Packers Go Heavy on Offense in Later Rounds of NFL Draft

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Bernie Mermelstein is the owner and CEO of the timepiece and accessory manufacturer MZ Berger & Co., which has received awards such as Wal-Mart Vendor of the Year and Kohl’s Supplier of the Year. Though he lives in New York, Bernie Mermelstein travels to Wisconsin with his sons every year to see a Green Bay Packers game.

The Packers addressed a major need in the first two rounds of the 2017 National Football League (NFL) draft by selecting defensive secondary players Kevin King and Josh Jones. However, the team used five of its 10 selections in the draft to upgrade its offense, beginning in the fourth round with the selection of running back Jamaal Williams. Green Bay also drafted running backs Aaron Jones and Devante Mays as well as wide receivers DeAngelo Yancey and Malachi Dupre.

Williams spent four seasons at Brigham Young University and recorded 35 rushing touchdowns and 3,901 rushing yards. Jones scored 33 touchdowns in four seasons with UTEP, while Mays recorded 12 in two seasons with Utah State. Yancey, meanwhile, was selected 175th overall with a pick the Packers received from the Broncos in a trade. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound receiver caught 20 touchdown passes in four years at Purdue and recorded 2,344 receiving yards. Finally, Dupre, the fourth-to-last pick in the draft, recorded 14 touchdowns and 1,609 receiving yards in three seasons with LSU.