The Green Bay Packers have officially signed the first of nine players whom they drafted in this year’s NFL Draft. Jonathan Garvin, their final draft pick in the seventh round, is an outside linebacker from Miami and the first to ink his name on a professional contract. He was an early entry into the NFL Draft, but was not taken until the 242nd pick.
Jonathan Garvin became a full-time starter in his sophomore season in 2018. During that campaign, he had 60 total tackles (17 for loss) and 5.5 sacks. In addition, he recovered two fumbles, one of which he returned for a touchdown. During the 2019, Garvin had 37 total tackles (nine for loss) and five sacks. Additionally, he forced two fumbles last season.
During the scouting combine, Garvin recorded a 4.82 40-yard dash. He also had 23 bench press reps to go along with a 125 broad jump and 36-inch vertical jump. Garvin has shown flashes of brilliance in the pass rush, but is also very inconsistent. Obviously, he will need to improve and bulk up if he is going to make the team. Seventh round picks, though, can be surprising. Let us not forget that Donald Driver, the Packers’ all-time leading receiver, was a seventh round draft pick as well.
While Garvin is the first of the Packers’ draft picks to sign, he will certainly not be the last. Most notably, the Packers’ first round draft pick, Jordan Love, will likely be signing soon. This will, undoubtedly, add to the on-going saga of the Packers’ quarterback situation.
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