Round 6: ILB Jared Norris, Utah
In the sixth round, the Packers could go back to their biggest position of need and take another inside linebacker. Jared Norris out of Utah could become a useful rotational player – he would almost certainly begin life in the NFL as a backup.
Norris is quick to locate the football, has good instincts and is a tough tackler. He lacks the speed and athleticism to be taken earlier in the draft, but could add important depth for the Packers, and would be a good fit as a 3-4 inside linebacker. NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes he can become an average starter in the future:
"“Norris isn’t a plus athlete, but he has enough athleticism within the context of what he has to do on the field. His instincts help to guide him around the field, but he doesn’t have the technique or speed to be a high-end playmaker. Norris looks the part of a backup WILL inside linebacker in a 3-4 who has the potential to become an average starter down the road.”"
It would make sense to add another body at inside linebacker, even if the contributions aren’t strong from day one.
Next: Round 7