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Packers select ILB Kamal Martin with 175th pick of 2020 NFL Draft

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Green Bay found a long off-ball linebacker in round five.

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

The Green Bay Packers entered the third day of the 2020 NFL Draft with six selections on day three, with the first coming at pick number 175 in round five. As the day went on, the team went more than three and a half hours before making their first selection of the day, electing to — or being unable to — trade up from that spot and using pick 175.

With that selection, the Green Bay Packers finally went to the defensive side of the football, selecting linebacker Kamal Martin from the University of Minnesota.

Martin has good size at 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds, but where his length stands out is in his arms. He has 34-inch arms and an 81-inch wingspan, some of the biggest numbers at the linebacker spot at the 2020 NFL Combine, adding hands over 10 inches to the mix. However, Martin did not test in Indy, dealing with the after effects of a knee injury that limited him to eight games in 2019.

A three-year starter for the Golden Gophers, Martin did have two interceptions as a senior and set a career-high in tackles with 66. He also forced a pair of fumbles in 2019, giving him four total for his career. NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein rated Martin as a priority free agent, however.

The Packers’ next pick will come at number 192 in round six, barring a trade up.