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Friday Cheese Curds: Packers' late round picks look to write an underdog story

Could some of this year's rookie class prove to be a diamond in the rough?

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 28 Minnesota at Purdue Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

With all the hype around the Green Bay Packers’ selection of Jordan Love in the first round of this year’s draft, the rest of the 2020 rookie class has flown below the radar even more than normal.

Whether or not any of the players ultimately stick in the NFL remains to be seen but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some great stories on how some of them came to realize their NFL dream.

That’s something most fans should honestly remember. Everyone gets so obsessed with numbers and measurements and analytics that we sometimes forget that these players are human beings still and sometimes it’s just plain effort that propels a player to succeed. Numbers don’t explain everything.

Some of the players in the bottom part of the draft class had odds stacked against them at one point or another and who knows? Maybe one will emerge as a Donald Driver-like diamond in the rough. Dismissing a player based solely on where they were drafted is a mistake and only adds fuel to their fire.

Today’s curds looks at two Packers late-round selections and what got them to where they are today as well as what they can bring on the field.

Packers got linebacker Kamal Martin at a ‘discount’ due to injury— (subscription required)

Whereas the Packers reached for Rashan Gary in 2019, they got another defender in Kamal Martin at a good value this year thanks to foot and knee injuries as well as a one game suspension for violating team rules. Could he emerge as a contributor at inside linebacker?

Positive energy buoyed Vernon Scott’s breakthrough—

Being told to never give up is something that occurs during every athlete’s career but seventh rounder Vernon Scott lived that motto and that put him on a path to Titletown.

Packers’ Montravius Adams faces 3 misdemeanor charges from traffic stop—ESPN

In much less inspiring news, Montravious Adams had a lack of judgement that could cost him his job in Green Bay pending the legal outcome.

NFL owners to vote on sky judge, onside kick alternative May 28—

A 4th and 15 from your own 25 yard line could serve as an alternative to an onside kick if the league approves a rule change next week.

2 Men Rob Convenience Store Wearing Watermelon Rind Disguises: Police—Huffington Post

What a melon head. I mean I love some watermelon but that’s a lot to eat.