Elgton Jenkins Jersey

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Mississippi State’s defensive players received a lot of praise heading into the 2019 NFL Draft, and deservedly so. One former MSU offensive player might not have gotten his due, though.

Center Elgton Jenkins wound up getting picked pretty early in the process. Jenkins was picked by the Green Bay Packers with the No. 44 overall pick Friday night. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be a happy camper in the final few years of his career.

Jenkins played in 49 games during his Mississippi State career with 34 starts. Twenty-six of those came at center. NFL.com writer Daniel Jeremiah believes Jenkins can play any of the three interior positions on the offensive line.

GREEN BAY – The Packers added to their offensive line with their first pick on Day 2 of the NFL Draft on Friday, selecting Mississippi State’s Elgton Jenkins in the second round with the No. 44 overall pick.

Jenkins (6-4, 310) started every game the last two years at center, but started games previously in college at both tackle spots and at left guard.

He has a total of 34 starts to his credit – 26 of them at center. According to Pro Football Focus, he allowed only one sack over 762 pass-blocking snaps at center over the last two years.

Jenkins started five games at left tackle, two at left guard and one at right tackle during his first two years at Mississippi State.

Darnell Savage Jersey

Darnell Savage rose up draft boards quickly throughout the pre-draft process and ended up being the No. 21 overall pick for the Green Bay Packers. The team liked him so much that they traded up nine spots from No. 30 in order to get him. Now, they are hoping that he can be a big part of their defensive rebuild.

Looking ahead at the upcoming season, defensive coordinator Mike Pettine has to be excited about his new defense. In addition to Savage, the Packers also signed fellow safety Adrian Amos, pass rushers Za’Darius and Preston Smith, as well as drafting pass rusher Rashan Gary in the first round.

Last season with the Maryland Terrapins, Savage ended up compiling 52 total tackles, four interceptions, two defended passes, and a defensive touchdown. Those numbers show the ability that Savage has to make plays, which is exactly what the Packers’ defense needed. He could use some work in coverage, but that will come with more experience and NFL coaching.

Green Bay has missed the playoffs each of the last two seasons. It is clear with the Packers’ aggressive approach this offseason that they are not willing to continue losing and want to make a hard push in the NFC in 2019.

Let’s go ahead and dive in to take a look at three bold predictions for Savage in his rookie season with the Packers.

Amos and Savage are going to be a massive upgrade starting at the safety positions for the Packers. It has been a long time since they had two safeties capable of making big plays and being leaders for the secondary.

Green Bay traded up to get Savage for a reason. He is going to be an immediate starter opposite of Amos. The Packers are obviously confident that he can come in and handle a huge role immediately.

The Packers are hoping that their secondary can create more turnovers than they did last year. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was the best playmaker they had in the secondary, although Jaire Alexander came on strong at the end of the year. Savage will step up immediately and help improve one of Green Bay’s biggest flaws.

Savage will intercept at least three passes throughout the season and will also come through with 60 tackles. Those numbers are exactly what the Packers need from their rookie safety.

Finally, Savage is going to play well enough this season that he is in the conversation for the Defensive Rookie of the Year Award. Going up against talents like Nick Bosa and Devin White won’t be easy, but Savage is more than capable of rising up to the challenge. He certainly will be put in a top-notch situation.

Pettine has always had success with ball hawk defensive backs and that is exactly what Savage is going to be. He may not end up winning the award when everything is said and done, but simply being in the conversation will prove why the Packers traded up so aggressively to get him.

Rashan Gary Jersey

Rashan Gary became the No. 1-ranked college prospect in America in 2016 primarily as a defensive tackle. Then he came to Michigan and played strongside defensive end.

Now he’s a Green Bay Packer.

And possibly an outside linebacker?

The Packers took the Michigan defensive lineman No. 12 overall in the first round of the 2019 NFL draft on Thursday in Nashville, Tenn. Intrigued by Gary’s versatility, Green Bay, which runs a 3-4 front, will experiment a bit.

“He’ll start in the outside linebacker room. He’s a guy because of his size and speed and versatility, you’d hope you can move him around the front,” Packers scout Joe Hueber told reporters Thursday night. “He’s done some standup stuff already. He’s had to play multiple positions and move around. Probably needs to learn some of the (coverage) drop stuff.

“But as far as rushing the passer goes, he’ll be ready.”

Gary measured in at 6-foot-4, 277 pounds at the NFL combine this winter. He ran a 4.58-second 40-yard dash, had outstanding agility tests and boasted a 38-inch vertical jump.

Where, exactly, he’ll fit within Green Bay’s defense when the season starts remains to be seen. But the Packers clearly saw value from Gary as a possible utility player who can fill a variety of roles in various situations.

“He’s got rare gifts,” Hueber added. “A guy that size who can move like that with that speed, he can really bend (that’s rare).

“He commanded a lot of attention at Michigan. Double teams, triple teams. And, really, you could see it in his teammates that got freed up and they were able to get production. It’s not like he wasn’t impacting the game. He was all over the place.”

As for Gary, the former Michigan standout was shown on ESPN’s draft coverage taking his phone call from the Packers with tears of joy streaming down his face. Surrounded by friends and family in Ann Arbor, Gary said he was a bit surprised the Packers took him — saying their pre-draft contact was minimal.

He was also thrilled. He said he has no issue with Green Bay wanting to experiment with him at outside linebacker. He just wants to play football.

“I felt the love through the phone,” Gary said. “I can’t wait to start playing again.

“I’ve been wanting this dream since I was 10 years old.”

As far as health is concerned, NFL Network reported earlier in the week that Gary had a labrum injury that was flagged by several pro teams who thought he’d need surgery after the 2019 season and a protective harness during his rookie year.

Gary told reporters he did have a labrum tear in his right shoulder, but said everything’s good to go.

“My shoulder is good. I had a torn labrum,” Gary said. “I did 26 reps at the combine. I’m ready to go.”

Multiple analysts reported this week that Gary’s draft stock could be on the decline this week in part because of the shoulder, but also because of his lack of sack production as a defensive end in college.

After coming to Michigan as the No. 1-ranked recruit nationally, Gary posted just 10 1/2 sacks in three years — his final season being an injury-shortened campaign, as he missed two games and parts of three others.

Gary responded to those questions by saying he’s eager to fine-tune his game.

“I’m just happy to be a Green Bay Packer,” he said. “When it comes to parts of my game to improve in, I’m trying to improve everything.”

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