Report: Packers plan to cut Christine Michael

GREEN BAY, Wis. — After drafting three running backs in the NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers have released Don Jackson and plan to do the same with Christine Michael.

Citing league sources, ESPN’s Adam Schefter says Michael’s time in Green Bay is limited. Injuries forced the Packers to claim Michael on waivers midway through the 2016 season, rushing for just one touchdown in the six games he played in. Green Bay found more success running the football when they converted receiver Ty Montgomery to a full-time running back.

Green Bay is down to four running backs on roster (including Montgomery) after drafting Jamaal Williams, Aaron Jones, and Devante Mays.

Report: Packers nearly traded Brett Hundley during NFL Draft

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Packers general manager Ted Thompson nearly traded backup quarterback Brett Hundley on day two of the NFL Draft, according to a report from ESPN’s Rob Demovsky.

Demovsky writes that Green Bay “came close to making a deal” that would have helped the Packers move up in the draft order on Friday. Green Bay held picks No. 33 (Kevin King, CB, Washington) and No. 61 (Josh Jones, S, NC State) in round two of the draft. In round three, the Packers selected Auburn defensive tackle Montravius Adams with the 93rd overall pick, which may have been where Green Bay was looking to move up in the draft order.

Hundley was a fifth round draft selection in the 2015 NFL Draft, but quickly shot up the ranks on many teams’ trade boards after a solid preseason as a rookie. In his second year under Aaron Rodgers, Hundley saw the field in four games, but only attempted 10 passes in the regular season, completed two of them for 17 yards.

If Hundley continues to develop in his 2017 campaign, he’ll likely be dealt the following offseason.

Packers trade down to select Purdue WR Yancey, UTEP RB Jones

PHILADELPHIA — Packers general manager Ted Thompson loves late-round draft value. He traded the 172nd pick to the Broncos in exchange for 175 and 238, selecting Purdue receiver DeAngelo Yancey with their first pick in round five.

Yancey was named a second team All-Big Ten honoree after playing in all 12 games for the Boilermakers in 2016. Green Bay saw promise in the 6-2 prospect out of Atlanta, hosting him for a pre-draft workout last month.

He led his team in receptions (49), yards (951), and touchdowns (10). Those were all career highs. Yancey gives Green Bay a deep threat, scoring seven of his 10 touchdowns on receptions of 31 or more yards.

Green Bay’s second pick in round five was used on Texas | El Paso running back Aaron Jones. Jones is listed at 5-9, 208 pounds but averaged 7.7 yards per carry

Packers take BYU running back Jamaal Williams with 134th pick

PHILADELPHIA — It took until late in the fourth round of the NFL Draft, but the Green Bay Packers selected their first offensive player, BYU running back Jamaal Williams.

Williams played in 42 career games for the Cougars, finishing his career with a school record in attempts (726), yards (3,901), and games with 100-plus yards (16).

Williams was dismissed from BYU in 2015 for violating the school’s honor code — he was caught with a female student inside his dormitory room.

Packers kick off day 3 by selecting Wisconsin LB Vince Biegel

PHILADELPHIA — The Green Bay Packers were expected to select a Wisconsin linebacker, but instead of T.J. Watt, it was teammate Vince Biegel.

Biegel was taken with the 108th pick to kick off the fourth round of the NFL Draft. In his four years with the Badgers, Biegel racked up 88 solo tackles, including 28.5 for a loss. He was a second team All-Big Ten selection his senior year and a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy.

Green Bay beefs up its pass rush once again, drafting its fourth defensive player of the 2017 Draft. General manager Ted Thompson hinted that day three would be more focused on offensive selections. Green Bay will also have the 28th pick in round four.

Packers use third round pick on Auburn DT Montravius Adams

PHILADELPHIA — With their third round pick in the NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers completed Friday’s picks with defense, selecting Auburn defensive tackle Montravius Adams.

