Green Bay Packers selected Kyler Fackrell in the third round.
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Utah State All-American linebacker Kyler Fackrell became the second Aggie picked in the 2016 National Football League Draft as he was selected in the third round by the Green Bay Packers with the 88th overall pick.
With its two draft picks in 2016, Utah State has now had 10 players selected into the NFL in the past six years, including three linebackers.
Fackrell is the eighth Aggie ever to be drafted by the Packers organization joining guard Lionel Aldridge (4/54) in 1963, defensive tackle Doug Gosnell (8/194) in 1969, defensive back Bob Fuhriman (13/321) in 1975, quarterback Keith Myers (9/228) in 1978, wide receiver Ron Cassidy (8/193) in 1979, tight end John Thompson (9/235) in 1979 and defensive back Ed Berry (7/183) in 1986.
Fackrell joins Utah State’s Nick Vigil, who was also taken in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals with the 87th overall pick, marking the first time in USU history that it has had two players drafted into the NFL in back-to-back picks.
All-time, USU has now had 120 players selected in the NFL Draft.
Fackrell will join 14 other former Aggies who are currently on NFL rosters, including Nick Vigil, safety Maurice Alexander, who is with the Los Angeles Rams; defensive back Will Davis, who is with the Baltimore Ravens; defensive back Tay Glover-Wright, who is with the Indianapolis Colts; wide receiver Chuck Jacobs, who is with the Baltimore Ravens; offensive guard Tyler Larsen, who is with the Carolina Panthers; defensive back Nevin Lawson, who is with the Detroit Lions; long snapper Patrick Scales, who is with the Chicago Bears; offensive tackle Donald Penn, who is with the Oakland Raiders; tight end D.J. Tialavea, who is with the Atlanta Falcons; running back Robert Turbin, who is with the Indianapolis Colts; linebacker Zach Vigil, who is with the Miami Dolphins; linebacker Bobby Wagner, who is with the Seattle Seahawks; and running back Kerwynn Williams, who is with the Arizona Cardinals.
Fackrell, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound linebacker from Mesa, Ariz. (Mesa HS), earned fourth-team All-American honors from Phil Steele’s Magazine and was named a first-team all-Mountain West selection as a senior as he finished the season ranking first in the nation with five fumble recoveries, while also ranking first on the team with his 15.0 tackles for loss, first on the team with his school-record 12 quarterback hurries and second with his 4.0 sacks.
Facrkrell was also a semifinalist for the Butkus Award in 2015, honoring the nation’s best linebacker, and earned College Football News Sophomore Honorable Mention All-America honors in 2013, along with being the first player in school history to be named a Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-American in 2012.
Overall, Fackrell ranked sixth in the Mountain West in tackles for loss (1.15 pg) and 27th in the MW in tackles with 82 (6.3 pg) in 2015, which were the second-most on the team, as were his three games with double-digit tackles, all of which came against conference opponents. He also tied for first on the team with his two forced fumbles, to go along with a defensive touchdown on a fumble recovery in the end zone against Nevada (11/21).
Along with earning All-America and first-team all-conference honors as a senior, Fackrell was also named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week twice after performances against No. 21 Boise State (10/16) and Nevada (11/21). Against the Broncos, he had 11 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries, two quarterback hurries and a forced fumble. Against the Wolf Pack, he recorded 10 tackles, including 0.5 tackles for loss, two quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery in the end zone for a touchdown.
In all, Fackrell earned conference player of the week honors five times during his career.
In 2015, Fackrell recorded double-digit tackles in three games, including a season-high 11 stops against Boise State. He also had 10 tackles against both San Diego State (10/23) and Nevada, and recorded at least five tackles in 11 of the 13 games he played in. He also posted a career-high 3.0 tackles for loss against Colorado State (10/3), to go along with a career-high six quarterback hurries, and had tackles for loss in nine games.
Fackrell was named an honorable mention Sophomore All-American by College Football News and earned second-team all-Mountain West honors as he finished the 2013 season ranking first on the team with 13.0 tackles for loss, tied for first with two forced fumbles and second with 5.0 sacks, while ranking fourth on the team with 82 tackles.
As a redshirt freshman in 2012, Fackrell earned first-team all-Western Athletic Conference honors and was named a Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-American as he finished the year ranking second on the team and eighth in the WAC with three interceptions (0.23 pg), third on the team and 13th in the WAC with 8.0 tackles for loss (0.62 pg), and fourth on the team and 13th in the WAC with 87 tackles (6.7 pg), which ranks tied for third all-time at USU among freshmen. Fackrell also finished second on the team with seven quarterback hurries, to go along with 3.0 sacks and three pass breakups.
Fackrell, who started all 41 games he played at Utah State, concluded his career with nine double-digit tackle games and is one of just 15 players in school history to earn first- or second-team all-conference honors three times. Overall, he had 253 tackles, which included 12.0 sacks and 36.0 tackles for loss, while adding seven fumble recoveries, five forced fumbles, four interceptions and three total touchdowns, with an interception return and fumble recovery on defense, to go along with a touchdown reception on offense.