Green Bay Packers Full Draft Recap

With the 2019 NFL draft concluded, the Packers came away with some great talent for the upcoming season. Let’s dive in and break down all the players that Green Bay has selected.

Rashan Gary 1(12)

Position: Linebacker
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 283 pounds
School: Michigan Wolverines

Combine Performance Data
40-yard dash
: 4.58 seconds (best among defensive tackles)
Bench press: 26 reps
Vertical jump: 38 inches (best among defensive tackles)
Broad jump: 10 feet (tied for second-best among defensive tackles)
Three-cone drill: 7.26 seconds (fifth-best among defensive tackles)
20-yard shuttle: 4.29 seconds (fourth-best among defensive tackles)

Gary turned pro after making 21 starts for the Wolverines, underwhelming as 2016’s No. 1 overall high school recruit with 10.5 career sacks and 24 tackles for loss but still earning first-team All-Big Ten from the conference’s coaches as a sophomore and junior. A known athletic freak, Gary predictably destroyed the Combine with 4.58 speed and 96th-percentile SPARQ results but bombed the Wonderlic Test (9). A boom-bust prospect whose production never matched his measurables, Gary must expand his pass-rush repertoire beyond bull rushes. NFL coaching will assist him in this process, and Mike Pettine will love using this guy on game days.

Remember when everyone hated the Kenny Clark pick?


Darnell Savage Jr 1(21)

Position: Safety
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 198 pounds
School: Maryland Terrapins

Combine Performance Data
40-yard dash
: 4.36 seconds (second-best among safeties)
Bench press: 11 reps
Vertical jump: 39.5 inches (third-best among safeties)
Broad jump: 10 feet, 6 inches (fifth-best among safeties)
Three-cone drill: 7.03 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.14 seconds

Seattle received two fourth-round picks and No. 30 overall in this deal. Savage made 37 starts in Marylands secondary, logging nine career tackles for loss with 30 pass breakups and eight interceptions and earning second-team All-Big Ten as a senior. Savage helped himself with 86th-percentile SPARQ results at the Combine, including 4.36 speed and a 39 ½-inch vertical. A late riser as coaches became more involved in the process, Savage was commonly discussed as a cornerback or slot defender conversion before the draft. Savage was my favorite safety in this years draft and he will instantly start at free safety and upgrade our secondary big time.

Elgton Jenkins 2(44)

Position: Guard
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 310 pounds
School: Mississippi State Bulldogs

Combine Performance Data
Bench Press: 29 reps
Vertical jump: 28 inches
Broad jump: 109 inches
Three-cone drill: 7.77 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.62 seconds

Jenkins made 34 starts on the Bulldogs line – 26 at center, five at left tackle, two at left guard, and one at right tackle – and was credited with just one sack allowed over his final two seasons at center. Jenkins allowed only five QB pressures in all of 2018. Despite so many position changes throughout his career, Jenkins consistency and efficiency stood out on tape as a complete interior lineman with long arms for pass protection and plus run-blocking power. Look for Jenkins to compete for a starting guard spot, and most likely win it.


Jace Sternberger 3(75)

Position: Tight end
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 251 pounds
School: Texas A&M Aggies

Combine Performance Data
40-yard dash
: 4.75 seconds
Bench press: 17 reps
Vertical jump: 31.5 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet, 5 inches
Three-cone drill: 7.19 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.31 seconds
60-yard shuttle: 12.09 seconds

Sternberger went pro as a redshirt junior after transferring from Kansas to Northeast Oklahoma A&M and finally Texas A&M for his final year, where Sternberger erupted for 48/832/10 receiving. Sternberger led all SEC tight ends in first-down catches (37) in 2018; 77.1% of his receptions moved the sticks. He aligned all over the formation at TAMU, from in-line tight end to slot, H-back, and outside receiver. The Packers have finally found their tight end of the future, and LaFleur will love his versatility.

