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Monday, April 26, 2010           

Post Draft Spew Off...

Time to Spew Off and break down the Green Bay Packers 2010 Draft. You can grade a draft almost immediately, you can grade a team on how it met it's perceived needs and protected it's long-term goals. Otherwise, you have to wait for the players to at least put on pads and participate in training camp to get an idea of whether a rookie can play at the NFL level.

Packers 1st pick was OT Bryan Bulaga from Iowa. OT fit a team need, maybe no longer a 1st round need after the current signings of starters Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher. But let's face it, GM Ted Thompson's lower round draft picked O-Linemen have been found wanting... lowlighted by RT Allen Barbre's performance last year. Bulaga, along with 5th round pick Marshall Newhouse of TCU appear to have filled a team need - depth at Tackle with potential to be starters.

2nd Round pick DT Mike Neal came off as a surprise pick, but with the Packers using the 3-4, finding players to excel in that formation is harder to project. Considering the unresolved status of Johnny Jolly (and Justin Harrell) and it really shouldn't surprise anyone that the Packers went this route. Throw 7th rounder C.J. Wilson from East Carolina and the Packers are expecting a stronger rotation from the defensive line this year.

Morgan Burnett, the Safety from Georgia Tech, known for his interceptions a ball-hawking skills, was the Packers selection in the 3rd round after the teams only trade this draft. The Packers sent their 86th and 122nd picks to the Philadelphia Eagles for their 71st overall pick. Would it then surprise you that he selected #42 for his jersey number. I really like this pick, the Packers have several CB's coming off injuries that should shake out positively for the rotation, but I couldn't name any other Safety's on the Packers roster after Atari Bigby, Nick Collins and converted CB oft-ridiculed Jarrett Bush. Another major team need was filled.

The other 5th round selection TE Andrew Quarless of Penn State, some issues, but played very well last year and 6th round pick James Starks, the RB from Buffalo who played very well 2 years in a row, then missed last year with a shoulder injury rounds out the Packers 2010 Draft.

So what does it mean, why didn't the Packers go after an OLB, CB, or KR which were perceived to be "team needs". It easy to see why, the games last year that the defense allowed big passing number against weren't because of lack of play by the OLB's or the CB's. Injuries played roles in that... but the main reason was no passing rushing presence from the D-Line... put 3 DL's in the game with some pass-rushing ability along with both OLB's Brad Jones and Clay Matthews and opposing teams will have to guess which 4 are rushing. Jordy Nelson with Will Blackmon are great (2nd thought - decent) Kick-off Returners, if the they can get some blocks without penalties called. Will Blackmon and Charles Woodson are great Punt Returners which then leaves... not much reason to waste a draft pick on someone specifically to be a special teams specialist.

The Packers: GM Ted Thompson, Head Coach Mike McCarthy and the rest of their Draft Staff did a fine job addressing weak spots on the Packers roster. Now It's Time To Play Some Football!!!

BeerKid - Always Pack 4 Life!
Posted by BeerKid / 1:52 PM


Saturday, April 24, 2010           

With The 230th Pick In The Draft...

The Green Bay Packers Select:

C.J. Wilson, DE, East Carolina


The last pick of the Green Bay Packers in the 7th round is C.J. Wilson, a defensive end with strong pass rushing ability to get sacks. Something the Packers were seeking in this draft.

BeerKid - Always Pack 4 Life!

Wilson has been a durable active defender for the Pirates over the past two seasons. He has good edge quickness and speed to close to the quarterback as a pass rusher. He is an instinctive player who feels pad pressure well to maintain his gap responsibility. Questions remain about his ability to be an effective coverage defender on zone blitzes or if he can project to outside linebacker...

NFL.Com Draft Profile

The unquestioned leader of the Pirates squad, Wilson is a personable and passionate student-athlete who, as a battle-tested veteran, has firmly secured a reputation as one of the top defensive ends and pass rushers in Conference USA. Possessing excellent quickness, strength, athleticism and attention to fundamentals, Wilson has earned his standing as the unit's sack leader...

