Defensive end Jarius Wynn rounded out his college career at the University of Georgia with his finest performances, and the sixth-round pick will look to continue that improvement with the Packers.
Wynn, who was selected with Green Bay's first of two sixth-round picks (No. 182 overall), didn't put up staggering numbers as a senior for the Bulldogs, playing in 13 games with seven starts and registering 24 tackles and three sacks. But his production increased at the end of the season as he made a career-high six stops in the regular-season finale vs. Georgia Tech, and followed that up with two sacks in Georgia's Capital One Bowl victory over Michigan State.
"He's very long-levered, has the body type, tough guy," Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. "I think he's someone that can grow a little bit. His weight is probably not where it needs to be right now, but we feel he has the ability to play the defensive end position."
Wynn came to Georgia after two seasons at Georgia Military College, a junior college he attended in order to improve his academics. He earned second-team National Junior College Athletic Association All-American honors there in 2006 as he posted 21 tackles, including a team-best eight for loss, two sacks and four forced fumbles.
"Where I am from, a lot of people go there (Georgia Military) but they never go through," said Wynn, a native of Lincolnton, Ga. "They never accomplish their dreams, so I wanted to be the first one to go there and come all the way through."
The 6-foot-5, 273-pound Wynn said the Packers have not discussed specifics as far as what his role will be, but he said adding some weight to play end in Dom Capers' 3-4 scheme will be a priority.
"The only thing they said to me is they mentioned my weight and how they want me to gain a little bit more weight," said Wynn. "That's really easy for me to gain weight. The biggest I have been was like 283. That was pretty heavy for me, but I'll be whatever it takes."
Even though Wynn wasn't selected until the sixth round, the wait to hear his name called didn't diminish his excitement.
"I heard (I could get picked) from the (third round) all the way down," Wynn said. "It's just a blessing to get to this point. This is every child's dream where I am from.
"I'm going to come in and work hard. I know I am going to be a better player. That's how I feel deep down inside."