The Green Bay Packers took eleven players away from the 2013 draft over the weekend. Locking-in star quarterback Aaron Rodgers until 2019 just days earlier, Packers staff was free to make some unexpected moves later in the process, though they stuck to conventional wisdom to open their choices.
UCLA defensive end Datone Jones received the first nod from Green Bay, representing the team’s sole first round pick at twenty-sixth overall. Jones will likely be in the running for a starting spot come training camp. Running back Johnathan Franklin was also taken from UCLA by the Packers this year, getting the call in the fourth round. He joins a ground corps that has lacked consistent talent for a number of seasons, as does Alabama’s Eddie Lacy who went late in the second.
Nine of Green Bay’s picks came in the fourth round or later. Along with Franklin, tackles David Bakhtiari and J.C. Tretter were taken in the fourth. The pair is slotted to hopefully revive last year’s struggling offensive line, as both are considered dynamic linesman who can play multiple positions.
Micah Hyde and Josh Boyd are another duo who are expected to change positions in the pros. Making up the Packers fifth round picks, the corner and tackle will likely start the summer at safety and nose-tackle, respectively.
Coming late in the draft were four picks that analysts are labeling as experimental. Out of schools like Maryland and Grand Valley State, wide receivers Charles Johnson and Kevin Dorsey and linebackers Nate Palmer and Sam Barrington were virtual unknowns coming into the draft class. General Manager Ted Thompson told reporters that with some available salary cap left over from the Rodgers deal, he and his staff chose to search for some diamonds in the rough. He hopes that camp will prove to reveal a couple that are worth developing into backups or perhaps future starters.
2013 Green Bay Packers Draft Choices
Datone Jones, UCLA
Eddie Lacy, Alabama
David Bakhtiari, Colorado
Johnathan Franklin, UCLA
Micah Hyde, Iowa
Josh Boyd, Mississippi State
Nate Palmer, Illinois State
Charles Johnson, Grand Valley State
Kevin Dorsey, Maryland
Sam Barrington, South Florida