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Packers day three picks: Bay Port, Badgers offensive lineman Cole Van Lanen stays home

A running tally of the Packers picks on the third and final day of the NFL Draft.
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Posted at 1:01 PM, May 01, 2021

GREEN BAY, Wis. (NBC 26) — Cole Van Lanen is staying home.

The Packers used their first sixth round pick on the former Bay Port and Badgers offensive lineman, who projects to play as an offensive guard in the NFL.


The Packers continued to address positions of need in the fifth round of the NFL Draft, selecting defensive lineman Tedarrell Slaton (Florida) and cornerback Shemar Jean-Charles (Appalachian State).

The Packers have now selected two cornerbacks, two offensive linemen, a defensive lineman and a wide receiver.

As of 3:43 this afternoon, the Packers have three selections remaining: two in the sixth round and one in the seventh.

The Packers have added more offensive line depth, drafting Mississippi tackle Royce Newman with their only fourth round pick (No. 142 overall).

Newman brings more positional versatility to the Packers offensive line. He started 12 games at left guard as a junior, before transitioning to right tackle as a senior. He allowed only two sacks in 10 starts at right tackle.

Newman's draft profile on says he "has the ability and experience to be considered at guard or tackle. Hand placement and technique as a run blocker are generally good."