Versatile DB taken in third round

Seeking an heir apparent for LeRoy Butler, the Green Bay Packers tonight used their third round pick on defensive back Marques Anderson of UCLA.<p>

"His versatility entices us about him," said Packers coach and general manager Mike Sherman. "Good hitter. Square tackler. Lot of pluses about him."

Anderson played cornerback and strong safety and free safety at UCLA. He finished his career with 236 tackles (174 solos), four sacks and eight interceptions. Last year he was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award.

Anderson was one of a number of players who were suspended for the entire 1999 season for parking violations on the UCLA campus.

Butler, drafted in the second round of the 1990 NFL draft by the Packers, and Antuan Edwards, taken in the first round by the Packers in 1999, are coming off major injuries. Butler suffered a broken shoulder blade last November against the Atlanta Falcons. Edwards suffered torn knee ligaments in the third game of the season at Carolina. The only other safeties currently on Green Bay's roster include starter Darren Sharper, and backups Matt Bowen and Emilie White.

Bhawoh Jue, who started in place of Butler late last season, probably will move back to cornerback. Veteran Billy Jenkins, who was signed by Green Bay late last season, signed a free agent contract with the Buffalo Bills this off-season.

Anderson has the ability to play cornerback or safety. He began his career at UCLA as a cornerback in 1997 and '98. He played free safety and strong safety in his final two seasons. "Whereever they need me, that's where I'm gonna play," said Anderson.


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