Packers-12: Utah Utes to watch this fall

In this year’s NFL Draft the Green Bay Packers selected four players out of the Pac-12 conference. Ted Thompson‘s first pick as the Packers general manager back in 2005, was Aaron Rodgers. A player out of the Pac-12. In the last four drafts 34 percent of the Packers picks have been from the Pac-12 conference.

The fact that so many of the Packers picks over the past four years could be just a coincidence. It’s likely just the way the board fell. It may have to do with the tremendous work that West Coast Scout, Sam Seale does year in and year out.

Regardless of the reasons why, there is no denying that the Packers have shown a pattern of drafting Pac-12 players. For that reason I’m starting a “Packers-12” series that will take a look at prospects for each team in the Pac-12 conference. These prospects aren’t necessarily the ‘best’ prospects on each team. But prospects that I could potentially see Packers drafting in the 2017 NFL Draft. It’s a viewer’s guide if you will for Packers fans that love to watch college football on Saturday.

Yesterday we took a look at the potential future Packers on the Washington State Cougars. Today we take a look at potential Packers on the Utah Utes.

J.J. Dielman, OT, #68. Dielman has started 26 games the past two seasons at right tackle. He’s an All-American candidate heading into the 2016 season. He checks in at 6-5 and 320 pounds. He’s a mauler in the run game and gave up three sacks in pass protection.

Nov 28, 2015; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Utes defensive end Kylie Fitts (11) sacks Colorado Buffaloes quarterback Jordan Gehrke (7) during the second half at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Utah won 20-14. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Kylie Fitts, edge, #11. Fitts has the ideal size to play the elephant position in Green Bay’s 3-4 defense. He checks in at 6-4 and 265 pounds. He led the Pac-12 with four forced fumbles last season. He recorded seven sacks and eight tackles for loss. He also knocked down 10 passes.

Isaac Asiata, G, #54. Asiata has started every game at guard the past two seasons. He’s as strong as a bull putting up 225 pounds on the bench 36 times. He’s the cousin of Minnesota Viking running back Matt Asiata.

Hunter Dimick, edge, #49. The key for Dimick this season is to stay healthy. He’s missed eight games the past two seasons due to injury. Last year he missed six games and still finished with seven tackles for loss and three sacks. He checks in at 6-3 and 272 pounds. You can never have enough pass rushers and if Dimick stays healthy he could catch the eye of Thompson.

Lowell Lotulelei, DT, #93. Can you say space eater? Lotulelei clogs up the middle of the line of scrimmage for the Utes. He’s an All-American candidate and earned all-Pac-12 honors during his first two seasons.