Round 5, No’s 138, 172 and 174: Jeff Holland, edge, Auburn, Genard Avery, ILB, Memphis and Sean Welsh, C/G, Iowa
The Packers hold a trio of picks in the fifth round, two of them of the compensatory variety. They’re likely to move at least one at some point in the draft, but we can’t make trades here so we’ll stick with this.
The fifth round is a great time to address a variety of needs and that’s exactly what they do in drafting potential outside linebacker Jeff Holland, inside linebacker Genard Avery and center/guard Sean Welsh.
Holland is projected to go in rounds 4-5 so this is right in his wheelhouse. He does a solid job getting after the quarterback and recorded 9.5 sacks last season at Auburn. Although he’s not an athletic freak, he wins on smarts and intangibles.
Avery is the complete opposite. He’s a great athlete who uses his speed (4.59 40-yard dash) as a replacement for his lack of technique. Avery can play all over the field, but might best fit in at inside linebacker, providing the Packers with some much-needed depth at the position.
Some people might say this is a reach for Welsh, but other outlets really love the guy. He can be good at guard and will provide Green Bay with some depth at center as well. He addresses another area of need and would be a capable backup to Justin McCray.