Green Bay enters 2021 NFL Draft with 10 selections

Later this week, the Green Bay Packers will welcome another rookie class to their roster through the NFL Draft

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General Manager Brian Gutekunst, Head Coach Matt LaFleur and President/CEO Mark Murphy

Later this week, the Green Bay Packers will welcome another rookie class to their roster through the NFL Draft, which will be held April 29 - May 1 in Cleveland. 

  • Armed with 10 selections for the third straight year, the Packers will have plenty of opportunities to add more talent and depth to their roster. All picks are eligible to be traded.
  • Green Bay enters the draft with a pick in every round, including two selections in Rounds 4-6.
  • If the Packers draft 10 players, it will mark the third draft in the last five years that Green Bay selected 10-plus players (11 in 2018 and 10 in 2017). From 2000-20, the Packers selected 10-plus players in a single draft eight times (2013, 11; 2011, 10; 2007, 11; 2006, 12; 2005, 11; 2000, 13) according to pro-football-reference.com.
  • The event will begin in prime time on Thursday night, with Round 1 on April 29 beginning at 7 p.m. CT. 
  • Rounds 2-3 also will be held in prime time, beginning on Friday, April 30, at 6 p.m. CT. Rounds 4-7 will complete the draft on Saturday, May 1, starting at 11 a.m. CT.
  • Teams will have 10 minutes in between selections in the first round and seven minutes between each choice for Round 2. Rounds 3-6, including compensatory picks, will allow up to five minutes in between picks and Round 7, including compensatory picks, will allow four minutes.

GUTEKUNST LEADS PACKERS IN FOURTH DRAFT AS GM

GM Brian Gutekunst enters his 23rd draft with the Packers and his fourth as the general manager. 

  • Last year, Gutekunst drafted nine players overall with four players seeing action in 10-plus regular-season games as rookies (G Jon Runyan, 16 / S Vernon Scott, 15 / RB AJ Dillon, 11 / LB Kamal Martin, 10).
  • In the 2019 draft, Gutekunst selected eight players overall, including LB Rashan Gary (No. 12), S Darnell Savage (No. 21), G Elgton Jenkins (No. 44), DL Kingsley Keke (No. 150) and LB Ty Summers (No. 226). All five players have played in 29-plus games for a team that has gone 26-6 in their first two seasons. Jenkins was selected to his first career Pro Bowl in 2020, becoming just the third offensive lineman in team history to be named to the Pro Bowl within his first two seasons in the NFL (Derel Teteak, 1952; Charley Brock, 1940). 
  • In his first draft as general manager in 2018, Gutekunst made a couple of trades involving first-round picks that resulted in the Packers selecting CB Jaire Alexander at No. 18 and gaining the No. 30 pick in the 2019 draft. Alexander earned second-team All-Pro honors from The Associated Press in 2020. He was also selected to the Pro Bowl last season, making him one of three CBs in franchise history to make the Pro Bowl in his first three seasons (Herb Adderley, 1963, third season; Willie Buchanon, 1973, second season).  
  • Green Bay selected 11 players in Gutekunst's first draft as GM. For the first time since 2006 (five), the Packers had four or more rookies start six-plus games in 2018 (Alexander, 11; fifth-round pick WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling, 10; second-round pick CB Josh Jackson, 10; sixth-round selection WR Equanimeous St. Brown, seven). The Packers had rookies play in a league-high 171 games in 2018 and account for 50 starts, the most for Green Bay since 2006 (66 starts).
  • Gutekunst spent his first 13 seasons with Green Bay as a college scout, serving as an East Coast regional scout for two years (1999-2000) before switching to the Southeast region (2001-11).
  • During his first 13 drafts with the Packers, Gutekunst was part of a personnel department that drafted several Pro Bowlers, including WR Donald Driver (seventh round, 1999), who is the team's all-time leading receiver, QB Aaron Rodgers (first round, 2005), LB A.J. Hawk (first round, 2006), who is the leading tackler in franchise history, WR Jordy Nelson (second round, 2008), and LB Clay Matthews (first round, 2009), who is the franchise leader in sacks.
  • Gutekunst was promoted to director of college scouting in 2012, a position he served in through 2015. Over that time period, Green Bay selected T David Bakhtiari (fourth round, 2013), who became the first Green Bay rookie to start every game at LT since 1978 and has been honored as an All-Pro by AP each of the last five years, Pro Bowl RB Eddie Lacy (second round, 2012), and WR Davante Adams (second round, 2014), who has been selected to four straight Pro Bowls (2017-20) and was named first-team All-Pro by AP in 2020.
  • In 2016-17, Gutekunst served as director of player personnel and those two drafts were highlighted by the addition of DL Kenny Clark (first round, 2016), who earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl in 2019, and RB Aaron Jones (fifth round, 2017), who in 2019 recorded a franchise-best 23 total TDs (including postseason). He joined RB Jim Brown (1957-60) as one of only two players in league history to post 3,000-plus rushing yards and 35-plus rushing TDs with an average of 5.00-plus yards per carry in their first four seasons in the NFL.

