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2016 NFL Draft grades: Packers get a B+ for Day 2 selections

Jason Spriggs and Kyler Fackrell earned the Packers another solid draft grade.

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

In terms of rounds, the 2016 NFL Draft is nearly half over. After selecting UCLA defensive tackle Kenny Clark on Day 1 -- a pick we graded as a "B" upon first look -- the Green Bay Packers acquired two players on Friday, trading up in the second round in the process.

The Packers know they probably cannot retain all three of their soon-to-be free agent starting offensive linemen. David Bakhtiari, Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang each can expect a hefty payday come next offseason, and the front office may not have the resources to bring them all back. The move to trade up for Jason Spriggs provides some protection to the team. He has the length and athleticism to develop into a starting blindside protector and could even move into guard if needed. Alternatively, he provides the Packers an option if Bryan Bulaga's injury plagued 2015 season extends into 2016 and beyond.

At the same time, Green Bay paid an opportunity cost to acquire Spriggs. The team gave up picks in the fourth and seventh round, selections they often turn into valuable players. Spriggs' rare athletic profile may prove worth the risk, but it cannot be discounted.

As for the Packers' final pick on Day 2, Kyler Fackrell's versatility allows Dom Capers to continue playing chess with his linebackers. Fackrell's age -- he turns 25 in November -- limits his upside, but the team can expect him to contribute meaningfully as a rookie. If he regains some of the explosiveness he lost after a knee injury suffered in 2014, perhaps Green Bay finds itself with more than just a role player.

In all, the Packers appeared to do well on Friday. They probably didn't hit a home run with either of their selections, but both fit into the team's long-term plans.

Grade: B+

Jason B. Hirschhorn is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and covers the NFL for Sports on Earth and SB Nation. He also serves as the senior writer and editor for Acme Packing Company, a Green Bay Packers blog.