Before hitting the practice field on Friday for the first rookie orientation practice, five members of the Green Bay Packers' 10-player draft class signed contracts.
Purdue receiver DeAngelo Yancey, UTEP running back Aaron Jones (fifth round), South Florida guard Kofi Amichia (sixth round) and Utah State running back Devante Mays and LSU receiver Malachi Dupre (seventh round) signed their four-year rookie deals. The terms of those deals are set by the collective bargaining agreement, meaning they range from approximately $2.624 million for Yancey to $2.467 million for Dupre.
Also signing were 15 undrafted free agents:
|44||Donatello Brown||CB||6-0||190||Valdosta State||Kennesaw, Ga.|
|56||Johnathan Calvin||LB||6-3||266||Mississippi State||Jackson, Miss.|
|89||Michael Clark||WR||6-6||217||Marshall||St. Petersburg, Fla.|
|9||Montay Crockett||WR||6-0||184||Georgia Southern||Rock Hill, S.C.|
|60||Thomas Evans||G||6-3||305||Richmond||Franklin, N.C.|
|74||Geoff Gray||G||6-5||315||University of Manitoba||Winnipeg, Man.|
|55||Cody Heiman||LB||6-2||229||Washburn||Baileyville, Kan.|
|8||Taysom Hill||QB||6-2||221||Brigham Young||Pocatello, Idaho|
|71||Izaah Lunsford||DT||6-3||310||Bowling Green State||Cincinnati, Ohio|
|77||Adam Pankey||G/T||6-5||313||West Virginia||Hamilton, Ohio|
|86||Aaron Peck||TE||6-2||239||Fresno State||Riverside, Calif.|
|34||Kalif Phillips||RB||5-9||218||Charlotte||Kannapolis, N.C.|
|41||Lenzy Pipkins||CB||6-0||196||Oklahoma State||Mansfield, Texas|
|38||David Rivers||CB||6-1||186||Youngstown State||Miami, Fla.|
|5||Justin Vogel||P||6-4||219||Miami (Fla.)||Tampa, Fla.|
Here is a little about each, with most details from the team's announcement:
Brown, 25, earned first-team all-Gulf South Conference honors as a senior after registering a career-best two interceptions. He played in 39 games over four seasons, recording 45 tackles (35 solo), 10 passes defensed and three interceptions. Brown competed in the Tropical Bowl, all-star game.
Calvin, 23, played in 26 games with 11 starts at Mississippi State after transferring from Copiah-Lincoln Community College. He saw action in all 13 games with 10 starts as a senior in 2016, leading the team with 55 tackles (23 solo), seven sacks and 11½ tackles for a loss. Calvin was named third-team all-SEC. He had a predraft visit with the Packers.
Clark, 21, played basketball at St. Francis (Pa.) before transferring to Marshall to play football. The 2016 season was the first time he played organized football since his freshman year of high school. Clark started all 12 games played last season, finishing No. 3 on the team with 37 receptions for 632 yards (17.1 avg.) and five touchdowns.
Crockett, 23, totaled 18 starts in 47 games played over four seasons at Georgia Southern, posting 535 yards and three TDs on 32 receptions (16.7 avg.) while adding 144 rushing yards and two TDs on 15 attempts (9.6 avg.). He added 12 punt returns for 125 yards (10.4 avg.) and returned 30 kickoffs for 638 yards (21.3 avg.).
Evans, 22, is a two-time all-Colonial Athletic Association selection who ended his career with 34 consecutive starts. He was part of a line that blocked for three straight 1,000-yard rushers.
Gray, 22, started all eight league games as a senior for a Bison team that averaged 34.5 points and 487.1 total yards per contest, including 333.1 yards per game through the air, good for third in the country. He never missed a game in four seasons, starting 30 of 32 contests plus six playoff games. Gray lined up at both guard and tackle in college and played in the East-West Shrine all-star game.
Heiman, 23, played linebacker and running back over four seasons, seeing action in 47 games (36 starts) and finishing his career with 251 tackles (122 solo), 6½ sacks, 16½ tackles for a loss, five interceptions and one defensive TD. He added 426 rushing yards and six TDs on 91 carries (4.7 avg.) in his one season at running back (2013).
Hill, 26, started 33 of 37 games played during his career, completing 609 of 1,047 passes (58.2 pct.) for 6,929 yards, 43 touchdowns and 31 interceptions. He registered 2,815 rushing yards (most among BYU QBs) on 534 attempts (5.3 avg.) with 32 touchdowns. Four of his five seasons ended with injuries.
Lunsford, 23, saw action in 44 career games, registering 90 tackles (41 solo), 4½ sacks, 12 tackles for a loss, three passes defensed, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. As a senior, he started all 12 games and finished with 48 tackles (21 solo), 3½ tackles for a loss, a sack, a fumble recovery, a pass defensed and a QB hurry.
Pankey, 23, saw time at guard and tackle in 44 games over four seasons, starting 25 game at left guard in his final two years. As a senior, Pankey helped pave the way for the offense to average 479.7 yards per game, 34.0 points per game, 228.2 yards rushing per game and 251.5 passing yards per game.
Peck, 22, played in 44 games during his collegiate career, hauling in 93 receptions for 1,211 yards (13.0 avg.) and six touchdowns. After missing the 2015 season due to injury, he set career highs in receptions (46) and receiving yards (630) and tied his career high in touchdowns receptions (three). Peck, who had a predraft visit with Green Bay, played receiver in college but is making the move to tight end.
Phillips, 23, owns school career records for rushing yards (4,020), touchdowns (43), rushing touchdowns (41) and 100-yard rushing games (15). His 4,020 rushing yards ranked No. 13 among active FBS players at the end of the 2016 season. He was named honorable mention all-Conference USA as a senior and second-team All-Conference USA as a junior.
Pipkins, 23, played three seasons at Louisiana-Monroe and one season at Oklahoma State as a graduate transfer. He played in 47 games over four years, registering 142 tackles (94 solo), eight tackles for a loss, two sacks, three interceptions, nine passes defensed and a forced fumble. Pipkins did not start playing football until his senior year of high school.
Rivers, 22, played in 40 games over four seasons, registering 65 tackles (50 solo), three interceptions and 13 pass breakups. He started nine of 16 games played as a senior, recording career highs in tackles (33), solo tackles (25) and passes defensed (eight). Rivers was part of team that played in the 2017 FCS Championship Game against James Madison.
Vogel, 23, spent two years at the University of Florida (2012-13) before playing three seasons (2014-16) at the University of Miami. He earned all-ACC second-team honors as a senior after averaging a career-best 43.8 yards per punt.