Packers.Com Draft Bio

Athletic college pass rusher who displays good speed off the edge. Possesses solid first step quickness, displays an array of pass rushing moves, and is fast up the field. Effectively uses his hands to protect himself, keeps his feet moving on contact, and rarely off his feet. Fluid moving in every direction, plays with balance and good pad level...

CNNSI Player Profile
Posted by BeerKid / 3:20 PM


With The 193rd Pick In The Draft...

The Green Bay Packers Select:

James Starks, RB, Buffalo


A running back project for the Packers coaching staff... Looks like another big lean back in the Ryan Grant mold who comes ready to catch the swing passes and check-downs the Pack would like to get more production from in their RB's.

BeerKid - Always Pack 4 Life!

Starks missed the 2009 season after undergoing surgery to repair his shoulder. He is a converted running back and had consecutive thousand yard seasons in 2007 and 2008. He has a little wiggle to him as he hits the hole and can veer off course after getting to the second level to make the first man miss but is not a top cut-back runner. He has a good burst through the hole...

NFL.Com Draft Profile

Starks hopes that his resume from the 2007 and 2008 seasons, along with the dedication and hard work he put in during a grueling rehabilitation process will convince a National Football League team that he might be the biggest steal in the draft among running back prospects. The former quarterback, turned cornerback, turned tailback sat out the 2009 season after finally undergoing right shoulder surgery...

Packers.Com Draft Bio

Strong, smooth ball-carrier best on the inside. Patient, follows blocks everywhere on the field and quickly finds the running lanes. Grinds it out on the inside, does not go down with the fight and falls forward when tackled. Displays the ability cutback in a small area and possesses solid footwork for a bigger running back. Effectively picks up blocking assignments and a solid receiver out of the backfield....

CNNSI Player Profile
Posted by BeerKid / 1:44 PM


With The 169th Pick In The Draft...

The Green Bay Packers Select:

Marshall Newhouse, OT, Texas Christian


Another OT which must mean that the Barbre/Giacominni era as occupants of not-deserved backup roster spots is over... unless our beloved GM does the whole "let's put a talented rookie OT on the Practice Squad and then lose him to another team almost immediatley" route of last year. Newhouse played Left Tackle in college, but upon further reading might project to play Guard in the NFL.

BeerKid - Always Pack 4 Life!

Newhouse comes from a strong football family but does not show the kind of instincts and mental awareness than you'd expect from someone with that kind of background. As long as the defensive front plays pretty vanilla in terms of stunts and twists, he shows no hesitations or indecision, but he can be late to react and adjust when he sees something for the first time. He shows good initial quickness and speed but struggles when he has to adjust on the move or react to counter moves. He was a quality starter at left tackle for the past three years...

NFL.Com Draft Profile

Third-team All-American by Rivals.com and an honorable-mention All-America selection by SI.com... first-team All-Mountain West Conference... invited to the NFL Combine... played in the East-West Shrine Game... appeared on the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List... ranked as the Best Offensive Lineman in the state of Texas by Dave Campbell's Texas Football... started 12 games, giving him starts in all but one contest over the last three seasons...

Packers.Com Draft Bio

Relatively athletic college tackle who projects to guard at the next level. Plays low to the ground, makes good use of blocking angles, as well as body positioning. Stays square, keeps defenders in front of hi, and controls them once engaged at the point of attack. Shows strength in his upper body and good hand punch. Quickly sets in pass protection and above-average skill sliding out off the edge...

CNNSI Player Profile
Posted by BeerKid / 12:37 PM


With The 154th Pick In The Draft...

The Green Bay Packers Select:

Andrew Quarless, TE, Penn State


Another position I didn't think the Packers were looking at for their 1st pick of the 3rd day. Quarless has had issues with drinking (Welcome to Wisconsin!) but then so does current 3rd TE Spencer Havner who's roster spot he might be competing for. During his post-selection interview, Quarless said that he learned from his mistakes, and he's excited to join the Packers. Go Pack Go!

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Quarless finished off his senior year with 41 receptions and an excellent Bowl game against LSU where he caught a team-high eight passes. Quarless had two issues with underage drinking, one in 2008 where he was charged for DUI and one in 2007. He is a good sized TE with athleticism and body control going for him...

