Green Bay Packers 2014 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Troy Niklas

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With Jermichael Finley most likely leaving in free agency, the Green Bay Packers may have to look to the draft to add another weapon for Aaron Rodgers. Green Bay re-signed Andrew Quarless, but many believe Quarless is not a good fit for this open offense. Although he is tall and athletic, Quarless thrives in the running game. Although Eddie Lacy was unbelievable in his rookie year, it should be known that a ton of his success was because of the inept play at quarterback after Rodgers was out with a collarbone injury.

Enter Troy Niklas, a guy who has the skill set to be a complete tight end in the NFL. Niklas may be the best run blocker in this draft, and his skills in the catching department aren’t that bad either. It wasn’t until his junior season until Niklas broke out. If it weren’t for Tyler Eifert, Niklas would’ve been a hotter name this May. Regardless, there may not be a more complete tight end in this draft. He is still a little raw, but his frame makes me believe that there is no reason why this Notre Dame product couldn’t start right away in the NFL.

At 6-foot-6, 270 pounds, Niklas is NFL -ready in terms of his size. Niklas came to Notre Dame to become a linebacker, but his transition to tight end was a relatively easy one. He is a smart player that excels in basically an offense. Niklas could be a great target for the Packers in the passing game, and he could be a valuable player upfront in the running game as well.

Another intriguing thing about Niklas is his bloodlines. His cousins are Clay Matthews, Jake Matthews, Bruce Matthews, and Clay Matthews Sr. I’m sure Troy would have no problem getting started in Green Bay with his cousin already on the team. Niklas would come in and add another dimension to an already good offense. The addition of Niklas would bring a smile to Mike McCarthy‘s face.

Ryan Ratty is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @RyanRattyNFL or add him to your network on Google+.


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