With their second fourth round pick (#137 overall), the Green Bay Packers select Dean Lowry, DE, Northwestern.
MEASURABLES / COMBINE:
6'6", 296 lbs, 4.87 40 yd, 32.5" vertical, 114" broad jump, 7.26 second 3 cone, 4.38 20 yd shuttle
Lowry stayed in-state to play at Northwestern for head coach Pat Fitzgerald. "Lunch pail" guy who brings tremendous effort on every snap. Lowry is a very good athlete. A sub-4.9 40 in addition to a 32.5" inch vert is very impressive for a 6'6" 296 pound man. Lowry consistently made plays in the backfield, including a team record 6 tackles for loss against Nebraska.
CBSSports.com: An impact player since arriving on campus, Lowry quietly improved every season, culminating with a consensus second team All-Big Ten senior year in which he ranked second on the team with 13.5 tackles for loss.
While he did not have a truly standout seasons on the national stage, he did earn an invitation to the Shrine Game, where he was a standout during practices.
"I feel like I'm playing my best football right now," Lowry said in November. "I can't really say I've had excellent years in previous years that put me on the radar. I think I'm just getting better each season, and that's what I've done so far."
As a junior, Lowry recorded 4.0 sacks, eight tackles for loss and 41 total tackles. He also finished second on the team with eight pass break-ups, using his size and wingspan to obstruct passing lanes and knock down throws at the line of scrimmage.
He started nine games in 2013, finishing second on the team with 7.0 tackles for loss and third with 4.5 sacks. Lowry was one of four freshmen to crack the Wildcats' lineup in 2012, recording 14 tackles, 3.0 TFL and six QB hurries in 13 games as a reserve.
COMMENTARY: Lowry has a chance to be the tall 5 tech that the Packers have been lacking basically since the inception of their 3-4 defense. He's a borderline-freak athlete. There is certainly a chance that he can provide the Packers snaps from both the defensive line and the edge. After the loss of BJ Raji, the Packers DL has been re-stocked with talent.
Lowry consistently operates in the opposing backfield, though it didn't always translate directly into big sack totals for the Big Ten product. Lowry's midwestern attitude is sure to make him a fan favorite in Green Bay sooner rather than later. The Packers were able to draft two distinct body types in Lowry and first round pick Kenny Clark. The big knock on Lowry is relatively short 31" arms, so despite being 6'6", Lowry is not necessarily "long".
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