NFL.Com Draft Profile

Quarless boasts the size and athleticism that can cause match-up problems for opposing defenses. A tall, talented target with the ability to make big plays, his emergence as a primary target for Penn State in 2009 saw the Nittany Lions finish 11-2 during the tight end's final campaign. With his speed and athleticism, in addition to his pass-catching ability, Quarless also worked hard to become a stronger and more effective blocker, making the former prep standout a boon to the productive Penn State offense. By the end of the 2009 campaign, he was the school's new record-holder for most receptions by a tight end in a season (41) and a career (87)...

Packers.Com Draft Bio

Well-sized tight end with a solid game. Quickly releases off the line into pass routes or run blocks, immediately gets to top speed, and displays solid pass catching hands. Moves well about the field, adjusts to the errant throw, and makes the reception in stride. Looks the pass into his hands. Solid strength as a blocker. Gets out to the second level and removes linebackers from the action...

CNNSI Player Profile
Posted by BeerKid / 11:57 AM


Friday, April 23, 2010           

With The 86th And 122nd Picks In The Draft...

The Green Bay Packers Select:


Traded to the Philadelphia Eagles





For the 71st overall pick.



Posted by BeerKid / 8:19 PM


With The 71st Pick In The Draft...

The Green Bay Packers Select:

Morgan Burnett, SS, Georgia Tech


The Packers were looking for DB help, and traded their 86th and 122nd picks to move up to the 71st position to grab Burnett. GM Ted Thompson said in the post-selection interview that Burnett should fit in well with the secondary group that they already have and that he didn't like giving up the 4th round pick, but its "the price you have to pay sometimes."

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Burnett has been extremely productive for the Yellow Jackets over the past two seasons. He is very active in both run support as well as defending the pass but also misses too many opportunities due to lack of effort, angles and proper tackling techniques. Burnett has good size and athleticism for the safety position which makes him effective in combination man and zone coverage’s. He is an instinctive player...

NFL.Com Draft Profile

He seems like a natural playing centerfield for the Yellow Jackets... He appears to have hands made of Velcro, as he has proven that he can not only elevate to snatch the ball at its high point, but he has also become a crowd pleaser for his acrobatic moves to secure the pigskin. Before someone assumes that Burnett is just a ball-hawk, they need to look at his statistical chart. They will see that he not only ranked with the team leaders in tackles each of his three seasons at the university, but the Tech record books show only seven other defensive backs in the history of the program registering more than his 235 career tackles...

Packers.Com Draft Bio

Physical, run-defending safety best between the numbers. Quick up the field, shows a good head for the ball, and has a burst of speed. Strong at the point, wraps up tackling, and brings ball-carriers down on initial contact. Fluid turning his hips to run with opponents in coverage, fast in a straight line or laterally...

CNNSI Player Profile
Posted by BeerKid / 7:53 PM


With The 56th Pick In The Draft...

The Green Bay Packers Select:

Mike Neal, DT, Purdue


Didn't realize that DT was a 2nd round need for the Packers, but there is a roster spot open as the 5th D-Lineman that will see plenty of rotational snaps each game. During his post-selection interview Neal said that he had no idea Green Bay was interested in him. He also said he can play 3-technique, 5-technique, nose-tackle, in other words, whatever position the Packers want him to play.

BeerKid - Always Pack 4 Life!

Neal is an average sized interior lineman that will need to play a three technique in a 4-3 defensive scheme. Neal is a tough hard-nosed lineman that gives consistent effort throughout the game. He doesn’t have elite size and is inconsistent to anchor versus double teams but can hold the point when he plays with good pad level. Neal has active hands and does a nice job to shed blockers....

NFL.Com Draft Profile

Since taking over left defensive tackle duties, Neal registered 11.0 of his 13.0 career quarterback sacks and 21.5 of the 26 tackles for loss he recorded during his Boilermaker career. By far the team's strongest player, he commanded constant double-team coverage on almost every snap...

