Packers draft MarShawn Lloyd and Ty'Ron Hopper in Round 3: Instant grade and analysis

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The Green Bay Packers addressed two more positions of need in Round 3 of the 2024 NFL Draft.

Green Bay strengthened its running back room with USC's MarShawn Lloyd, who can be a perfect complement to Josh Jacobs in the backfield. Three picks later, the Packers added linebacker Ty'Ron Hopper, who joins Edgerrin Cooper as Green Bay rebuilds its depth at the position.

The Packers have prioritized the middle of their defense in the early rounds. Cooper, Hopper, and safety Javon Bullard can all make a difference for new defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley.

After selecting Jordan Morgan on Thursday night, Green Bay made four picks on Day 2. Here are our grades for the two third-round selections.

Packers Draft Grades: MarShawn Lloyd and Ty'Ron Hopper strengthen areas of need

MarShawn Lloyd, RB, USC: A

OK, Brian Gutekunst is having himself a day. MarShawn Lloyd is a home-run pick for the Packers. They have built one of the league's best running back combinations with Lloyd paired with Josh Jacobs.

"In my opinion, the Green Bay Packers just got the best running back in the draft," said Daniel Jeremiah on the NFL Network broadcast.

There's so much to love about this fit. Lloyd has an elite Relative Athletic Score of 8.62. Last season, he rushed for 820 yards and nine touchdowns, averaging an incredible 7.1 yards per carry. Lloyd is a home-run hitter and perfectly complements Jacobs in the backfield. He can also contribute as a pass catcher in Matt LaFleur's offense.

It always seemed likely the Packers would add a running back to complement Jacobs, and Lloyd is a great pick.

Ty'Ron Hopper, LB, Missouri: C

The Packers' work on the middle of the defense continues with the selection of Ty'Ron Hopper. Linebacker was a significant area of need entering the offseason. Green Bay now has a talented group of Quay Walker, Edgerrin Cooper, Isaiah McDuffie, and Hopper.

This is a surprising move. Hopper offers valuable depth and can play on special teams, but he is likely a backup in Green Bay. If the Packers wanted to add another linebacker, Cedric Gray and Payton Wilson were available. Cornerback T.J. Tampa would've been a perfect fit in Jeff Hafley's defense.

But Hopper is another talented player joining Hafley's defense. He can contribute as a backup on defense and earn a key role on special teams.

The Packers needed to add multiple linebackers in this draft, and they've achieved that in the opening two days.

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