The Green Bay Packers went Big Ten and defense with the first of two fifth round picks in the NFL Draft as they took Iowa corner, Micah Hyde (6’1, 190 pounds) with the 159th overall selection. He appeared in 49 games in his four years with Iowa and recorded 229 tackles and seven interceptions. In 2012, he had 67 tackles and did not intercept a pass but still won the Big Ten’s Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year Award. Was also a first-team All-Big Ten pick by the conference’s coaches and media. Hyde averaged 6.7 yards on 27 punt returns.
Packers Secondary-Cornerbacks Coach Joe Whitt Jr. on Micah Hyde:
With their second fifth round pick (167th overall), the Packers stayed on the defensive side of the ball and took Mississippi State defensive tackle Josh Boyd (6’3, 300 pounds). In 2012, Boyd had 33 tackles in 13 games. He made two and a half stops behind the line of scrimmage, including one and a half sacks.
Packers Defensive Line Coach Mike Trgovac on Josh Boyd:
NFC North Selections:
Minnesota Vikings – Jeff Locke (P, UCLA) – 155th overall (5th round)
Chicago Bears – Jordan Mills (T, Louisiana Tech) – 163rd overall (5th round)
Detroit Lions – Sm Martin (P, Appalachian State) – 165th overall (5th round)
Wisconsin Badgers Selected:
Offensive tackle Ricky Wagner taken by the Baltimore Ravens with the 168th overall pick
(Front photo of Micah Hyde courtesy of the University of Iowa Athletic Department)