Packers.Com Draft Bio

Explosive one gap defensive tackle that makes plays in every direction of the field. Possesses good first step quickness, bends his knees and plays with leverage. Quickly changes direction, fluid out to the flanks and shows a good degree of explosion in his overall game...

CNNSI Player Profile
Posted by BeerKid / 7:07 PM


Thursday, April 22, 2010           

With The 23rd Pick In The Draft...

The Green Bay Packers Select:

Bryan Bulaga - OT, Iowa


The Packers needed a Tackle to come in and backup last years starters and recently re-signed Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher, although hampered by injuries, clearly the starting tackles yet the Packers jumped on Bulaga who may have fallen a few spots and GM Ted Thompson used his Best Player Available motto by selecting a OT for the future.

BeerKid - Always Pack 4 Life!

Bulaga is a good, not a great, talent as a left tackle. Like most Iowa linemen he will come into the league with a good understanding of the game as well as the position he plays. He understands angles and blocking schemes and is quick to recognize and adjust to games up front. He is quick to set the edge and knows how to get a good fit with his hands but will struggle when speed rushers transfer that speed into power...

NFL.Com Draft Profile

One of the more athletic "big men" eligible for the 2010 NFL Draft, Bulaga's versatility as a prepster made him one of the most sought after recruits coming out of high school. After playing four different positions during his days at Marion Central High School, he began his Iowa career as a left offensive guard...

Packers.Com Draft Bio

Athletic left tackle that possesses a great degree of upside potential. Blocks with terrific fundamentals setting with a wide base, bending his knees, and playing with leverage. Keeps his feet moving throughout the action, makes good use of angles, and stays square. Jolts opponents with terrific hand punch...

CNNSI Player Profile
Posted by BeerKid / 8:51 PM


Speak Out Spew Off...

A Reminder on what's going on from NFL.Com/draft:
    The NFL draft moves to primetime for the first time in 2010, with the first round taking place Thurs., April 22 at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by the second and third rounds on Fri., April 23 at 6 p.m. ET. Rounds 4-7 will be held Sat., April 24 at 10 a.m. ET. Watch the entire draft live on NFL Network.
And what's going on over at Packers.Com/draft:
    Armed with seven of their own selections - plus a fifth-round choice as a compensatory selection - the Packers will have plenty of opportunities to add more talent and depth to their roster in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Let's add Rick Gosselin of The Dallas Morning News and his top 100 players.

BeerKid - Always Pack 4 Life!

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We've finally made to the Packers picks in Round 5 - my guess ---- CB Warren, or DE Lang, or the Punter from V-Tech.

BeerKid - Pack 4 Life!
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I've been keeping my eye on those grade/value player positioning charts, and not like it's the ultimate authority on anything, schemes and systems always come into play, or that the NFL's draft-value is the final word on the subject, but the grade value that made the Packers 1st round selection suck a great pick, is the same rating system that makes our 2nd round pick look like he would have been available in the 3rd round.

BeerKid - Always Pack 4 Life!
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Your schedule says Sunday for that first Bears game, but I think it's on Monday night. Weird that there's only one Monday night game this year, and against the Bears of all teams...

Have a great draft weekend! GO PACKERS!

Todd G.


Hey Todd, yeah that's a typo left over from my mock-schedule during the pre-post setup. Easy enough to guess that the Cowboys game and a Vikings game would be on NBC Sunday night, but I had guessed correctly that the Chicago road game would be a ESPN Monday Night game... Have luck and good fun!  BK
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Theo actually did what he was supposed to do, and draft the best guy at our biggest need. If the next guy drafted is an OLB, I might freak out.

All in all, I'm thrilled. I never pretend to guess how good college players will turn out, but I know we got a guy projected to go very high, then who slipped down to fill our biggest need. Last time that happened, we got Aaron Rodgers. Let's hope for a repeat performance.

Ruppert
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Can't get excited yet. We filled a need with a guy. But, if his name is "not" Justin Tyrell Harrell, I feel like we are winners.

