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Monday, May 02, 2011           

2011 Post-Draft Spew Off...
After giving the Packers 2011 Draft to simmer on the back-burner for awhile, I think you can say that the Green Bay Packers and GM Ted Thompson selected some players that are really going to help the Pack out this upcoming year. Well, the first 5 players selected have that chance, the last 5 taken all look headed for the Practice Squad unless something extraordinary happens in training camp.

Take 1st round pick OT Derek Sherrod from Mississippi State, the Packers were looking for backup Tackle help this year, starting potential for the following years down the road and appear to have achieved it. The 2nd round pick, WR/RB/Returner Randall Cobb from Kentucky, one of those all-everything type of players that as far back as I can remember, the Packers have never had on their roster. Package him with 3rd round pick, Alex Green, the spread-offense RB from Hawaii, and the Packers have put some extra ability and excitement back into offense. Green Bay is coming off of a Super Bowl win, and with these first 3 picks the Pack have made their offense better.

4th round pick, Davon House a CB from New Mexico St follows in a long tradition of Packer D-backs that are physical and press coverage oriented and expect no issues with him catching on to the back-end of the roster. 5th round selection, D.J. Williams from Arkansas, is a hard working TE that would have caught on to any team that drafted him. With these 2 picks, the Packers have strengthened their DB and TE positions.

The last 5 picks of the Packers draft, the 6th round picks, Utah G Caleb Schlauderaff, LB D.J. Smith from Appalachia St, DE/LB Ricky Elmore from Arizona, along with 7th rounders TE Ryan Taylor of North Carolina, and DL Lawrence Guy from Arizona State, all will have their value, but they look like they were drafted specifically to be headed towards the Packers Practice Squad.

Coming off the Super Bowl XLV win, the Packers had to implement a little different strategy this year to upgrade their roster, notice the 2 trades with Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos that resulted in a current draft round move-down of a few positions, with the later round move-up of a several draft positions. Take a look at Jersey Al's Position by Position Packers Post-Draft Roster breakdown, showing all the potential Packer free-agents by playing position, and you'll see that GM Ted Thompson was fully aware of what the Packers needed in this draft to keep his squad competitive so that the Packers will can repeat as Super Bowl Champs.

BeerKid - Always Pack 4 Life!

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Hey Beer Kid - The Pack got a really good player ay #179. I've watched Caleb Schaluderoff play for the Utah Utes for a few years now. Always in position. And I know he will work his ass off. He always has. This was a great draft for us all the way through.

Salt Lake Cheese
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I'm unmoved by the Vikes' draft choices. A questionable QB and a bunch of 6th and 7th round linemen. Looks like they'll take over from the Lions as the NFC North's perennial cellar-dweller. But we did well enough, especially in getting a new WR to replace Donald Driver.

jg
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Packers fans can take a joke (unlike Bear or Vikings fans)... MST3k says: Packers win the Super Bowl! - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iqLhdInGrk

James


Hey James, thanks.... "Go Packers! Please would y'all go back to your drinking. Go Packers!"   BK
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Quoth Lombardi...

   "Some people try to find things in this game that don't exist but football is only two things - blocking and tackling."
Posted by BeerKid / 11:39 AM


Saturday, April 30, 2011           

With The 233rd Pick In The Draft...

The Green Bay Packers Select:

Lawrence Guy, DL, Arizona State


The Packers were looking some defensive linemen to help stabilize the rotation, with the last pick of their draft, they have selected Lawrence Guy from Arizona State.

BeerKid - Always Pack 4 Life!

Guy could become a solid backup 4-3 defensive tackle or develop into a 3-4 defensive end. However, at this time, he does not provide much value rushing the passer and doesn't dominate enough against the run to be a starter. Fires off the ball and can make plays in the backfield but doesn't close fast to the quarterback. Is stout at the point of attack when positioning and technique are sound, but can be moved off the ball when playing too high or versus the double team. Has great intangibles and tireless on-field work ethic...

NFL.Com Draft Profile

Hardworking and fairly athletic lineman defensive lineman who can be used in a variety of spots up front. Plays with good quickness, keeps his feet driving up the field, and occupies blockers on the line of scrimmage. Plays with good pad level, very quick with his hands, and shows explosiveness. Fluid changing direction, constantly doubled in the middle of the action, and shows the ability to hold his ground...

