Packers Selecting Josiah Deguara Made The Offensive Transition Official
After two surprise picks, Packers fans waited on round three with bated breath. What could Green Bay do to piss me off this time? A lot of Packers fans wondered last night. Green Bay selected Josiah Deguara, a tight end out of Cincinnati, with their third-round pick. The draft experts did not peg Degura this year, it appeared that other NFL teams might have. Dalton Keene, a similar player to Degura went seven picks after him. After the Deguara pick which caught many off-guard, it was apparent that Green Bay wanted to move to a more Mike Shanahan-like system and less of a Mike McCarthy-system. Gone are the days of trying to blend the two.
Many people wonder why Green Bay or any team for that matter would draft a perceived H-Back in round three. It is a fair question, but one that might not see the full picture here. Deguara can lineup many places on the field. He is not just going to be your prototypical tight end. Packers saw a lot of success in the postseason using Jace Sternberger as an h-back. With his role likely expanding with Jimmy Graham gone, Deguara taking over that role in those packages makes some sense. Dane Brugler pointed out the Cincinnati product reminded me him of Danny Vitale which put him high on my tight end big board. But a comparison that handed out was Kyle Juszcyzk.t Yet look at how they stack up.
I *think* Josiah Deguara is LaFleur's Kyle Juszczyk
Juszczyk Pro Day: 6-1, 248, 4.77
Deguara: 6-2, 242, 4.72 https://t.co/f30cg8vwjl
— Jack Wepfer (@jackwepfer) April 25, 2020
After three rounds, Matt LaFleur has his quarterback of the future, a running back that could be his version of Derrick Henry and a tight end/fullback that has some Juszcyzk in him. Would New England have drafted Deguara if available seven picks later? I’m unsure but knowing Keene was picked shortly after tells me this is less of a reach than the experts will paint it out to be on Saturday night when the Packers get a low draft grade. Packers are set to be a different team in 2020.
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