Green Bay picked tight end/H-back Josiah Deguara from the University of Cincinnati as the 94th pick, making it two years in a row that the team has selected a tight end in round three. The Packers picked Texas A&M’s Jace Sternberger last year with the 75th overall pick.
Deguara played all over the offense at Cincinnati, lining up on the line, in the slot, and in the backfield as a fullback. Still, drafting that position on day two of the NFL Draft will draw some raised eyebrows from analysts around the league and from fans hoping for help at the receiver position or on defense.
A smaller player for the tight end position at 6-foot-2 and 242 pounds, Deguara did post solid athletic testing numbers at the 2020 NFL Combine. He put up the most reps on the bench press at 225 pounds with 25, then ran a 4.72-second 40-yard dash and had good explosion numbers with a 35.5-inch vertical and 115-inch broad jump.
Deguara was a key component of the Bearcats’ passing game the last two years. In 2018, he caught 38 passes for 468 yards and five touchdowns, following that up with 39 receptions for 504 yards and seven scores as a senior in 2019.