The Green Bay Packers signed Michigan Wolverines defensive lineman Carlo Kemp as a free agent following the conclusion of the 2021 NFL Draft on Saturday. He went unselected on Saturday and joins the team as a UDFA signing.
Kemp played in 46 games at Michigan and made 29 starts while earning All-Big Ten third-team honors in 2019. He was voted a captain by his peers in both 2019 and 2020 and finished his time in Ann Arbor with 4.5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss in his career.
Kemp, the nephew of John and Chuck Pagano, was a solid starter for the Wolverines but there are not a ton of “wow” plays on film. That was not his role, especially the last few seasons as he played more of a role in taking on blocks. There are some nice traits to work with, but it is hard to find a position for him outside of a back-of roster/subpackage pass rusher role. He is a hard worker with a good attitude, which should help him find a training camp home. From there, it is all about the fit and opportunity. He probably needs to get a bit heavier, but the 2019 third-team All-Big Ten contributor has a chance to find a pass rush specialist role if the right fit comes his way.
The first round of the draft was held on Thursday night with the second and third rounds on for Friday. The event concludes from Cleveland, Ohio with the fourth through seventh rounds on Saturday.