Packers take fullback in fourth round

Despite re-signing William Henderson to a four-year contract extension this off-season, the Green Bay Packers used their fourth round selection on fullback Najeh Davenport of the University of Miami-Florida.<p>

The Packers had Davenport as the highest rated player on their board when it was their turn to select with the final pick of the fourth round. The Packers received the compensatory pick as compensation from the National Football League for the loss of free agent Ross Verba in 2001.

Davenport, 6-foot-2, 248 pounds, has had knee and foot injuries during his career for the Hurricanes. But the Packers feel that he is versatile enough to play running back or fullback.

"He's a ‘one back' and a fullback," said Mark Hatley, the Packers' vice president of football operations. "In a ‘one back' set we feel that he gives us some flexibility as a tailback, too."

Davenport was more of an inside runner for the Hurricans. He has size, power and speed.

"He's got a chance to develope into something," said Hatley. "He does have a foot injury that we're concerned with. That's one of the reasons he has slipped (in the draft). Our doctors feel that the worst-case scenario is we'll have to do something right now. We're excited about getting this quality of a player in the fourth round, especially at the bottom."

Henderson was drafted by the Packers in 1995. He has started at fullback since the 1996 season.

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