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Packers take OT Bakhtiari in fourth round

Saturday - 4/27/2013, 10:00pm  ET

Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Seemingly determined to protect its biggest investment, the Green Bay Packers gave quarterback Aaron Rodgers some help on Saturday.

The Packers, who signed Rodgers to a five-year contract extension on Friday, used their first two picks on Day 3 of the NFL draft on offensive linemen. Colorado's David Bakhtiari was taken with the 109th overall selection and Cornell's J.C. Tretter at No. 122.

Rodgers was sacked a league-high 51 times last season, so adding a pair of blockers might help give the Packers' franchise quarterback some much needed relief.

The Packers followed up by grabbing its second running back in as many days via the draft, trading up to take UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin at No. 125.

In the final round, the Packers picked up two wide receivers - Grand Valley State's Charles Johnson and Maryland's Kevin Dorsey - after two of Rodgers' main targets departed during the offseason, with Greg Jennings signing with Minnesota and Donald Driver retiring.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy insists the Packers didn't draft the offensive players solely based on the fact they secured Rodgers for the long term.

"The reality of it is, we've helped our football team and that's the way the draft board is set every single year," McCarthy said. "I understand when you put numbers on a spreadsheet and you're over $100 million and then right after that comes four players on offense, I think it's natural to think that we stopped there and said 'Hey, we got to hurry up and put some people around Aaron Rodgers.' But that's really not the case."

After selecting defensive players with their first six picks in the 2012 draft, the Packers stockpiled their picks this year and had nine selections on the final day of the draft.

"We felt that the draft was pretty solid through the middle rounds, so we wanted to try to accumulate some picks in that area. I think the more picks the better," Packers general manager Ted Thompson said. "I hope we improved in all facets of our game today, whether it would be special teams or defense or whatever."

Bakhtiari, a 6-foot-4, 299-pound tackle, started 33 of 34 games for the Buffaloes, 22 at left tackle and 11 at right tackle. Bakhtiari entered the draft after his junior year and allowed just 5
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