The Green Bay Packers drafted former Miner Aaron Jones on Saturday afternoon. Overall, Williams is the 140th player from BYU to be selected in any round of the NFL Draft and follows last year's selection of Bronson Kaufusi by the Ravens (3rd round, 70th overall). Oh, and at 6 foot 3, 192 pounds and with long arms, it didn't hurt that he draws comparisons to Seahawks All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman.
It's the first time the Packers have taken three halfbacks in one draft since 1974 (Barty Smith, Don Woods and Eric Torkelson). The two-time All-Big Ten second-team honoree started 36 games at Wisconsin, notching 15 sacks and 28.5 tackles for loss. Barrington stuck around for three seasons with the Packers, starting seven games in 2014. With Nick Perry and Clay Matthews, the Pack have a reliable duo on the edge, but Biegel's presence could help Matthews slide over to the middle in certain situations. That pick was this one. Biegel wanted to play for his home-state team. Even his grandfather, Ken, played Division III football at UW-Eau Claire before becoming a Wisconsin and national high school hall of fame coach.
Kevin King was the first UW player off the board on Friday, going No. 33 overall - the first pick of the second round - to the Green Bay Packers. Williams led the Cougars in rushing all four of his seasons, rushing for over 1300 yards and scoring 12 touchdowns in his senior season despite missing 3 games with an ankle injury. With Amichia on the left side, the Bulls extend their nation-leading streak of 30-plus point games to 17 as the 297-pound tackle paved the way for USF to finish the regular season ranked fifth nationally in rushing offense (291.8 ypg), eighth in scoring offense (43.6 ppg) and ninth in total offense (515.1 ypg). The youngest Kupp made 428 catches for 6,464 yards and 73 touchdowns in his career at EWU. They picked up an additional seventh round pick at No. 238. Check - they took two, in Purdue's DeAngelo Yancey (fifth round, No. 175) and LSU's Malachi Dupre (seventh round, No. 247), a pair of down-the-field threats who'll join an already competitive receiver room.
Thompson's first two draft picks clearly demonstrated his desire to bolster Green Bay's secondary, and his third-round choice suggested a larger goal of simply making the defense faster. The Packers like Williams' strong lower body and ability to make tackles.
What can we expect from Jones, the Packers' second running back addition in the class?
Green Bay set a new franchise record by selecting three running back in a single draft.