Packers 2018 Draft: Three-round mock draft

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Round 3: Dorian O’Daniel, LB, Clemson

In the third round, the Packers head back to the defensive side of the ball and select Clemson linebacker Dorian O’Daniel.

The four-year ACC player showed steady progression since first arriving on campus in 2014 and played an important role on the nation’s second-best defensive team in his final season.

In his final year, O’Daniel tallied a career high 88 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and five sacks. He also recorded two interceptions, both returned for touchdowns, defended five passes and recovered two fumbles.

He finished the 2017 campaign second in tackles and third in sacks for the Tigers. O’Daniel was one of five finalists for the Butkus Award, given to the nation’s top linebacker.

In addition O’Daniel played a tremendous role on special teams. He is tied for first in Clemson history in special teams tackles (47) and second in games.

At 6-foot-1, 215 pounds, O’Daniel is considered undersized. However, he makes up for it with his speed and athleticism. He has showcased the ability to drop into coverage, something the current unit has struggled with.

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It is difficult to get a grasp on O’Daniel’s full potential, but his versatility and special teams abilities makes him a good day two selection for the Packers.