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Packers select Dean Lowry in the 2016 NFL Draft, round four

Packers select Dean Lowry in the 2016 NFL Draft, round four

With their second fourth round pick (#137 overall), the Green Bay Packers select Dean Lowry, DE, Northwestern.


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.

NFL.COM Draft Profile

SCOUTING REPORT: 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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dobber's picture

Height, but has T-Rex arms for a guy his size. Good strength. Might compete at 5-tech.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

This is the first pick in this draft I personally don't care for.

Channon Christian's picture

While I am not sure I agree with you, I admire a fan who's not afraid to question a pick from Thompson.
It seems too many just automatically give him the benefit of the doubt, ignoring the fact that his D-line picks have had plenty of big failures among them:

Kyri Thornton Rd 3
Jerel Worthy Rd 2 (traded UP to take him)
Justin Harrell Rd 1

Plus Mike Neal in Rd 2 was two or three rounds too early. And he failed as a DL, was moved to try OLB.

John Galt III's picture

That was quite a reach as he looked like a 7th rounder. Hope the scouts see something.

RCPackerFan's picture

Packers wouldn't have drafted him if scouts didn't like him.

DrealynWilliams's picture

I'm loving his film. He doesn't offer much moves at all, but he has power, good hustle and a HELLUVA get off for someone near 300-pounds.

al bundy's picture

Ya well there scouts are rocket scientist the last few drafts either. It just seems we have guys already who are better than this that dont seem to get on the field much: pennel, eliot. Just who is this vguy suppose to supplant? Whenyou cant answer that you question the pick. Aint like the packers are deep without needs.

holmesmd's picture

Agree completely completely. TT crapped the bed today with these 2 picks IMO. They must see something I hope?:( SMH

jeremyjjbrown's picture

"probably could have signed him after the draft."

Probably shouldn't have bothered then either...

Where is the tape on this guy doing anything special? I'd love to see some.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

The thing is that this guys does not fit the "Tone of the Defense" story line from Mike McCarthy. He's a 5-technique pusher only. There is no tape I can find on him that fits the goal Mike outlined. Most of the time when the Packers have made a mistake, there is no College tape on the player doing what they ask them to do at the Pro level.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

I'm sure they have. But, I doubt he is some totally different dude in the other games.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

DrealynWilliams Posted some clips of this kid in the Standford game and he was totally disruptive.

I don't have a problem with being wrong, I'm looking forward to seeing him get in the field in Green and Gold.

MarkinMadison's picture

You're not getting perfection at the bottom of the 4th.

HankScorpio's picture

Packers take guys from Stanford and Northwestern with round 4 comp picks. Smart moves.

dobber's picture

Kentrell Brothers off the board in the 5th...

Rossonero's picture

To the Vikings, too. Ugh. I really like Brothers. Short, but a tackling machine.

DrealynWilliams's picture

Like DJ Smith, right?

Evan's picture

Trevor Davis. 6'1". 190 lbs. 4.4 speed. Return abilities. I'm down.

DrealynWilliams's picture

This you're ok with?

Evan's picture


DrealynWilliams's picture

How would you grade each of TT's first 5 picks so far? A through F.

Evan's picture

Oh jeez.

1. Clark: Position: A Player: A- Overall: A
2. Spiggs: Position: B- Player: B+ Overall: B
3. Fackrell Position: A Player: B+ Overall: A-
4. Martinez: Position: A Player: B- Overall: B
4. Lowry: Position: B Player: No idea (nice size) Overall: C
5. Davis: Position: C Player: B Overall: C+

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

Evan, you are braver than I am. We are all saving screen shots.

Evan's picture

Ha. Those are all gut reactions. Don't hold me to any of those.

DrealynWilliams's picture

@Reynoldo Good idea. Get those shots! Lol

Evan's picture

Overall grade: A+ (I trust Ted)

DrealynWilliams's picture

I could've sworn you didn't like 2 or 3 of those pick. Maybe it was someone else. That's why I started with "this one you're ok with?".

Evan's picture

Going OT so high was my biggest complaint, but I didn't hate it or dislike Spiggs specifically - hence the B- for the position. Everything else I liked generally.

DrealynWilliams's picture

Cool. It must have been someone else then. They didn't like the 2nd, 3rd or 4th at all.

Evan's picture

Ah. Def not me.

tm_inter's picture

I like Trevor Davis. He's got big 10" hands and good speed, and did a lot of kickoff returns and punt returns in college.

dobber's picture

I'll repost this here...

Otherwise, I'm not too hip to this pick.

tm_inter's picture
John Galt III's picture

Vikings get the German WR MoBo.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

I do not know anything about Lowry or Davis. No time to watch tape (company coming over soon). I do know that there were players I still had a high regard for - Brown, Duarte, Adams. Davis in particular is a head scratcher - where will we put him? PS for a year? Watched TM´s highlights despite company. Well, maybe he can learn the playbook and how to run routes.

Miisbigsur's picture

Wow, Ted really likes the Pac-12. The write up for Davis on does not seem very impressive. I've come around on the Clark pick. There wasn't much said about him in the draft guide, so I was ignorant. Seems like we had a pretty good first two days. Today doesn't seem so hot, but we'll see.

The Bears, on the other hand, picked #1 on my wishlist for the 4th round (Kwiakowski) and #1 on my wishlist for the 5th round (Hall). I would have been really happy with their first and second round picks too (Floyd and Bullard). This is really irritating because they also got Trevathan and Freeman in Free Agency, guys who I also wanted. Fortunately, they still have it all evens out.

Did you see that Minnesota drafted that German guy? That will be interesting.

calabasa's picture might be a Bears fan!

Nick Perry's picture

I DON'T understand with Jerrell Adams still sitting there why he drafts Lowry. Lowry is a high motor try hard guy with is great but I actually AGREE with Cow, some offense would be helpful. Cook is signed for year and Rodgers will be slow his entire career.

Evan's picture

Yea. I would have preferred Adams over Lowry too.

4EVER's picture

2017 NFL Draft Prospects: Tight Ends
7 have faster 40 times then second fastest in 2016.

Packmaniac's picture

"Motor" is so unbelievably overrated it's hard to stomach anymore. Motor without the athleticism and skill set to pair with it gets chewed up and spit out at the NFL level. Motor is what makes teams pick guys who turn out to be below average once they elevate to NFL caliber competition. Motor is GREAT when it comes with the right tools but is fool's gold when it doesn't.

Evan's picture

Another OT. Blech. Really wanted a hybrid/coverage lb. Oh well.

slit's picture

I loved the 2nd & 3rd rd picks, and Martinez is a nice pick, but TT really crapped the bed on this one. Paul Perkins and Christian Westerman are both big misses. Westerman will be an All-Pro G in time.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

Every year there is someone I like better than the guy TT drafted. The exception is when I have never heard of the guy TT drafted, so I do not know which player I like better. Oh, once in a while TT takes a player I really like. Yes, I saw Westerman and McGovern out there, and Adams and Duarte, and a host of others.

Nothing new here, and we seem to muddle through.

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