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Packers sign five draft picks, 15 rookie free agents

Posted May 5, 2017

On-field work starts Friday


The Green Bay Packers signed five draft choices and 15 rookie free agents. The signings were announced Friday by Ted Thompson, Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations.

 

DRAFT SIGNINGS:

Rd, Name, Pos, Ht, Wt, College, HS Hometown

5a, DeAngelo Yancey, WR, 6-2, 220, Purdue, Atlanta, Ga.

5b, Aaron Jones, RB, 5-10, 208, Texas-El Paso, El Paso, Texas

6, Kofi Amichia, G, 6-4, 304, South Florida, Powder Springs, Ga.

7a, Devante Mays, RB, 5-10, 230, Utah State, Livingston, Texas

7b, Malachi Dupre, WR, 6-2, 196, Louisiana State, New Orleans, La.

UNDRAFTED FREE AGENT SIGNINGS:

No, Name, Pos, Ht, Wt, College, HS Hometown

44, Donatello Brown, CB, 6-0, 190, Valdosta State, Kennesaw, Ga.

56, Johnathan Calvin, LB, 6-3, 266, Mississippi State, Jackson, Miss.

89, Michael Clark, WR, 6-6, 217, Marshall St. Petersburg, Fla.

9, Montay Crockett, WR, 6-0, 184, Georgia Southern, Rock Hill, S.C.

60, Thomas Evans, G, 6-3, 305, Richmond, Franklin, N.C.

74, Geoff Gray, G, 6-5, 315, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Man.

55, Cody Heiman, LB, 6-2, 229, Washburn, Baileyville, Kan.

8, Taysom Hill, QB, 6-2, 221, Brigham Young, Pocatello, Idaho

71, Izaah Lunsford, DT, 6-3, 310, Bowling Green State, Cincinnati, Ohio

77, Adam Pankey, G/T, 6-5, 313, West Virginia, Hamilton, Ohio

86, Aaron Peck, TE, 6-2, 239, Fresno State, Riverside, Calif.

34, Kalif Phillips, RB, 5-9, 218, Charlotte, Kannapolis, N.C.

41, Lenzy Pipkins, CB, 6-0, 196, Oklahoma State, Mansfield, Texas

38, David Rivers, CB, 6-1, 186, Youngstown State, Miami, Fla.

5, Justin Vogel, P, 6-4, 219, Miami (Fla.), Tampa, Fla.

 

Brown, 25, earned first-team All-Gulf South Conference honors as a senior after registering a career-best two interceptions. He played in 39 games over four seasons, recording 45 tackles (35 solo), 10 passes defensed and three interceptions. Brown competed in the Tropical Bowl, a FBS Division I college football all-star game that showcases the top seniors to NFL scouts and general managers.

Calvin, 23, played in 26 games with 11 starts at Mississippi State after transferring from Copiah-Lincoln Community College. He saw action in all 13 games with 10 starts as a senior in 2016, leading the team with 55 tackles (23 solo), seven sacks and 11½ tackles for a loss. Calvin was named third-team All-SEC by Phil Steele’s College Football.

Clark, 21, played basketball at St. Francis (Pa.) before transferring to Marshall to play football. The 2016 season was the first time he played organized football since his freshman year of high school. Clark started all 12 games played last season, finishing No. 3 on the team with 37 receptions for 632 yards (17.1 avg.) and five touchdowns.

Crockett, 23, totaled 18 starts in 47 games played over four seasons at Georgia Southern, posting 535 yards and three TDs on 32 receptions (16.7 avg.) while adding 144 rushing yards and two TDs on 15 attempts (9.6 avg.). He added 12 punt returns for 125 yards (10.4 avg.) and returned 30 kickoffs for 638 yards (21.3 avg.).

Evans, 22, is a two-time All-Colonial Athletic Association selection who ended his career with 34 consecutive starts. He was part of a line that blocked for three straight 1,000-yard rushers.

Gray, 22, started all eight league games as a senior for a Bison team that averaged 34.5 points and 487.1 total yards per contest, including 333.1 yards per game through the air, good for third in the country. He never missed a game in four seasons, starting 30 of 32 contests plus six playoff games. Gray lined up at both guard and tackle in college and played in the East-West Shrine game.

Heiman (HIGH-men), 23, played linebacker and running back over four seasons, seeing action in 47 games (36 starts) and finishing his career with 251 tackles (122 solo), 6½ sacks, 16½ tackles for a loss, five interceptions and one defensive TD. He added 426 rushing yards and six TDs on 91 carries (4.7 avg.) in his one season at running back (2013).

Hill, 26, started 33 of 37 games played during his career, completing 609 of 1,047 passes (58.2 pct.) for 6,929 yards, 43 touchdowns and 31 interceptions. He registered 2,815 rushing yards (most among BYU QBs) on 534 attempts (5.3 avg.) with 32 touchdowns.

Lunsford (first name pronounced Isaiah), 23, saw action in 44 career games, registering 90 tackles (41 solo), 4½ sacks, 12 tackles for a loss, three passes defensed, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. As a senior, he started all 12 games and finished with 48 tackles (21 solo), 3½ tackles for a loss, a sack, a fumble recovery, a pass defensed and a QB hurry.

Pankey, 23, saw time at guard and tackle in 44 games over four seasons, starting 25 game at left guard in his final two years. As a senior, Pankey helped pave the way for the offense to average 479.7 yards per game, 34.0 points per game, 228.2 yards rushing per game and 251.5 passing yards per game.

Peck, 22, played in 44 games during his collegiate career, hauling in 93 receptions for 1,211 yards (13.0 avg.) and six touchdowns. After missing the 2015 season due to injury, he set career highs in receptions (46) and receiving yards (630) and tied his career high in touchdowns receptions (three).

Phillips (first name pronounced kuh-LEAF), 23, owns school career records for rushing yards (4,020), touchdowns (43), rushing touchdowns (41) and 100-yard rushing games (15). His 4,020 rushing yards ranked No. 13 among active FBS players at the end of the 2016 season. He was named honorable mention All-Conference USA as a senior and second-team All-Conference USA as a junior.

Pipkins, 23, played three seasons at Louisiana-Monroe and one season at Oklahoma State as a graduate transfer. He played in 47 games over four years, registering 142 tackles (94 solo), eight tackles for a loss, two sacks, three interceptions, nine passes defensed and a forced fumble. Pipkins did not start playing football until his senior year of high school.

Rivers, 22, played in 40 games over four seasons, registering 65 tackles (50 solo), three interceptions and 13 pass breakups. He started nine of 16 games played as a senior, recording career highs in tackles (33), solo tackles (25) and passes defensed (eight). Rivers was part of team that played in the 2017 FCS Championship Game against James Madison.

Vogel, 23, spent two years at the University of Florida (2012-13) before playing three seasons (2014-16) at the University of Miami. He earned All-ACC second-team honors from the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA) and from the conference’s coaches as a senior after averaging a career-best 43.8 yards per punt.

 

 
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