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Packers draft WR Davante Adams in 2nd roundSubmitted: 05/09/2014
Story By Associated Press

GREEN BAY - The Packers have taken receiver Davante Adams in the second round of the NFL draft, supplying quarterback Aaron Rodgers with another target in a potent passing game.

Adams had 131 catches for 1,718 yards and 24 touchdowns last year in Fresno State's high-octane offense run by quarterback Derek Carr, himself selected in the second round by the Raiders.

Adams will join a Packers receiving corps led by Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. Jarrett Boykin also emerged last year as a target after Cobb got hurt.


Later, the Packers beefed up their defensive line by drafting Khyri Thortnon, a three-year starter at Southern Mississippi.

The 6-foot-3, 304-pound Thornton had 39 tackles in 11 games in 2013. The senior finished his career with 116 tackles and 5.5 sacks.

The Packers in the offseason re-signed veteran B.J. Raji and signed ex-Vikings tackle Letroy Guion in free agency. Coach Mike McCarthy hoped to add impact players to the defense.

Green Bay drafted Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the first round Thursday.

Thornton was a team captain last year. He was the team's primary defensive tackle in 2012 as a redshirt junior.

With their second pick in the third round, a guy named Rodgers from California went to the Green Bay Packers in NFL draft.

Tight end Richard Rodgers is going to love playing in an offense run by quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

They were drafted nine years apart, the quarterback in 2005 in the first round. Fellow former Golden Bear Richard Rodgers went to Green Bay with the team's second pick in the third round on Friday night, the 98th overall.

The 6-foot Rodgers had 39 catches for 608 yards and a touchdown in 11 games in 2013. At Cal, he was often used in motion and also saw time in the slot.

Tight end was a position of need for the Packers. Jermichael Finley is a free agent and he is recovering from a serious spinal cord injury.


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