Offense gets help in second round

Packers select offensive lineman, wide receiver

The Green Bay Packers bolstered their depth on offense in the second round of the NFL draft today by selecting offensive lineman Daryn Colledge and wide receiver/return specialist Greg Jennings.

Colledge was taken 47th overall after Green Bay traded the 37th overall pick that it received in the Javon Walker trade to Atlanta for the 47th, 93rd and 148th overall picks. A four-year starter at Boise State, Colledge impressed the Packers with his quickness, durability, athleticism and experience in the zone-blocking scheme.

Colledge started a school-record-tying 51 straight games for the Broncos and was a first-team All-Western Athletic Conference selection last year.

Green Bay's coaches and scouting personnel met personally with him at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis in February and was impressed.

"He's a passionate guy, loves the game of football," said offensive line coach Joe Philbin. "Those are some things that are very evident when we met with him in Indianapolis. The durability, the passion for the game. Those are the types of things that were very attractive to us."

Philbin and Packers offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski are uncertain where Colledge will fit in along the offensive line. But with a vacancy at left guard, it is likely that the Packers will give Colledge every opportunity to win a starting spot at that position. Scott Wells started the final eight games at left guard ahead of the ineffective Adrian Klemm. But Wells likely will be moved to center to take the place of the departed Mike Flanagan (Houston), leaving an opening at left guard.

"We're looking for a guy that can re-direct, a guy that can run," Jagodzinski said. "He's very athletic. When we watched him on film, we saw a lot of what Mike Wahle did. That kind of guy."

Jennings taken 52nd overall
Five spots after selecting Colledge, the Packers selected Jennings out of Division I-A Western Michigan University.

The 5-foot-10, 192-pound Jennings doesn't fit the mold of a bigger receiver that the Packers prefer, but he does have kickoff and punt-return experience, which the Packers need. Green Bay parted ways with Antonio Chatman (Cincinnati) this off-season and are seeking a return man.

Jennings established school career records with 238 catches for 3,539 yards (14.9 avg.) and 39 touchdowns. He returned 49 punts for 541 yards (11.0 avg.) and two scores. He also had 41 kickoff returns for 921 yards (22.5 avg.). His 5,093 all-purpose yards set a WMU all-time record and ranks eighth in MAC annals.

"He's been very productive," said Jagodzinski. "He's been a 1,000-yard receiver the last three years. His production level is way up. He ranked right up there with the NCAA leaders."


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