With the 88th pick in the 2016 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers selected Utah State Aggies linebacker Kyler Fackrell. By Dan Kadar's rankings at Mocking the Draft, Fackrell was rated as the 67th best player overall and the ninth rated linebacker.
Fackrell makes his jump to the NFL one year later than expected. He tore his ACL in the first game of the 2014 season and took a redshirt year. He was projected to be a first-round pick in the summer leading up to the 2014 season and for last year's draft.
He came back just fine and his production was not that far behind where it was before the injury, though his stock did slip compared to last year. He'll look to become an integral part of Green Bay's rebuilt front seven, joining the Packers' first round choice, UCLA defensive tackle Kenny Clark.
Strengths: The long and athletic Fackrell recorded 82 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, four sacks, two forced fumbles, and five recovered fumbles. At 23, he is one of the older players in the draft, but many scouts appreciate the maturity he has shown in facing adversity as well as being a father.
Fackrell also has the ability to cover in running backs in space. His hip explosion and long arms help him go from a speed rusher to a power rusher. He also has long strides, which make it easier to make up and cover substantial ground.
Weaknesses: Many have noted that Fackrell plays too high, which make it too difficult to play through redirect blocks with contact balance. His initial rush off the edge is powerful but when that stalls, his counterattack is lacking. Another fear that teams have is the ACL tear in 2014. It could limit the range of motion and ability to cut at different angles in the NFL.