Packers draft multiple offensive lineman, bulk up defense on day three of the NFL Draft

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2020, file photo, Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst...
FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2020, file photo, Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)(Michael Conroy | AP)
Published: May. 1, 2021 at 2:51 PM CDT
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - The Packers entered day three of the NFL Draft with six picks, using them to select multiple offensive lineman and fill out the defense.

They made three picks already entering the day, with their first round pick in cornerback Eric Stokes, the second round pick being center Josh Meyers and the third round pick in wide receiver Amari Rodgers.

The Packers owned picks No. 142 (fourth round), No. 173 (fifth round), No. 178 (fifth round), No. 214 (sixth round), No. 220 (sixth round), No. 256 (seventh round).

4th round: Royce Newman, OT Ole Miss

With their fourth round pick selection, the Packers decided to beef up the offensive line a little bit more by taking offensive tackle Royce Newman out of Ole Miss. Newman shifted over to right tackle in 2020 after playing left guard previously in his career. He was the highest-graded run-blocker, according to the Ole Miss coaching staff. He will slide into the offensive line with the departures of Corey Linsley and Billy Turner, and will join second round pick Josh Meyers as two rookies on the line.

5th round: Tedarrell Slaton, DT, Florida and Shemar Jean-Charles, CB, Appalachian State

The Packers decided to focus on defense in the fifth round, focusing on the line and the defensive backs.

Slaton had some weight fluctuation issues and suspensions at Florida. Before college, he was a coveted offensive line prospect but decided to switch to the defensive side of the ball when arriving in Gainesville. In one season as a starter, he accumulated 1.5 sacks with 38 tackles

As last season’s NFC Championship proved, the cornerback position was a week one for Green Bay outside of pro-bowler Jaire Alexander. Jean-Charles isn’t the most gifted athletically, but his football IQ is evident in breaking up 16 passes last season, which led all of FBS. He will join Stokes as two defensive backs taken in this draft.

6th round: Cole Van Lanen, OT, Wisconsin and Isaiah McDuffie, LB, Boston College

The Packers go with a Wisconsin native and a former Badger in Cole Van Lanen. The Bay Port product started at left tackle in Green Bay in 2019 and 2020. He was named as first-team All Big Ten after the 2020 season.

McDuffie played four seasons in Boston College, posting a career-best season in 2020 with 107 tackles and three sacks. He was named to the All-ACC second team after that season.

7th round: Kylin Hill, RB, Mississippi State

After losing Jamaal Williams in free agency this offseason, the Packers add another back in Kylin Hill. Hill ran for 2,525 yards in his four-year college career with 16 touchdowns. He is a noted “grinder,” using power to plow through defenders.

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