Entering the weekend of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers held six picks on the third day of the draft. However, they traded away their first two picks on that day — a pair of fourth-rounders — to move up in round one for safety Darnell Savage.
Finally, after a two-plus-hour wait on Saturday, the Packers went on the clock at pick number 150 overall, the 12th pick of the fifth round. With that selection, the Packers have chosen defensive tackle Kingsley Keke from Texas A&M.
Keke, a 6-foot-3, 288-pounder, is a very good athlete. He ran a sub-5 second forty-yard dash at the 2019 NFL Combine, timing at 4.95 seconds, then posted very good agility times at his Pro Day with a 7.38-second time in the 3-cone drill and a short shuttle of 4.50 seconds. He also has especially long arms at 34 1/2 inches, a great quality for a defensive lineman.
His position will be determined in offseason practices and training camp, but Keke’s length gives him the opportunity to play in a variety of spots on the Packers’ front. He also has demonstrated success as a pass rusher, recording 7.5 sacks and 11 tackles for loss as a senior in 2018.
The Packers will be up on the clock next at pick 185 overall in round six.