ANALYZING THE PICKS SINCE 2005

Total Picks: 149  Offense: 77   Defense: 69  Specialists: 3

POSITION-BY-POSITION

Quarterback (7): Aaron Rodgers (2005-1), Ingle Martin (2006-5a), Brian Brohm (2008-2b), Matt Flynn (2008-7a), B.J. Coleman (2012-7b), Brett Hundley (2015-5a), Jordan Love (2020-1)

Running Back (11): Brandon Jackson (2007-2), DeShawn Wynn (2007-7a), James Starks (2010-6), Alex Green (2011-3), Eddie Lacy (2013-2), Johnathan Franklin (2013-4c), Jamaal Williams (2017-4b), Aaron Jones (2017-5b), Devante Mays (2017-7a), Dexter Williams (2019-6b), AJ Dillon (2020-2)

Fullback (3): Korey Hall (2007-6a), Quinn Johnson (2009-5a), Aaron Ripkowski (2015-6a)

Tight End (9): Clark Harris (2007-7), Jermichael Finley (2008-3), Andrew Quarless (2010-5a), D.J. Williams (2011-5), Ryan Taylor (2011-7a), Richard Rodgers (2014-3b), Kennard Backman (2015-6c), Jace Sternberger (2019-3), Josiah Deguara (2020-3)

Wide Receiver (21): Terrence Murphy (2005-2b), Craig Bragg (2005-6b), Greg Jennings (2006-2b), Cory Rodgers (2006-4a), James Jones (2007-3a), David Clowney (2007-5), Jordy Nelson (2008-2a), Brett Swain (2008-7b), Randall Cobb (2011-2), Charles Johnson (2013-7a), Kevin Dorsey (2013-7b), Davante Adams (2014-2), Jared Abbrederis (2014-5b), Jeff Janis (2014-7), Ty Montgomery (2015-3), Trevor Davis (2016, 5), DeAngelo Yancey (2017-5a), Malachi Dupre (2017-7b), J'Mon Moore (2018-4), Marquez Valdes-Scantling (2018-5c), Equanimeous St. Brown (2018-6)

Tackle (12): Tony Moll (2006-5b), Breno Giacomini (2008-5), T.J. Lang (2009-4), Jamon Meredith (2009-5b), Bryan Bulaga (2010-1), Marshall Newhouse (2010-5b), Derek Sherrod (2011-1), Andrew Datko (2012-7a), David Bakhtiari (2013-4a), JC Tretter (2013-4b), Jason Spriggs (2016-2), Kyle Murphy (2016-6)

Guard (11): William Whitticker (2005-7b), Daryn Colledge (2006-2a), Jason Spitz (2006-3b), Allen Barbre (2007-4), Josh Sitton (2008-4b), Caleb Schlauderaff (2011-6a), Kofi Amichia (2017-6), Cole Madison (2018-5a), Elgton Jenkins (2019-2), Jon Runyan (2020-6a), Simon Stepaniak (2020-6c)

Center (3): Junius Coston (2005-5a), Corey Linsley (2014-5a), Jake Hanson (2020-6b)

Defensive End (13): Michael Montgomery (2005-6a), Dave Tollefson (2006-7), Jeremy Thompson (2008-4a), Jarius Wynn (2009-6a), Mike Neal (2010-2), C.J. Wilson (2010-7), Lawrence Guy (2011-7b), Jerel Worthy (2012-2a), Datone Jones (2013-1), Josh Boyd (2013-5b), Khyri Thornton (2014-3a), Dean Lowry (2016-4b), Kingsley Keke (2019-5)

Defensive Tackle (8): Johnny Jolly (2006-6a), Justin Harrell (2007-1), B.J. Raji (2009-1a), Mike Daniels (2012-4a), Christian Ringo (2015-6b), Kenny Clark (2016-1), Montravius Adams (2017-3), James Looney (2018-7a)

Linebacker (24): Brady Poppinga (2005-4b), Kurt Campbell (2005-7a), A.J. Hawk (2006-1), Abdul Hodge (2006-3a), Desmond Bishop (2007-6b), Clay Matthews (2009-1b), Brad Jones (2009-7), D.J. Smith (2011-6b), Ricky Elmore (2011-6c), Nick Perry (2012-1), Terrell Manning (2012-5), Nate Palmer (2013-6), Sam Barrington (2013-7c), Carl Bradford (2014-4), Jake Ryan (2015-4), Kyler Fackrell (2016-3), Blake Martinez (2016-4a), Vince Biegel (2017-4a), Oren Burks (2018-3), Kendall Donnerson (2018-7c), Rashan Gary (2019-1a), Ty Summers (2019-7), Kamal Martin (2020-5), Jonathan Garvin (2020-7b)

