If early-round picks sound happy to get selected, later-round picks sound grateful. Georgia defensive end Jarius Wynn
, taken in the sixth round with the No. 182nd overall pick, falls into the latter category.
“I’m just embracing the moment,” Wynn said when asked how he felt to be a Packer. “I’m glad you guys gave me a chance to show my performance again. It’s very exciting.
“I heard (I’d be picked) from the third round all the way down. It’s just a blessing to get to this point. It’s every child’s dream. I’m coming to work for the Green Bay Packers.”
Wynn spent two years at Georgia Military College before transferring to the University of Georgia . While at GMC, Wynn was a team captain and defensive MVP, earning second-team national Junior College Athletic Association All-American honors following the 2006 campaign. Humble and polite in his post-draft call with the local media, Wynn’s answers were full of ‘yes sir,’ a nod to his junior college experience, which he said taught him a lot.
Despite his 6-foot-3, 275-pound size, Wynn posted modest stats in two years with the Bulldogs, as their defense struggled as a whole. He played in 13 games with nine tackles as a junior, and another 13 as a senior, starting seven and totaling 24 stops and six quarterback hurries.
But with a career-high six tackles in his final regular-season game against rival Georgia Tech, and two sacks against Michigan State in the Capital One Bowl in January, Wynn saved his best for last.
A pick based more on potential than production, Wynn is a high-ceiling player whose best days may be ahead of him. He said the Packers asked him to gain some weight; something he joked would be easy for him to do. He’ll likely have to log some time in the weight room too, after pushing up only 19 repetitions of 225 pounds at the Scouting Combine in February. But with every Green Bay defender starting at ground zero with the new 3-4 scheme, Wynn will get every chance to work himself into the defensive line rotation.
“Yes sir, with God on my side, I can do anything,” Wynn said. “I’m going to come in and work hard and I know I’m going to be a better player. That’s how I feel deep down inside.”
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W. Keith Roerdink has covered the Packers since 1992. E-mail him at email@example.com.