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There's plenty of company on the Packers ground game. James Starks appears to be the shining light, Ryan Grant returns healthy and ready to take what's his, and John Kuhn can't be forgotten in the power game.
So why would the Packers choose to add another running back in the draft?
Simple. Brandon Jackson is on thin ice. So is Dmitri Nance. Time for some adjustment.
More importantly, however, Green Bay often lack burst in the middle of the field. Starks showed glimpses of things to come during the playoffs, but his performance doesn't offer enough to gauge a well rounded guess as to how he will perform next season.
That's where Evan Royster may come in.
If Royster isn't taken somewhere between the fifth and sixth rounds, he may miss out altogether. In hindsight this would be a real shame, considering a hamstring injury picked up during the combine has hurt his draft stock immensely.
But if we think back to Royster's many highlights, he does have the ability to make plays. Much of his time at Penn State was spent under a weak offense, run by quarterbacks who were one in a dozen. Behind a solid passer like Rodgers, a star may be born.
Royster is moderately fast, that we know. What often goes unnoticed, though, is his strength. On goal line situations Royster has the ability to create holes—and score points.
It would be a luxury if Green Bay could rely on a running back like Royster. It would also avoid high risk situations that involve Aaron Rodgers scrambling toward the pylon.