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Packers stay defensive with two first round picks

The Green Bay Packers had two picks entering the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft Thursday night. General Manager Brian Gutekunst took Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary with the first pick (#12). 

One of the biggest surprise picks of all of the first-round, Gary was not on many if any first-round mock drafts. When Gary received the call, cameras showed the two-time All Big Ten selection, tears flowed at a rapid pace.

 

Gary registered just nine sacks and 18 tackles over the past two seasons. His speed may be the most exciting attribute. The 6'5", 278-pounder ran a blazing fast 4.58-second 40-yard dash.

 

 

Green Bay hit the phones after the pick and dealt their two fourth-round picks (#114 & #118) to move from #30 in the first-round to #21. The Packers traded with Seattle. They targeted Maryland safety Darnell Savage. At nearly 5'11" and 198 pounds, he registered 181 tackles and eight interceptions in his collegiate career. 

 

Savage will likely be worked in as a safety in the Packers system. The "ball hawk" had four interceptions during his senior season with 52 tackles. 

 

 

Green Bay will have pick #44 overall tonight with their second-round selection.

 

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