GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Two days after the Green Bay Packers picked three running backs on the third day of the NFL draft, they released two of their returning backs. Don't expect that kind of purge at any other positions, but the rest of the Packers draft class could have an impact on several returning players.
With that mind, here's a look at how the non-running back draft picks could affect the roster:
Kevin King, CB, second round: Consider Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins officially on notice. The Packers aren't going to dump them just two years after they used their first two picks -- a first-rounder on Randall and a second-rounder on Rollins -- on the two cornerbacks but after last season's struggles both with injury and performance, they're far from assured a spot in the regular rotation let alone a starting job. It wouldn't be a surprise if the Packers' opening day cornerbacks are King and veteran Davon House, who was re-signed after spending two years in Jacksonville. That would leave Randall, Rollins and LaDarius Gunter to battle for the nickel and perhaps dime defensive back jobs.
Josh Jones, S, second round: When Micah Hyde left the NFC Championship Game with a shoulder injury, the Packers replaced him with Kentrell Brice -- a hard-hitting undrafted rookie. Jones, however, could be the long-term replacement for Hyde, who signed with the Bills in free agency. He has the versatility that Hyde gave the Packers but with more speed. Jones ran a 4.41 40 at the combine compared to Hyde's 4.56.
Montravius Adams, DT, third round: There's no indication that the Packers plan to move on from Letroy Guion, but Adams could benefit from Guion's four-game suspension to start the season. The Packers don't owe Guion another dime until he returns from the ban, so there's no incentive to cut him at this point. Adams, however, should push last year's defensive line rookies: Kenny Clark, Dean Lowry and Brian Price. Along with veterans Ricky Jean-Francois and Mike Daniels, the defensive line room looks deeper than last year.
Vince Biegel, OLB, fourth round: If Biegel can make an immediate impact as a pass-rusher, it could have a major impact on the linebacker position. It could allow defensive coordinator Dom Capers to move Clay Matthews around more than he did last season, when returned to playing the majority of his snaps at outside linebacker. If Matthews plays inside more, then it would potential reduce the roles of Jake Ryan, Blake Martinez and Joe Thomas. Biegel's addition also could mean less snaps for Jayrone Elliott and Kyler Fackrell on the outside.
DeAngelo Yancey, WR, fifth round; Malachi Dupre, WR, seventh round: All of a sudden, Geronimo Allison, Trevor Davis and Jeff Janis -- the bottom three receivers on the depth chart when last season ended -- find themselves in major battles. Allison was the most productive of the trio and played a major role late in the season when injuries hit Davante Adams, Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson, but Davis and Janis had trouble getting on the field last year. While Davis is only a second-year pro, Janis is entering his fourth season and if he hasn't figured it out by now, his time may be running short.
Kofi Amichia, OL, sixth round: A week ago, Don Barclay looked like the potential opening day replacement for right guard T.J. Lang, who left in free agency. But on the eve of the draft, the Packers signed veteran guard Jahri Evans and then drafted Amichia, who played tackle in college but will get a chance at right guard. The Packers also like second-year players Kyle Murphy and Lucas Patrick as possible guards, but they look much further removed from the lineup than they did a week ago.