With news of the rift between Aaron Rodgers and the Packers breaking just before the 2021 NFL Draft kicked off, Green Bay fans can be forgiven if their focus wasn't on the newest members of the storied franchise.
If you haven't had the chance to get to know the newest Packers, you can brush up on their backgrounds below with the Wisconsin State Journal's recap of Green Bay's 2021 draft class:
ERIC STOKES — CB — GEORGIAUpdated
Pick: No. 29 overall
Year: Redshirt junior
Age: 22 (March 1, 1999)
Weight: 194 pounds
Packers jersey number: 21
Notes: Stokes was a two-year starter, finishing his Bulldogs career with four interceptions while also registering as one of the fastest players in the draft, running a 4.25-second 40-yard dash at Georgia's pro day.
JOSH MYERS — OL — OHIO STATEUpdated
Pick: No. 62
Age: 22 (July 16, 1998)
Weight: 310 pounds
Packers jersey number: 71
Notes: Myers started 21 games in his final two seasons with the Buckeyes, earning first-team all-Big Ten honors in 2020. While he lined up at center in college, the Packers feel like Myers can play all three interior spots on the offensive line.
AMARI RODGERS — WR — CLEMSONUpdated
Pick: No. 85
Age: 21 (Sept. 23, 1999)
Weight: 212 pounds
Packers jersey number: 8
Notes: The Packers moved up seven spots in the third round to snag Rodgers, who caught 181 passes for 2,144 yards and 15 touchdowns at Clemson — including 77 receptions for 1,020 yards and seven TDs as a senior. Rodgers has drawn comparisons to former Packers receiver Randall Cobb, and he didn't shy away from it during his pro day. “I’d definitely see myself as a Randall Cobb type player, being used in the slot, jet sweeps and the return game, as well,” Rodgers said. “Ever since Randall left, they haven't had a guy like that for real."
ROYCE NEWMAN — OL — MISSISSIPPIUpdated
Pick: No. 142
Year: Redshirt senior
Age: 23 (Aug. 17, 1997)
Weight: 310 pounds
Packers jersey number: 70
Notes: The Packers see Newman as another versatile lineman who could help in multiple spots. A two-year starter at Ole Miss, Newman started all 10 games last season at right tackle. While he has long enough arms to stay at tackle, his length could be an advantage inside as well.
TEDARRELL SLATON — DL — FLORIDAUpdated
Pick: No. 173
Weight: 330 pounds
Packers jersey number: 93
Notes: Slaton, who started his collegiate career on the offensive line, didn’t start for the Gators until his senior season, finishing last season with 1.5 sacks, 37 total tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss in 12 games.
SHEMAR JEAN-CHARLES — CB — APPALACHIAN STATEUpdated
Pick: No. 178
Weight: 184 pounds
Packers jersey number: 22
Notes: Jean-Charles, who lead the nation with 17 pass breakups last season, was the first player from a non-Power Five school that the Packers selected during this year's draft. While he only intercepted two passes in two seasons as a starter, his 27 breakups during that span stood out.
COLE VAN LANEN — OL — WISCONSINUpdated
Pick: No. 214
Age: 23 (April 23, 1998)
Weight: 305 pounds
Packers jersey number: 78
Notes: Van Lanen almost missed the draft-day call from his hometown team. Luckily he ignored his phone's warning of a potential spam risk and answered. The call was from the Green Bay Packers, informing the former Badgers lineman that he was being drafted by the team he grew up rooting for. He played in 45 games at tackle for UW, including five starts last season when he earned second-team All-Big Ten honors for the second consecutive year.
ISAIAH MCDUFFIE — LB — BOSTON COLLEGEUpdated
Pick: No. 220
Year: Redshirt junior
Age: 21 (July 21, 1999)
Weight: 227 pounds
Packers jersey number: 58
Notes: McDuffie, an inside linebacker, had 107 tackles, three sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss with one interception last season after missing a significant portion of the 2019 season with a knee injury.
KYLIN HILL — RB — MISSISSIPPI STATEUpdated
Pick: No. 256
Age: 22 (Aug. 18, 1998)
Weight: 214 pounds
Packers jersey number: 32
Notes: Despite being Green Bay's final selection of the three-day draft, Hill could be a third option in the backfield for the Packers this season. He rushed for 734 yards as a sophomore in 2018 and 1,350 yards as a junior in 2019. Last season, Hill carried the ball 15 times for 58 yards in the first three games before being suspended for a game by new coach Mike Leach and then opting out of the remainder of the season.
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