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Packers Calendar: Third and Final Day of the NFL Draft

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Packers Calendar: Third and Final Day of the NFL Draft

On Saturday, rounds four through seven of the NFL Draft take place at Radio City Music Hall in New York City with television coverage starting at 11:00 a.m. CT on both the NFL Network and ESPN.

The Green Bay Packers own five draft choices, one in every round plus a compensatory selection in the fifth round, of course assuming they don't make any trades. But there isn't a draft under Ted Thompson that goes by without Thompson making some sort of deal.

Undrafted free agency also begins the moment the draft ends, in which the Packers will sign roughly a dozen or so players to fill out the remainder of their 90-man offseason roster.

Here's a couple of my favorite players at each position that are still available:

  • Quarterback Keith Wenning, Ball State—Wenning led his team to bowl games in each of the past two years. He's a terrific leader with ideal size and sufficient arm strength to be successful at the next level. Seems like the type of player that would thrive under the tutelage of Mike McCarthy.
  • Running back Trey Millard, Oklahoma—In my opinion, the best fullback in this year's draft class. If the Packers want to find John Kuhn's eventual replacement, Millard is one player that can both block and be a reliable ball carrier and receiver.
  • Wide receiver Mike Davis, Texas—The Packers already got a strong, red-zone threat of a wide receiver in Davante Adams. If they're going to add another one, it would be nice to have one that can stretch the field but still have sufficient height like Davis.
  • Tight end Jordan Najvar, Baylor—It seems unlikely the Packers would add another tight end in the draft, but if they did, Najvar's 6' 6" height would be attractive. He showed on the all-star game circuit that there's a spot for him in the NFL.
  • Offensive lineman Dakota Dozier, Furman—Dozier played left tackle at Furman, but projects as an interior offensive lineman in the NFL, perhaps even center. He's smart and more than held his own at the East-West Shrine Game.
  • Defensive lineman Caraun Reid, Princeton—In Khyri Thornton, the Packers got a strong disruptor along the defensive line. But if they want a player that can get after the quarterback as an interior pass rusher, Reid is that kind of guy.
  • Inside linebacker Carl Bradford, Arizona State—I thought Bradford could go as early as late second round. He's got a great motor and at his size, he could be the thumper the Packers have been missing at inside linebacker since the days of Desmond Bishop.
  • Outside linebacker Michael Sam, Missouri—Obviously there will be a ton of attention on the first openly gay player in the NFL, but for a guy that has nearly 34-inch arms and has good acceleration off the football, Sam will make a good late-round project.
  • Cornerback Pierre Desir, Lindenwood—At 6' 1", Desir brings good length to the cornerback position, and would be in a good position to learn for a year in Green Bay after coming from a small college. He wouldn't be expected to contribute immediately outside of perhaps special teams.
  • Safety Antone Exum, Virginia Tech—Arguably a cornerback, Exum can play probably play either position. He's falling because a couple injuries that impacted his senior season, but when Exum was healthy as a junior, he was one of the best cornerbacks in all of college football.
  • Specialist Nate Freese, Boston College—The Packers won't draft a specialist, but if they want to bring one to training camp to keep Mason Crosby honest, Freese's better than 90 percent field-goal percentage the past two seasons is a highly desirable trait.
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