Cornerback (14): Mike Hawkins (2005-5b), Will Blackmon (2006-4b), Pat Lee (2008-2c), Brandon Underwood (2009-6b), Davon House (2011-4), Casey Hayward (2012-2b), Micah Hyde (2013-5a), Demetri Goodson (2014-6), Damarious Randall (2015-1), Quinten Rollins (2015-2), Kevin King (2017-2a), Jaire Alexander (2018-1), Josh Jackson (2018-2), Ka'dar Hollman (2019-6a)

Safety (10): Nick Collins (2005-2a), Marviel Underwood (2005-4a), Tyrone Culver (2006-6b), Aaron Rouse (2007-3b), Morgan Burnett (2010-3), Jerron McMillian (2012-4b), Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (2014-1), Josh Jones (2017-2b), Darnell Savage (2019-1b), Vernon Scott (2020-7a)

Kicker (1): Mason Crosby (2007-6c)

Punter (1): JK Scott (2018-5b)

Long Snapper (1): Hunter Bradley (2018-7b)

DRAFT PICKS BY SCHOOL

Where have the 149 Packers draft picks gone to school? Note: Power 5 schools are those in the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC. 

Power 5: 104

California 5, Iowa 5, Texas A&M 5, UCLA 5, Louisville 4, Mississippi State 4, TCU 4, Alabama 3, Arizona State 3, Boston College 3, Colorado 3, LSU 3, Michigan 3, Stanford 3, Auburn 2, Indiana 2, Maryland 2, Michigan State 2, North Carolina State 2, Notre Dame 2, Ohio State 2, Oklahoma 2, Purdue 2, Southern California 2, Vanderbilt 2, Virginia Tech 2, Wisconsin 2, Arizona, Arkansas, Baylor, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Kentucky, Miami, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Northwestern, Oregon, Penn State, Rutgers, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wake Forest, Washington State 

Non-Power 5: 45

South Florida 3, Utah State 3, Brigham Young 2, Boise State 2, Cincinnati 2, Fresno State 2, San Diego State 2, Alabama-Birmingham, Albany, Appalachian State, Bethune-Cookman, Buffalo, Central Florida, Cornell, East Carolina, Eastern Michigan, Furman, Grand Valley State, Hawaii, Illinois State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Maine, Miami (Ohio), Missouri Southern State, Nevada, New Mexico State, North Carolina A&T, Northwest Missouri State, Saginaw Valley State, San Jose State, Southeast Missouri, Southern Mississippi, Tennessee-Chattanooga, Texas-El Paso, Toledo, Western Michigan

ROUND-BY-ROUND

First Round (16): Linebacker (4), defensive tackle (3), cornerback (2), quarterback (2), safety (2), tackle (2), defensive end

Second Round (21): Cornerback (5), wide receiver (5), running back (3), defensive end (2), guard (2), safety (2), quarterback, tackle

Third Round (15): Tight end (4), linebacker (3), safety (2), wide receiver (2), defensive end, defensive tackle, guard, running back

Fourth Round (21): Linebacker (5), tackle (3), cornerback (2), defensive end (2), guard (2), running back (2), safety (2), wide receiver (2), defensive tackle 

Fifth Round (25): Wide receiver (5), tackle (4), cornerback (2), defensive end (2), guard (2), linebacker (2), quarterback (2), tight end (2), center, fullback, punter, running back 

Sixth Round (26): Guard (4), linebacker (4), cornerback (3), defensive end (2), defensive tackle (2), fullback (2), running back (2), wide receiver (2), center, kicker, safety, tackle, tight end

Seventh Round (25): Linebacker (6), wide receiver (5), defensive end (3), quarterback (2), running back (2), tight end (2), defensive tackle, guard, long snapper, safety, tackle

DRAFT HEADQUARTERS AT PACKERS.COM

For Packers fans, the team's official website and social-media channels are the best source for up-to-the-minute information on draft weekend and the only places to listen to live conference calls in their entirety.

  • Packers.com will provide biographical information on each Packers pick as it happens, with additional coverage by the Packers.com writers.  
  • Zoom calls featuring General Manager Brian Gutekunst, Head Coach Matt LaFleur and members of the personnel and scouting staff will be carried live on packers.com, as well as the team's official Facebook and Twitter accounts. They will also stream on YouTube, the mobile app and the connected TV app (Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV). All Zoom calls will also be posted on the site for later viewing. 
  • Follow the @packers on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat and TikTok for live updates from the team throughout the three days of the 2021 NFL Draft.
  • Watch exclusive videos with insight from Packers.com's writers, reporters and analysts.

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