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Packers sign 2020 sixth-round draft pick Simon Stepaniak to rookie deal

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Green Bay is inking its 2020 draft picks from the back of the class to the front.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 21 UConn at Indiana Photo by Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

On Monday morning, the Green Bay Packers announced that they have signed guard Simon Stepaniak, one of their three 2020 sixth-round draft picks and the one selected latest among the group.

A 6-foot-4, 313-pound prospect from Indiana, the Packers selected Stepaniak with the 209th overall pick. Stepaniak started 31 games for the Hoosiers, all but one of them at right guard.

Stepaniak’s 2020 outlook is made a bit murky by a knee injury sustained late in the 2019 season. He tore an ACL during practice for Indiana’s bowl game, and as a result, couldn’t participate in any postseason all-star games or in the movement-related portions of the NFL Combine. He did, however, post 37 reps on the bench press.

The contract for Stepaniak should have a value of approximately $3.45 million over four years, with a signing bonus in the range of just over $150,000. That would leave him with a cap number of about $648,000 in his rookie season. (Estimates from Overthecap.com.)

The Packers now have three of their nine 2020 draft picks under contract. The team started at the back of the draft class and is working its way forward. Jonathan Garvin signed first, followed by fellow seventh-round pick Vernon Scott this weekend. If this trend continues, expect the team to have center Jake Hanson, offensive lineman Jon Runyan, and linebacker Kamal Martin signed in that order in the next few days.