Adams was a four-year letterwinner with the Tigers, earning All-American second team honors his senior year. He was an All-SEC first team member by the Associated Press and was a semifinalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award.

Packers general manager Ted Thompson addressed the media after the pick, saying he expects Adams to contribute both as an interior lineman and as an edge-rusher.

Just hours before being selected by Green Bay, Adams’ son Montavious, Jr. was born. He calls that a bigger accomplishment than being drafted into the NFL.

 

Packers select S Josh Jones with 61st overall pick

PHILADELPHIA — The Green Bay Packers addressed the defense again with the 61st overall pick in the NFL Draft, North Carolina State safety Josh Jones.

Jones was listed as the second-best player remaining, according to the NFL.com big board. As a redshirt junior for the Wolfpack, Jones was an honorable mention All-ACC performer and the team’s leading tackler. Jones’ 62 total tackles ranked ninth in the conference.

The NC State product spoke with local reporters via teleconference, revealing a secret source of his motivation heading into his last year with the Wolfpack.

“Every player has something to work on. I just want to as soon as I can, work with Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, he’s a proven veteran in this game. I’ve been watching Ha Ha a lot,” Jones said. “I’ve been watching highlights a lot. He gives me a lot of motivation the way he plays. I’m so excited I get the opportunity to play with a guy like that.”

Jones transitioned from a strong safety position to the free safety role in 2016. He earned the DeWayne Washington Award for Most Valuable defensive back after making the move.

With the secondary seemingly bolstered thanks to the two round-two draft picks, Packers director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst said it wasn’t a slight at the current defensive backs on roster.

Packers use No. 33 pick on Washington CB Kevin King

PHILADELPHIA — Amid speculation the Green Bay Packers would trade down once again in the NFL Draft, they instead use the No. 33 overall pick to select Washington cornerback Kevin King.

King was an honorable mention All-Pac 12 member in 2016, starting all 14 games for the Huskies with 26 tackles, 3.5 TFLs, and two interceptions. He also had a career-high 13 passes defensed.

If King’s conference call with local reporters was any indication, King won’t have any lack of work ethic as a Packer. Instead of pouting about not being selected in the first round, King went to work.

“After last night, emotions were flying, I didn’t really know what to think,” King recalled. “All I can do is what I knew how to do. I went back to the hotel and I went and worked out. I ran on the treadmill for about an hour and I hit the weights.”

There were rumblings the Packers may use the first pick in round two of the draft to trade back with teams interested in King’s services. It was rumored Green Bay would select Notre Dame quarterback Deshone Kizer if they did not move from the No. 33 pick.

King should make an immediate impact for the Green Bay defense. He was asked by reporters if he would have felt comfortable facing off with Julio Jones in the NFC Championship Game loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

Packers trade out of first round, pick up a 4th rounder

PHILADELPHIA | Ted Thompson loves his draft picks and he picked up another in a late night trade with the Cleveland Browns. The Packers traded their first round pick of the 2017 NFL Draft (#29 overall) to the Browns for the 1st pick in the 2nd round (#33) and a Browns 4th round pick (#108). So the Packers move down four spots to pick up a 4th rounder. The Packers now have 9 picks in the Draft, two in the 4th and two in the 5th.

Packers announcing the signing of veteran G Jahri Evans

The Green Bay Packers needed to replace T.J. Lang at right guard, and they may have done it on Wednesday.

The team announced the signing of veteran Jahri Evans, who was cut by the New Orleans Saints last month.

Evans was a first-team All-Pro for four straight seasons (2009-2012) and a six-time Pro Bowler, most recently in 2014. A fourth-round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, Evans started 169 games for the Saints over his 11 years in the league.

Green Bay was unable to resign Lang this offseason, and he ended up with the Detroit Lions.

Though the Packers will almost certainly take one or more offensive linemen in the draft this week, Evans will likely be the favorite to win the starting job at right guard when training camp opens in July.