Round 5 (163): OLB Aaron Wallace, UCLA
In the fifth round, the Packers can add more depth at outside linebacker with Aaron Wallace out of UCLA. Wallace is more of a developmental prospect, but he has some exciting traits that could help him become a valuable player down the road.
The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder is a good athlete who would be a good fit as an outside linebacker in a 3-4. NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes he may require patience, but has the raw tools to work with.
"“Wallace is an ascending prospect with the twitch, athleticism and power to become an eventual starter as a 3-4 outside linebacker. However, despite his growth as a player this season, he is still in a developmental phase and may take some seasoning before he is ready to become a contributor on the NFL level.”"
Julius Peppers is likely entering his final season in Green Bay (and possibly his career). While Wallace won’t ‘replace’ Peppers, having young, developing pass rushers ready to step up in the coming years is important.
By adding another edge rusher with potential on day three, the Packers have another athlete to work with and develop in Dom Capers’ defense.
Next: Round 6