With Jahri Evans filling the massive void at right guard left by T.J. Lang’s free-agent departure, the pressure was off Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson to pick a guard.
Thompson bypassed Miami’s Danny Isidora while drafting Purdue receiver DeAngelo Yancey and UTEP running back Aaron Jones in the fifth round. In the sixth round, Green Bay picked South Florida’s Kofi Amichia.
"It was crazy. I expected them to call me but I didn't expect it to be that soon. When it happened, me and my family, we just went wild," he said.
Amichia fits the Packers’ profile.
-- He was a two-year starter at left tackle, including earning first-team all-AAC as a senior. He anchored a line that powered an offense that finished among the nation’s leaders in rushing offense, scoring offense, total offense and sacks allowed. Before moving to left tackle in 2015, he started two games at right tackle in 2014 and was a backup center in 2013.
-- He is athletic, with a 4.99-second clocking in the 40-yard dash at USF’s pro day. Athleticism and quickness off the ball are the strengths of his game, he said. At 6-foot-3 5/8 and 302 pounds, he put up 32 reps on the bench press. He's up to 308 now, he said. That's up about 15 pounds from what he weighed as a senior.
-- He was a superb pass protector. According to Pro Football Focus, he was the fifth-best pass-protecting tackle in this draft class.
As was the case with Yancey, the Packers hosted Amichia on a predraft visit.
His parents, Joe and Esther, are natives of Ghana.
The signing of Evans filled a major hole in the lineup and allowed Thompson to attend to other needs. Director of football operations Eliot Wolf said Evans “played really well … in a pass-happy offense.” That pass-first approach isn’t too different than Green Bay’s offensive philosophy. He allowed three sacks last year, according to STATS.
“We feel really good about our group,” Wolf said one round earlier. “Adding Evans was awesome. He played at a high level last year, really durable, tons of experience. And then we feel really good about the guys that were here. I still think the offensive line is a strength for our team.”
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