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Packers add nine players through draft

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GREEN BAY (WAOW) - With their nine picks in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Packers were able to fill some glaring holes. And at the same time, they snagged a few of the most talented players in what was considered one of the deepest draft pools in years.

As always, it couldn't have been done without a little luck. That started right away in the first round, when safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix fell down to 21.

“When you go through your board, you have different levels of certainty about everyone,” Packers General Manager Ted Thompson said. “We felt very good about Ha Ha. We felt good about his ability to come in and play."

On day two, Green Bay added a couple of pass catchers. The Packers used their second round selection on Davonte Adams, a productive wide receiver from Fresno State.

In the third round... Ted Thompson and company went defense, bolstering the line with Khyri Thonrton, a defensive tackle from Southern Miss with plenty of upside.

Later in the third, the Packers took a familiar name from a familiar school. They now have their second Rodgers from California. Richard rodgers, a tight end who declared a year early.

“How he fits us, coming here and playing like we did in the past I think he fits very well,” Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said. “But how we play in the future, he's going to have some work do to."

On the final day, the Packers began by stacking the defense. Carl Bradford, a pass rusher from Arizona State, was the fourth round selection.

They then went with a center in Corey Linsley, and after that,Thompson finished the day by drafting on potential with Demetri Goodson of Baylor. A former college basketball player.

And Jeff Janis, another wide receiver out of Division II Saginaw Valley State.

But the middle of Saturday is where Thompson made his biggest splash of the final day. Jared Abbrederis, a former walk on wide receiver for Wisconsin, is the first Badger to be selected by the Packers since Bill Ferrario in 2001.

“His first couple of years especially, he did everything but sell hot dogs down there,” Thompson said of Abbrederis. “The opponents, Big Ten quality players, are all over him down there and he still gets open, he still catches the ball and he still runs with it."

These rookies won't have much time to celebrate before getting down to work, the Packers rookie orientation is next weekend.
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