CNNSI Player Profile
Posted by BeerKid / 4:55 PM


With The 218th Pick In The Draft...

The Green Bay Packers Select:

Ryan Taylor, TE, North Carolina


The Packers have selected another TE, which no analysis has been provided for by the NFL or CNNSI...

Updated:  A converted LB to TE late in his college career, Ryan Taylor was the captain of the special teams for 2 years, and according to his CNNSI's Player Profile, Taylor had 36 catches for 330 yards and 2 TD's in 2010. Now we know a little more on why GM Thompson made this particular selection.

BeerKid - Always Pack 4 Life!


Posted by BeerKid / 4:55 PM


With The 197th Pick In The Draft...

The Green Bay Packers Select:

Ricky Elmore, DL, Arizona


The Packers were looking for another defensive lineman to help with the pass rush. Ricky Elmore may be that lineman.

BeerKid - Always Pack 4 Life!

Elmore has great intangible qualities and should provide some value with his pass rushing ability and hustle. However, he does not possess enough strength in the running game or elite athleticism to be considered a future starter. Can get off the ball, occasionally turn the corner, and close on the quarterback but won't set up his man, counter, or use the bull rush. Has a motor that doesn't stop and will make some plays chasing ball carriers down the line but is a liability when run at and can be a tick late to find the football...

NFL.Com Draft Profile

Productive college pass rusher with marginal size/speed numbers. Breaks down well, plays with good pad level, and gets off the snap with a quick first step. Uses his hands to protect himself, changes direction well, and keeps his feet driving up the field on contact. Deceptively strong, holds his ground against blocks, and flashes speed off the edge. Plays with good balance and works hard...

CNNSI Player Profile
Posted by BeerKid / 3:51 PM


With The 186th Pick In The Draft...

The Green Bay Packers Select:

D.J. Smith, LB, Appalachian State


Packers seem to be reaching here with a smallish in height linebacker from a small conference school, but you never know who performs well on special teams and Packers linebacking corp was in turmoil over injuries last year.

BeerKid - Always Pack 4 Life!

Smith does not possess enough power at the point of attack or athleticism to be viewed as a potential future starter. Could find a home as a backup linebacker due to his toughness and ability to play in zone coverage. Has the makeup of a special teams contributor but does not have much experience at this time. While he can be productive in pursuit and is willing to take on blockers, he's not stout enough to consistently anchor or an elite tackler...

Smith has adequate bulk for the next level. Does a good job making plays inside the box when unblocked. Doesn't shy away from contact. Flashes some range against the run. Comfortable dropping into coverage, can read screen and displays the ability to anticipate routes...

NFL.Com Draft Profile

Best in the box and making plays up the field. Inefficient and at times overruns the action...

CNNSI Player Profile
Posted by BeerKid / 3:21 PM


With The 179th Pick In The Draft...

The Green Bay Packers Select:

Caleb Schlauderaff, OG, Utah


After a bunch of trades to re-position themselves, the Packers take Caleb Schlauderaff, an offensive guard from Utah to help fill out the roster depth behind an expect free agent departure at left guard.

BeerKid - Always Pack 4 Life!

Schlauderaff is not a very athletic guard, but he always seems to get the job done. He is a well prepared player that never seems to be out of position. He plays with a "bad attitude" and fights through the whistle. He can be an effective run blocker, but he loses leverage at times and plays with a narrow base too often. His slow first step and limited athleticism may prevent him from being a starter at the next level, but his toughness and work ethic will likely get him a spot on an NFL roster...

NFL.Com Draft Profile

Explosive small-area blocker who's been productive on the college level. Quickly sets up off the snap, stays square, and turns defenders from the action. Bends his knees, blocks with leverage, and keeps his feet moving throughout the action. Shows the ability to adjust and effectively knock defenders from their angle of attack with good punch. Keeps his head on a swivel, plays with a nasty attitude, and will hit multiple defenders off a single snap. Uses good body positioning...

CNNSI Player Profile
Posted by BeerKid / 3:11 PM


With The 174th and 231st Picks In The Draft...