Kingsley Keke 5(150)

Position: Defensive Lineman Height: 6’4” Weight: 305 Pounds School: Texas A&M Aggies 

Keke made 34 starts on the Aggies interior line, graduating with 21 career tackles for loss and 12 sacks. A one-trick gap shooter who gets washed out on running downs, Keke confirmed his explosive up-field burst with a sub-5.0 forty and 7.55 three-cone time at nearly 290 pounds before the draft. Keke offers Malik Jackson-level upside as an interior sub-rusher. It’s not a stretch to say he’ll compete from Day One on the Packers interior defensive line.


Ka’Dar Hollman 6(185)

Position: Cornerback Height: 6’0” Weight:190 pounds School: Toledo Rockets 

Three-year starter in the Rockets’ secondary, logging 29 career pass breakups and two picks despite beginning his career as a non-preferred walk-on. He was also snubbed for a Combine invite. Hollman is a long, plus-sized press corner with developmental upside with a chance to become a starter if coached up. A good depth pickup for the Packers.

Dexter Williams 6(194)

Position: Running back
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 212 pounds
School: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Combine Performance Data
40-yard dash
: 4.57 seconds
Bench press: 17 reps
Vertical jump: 36 inches
Broad jump: 10 feet, 10 inches (tied for best among running backs)
Three-cone drill: 7.00 seconds (third-best among running backs)
20-yard shuttle: 4.16 seconds (second-best among running backs)

Three-year committee back before taking over as the Irish’s starter for his senior year, graduating with a career 257/1,636/20 rushing line with 22/162/2 receiving. He missed significant time twice due to suspensions and three games with an ankle injury as a junior, never reaching 1,000 rushing yards in a season. Williams did show NFL-level speed and burst in Indy, running 4.57 with an explosive 10-foot-10 broad jump. Well built with exciting acceleration, Williams is a candidate to continue as a committee back with Green Bay behind Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams.

Ty Summers 7(226)

Position: Linebacker
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 235 pounds
School: TCU Horned Frogs

Combine Performance Data
40-yard dash: 4.51 seconds
Bench press: 27 reps (third-best among linebackers)
Vertical jump: 36 inches
Broad jump: 10 feet, 3 inches

Summers is one of the most athletic linebackers in this class with a profile in the 88th percentile. The Packers parted ways with Jake Ryan in free agency, and Summers is defiantly an upgrade, just lacks the experience. Four year starter and played off the ball in the Horned Frogs’ nickel defense. Despite that athleticism, Summers can look a bit hesitant too often, allowing blockers to get in positive position on him.

Final Draft Grade: A



Bryce Busbani is a lifelong fan of the Green and Gold. Born and raised in Escanaba, MI. Loves to hunt whitetailed bucks and has a wonderful wife and daughter. You can find him on Twitter @PackersDude906
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5 thoughts on “Green Bay Packers Full Draft Recap

  1. I like Rashan Gary, but his Wonderlic score places him just below the common cabbage.

    1. What a cruel thing so say about anyone. Intelligence is rarely related to dyslexia. I thought everyone knew that these days. I was an English teacher for 30 years and had to battle against this kind of thinking.

      1. Relax! I love this kid, and I’ve been defending this pick nonstop. I’m just having some fun with his bizarrely low score.

        Oh, and since I’m dyslexic, I can tell you we’re not a bunch of snowflakes who can’t handle a little ribbing.

        So again, R-E-L-A-X.

  2. Pandabucks,
    As a person with dyslexia and a high school special educator for 33 years your comment makes me cringe.
    Dyslexia is a reading disorder characterized by struggles with accurate and/or fluent word recognition, poor spelling, and decoding abilities.
    Rashan has overcome more challenges then you could possibly imagine.
    First and foremost, having to deal with too many individuals such as yourself.
    I hope your statement made you feel intellectually superior- because Rashan, having been picked in the first round of the NFL draft to the the greatest organization in sports, doesn’t care.
    Now go away- chat with some of your Mensa buddies (look it up genius).

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