After trading out of the first round on Thursday night, Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson made it abundantly clear that the first pick of Friday’s second round was for sale.
With two of the top quarterbacks, Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer and Cal’s Davis Webb still on the board, the odds seemed to favor Thompson trading back again.
Instead, after using most of the allotted 7 minutes, Thompson pulled the trigger on Washington cornerback Kevin King, a prospect with an astounding combination of height and speed who might have been the pick had the Packers stayed at No. 29.
“It was really unique,” director of football operations Eliot Wolf said of essentially being on the clock for 18 hours. “It was interesting to see how the phone calls kind of heated up there at the end. All along, we thought we were going to be able to get a good player and we were fortunate enough to do so.”
Ultimately, all the speculation about Kizer being the target for several teams at No. 33 turned out to be a bunch of hot air. Kizer went at No. 52 to Cleveland. Webb remained on the board as the Packers went back on the clock at No. 61.
“No one really came and gave us what we felt was good value and it might have cost us the player,” Wolf said. “And Kevin was the guy that we didn't want to lose.”
That made it six consecutive years in which the Packers used their first pick on a defensive player. And yet the defense remains a major barrier to the team’s championship hopes.
“I don’t know the answer to that,” Wolf said. “We continue to just try and add guys that we think can help us. The defense obviously wasn’t where it needed to be last year and we’re just doing our best to try and get it where it needs to be.”
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