April 25, 2014

Packers go defense with both picks in the 5th round

After bolstering the offensive side of the football with four of their first five picks, the Packers turned to defense with both picks in the 5th round.

The first 5th round pick, #159 overall, for GM Ted Thompson was Iowa corner back Micah Hyde.

Hyde was the defensive back of the year in the Big Ten in 2012 and a Big Ten all first-team selection by both the coaches and the media.  In 2011, he picked up 2nd team all-Big ten recognition by the coaches. He was also a punt returner finishing 4th in the conference at 7.4 yards a return in 2012.

Hyde’s size is definitely a plus and fits in the Ted Thompson drafting mode.  He is listed at abut 6’1″ and 200-pounds.  The Packers usually lean towards physical defensive backs.

With their 2nd 5th round pick, #167 overall, the Packers went to the defensive line and added Mississippi State’s Josh Boyd. Boyd stands at 6’3″ and weighs 300-pounds.

Boyd played all four-years with the Bulldogs appearing in 51-games compiling 8 1/2 sacks.  His best year was his Junior season, when he had a career best 4.5 sacks and 8-tackles for loss.