Well, well, those first two Picks still have me stumped….a 3 year back-up QB and a 3rd String RB, hmmmm.
We find ourselves at Pick 94 and the third player to join the Packers, Cincinnati Bearcat TE Josiah DeGuara! His measurable’s are 6’2″ 245 Lbs, First team All American Conference, 39 Rec, 504 yards and 7 TDs in 2019. He is only the second Bearcat TE to surpass 1,000 yards in a career. The other was former UC and NFL TE, Brent Celek. DeGuara is first in career receptions for a Tight End with 92, ahead of both Celek and Kelce. He is second to Kelce (717 yards) in yardage in a season with over 500 yards. There’s definitely good pedigree at Cincinnati at the TE position.
His performance at the NFL Combine was very good for a Tight End. He ran a 4.72-second 40, 35 1/2″ Vertical and had 25 reps on the bench. These intangibles were enough to catch the eye of Packer’s Tight End Coach Justin Outten, who had a pre-draft conversation with Josiah indicating Green Bay’s interest. According to GM Brian Gutekunst, “….he’ll be able to line up with his hand down, I think he’ll line up in the slot, back as a fullback, an H-back…..he can be a match-up piece that can move into all those different spots. He’s a very smart kid. Obviously, he’s been very productive as a pass catcher.” It appears the Packers place much thought into this pick, it’s just not anywhere the fans thought the Packers were heading.
I doubt that he will be a target that Aaron Rodgers was looking for, but will add depth to the Special Teams. In the future he could team up with last years 3rd Pick, fellow TE Jace Sternberger. In reality they’d be a formidable one two punch at TE. Cheesehead TV Draft Guide had him rated as the 11th TE overall. His strength being in the run game as a “nasty” blocker. That could pair well with the Packer’s 2nd Pick RB AJ Dillon. This pick could be the eventual younger replacement for Marcedes Lewis.
Deguara is one of those “Chip on his shoulder,” type of players that the Packers seem to like. He was a “two star recruit” who ended up being a team captain at Cincinnati. He has a strong belief in himself and sees himself as a contributor in year one. Welcome to the Packers and Good Luck Mr Degaura!
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Let’s see how the rest of the draft unfolds. As of now, unimpressive.
As Always, Go Pack Go
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