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Packers pick Richard Rodgers in 3rd

5/10/2014

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Pick: Richard Rodgers, TE, California

My take: The Packers missed out on the top-five tight ends in the draft, including four who went Friday. Three of those four went before the Packers made their first pick of the day. After passing on Iowa's C.J. Fiedorowicz (who went in early in the third round), the Packers took the 6-foot-4, 257-pound Rodgers with the first of their two compensatory picks. Rodgers is not a dynamic athlete like Jermichael Finley, who ran a 4.67 40-yard dash coming out. Rodgers ran the 40 in 4.87 seconds at the combine in February, but he got down to 245 pounds last season and played receiver as a true junior. That could help him play a role similar to Finley, who often lined up in the slot.

Historic connection: Rodgers' father, Richard Sr., is the special teams coach for the Carolina Panthers, but he's better known for his role in one of the most famous college football plays in history. In what is known as "The Play," Rodgers made two of the five laterals on Cal's kickoff return for a touchdown against Stanford in 1982.

What’s next: The Packers have five picks on Saturday -- one in each of the four rounds plus an additional fifth-round, compensatory pick.