Packers stack their defense in NFL Draft's 1st round
The Green Bay Packers selected Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary with the number 12 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Gary is a 6-foot-4, 277 pound defensive end who had 44 tackles, seven for loss and 3.5 sacks in 12 games as a junior.
"My shoulder's good, I had a torn labrum, but I did 26 reps at the combine and I'm ready to go, and I'm ready to be great now," Gary says. "I'm just happy to be a Green By Packer. I can't wait to get to work."
Packers college scout Joe Hueber told the media following the pick that Gary will start with the outside linebacker group but expects his versatility to allow him to move around on the defensive line.
"He impacted the game with more than just tackles and sacks," Hueber said.
Gary decided to forego his senior season to enter into the draft. He was named to the All-Big Ten defensive first-team by coaches and second team by the media.
Gary appeared emotional as he got the call from Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst.
The Packers traded the no. 30 pick and two 4th round picks (no. 114 and no. 118) to the Seattle Seahawks to move up to the no. 21 pick.
With the 21st pick, the Packers selected Maryland safety Darnell Savage.
Savage ran a blazing 4.36 forty-yard dash at the NFL Combine. As a senior at Maryland, Savage was a second-team all-conference selection with four interceptions and 52 tackles.
"I feel as if I'm extremely versatile. I really bring that play making feel. Always around the ball, always making plays. Just a play maker. Fast, I like to hit. I like to around the ball, I like to make plays," Savage says.
"I think this was obviously a focus of ours, we wanted to improve our defense, and we certainly added a number of bodies and guys we are really excited about," Gutekunst says. "Football is a team game and these guys are going to have to come together and gel. We are really excited about not only the athletes and players we have brought on to our defense, but also the guys. I think they are wired the way we want them wired."
#12 overall - OLB Rashan Gary, Michigan
#21 overall* - S Darnell Savage, Maryland
*Traded no. 30 overall plus two round 4 picks (#114 and #118) to Seattle in exchange for no. 21.
#12 (#44 overall) - Elgton Jenkins, C Mississippi State
#12 (#75 overall) - Jace Sternberger, TE Texas A&M
#12 (#150 overall) - Kingsley Keke, DT Texas A&M
#12 (#185 overall) - Ka'dar Hollman, CB Toledo
#22 (#194 overall) - Dexter Williams, RB Notre Dame
#12 (#226 overall) - Ty Summers, ILB TCU