With its third draft choice in round six, the Green Bay Packers moved to bolster their offensive tackle position with the selection of Indiana’s Simon Stepaniak at pick 209.
The 6-foot-4, 313-pound Stepaniak made three picks spent on the offensive line for the Packers in round six, joining guard Jon Runyan Jr. and center Jake Hanson. The former Hoosier started 31 games over his career in the Big Ten at both guard spots. Stepaniak should have ripe opportunity to compete for a valuable interior utility role in Green Bay with his fellow draftees at some point in the future. However, a torn ACL in bowl game practice this past winter, which impacted his draft status, means a probable redshirt year for Stepaniak in 2020.
Stepaniak did not run at the NFL Combine, but produced a whopping 37 reps on the bench press. From a measurement standpoint, Stepaniak has 32-inch arms with hands of 10 3/8 inches. He was an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick as a senior, but did have a back injury as a sophomore that limited him for half the season. When healthy, Stepaniak has been described as a nasty finisher in the run game.
The Packers’ next pick will come at number 236 in round seven, barring a trade.