CAMP
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"In the first round of the NFL Draft, the Packers pick a whale of a guy... Bulaga, the Killer Tackle! Incidentally, what initially interested Packers’ general manager Ted Thompson was Bulaga’s large forehead, a sign of high intelligence!" - thePackerPage.com

Packer Jerry
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They seemed to have addressed last year's deficiency...how weird.

beerscout
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Well, can't go wrong with those Iowa boys, can you? [thinking of Kampy]

#66 Chica
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OK, we did need a lineman.and we got just that in Bulaga...Now can we play?

Big Ern said so!!!!
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Watching TT give his press conference for selecting OT Bryan Bulaga means no chance of a trade up back into the bottom of the 1st round (like last year) Uhh well there's 6 picks left although I think I'm right... I'm right.

BeerKid - Always Pack 4 Life!
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Beer Kid - I have to agree with you on Jerry Hughes. I live in Mountain West Conference territory and I've seen him play a number of times. Hughes is a beast. I've also seen Kyle Wilson of Boise State. Not bad either.

Salt Lake Cheese
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I would honestly be happy with any of the projected picks of Kindle, Hughes, Iupati, Brown, or Wilson...

The depth this year is pretty solid-so I think we'll be in a good spot no matter what. To me, it'll be more interesting to see what we do after the first round-to see what voids we try to fill there (OL, CB, RB, K)?

Sconnie Pride!
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Quoth Lombardi...

   "Mental toughness is many things and rather difficult to explain. Its qualities are sacrifice and self-denial. Also, most importantly, it is combined with a perfectly disciplined will that refuses to give in. It's a state of mind, you could call it character in action."
Posted by BeerKid / 2:04 PM


Thirsty For A Draft...

We finally rolled round to NFL Draft Day One... and with the NFL making big changes to the schedule this year, the Draft is now a Prime-Time event. Starting at 7pm EST and only covering the 1st round tonight and then we Packers fans get to wait a few hours before the Packers get their pick at #23. Unless GM Ted Thompson and Head Coach Mike McCarthy have plans to trade up... something never previously considered until what happened last year when the Packers moved back up into the 1st round. So we've pulled out the beer-stained and cheese-encrusted Crystal Ball for another go around as the 7th Annual Pre-Draft Prediction Extravaganza begins.

What the Packers should do: Sit tight at pick no. 23 and take the top rated OLB/DE in the draft. That could be Sergio Kindle of Texas, or Jerry Hughes of TCU. The Aaron Kampman experiment didn't live up to expectations and his late season replacement OLB Brad Jones did OK, but the Packers are in dire need of a another pass-rushing OLB to complement OLB Clay Matthews on the other side.

What the Packers could do: Draft the Best Player Available on their board. However unlikely, that could be any of top 4 tackles who might slide down to the Packers at 23. It could be C/G Mike Iupati from Idaho, mock draft favorite OT Charles Brown from USC is a bit of reach at this position or the Packers could address another team need, defensive secondary help in either CB Kyle Wilson of Boise State or big-hitting S Taylor Mays from USC.

What the Packers could also do: Trade down to gather extra picks for Friday's Draft Day Two covering the 2nd and 3rd rounds. With a night to think it over, maybe GM Ted Thompson believes he can take advantage of the new format. In 2008 Thompson trading down to get WR Jordy Nelson, and the used the extra pick to trade up to get OLB Jeremy Thompson. He'd have to do better than that for a trade-down to be acceptable.

What the Packers won't do: The Packers will neither draft QB Jimmy Clausen (if an unlikely draft day slide occurs) nor trade up into middle of the 1st round. Thompson surprised us last year by trading back up into the 1st round to grab Clay Matthews, but can you really expect him to do something similar this year. Rumors tie the Packers to the Seahawks 14th pick, but chances are the Packers won't be the team trading for that position.

So all in all, it's much harder to guess on what the Green Bay Packers may do with their 23rd pick in tonight's draft and all indicators are pointing to the defensive side of the ball, either a DB or OLB to help out. The early positioning might have gone to OLB Sergio Kindle, the late rumors go to OLB Jerry Hughes being the better fit in Green Bay. It just depends which one is still on the board, if both, I'd lean towards OLB Jerry Hughes of Texas Christian. Go Pack Go!

BeerKid - Always Pack 4 Life!
Posted by BeerKid / 11:03 AM