BREAKING: Green Bay Packers select James Looney, DT, California at 232

Analysis (Taylor O’Neill):

Looney is a bit of a tweener in size (6’3 and 287). He played defensive tackle at California but he’s probably more of a 5-technique defensive end or outside rusher in Mike Pettine’s defense. He’s very athletic with good footwork and quickness. He can catch a back from behind but is also able to use his agility to make tackles in the backfield.

Looney is too small to take on an every down role and will likely be more of a situational player in the NFL.

Team Fit (Ross Uglem):

Looney will have every chance to make the team. A versatile player who can play all over the line, Looney can make an attempt to cut into any defensive playing time Kyler Fackrell may have left.

NFL Player Comp (Mike Wendlandt) – Datone Jones, Cowboys:

ames Looney is an undersized defensive end who may have to play elephant in a 3-4 defense which leads to comparisons to a number of former Packers. Using MockDraftable, the closest is former 1st Round pick Datone Jones. Looney, like Jones has a good first step and some solid traits to get into the backfield, but he struggles mightily with power and doesn’t have the counter to match up with it just yet. He’s a project.

Packers Big Board Rank: 89

Cheesehead TV Draft Guide Positional Rank: NR












Taylor O\'Neill is a Packer fan born and raised in Oshkosh, WI. He currently lives in Florida and is pursuing his PhD. Taylor is a writer with You can follow him on Twitter at @TaylorONeill87 for more Packer news.