive games for the Hawkeyes. At 6-foot, 197 pounds, Hyde ran a 4.56 in the 40 at the combine.
Green Bay used its compensatory pick at No. 167 on a run stuffer. Boyd, 6-foot-3, 300 pounds, amassed 33 tackles, 1 1/2 sacks and 2 1/2 tackles for loss as a senior. He played in 51 games in his career for the Bulldogs and had a team defensive line high of 51 tackles during his junior season.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The Green Bay Packers selected Illinois State linebacker Nate Palmer with the 193rd overall selection of the NFL draft on Saturday.
Palmer, 6-foot-3, 240 pounds, started all 24 of Illinois State's games over the past two seasons at defensive end. However, the Packers list Palmer as a linebacker.
Palmer registered 117 tackles, 17 sacks and 25 1/2 tackles for loss in his final two seasons and was named all-Missouri Valley Football Conference second-team selection both years. As a senior, Palmer was fourth in the conference with 7 1/2 sacks and also added 27 quarterback hurries.
After using their first three picks on Saturday on offense, the Packers dedicated the next three to the defensive side of the ball.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The Green Bay Packers selected Grand Valley State wide receiver Charles Johnson with the 216th pick, Maryland wide receiver Kevin Dorsey with the 224th pick and South Florida linebacker Sam Barrington with the 232nd pick in the seventh round of the NFL draft.
The Packers had three picks Saturday in a span of 17 overall selections.
Johnson, 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, had 2,229 yards receiving and 31 touchdowns during his two seasons with the Lakers. Dorsey is a 6-foot-2 receiver who had 45 catches for 573 yards and three touchdowns as a junior and followed that up with just 18 receptions for 311 yards and four scores in his senior season.
Barrington started 36 of 49 games during his career and amassed 258 tackles and 6 1/2 sacks.
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