With the 94th pick in the NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers select Cincinnati TE Josiah Deguara.
What he brings: Deguara is a versatile player who profiles as a combo TE/H-Back. He possesses above average athleticism and soft hands in the passing game. Deguara had a productive senior year, with 504 receiving yards on 39 receptions and 7 TD’s. He has a deep route tree and has a knack for getting open.
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How he fits: Deguara joins a crowded tight end group in Green Bay. It features veteran Marcedes Lewis, the more traditional in-line tight end out of the group. It also features Jace Sternberger, who was drafted in the third round last year, and Robert Tonyan, who is another versatile player. Deguara seemingly replaces Danny Vitale, who the Packers did not resign. Vitale played the hybrid role for the Packers last year and Head Coach Matt LaFleur can now use Deguara in a similar role.
Analysis: It seems clear that LaFleur is developing an offense that values the running game and a bevy of tight end sets. Packers fans anticipated the team to address wide receiver within the first two days of the draft. Instead, they drafted a tight end on Day 2 of the draft for the second year in a row. This was after adding running back AJ Dillon to a group that features Aaron Jones, and quarterback Jordan Love to back up Aaron Rodgers. I like Deguara’s potential to contribute to the Packers offense right away. At 6’2″, Deguara will not be expected to develop into a traditional tight end in the NFL.
What’s next: The Packers have to draft a wide receiver at some point, right? They also have needs at inside linebacker, tackle, and interior defensive line. The team enters Day 3 with six picks, but all in the 5th round and later. The Packers did have a 4th round pick, but it was traded to the Miami Dolphins in the trade to move up to draft Love.