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October 19 2017, 11:45 | Perry Erickson
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Vince Biegel often fantasized about playing for his beloved Green Bay Packers.
The mass of Eagles fans gathered at the draft overwhelmingly cheered the selection of Jones, who was considered a first-round lock until he suffered a torn Achilles during UW's Pro Day workout on March 11. Even if cornerbacks Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins - the team's top two draft picks in 2015 - bounce back next year, the concussion-related release of veteran Sam Shields in the offseason meant the Packers had a hole to fill in their secondary. "I don't know. This is a hard business", Thompson said. "I wore a cheesehead, and I was probably the most Wisconsin kid you could be". In nine months we'll find out if the players selected by the Green Bay Packers were the missing links to another Lombardi Trophy, but in the meantime let's take a look at who they drafted. Not only that, King is impressively quick with 40-yard speed in the 4.4 range.
He could be a replacement for Micah Hyde, who excelled in a cornerback-safety role the past four seasons before leaving in free agency for Buffalo.
The new daddy gives Green Bay's defensive line more than just a big body.
He earned second-team All-Big Ten honors last season. Getting a consistent effort out of Adams will be vital, however. The Packers defense needs to be more physical, and King's size could help them do that.
Most notable was a concentration on running backs, including Oklahoma's highly productive Samaje Perine to Washington, Utah's Joe Williams to San Francisco, NCAA record setter Donnel Pumphrey of San Diego State to Philadelphia, Wayne Gallman of national champion Clemson to the Giants and South Florida's Marlon Mack to Indianapolis. He ranks seventh in school history with 6.1 yards per carry. "A one-two punch, or three headed or four headed monster with they backs they already have, I'm just excited to get up there".
A first-team Pac-12 selection in 2016 and Sports Illustrated and Football Writers second team All-America pick, Jones had three interceptions last season and made 145 tackles, eight interceptions and six forced fumbles in 40 career games as a Husky. He left college as the FBS career leader in rushing yards.
Jones fell into a ideal situation with the storied Packers organization, playing along side a potential future Hall of Fame quarterback in Aaron Rogers, and joins a young backfield competition with no clear leader sitting months away from training camp.
Williams enters the National Football League after a record-breaking season where he became the school's career rushing leader with 726 carries and 3,901 yards.
The two-year starter at left tackle projects to play guard at the next level.
Green Bay needed to bring a talented body into camp to push these incumbents for the starting jobs, and King fits the bill. He built his most successful teams with his knack for brilliant third-round selections (Antonio Freeman, Brian Williams, William Henderson, Robert Brooks) and late-draft gems (Mark Chmura, Dorsey Levens, Marco Rivera, Adam Timmerman, Mark Tauscher). Michael played just two seasons with the Seahawks before being waived, putting up 254 rushing yards in the process.
Developmental prospect joins a crowded position. "The further I got through the process, the more I wasn't anxious about it".