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by Mark Daniels

The Packers closed out the 2014 draft by selecting a third wide receiver, Jeff Janis from Division II Saginaw Valley State. Janis is a big target (6-3, 219) who can run. In fact, General Manager Ted Thompson said after taking in all the testing measurables like 40 time, shuttle drills, vertical leap, broad jump and bench press, Janis finished second best among all draft eligible wide receivers, regarded as the best position group in the draft. For his career, Janis started 37 of 44 games and caught 246 passes for 4305 yards and 46 touchdowns. He was the Great Lakes Athletic Conference back of the year for the 2013 season. You wonder how a kid like this wound up at a D2 school? Janis said he broke his finger his senior season in high school and recruiters gave up on him. He had only a pair of scholarship offers, signed with Saginaw Valley and never looked back. He is excited to be reunited with the Pack's 5th round pick, Wisconsin's Jared Abbrederis. The two met while working out together at a pre-combine camp in San Diego. Both were inivited to the Senior Bowl and wound up as roommates. They also hooked up at the combine and they'll get together again this weekend at the Pack's rookie orientation camp. Janis and Abbrederis join second round pick Davante Adams of Fresno State in the youth movement at receiver. The Packers have lost Greg Jennings, Donald Driver and James Jones in a span of 15 months. The production they accumulated this weekend is staggering. In their careers, the three draft picks combined to catch 681 passes, for 10,475 yards and 107 touchdowns.