Packers’ Top Rookie: 2016

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All seven of the Packers 2016 draftees appeared on the roster this year, as w3ell as three draftees from previous seasons making their NFL debuts. UCLA defensive tackle Kenny Clark was drafted in round one, Indiana tackle Jason Spriggs in round two, Utah State linebacker Kyler Fackrell in round three, Stanford linebacker Blake Martinez and Northwestern defensive lineman Dean Lowry in round four, Cal receiver Trevor Davis in round five and Stanford tackle Kyle Murphy in round six. From the 2015 draft, fourth round quarterback Brett Hundley and sixth round defensive end Christian Ringo advanced to the varsity, and 2014 fourth round linebacker Carl Bradford finally got on the field.

In addition, largely due to injuries in both the offensive and defensive backfields, seven free agent rookies debuted: runners Joe Kerridge and Don Jackson, corners Makinton Dorleant and Josh Hawkins, safeties Marwin Evans and Kentrell Brice and receiver Geronimo Allison.

Among the draftees, Clark, Spriggs, Fackrell, Martinez and Lowry have seen significant playing time. Clark showed promise at the start of the season, but has faded; Lowry has shown signs of coming on late in the year; Spriggs had two starts at guard and struggled mightily; Fackrell has gotten two sacks and been in the defensive lineup on occasion, while logging a lot of time on the kicking teams. That leaves Martinez, who has gotten nine starts, played about nearly half the defensive snaps while battling some injuries, made 44 tackles, one sack and one interception. Blake Martinez was the Packers’ top rookie in 2016.

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