Green Bay Use 45th Pick in the Draft on Iowa's Joshua Jackson


More importantly, like they have done throughout the draft, the Packers got tremendous value. Tonight we saw that all come to fruition after he was selected by the Green Bay with the 18th selection, after they traded back from the 14th pick.

Whether you believe in fate, destiny, God, the universe, nothing at all, or another entity, deity, or philosophy altogether, we can all agree: It's amusing how things work out. I think we did that, and we stayed disciplined to the process and not try to get out of that. Alexander was selected in the first round with the 18th overall pick out of Lousiville. With a stingy secondary, running back duo in Kamara and Mark Ingram, solid offensive line, and Drew Brees, the Saints chose to beef up their pass rush.

Veteran Tramon Williams returned as a free agent to the Packers, who also brought back Davon House. Will the Seahawks focus mostly on defense? Jackson will join his good friend Alexander in Green Bay.

"I'm real excited", Daniels said.

"They're getting a baller, a playmaker", Jackson said.

Gesicki put on a show at the Scouting Combine and his athleticism and proficiency for making hard catches gives him an extremely high ceiling that could lead to a team deciding he should not be allowed out of the top 32.

In 2016, the Packers had a revolving door of snappers, Brett Goode, Derek Hart and Taybor Pepper and if there weren't injuries, there were precarious snaps that proved costly at times. We would have loved to have some guys fall to us in a different manner.

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However, the German joked the same courtesy would not be afforded should Everton or Manchester United ever come calling. He wanted to learn and do the job, he has done that.

James Looney was the only defensive lineman out of the 40 at the event that placed in the top 10 in all six measurable tests he competed in: 20-yard shuttle (4.37, 2nd), vertical jump (35.5, 3rd), three-cone drill (7.32, 7th), broad jump (9-5, T8th), 40-yard dash (4.89, 10th) and bench press (28, T10th).

Originally three star prospect committed to play his college football career at Charlotte, with his only other offers coming from UConn, Marshall, Elon, Furman, Ball State and a pleothra of other low-majors, Jaire Alexander eventually ended up falling into the lap of Bobby Petrino and the Louisville football program. Alexander's father said on December 20 that he received a second-round draft grade and wasn't in a hurry to make a decision on his future. "Being faster than the receiver is only half the battle, so definitely rely on my speed and technique".

One of the reasons was that many thought the Packers, being so high up on the drafting list this year, were thinking the opposite way. Can he play inside? Over the course of his career Alexander totaled 424 total yards and one touchdown on punt returns.

The Packers traded out of the 14th overall pick with the Saints, moving down to 27th.

This was Brian Gutekunst's first draft as general manager after taking over for the retired Ted Thompson in January.

Green Bay returns each of its two leading pass-catchers from previous year, outside receiver Davante Adams and slot receiver Randall Cobb, but recently released Pro Bowl veteran Jordan Nelson, who has since signed with Oakland. It will have just one on Friday, No. 45. Iowa has 32 selections since 2010 and 35 selections in the last 11 drafts!