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NFL Draft 2016: Kyler Fackrell 'grateful' for opportunity, aims to build upper-body

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Green Bay Packers rookie linebacker Kyler Fackrell spoke with reporters following Day 2 of the 2016 NFL Draft. Here are some highlights of what he had to say:

On his initial reaction to be drafted:

It was a lot of excitement, I was very emotional and we're (him and his wife) are excited to be Packers.

Did you think you'd ever make it after your injury in college?

Absolutely, I knew it was possible. In a lot of ways it helped me, I think. We're just grateful to be here right now, to be a part of the Packers organization.

On joining the Packers linebacker core:

It's a huge honor. It's a great team and I'm so excited to learn and continue everything that I can.

Where do you see improvement?

I think definitely upper body strength is something I can continue to work on. I think I can put on 10 pounds to help in the run game.

Nice to come to a 3-4 defense?

Yeah, absolutely. It's something I'm familiar with and it's just an incredible opportunity. The town I hear is my speed — the speed of my family.

How strong did you feel in your knee last season?

Going into this last season, it felt great but I didn't feel contact. I wore a brace for a few days and I didn't like it. It got stronger as the season wore on. It feels great and I look forward to next year.

How great was this night for you and your family?

It's incredible, and to be able to share it with my wife is such a huge blessing for us. We're so grateful to be here and I look forward to the opportunity.

What kind of rusher are you?

I think speed first and foremost. Speed kills and that's why I always try to win with speed first ... but I need to incorporate upper body moves.