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By Bill Lund




Former linebacker-turned-tight end Troy Niklas would be a good fit for the Packers as a Day Two pick. Photo by Nate Shron/Getty Images.
Former linebacker-turned-tight end Troy Niklas would be a good fit for the Packers as a Day Two pick. Photo by Nate Shron/Getty Images.


Unless Eric Ebron falls, no.

There will be enough talented tight ends in the second and third rounds (where the Pack as two picks) to find someone who can contribute. Jace Amaro, Troy Niklas and Austin Seferian-Jenkins all should be available after Round One. Amaro is an athlete and would serve well as a pass-catcher, but hasn't played from a normal TE alignment in the Texas Tech offense and needs blocking work. Seferian-Jenkins of Washington has talent but has been oft-injured and has a spotty work ethic.

Notre Dame's Niklas is an ascending prospect. He has played only two seasons at TE after beginning his career as an outside linebacker. He has a unique blend of size (6-foot-6, 270 pounds), speed and athletic ability. His raw talent, work ethic and upside make him a great fit for the Packers to fill their need at tight end.