With their first two selections in the seventh round, the Packers added a pair of offensive skill players in Northern Illinois quarterback Chandler Harnish and Massachusetts H-back Emil Igwenagu.
Harnish was selected with the 17th pick in the seventh round that came from the New York Jets in the trade for offensive lineman Caleb Schlauderaff.
The Huskies quarterback would compete for the backup job with Graham Harrell behind starter Aaron Rodgers, but realistically Harnish is a developmental quarterback.
The running skills of Harnish and his ability to make plays with his legs is reminiscent of Rodgers, but as far as passing goes, he has a long ways to go.
Any such quarterback the Packers draft will hopefully benefit from the tutelage of Rodgers as well as head coach Mike McCarthy’s offseason quarterback camp. Harnish has raw skills worth developing and could possibly become a starter in the NFL with time, patience, repetitions and coaching.
The best description of Igwenagu is probably H-back as he’s versatile enough to play fullback and tight end and has experience handling the football.
His selection was made with the injury to John Kuhn in mind and could fill the fullback role if Kuhn comes back slowly.
Though Igwenagu comes from an FCS school, he impressed at the East-West Shrine Game. He was a team captain, played some linebacker early in his college career and is a perfect special teams candidate.
The Packers #MockFour draft so far…
1.28––Alabama linebacker Dont’a Hightower
2.28––Clemson defensive lineman Brandon Thompson
3.28––Cincinnati defensive lineman Derek Wolfe
4.28––Baylor center Philip Blake
4.37––Tempe running back Bernard Pierce
4.38––LSU cornerback Ron Brooks
5.28––Missouri outside linebacker Jacquies Smith
6.28––Arkansas State safety Kelcie McCray
7.17––Northern Illinois quarterback Chandler Harnish
7.28––Massachusetts H-back Emil Igwenagu