During the 3rd round of NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers Select TE Josiah Deguara 94th overall.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) April 25, 2020
Josiah Deguara was a two-year starter at Cincinnati. During each of his Junior and Senior seasons, Deguara caught at least 38 passes and was hovering around 500 yards both season. He also scored all 13 of his college touchdowns during those final two years.
Considering the third-round investiment, it is likely that the Packers will expect Deguara to contribute as a receiver. His hands are decent and he is capable of making contested catches. He will need to master that in the NFL but he does not have the burst or the speed to separate consistently. At least not against NFL-caliber coverages.
However, the main appeal behind Deguara’s game in his blocking ability. Seeing the Green Bay offense last year, we saw how often tight ends were asked to block. Deguara should be no exception. He is capable of sealing the edge of the line but it also adept at getting out to the second level. His presence could theoretically help the run game.
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Looking at the current team situation, one cannot help but wonder why a tight end was prioritized with a Day 2 pick. With Marcedes Lewis currently manning the helm, the Packers have a capable veteran blocker who can also catch a pass or two. The team also has a pair of younger players at the position in the form of Jace Sternberger and Robert Tonyan.
I do not necessarily agree with the pick considering the other players on the board and the other positions of need for the Packers. Down the road, we will see if I am proven wrong.
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