Once you get past the fourth round of the NFL Draft, player acquisition turns into basically searching for a diamond in the rough.
For the Green Bay Packers, this has led to a bounty of fortune including legends like Bart Starr (a 17th round draft pick!) and Donald Driver(a seventh round pick) to current stars like Aaron Jones.
It’s all about getting value in later rounds and in the 2021 draft class, perhaps one of the biggest steals the Packers may get is in seventh round selection running back Kylin Hill.
With Green Bay losing Jamaal Williams to the Detroit Lions in free agency, Green Bay will roll with Jones and AJ Dillon as their primary running backs this season. However the selection of Hill gives the Packers an intriguing option even if he was a pick in the final round of the draft.
Where Hill stood out was as a pass catcher, a requirement of all running backs in head coach Matt LaFleur’s offense. It’s also an area that is still rather unknown about Dillon and could provide Hill some opportunities down the road.
Of course he still was a seventh round pick and that immediately places him close to the roster bubble once training camp starts. If Hill can demonstrate consisting receiving ability and show progress in pass protection (another running back requirement in LaFleur’s offense), then he has a chance to stick.
Calling Hill a “seventh-round pick with a fourth-round skill set” isn’t hyperbole when it comes to Hill. It’s not hard to find areas where LaFleur could use him, giving the Packers yet another great value selection in the late rounds of the draft.
Al Harris and Charles Woodson will finally get their moment in the Packers Hall of Fame thanks to the pandemic delaying last year’s enshrinement ceremony. Two of the most dynamic cornerbacks in Packers history fittingly get to go in together.
Peyton Manning knows something about changing teams late in a hall of fame career and while his departure from Indianapolis was much more cordial than Rodgers’ from Green Bay could be, he really hopes it doesn’t come to that.
Emphasis on big. The Packers gave Slaton 93 and it wasn’t an accident. His physique and playing style will give Packers fans flashbacks to Gilbert Brown, the anchor of the Holmgren-era defense.
Eat your heart out, Gallagher. Who needs a sledgehammer when you have quads of steel?