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Packers Draft Results 2018: Green Bay trades into third round to select Vanderbuilt LB Oren Burks

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GM Brian Gutekunst makes another move to improve the Packers’ defense

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Three rounds, three trades in the 2018 NFL Draft for the Green Bay Packers.

Loaded with ten picks on the third day of the draft, the Packers opted to use some of that ammunition to move into the third round and select Vanderbilt linebacker Oren Burks with the 88th overall selection.

The Packers moved up by sending the 101st (fourth round) and 147th (fifth round) picks to the Carolina Panthers.

Green Bay previously vacated the third round when they traded the 76th overall pick to the Seattle Seahawks to move up in the first round to select Louisville cornerback Jaire Alexander.

With so many picks on Saturday, the Packers clearly had room to move up if they really wanted a player and they think they have found one in Burks here.

A former saftey turned linebacker, Burks’ coverage skills will come in handy in defensive coordinator Mike Pettine’s scheme. He can freely move from sideline to sideline and isn’t afraid to bring some nastiness to his hits. Unfortuantely, this can lead to some issues wrapping up the ball carrier.

Still, more versatility is always a good thing for the Packers as they rebuild their defense.

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