6th Round Double Dip

Packers take Corner and Running Back

The Packers took defensive back Ka'Dar Hollman from Toledo with the 185th pick in round 6 of the NFL Draft and nine spots later, selected Notre Dame running back Dexter Williams.

Hollman's story is a fascinating tale of waiting patiently for his chance to play and taking advantage of it.

He said he was a "no-star" recruit coming out of high school and a poor SAT score kept college recruiters away.   He tried a prep school for a semester but that didn't help so the Burlington, New Jersey kid took a job at a bread factory and then loaded trucks for Dunkin' Donuts in his hometown.

While toiling away, he started penning letters to colleges and universities across the country, just hoping for an answer.

He finally got one from Toledo which offered him a spot on the team as a walk on.

Ka'Dar jumped at the chance but barely saw the field his first two years.   Then came a coaching change and the new Head Coach gave him a shot.

Hollman  became a starter his junior year and last fall, tied for the Mid-American Conference lead with a dozen pass breakups to go along with 43 tackles and an interception.

Passed over for the NFL Scouting combine, Hollman drew scout's attention by blazing to 40 yard dash times of 4.34 and 4.37 at Toledo's pro day.

The 6 foot, 190 pound cornerback had all that work pay off when the Packers gave him a call Saturday afternoon.

The selection of Williams is an interesting one as the Packers watched him slip until the middle of round six after he led Notre Dame in rushing with 941 yards in just nine games last season.  

The reason he slid was almost certainly because of the four games he didn't play, the result of a drug suspension by the team.

Dexter admitted the mistake and with the help of his ailing mother, got back on the right track.

Williams moved his mom to South Bend, not so much to help her through medical issues, but for someone to anchor his lifestyle change.  It seemed to work as Williams put up a 202 yard rushing effort and two touchdowns against Florida State, he ripped off the second longest TD run in Notre Dame history, racing 97 yards for a score against Virginia Tech.

The 5-11, 215 pound back also put up 161 yards in a victory over seventh ranked Stanford.

A teammate of last year's sixth round pick, Equamineous St. Brown, Williams says he can't wait to get to Green Bay because he feels he'll be a perfect fit for new Head Coach Matt LaFleur's outside zone running scheme and yes, he's bringing his mom with him to Green Bay.