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Packers assign jersey numbers to 2016 NFL Draft class

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Green Bay's roster now shows the numbers of the team's seven picks in the 2016 draft, and three of them will wear the same numbers that they featured in college.

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The Green Bay Packers made seven selections in the 2016 NFL Draft, and by Monday morning, those players all have had their numbers assigned by the team. Three of the seven players will be able to have the same digits on their chest and back as they wore in college, including the team's first two selections.

Here's a look at each player's new (and in those three cases, his old) number, as well as a glance back at Packers history to see which notable players have worn them in the past.

DT Kenny Clark: #97

Clark gets to keep his college number, which is a fitting one for a nose tackle. The most notable recent player to wear 97 was Johnny Jolly. Other notable Packers who have worn that number include Cletidus Hunt and Tim Harris, so Clark will have a chance to establish a new standard for the number in Green Bay.

OT Jason Spriggs: #78

Spriggs also gets to keep his number from college at Indiana, as no current Packer wears 78. The last player to wear that number was the only offensive linemen drafted by the Packers at a pick higher than Spriggs' #48 since 2011 - offensive tackle Derek Sherrod, who was the 32nd selection that year. Offensive lineman Ross Verba wore 78 during the late 1990s, as did defensive tackle Robert Brown, a mainstay in the 1960s and early 70s.

OLB Kyler Fackrell: #51

Fackrell's number 9 is not available to linebackers at the NFL level, so he has been assigned number 51, which was recently vacated by Nate Palmer. It has been worn by fellow linebackers Brady Poppinga and Brian Williams in the past two decades, and by Hall of Fame center Jim Ringo, a 6-time All-Pro during the 1950s and 60s.

ILB Blake Martinez: #50

Like Fackrell, Martinez wore a non-traditional linebacker number at Stanford (4). Packers fans should not need to be reminded of the last player to wear 50 in a regular-season game for the team. A.J. Hawk wore that number for nine seasons on his way to becoming the team's all-time leading tackler. It was also worn by fellow notable linebackers Johnny Holland and Jim Carter.

DE Dean Lowry: #94

Lowry's 6'6", 296-pound frame is very different from Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, the most notable number 94 in Packers history and the team's all-time sack leader (since the stat became official in 1982). Arguably the only other notable name to wear the number is nose tackle Charles Martin, who is infamous for his body-slam of Bears quarterback Jim McMahon in a 1986 game. Like Clark and Spriggs, Lowry also got to keep his college number.

WR Trevor Davis: #11

At Hawaii for the first two years of his career, Davis wore 89, but wore both 82 and 9 during his time as a California Golden Bear. However, 82 is already claimed by Richard Rodgers and 9 is not an approved number for a receiver in the regular season. Since wide receivers were given numbers between 10 and 19 as options more than a decade ago, only one player, Jarrett Boykin, has worn the number and been active for a game as a Packer. Prior to that, it was worn by kickers, punters, and backup quarterbacks, most notably Matt Hasselbeck and Ty Detmer.

OT Kyle Murphy: #68

68 has been worn by a handful of notable Packer offensive guards - Mike Wahle wore it from 1998-2004 while it was Gale Gillingham's number from 1966-76. However, offensive tackle Greg Koch also wore the number in the late 1970s and early 80s. Time will tell whether Murphy ends up staying at his tackle position or if he ends up moving inside. Like Spriggs, Murphy wore 78 in college, but he gets the short end of the stick based on his lower draft position in round six.