GREEN BAY–Competition in the Packers backfield increased significantly when the team selected UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin following a trade up into the fourth round with the Denver Broncos.
Franklin, 5-10, 201, was thought to be one of the fast-rising players in the draft, but mysteriously lasted into the fourth round. He was a late-season hit last year and followed that up with a strong performance at the Senior Bowl.
“A hungry, downhill, one-cut runner with the competitive zeal, football character and toughness to contribute immediately,” a draft publication said of Franklin.
The Packers selected Alabama running back Eddie Lacy in the second round.
Denver got the Packers’ fifth (146) and sixth-round (173) picks.
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