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GREEN BAY, Wis. – Here’s a look at the Green Bay Packers’ running backs situation ahead of the NFL Draft, including pertinent history and potential draft picks.
State of the Packers at Running Back
At this time last year, running back was a major need. With 2017 draft picks Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams headed to free agency, it was clear the Packers needed to expend some draft capital. Thus, with the second-round pick used Authentic Patrick Taylor Jersey, on AJ Dillon and the surprise re-signing of Pro Bowler Aaron Jones, Green Bay will enter the 2021 season with the potential for one of the top backfields in the NFL.
That doesn’t mean general manager Brian Gutekunst can afford to ignore the running back position, though. Running back is a physical position and even the toughest backs in the game can wind up missing time with injuries. At this point, the No. 3 back is Dexter Williams, a sixth-round pick in 2019 who hasn’t panned out. Mike Weber, a seventh-round pick by Dallas in 2019, and Patrick Taylor, who went undrafted in 2020 in large part because of a foot injury, round out the group.
NFL Draft Position Ranking
9 out of 11. The top of the draft is strong, with Alabama’s Najee Harris, Clemson’s Travis Etienne and North Carolina’s Javonte Williams all viable candidates to be the first back off the board, but the depth fades away in a hurry.
History Says You Can (Maybe) Forget These Guys
The Packers simply don’t draft short guys. That’s well-established at receiver and cornerback but also true at running back. During the 16 drafts White Patrick Taylor Jersey, conducted by Ted Thompson and Gutekunst, the Packers have selected 11 running backs. Or, make it 12 if you include Ty Montgomery, who was drafted to play receiver but made his mark at running back. Jones was the shortest at 5-foot-9 1/8. No running back had hands smaller than 9 inches.
Based on height, Memphis’ versatile Kenneth Gainwell (5-8 3/8) and North Carolina’s explosive Michael Carter (5-7 7/8) are two high-quality backs who could be out of the mix. Ditto for Buffalo’s Jaret Patterson (5-6 1/2) and Kansas’ Pooka Williams (5-8 5/8). Virginia Tech’s Khalil Herbert (5-8 7/8), a potential choice early in Day 3, could be on the fringe … until the next paragraph.
Based on hand size – a big deal with ball Signed Patrick Taylor Jersey, security being such a challenge in December and January – Carter (8 3/4), Oklahoma’s Rhamondre Stevenson (8 3/4), Herbert (8 1/2) and Louisville’s Javian Hawkins (7 7/8) could be out.