The Green Bay Packers Select:


Traded to the Miami Dolphins




For the 179th and 218th Picks overall.



Posted by BeerKid / 2:50 PM


With The 163rd Pick In The Draft...

The Green Bay Packers Select:


Traded to the San Francisco 49ers




For the 174th and 231st Picks overall.



Posted by BeerKid / 2:12 PM


With The 141st Pick In The Draft...

The Green Bay Packers Select:

D.J. Williams, TE, Arkansas


We had heard that the Packers were targeting TE's during this draft, and DJ Williams was selected using the pick received from the Denver Broncos.

BeerKid - Always Pack 4 Life!

Williams is a highly-productive, hard-working tight end prospect with outstanding character who was one of the key components of Arkansas' dangerous passing attack over the last few seasons. Doesn't possess adequate NFL tight end height but should be able to fit in nicely as an H-Back. Will make a lot of plays finding open spaces against zone coverage but can be neutralized by athletic safeties or linebackers in man coverage. Is a gritty player willing to make tough catches in traffic. Works really hard and is effective in the running game...

NFL.Com Draft Profile

Athletic pass-catching college tight end who lacks great measurables for the next level. Displays terrific focus and concentration, constantly finds the open space in the defense, and works hard to become an available target. Consistently extends his hands and makes the reception away from his frame. Keeps the play inbounds running after the catch to pick up positive yardage. Easily makes the reception in stride and adjusts to errant throws. Displays a burst of speed. Blocks with good lean, gets his hands into defenders, and gives effort. Flashes ability as a position blocker...

CNNSI Player Profile
Posted by BeerKid / 1:11 PM


With The 131st Pick In The Draft...

The Green Bay Packers Select:

Davon House, CB, New Mexico State


I've been waiting all draft for the Packers to take a big cornerback that fits in with their agressive style of defensive play and the Packers have taken one in Davon House, a DB from New Mexico State.

BeerKid - Always Pack 4 Life!

House is a physical corner that excels in press coverage, and could develop into a starter in a Cover-2 scheme. He uses his big strong hands to jar receivers on the line of scrimmage and he can flip his hips and run. He also shows the ability to anticipate routes in zone and has enough speed to close with the ball in the air. However, he is a bit stiff in transition and will struggle to mirror receivers on double moves. His ultra-aggressive style of play makes him vulnerable to ball fakes...

NFL.Com Draft Profile

Athletic cornerback with good size and ball skills. Fluid pedaling in reverse, quick flipping his hips, and smooth in all his movements. Plays heads-up football, shows a burst of closing speed, and effectively positions himself against opponents to defend the throw. Fast up the field to defend the run and aggressive with opponents throughout routes. Displays the ability to drive to the ball out of his plant...

CNNSI Player Profile
Posted by BeerKid / 12:44 PM


With The 129th and 204th Picks In The Draft...

The Green Bay Packers Select:


Traded to the Denver Broncos




For the 141st and 186th Picks overall.



Posted by BeerKid / 12:33 PM


Friday, April 29, 2011           

With The 96th Pick In The Draft...

The Green Bay Packers Select:

Alex Green, RB, Hawaii


A big fast RB who has the potential to score every time he touches the ball. So the Packers add another playmaker to the already loaded stable of playmakers. I can't complain.

BeerKid - Always Pack 4 Life!

Green does not project to be an every-down back at the next level, but he is a weapon in the passing game and could contribute on third down. He has prototypical size, but he runs a bit upright and will not consistently break tackles in the NFL. He also has a case of fumble-itis. He excels in the passing game, as he shows the ability to consistently get open, catches the ball away from his body and turns upfield without any wasted motion...

NFL.Com Draft Profile

Green is a physically gifted ball carrier with the athletic skills and running abilities to make it at the next level. He offers potential as a second back in the NFL if he rounds out his game and carries the ball with more physicality...

CNNSI Player Profile
Posted by BeerKid / 9:17 PM


With The 64th Pick In The Draft...

The Green Bay Packers Select:

Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky


Randall Cobb looks like the ideal explosive combo-player to fill all the roles of kick-returner, 3rd down running back, and the 4th WR role for Packers this year. