Ryan Taylor, a tight end and special teams demon at North Carolina, was drafted with the first of the Green Bay Packers’ seventh-round picks on Saturday. Later, they concluded their draft by taking Arizona State defensive end Lawrence Guy.
Taylor (6-3, 254) was picked with the first of two seventh-round picks, No. 218 overall.
Taylor played linebacker in 2008 and moved back to offense for 2009 but missed the season with a knee sprain. Given a medical redshirt, Taylor returned in 2010 as a starting H-back and special-teams captain. He started five games and finished second on the team with 36 catches for 330 yards and two touchdowns. He added nine tackles on special teams, running his career total to 35.
Projected to move to fullback, general manager Ted Thompson said Taylor will remain at tight end.
Guy (6-5, 300) was the 233rd selection. NFL Scouting’s Michael DiJulio said he’s a “very good fit” as an end in the Packers’ 3-4 scheme. Despite the long wait, he was happy that he left school following his junior season.
Guy was a top recruit but his athletic eligibility at Arizona State was put in jeopardy because of dyslexia – which hadn’t been diagnosed. After meeting with the school’s associate athletic director, a learning specialist and his father, Guy reapplied himself. He recorded two sacks and 10 tackles for losses while starting as a true freshman. During his final two seasons, when Arizona State switched to a 3-4 defense, he had a combined six sacks and 13 tackles for losses while playing nose tackle as a sophomore and end as a junior.
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