The Green Bay Packers are done taking wide receivers. After picking wideouts on three of their first five picks on day three of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Packers have finally gone back to the well of defensive players.
With the 232nd selection in the draft, the Packers selected defensive end James Looney from California.
Looney was on our projected Packers draft board for defensive linemen after meeting the Packers’ past athletic trends. A 6-foot-3, 287-pounder, Looney ran the 40-yard dash in 4.89 seconds with a 7.32 time in the 3-cone drill. This brings the Packers back to the elite athletic traits that they have been drafting all weekend long after a brief blip for offensive lineman Cole Madison.
Looney recorded 9.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks as a senior while playing in the Golden Bears’ 3-4 defense. Cal’s head coach, Justin Wilcox, had been the defensive coordinator for the Wisconsin Badgers prior to his hiring in Berkeley. Looney appears likely to play the 5-technique end position in Green Bay.
Green Bay is scheduled to have two more picks in the 7th round, at 239 and 248 overall.