The third player that the Green Bay Packers drafted in the 2013 NFL Draft was on the offensive side of the ball. With the 12th pick in the fourth round (109th overall) the Packers took University of Colorado offensive tackle, David Bakhtiari (6’4, 299 pounds). He started 33 games while at Colorado – 22 at left tackle and 11 at right tackle. Bakhtiari was an All-Pac 12 second team pick by the league’s coaches in both 2011 and 2012.
With their second pick in the fourth round (122nd overall), the Packers stayed on the offensive line and selected Cornell University tackle J.C. Tretter (6’3, 307 pounds). In 2012, Tretter became the third Cornell offensive lineman to receive All-American honors (The NFL Draft Report All-American) and he was named All-Ivy league for a second straight season. Tretter started at left tackle the past two seasons. Before that he was a tightend.
Packers Offensive Line Coach James Campen on Bakhtiari and Tretter:
The Packers made their fourth trade, moving back into the fourth round by sending fifth (146th overall) and sixth (173rd overall) round picks to the Broncos. Green Bay selected UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin (5’10, 201 pounds) with the pick they acquired (125th overall). Franklin ran for 1,734 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2012 and he caught 33 passes for 323 yards and two touchdowns. He was a finalist for both the Maxwell and Doak Walker Awards and was an All-Pac 12 second team pick by the league’s coaches. Finishes his time at UCLA with 4,403 yards and 31 touchdowns rushing and 528 yards and three touchdowns receiving.
Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy was excited to trade up for Franklin:
NFC North Selections:
Chicago Bears – Khaseem Greene (OLB, Rutgers) 117th overall (4th round)
Minnesota Vikings – Gerald Hodges (OLB, Penn State) 120th overall (4th round)
Detroit Lions – Devin Taylor (DE, South Carolina) 132nd overall (4th round)
(Front photo of Johnathan Franklin courtesy of UCLA Athletic Department)