Packers add offensive depth in fifth round

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DeAngelo Yancey

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – NOVEMBER 19: DeAngelo Yancey #7 of the Purdue Boilermakers makes a 10-yard touchdown reception against the Wisconsin Badgers in the fourth quarter of the game at Ross-Ade Stadium on November 19, 2016 in West Lafayette, Indiana. Wisconsin defeated Purdue 49-20. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

In the later rounds the Packers may not have been looking to fill an immediate need, but rather to build depth for down the road. On Saturday they went after a pair of offensive players in the fifth round by drafting DeAngelo Yancey out of Purdue and Aaron Jones out of UTEP.

Yancey was a deep threat for the Boiler makers with 75 percent of his catches going for first downs. and leading the Purdue in yards the past two seasons. That includes 951 yards and 10 touchdowns in his final year in West Lafayette.

The Packers are relatively stocked at wide receiver with the likes of Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, Jeff Janis, and Geronimo Allison all back next season. Yancey adds to the depth of the receiving corps and is considered by some to be a project down the road.

Another position the Packers are trying to build depth at is running back. After the season ending injury to Eddie Lacy, who was lost in free agency, and a down year for James Starks before being released by the team, Green Bay appears focused to stock up in the backfield. Having already drafted a running back in the fourth round, the Packers added another piece at running back with Aaron Jones.

The smaller of the two running backs selected on Saturday, Jones totaled 4,000 yards in his career with the Miners. He also ran a 4.56 40 yard dash with a 11.53 second 60-yard shuttle run, but ran a slower 40 at his pro day.

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