Three picks sign as camp opens

The Packers training camp opened with a bigger cast as three draftees signed on the eve of the first day of rookie practice. Defensive tackle Kenny Peterson and linebackers Hunter Hillenmeyer and Steve Josue all signed Friday, the team announced.<P>

That leaves first-round pick Nick Barnett as the only unsigned player from the Packers' 2003 draft class. Vice president of player finance Andrew Brandt is reportedly working through the weekend to secure the Oregon State linebacker.

Peterson, 6-3, 300 pounds, from Ohio State was the team's third round pick and the 79th overall. Hillenmeyer, 6-4 and 238 pounds, was a stand-out linebacker at Vanderbilt. The Packers selected him in the fifth round. Hillenmeyer also brings an outstanding academic resume along with the standard rookie raves. He graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt in May with a double major in ecomonics and human and oranizational development. Hillenmeyer scored an impressive 39 on the Wonderlic test.

The Packers wrapped up the draft by using their fourth of four seventh round picks to select Josue, a 6-2 and 222 pound linebacker from Carson-Newman.

All three will be on the field this morning as the rookies begin practice.

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