Ted Thompson filled the void left by B.J. Raji retiring by adding UCLA defensive tackle Kenny Clark, who may need to bulk up to play 1-tech, and adding the fifth Bruin to a roster littered with them. However, Friday night, Green Bay strayed from settling for a need and took two immensely athletic talents.
2. Jason Spriggs (OT, Indiana), No. 48 Overall
Spriggs, at one point, seemed destined for a late-first-round nod following the 2016 Combine. Trading up to No. 48, the Packers seem to have a plan in place for the 6-7, 298-pound athletic marvel.
#Packers director of college scouting Brian Gutekunst said Jason Spriggs can play "all over the line," won't commit to him being a LT.— Ryan Wood (@ByRyanWood) April 30, 2016
Green Bay can pull a Jake Fisher-like move and wait for him to develop, as David Bakhtiari is a free agent in 2017. Spriggs doesn't have the bulk of other high draft picks at tackle, but if he can retain his athletic qualities and put on weight, Green Bay could find a way to play him rookie season.
He's a dynamic insurance policy, but has only played left tackle at Indiana. Barring any injury, Spriggs will be groomed to become an eventual starter with Pro Bowl upside. He'll be a constant on the second level as a lineman who can move downfield.
3. Kyler Fackrell (OLB, Utah State), No. 88 Overall
Fackrell isn't as much of a risk as people assume. He tore his ACL in Utah State's opener against Tennessee in 2014, but responded as a senior for the Aggies (82 total tackles, 5.0 sacks). He's a tall 3-4 OLB who can stand up and rush the quarterback.
ProFootballFocus had Fackrell No. 7 among edge rushers in the 2016 draft class, who was a constant presence in the backfield in the Mountain West. He's still raw and wants to add muscle, but there's still the conundrum of Clay Matthews remaining at outside linebacker. The Packers have yet to address middle linebacker and Fackrell could learn as a rotational edge rusher in his rookie season.
There is a injury history when gauging Fackrell's place on the team, but he could be a dependable 3-4 edge rusher or outside linebacker in different scenarios for the Packers.