The Packers added to their backfield on Friday night as they picked running back A.J. Dillon out of Boston College in the second round. Later in the night Green Bay added a tight end for the second straight year by selecting Josia Deguara out of Cincinnati.
Dillon racked up some big numbers in his final year in college with 1,880 yards and 15 total touchdowns. At six foot 247 pounds he’s been able handle a lot of carries in college, 845 to be exact, and is a comparable to Steelers running back James Conner with a combination of size and speed.
Picking a running back this year could help as the Packers move into 2020 with both Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams entering the final year of their rookie contract.
Deguara could become a solid H-back in the league since he’s a good blocker, and sure handed pass catcher. Deguara’s best season in college was his last, racking up 504 yards and seven touchdowns on 39 receptions.
Deguara’s best ability is probably his blocking, which could make him a good compliment for Packers second year tight end Jace Sternberger.
Last year the Packers picked Sternberger out of Texas A&M in the third round. Once again they tabbed a tight end as their third selection in the draft. As a rookie he missed a good chunk of the season after starting the year on injured reserve, but showed flashes late. That includes a touchdown in the NFC Championship game against San Francisco.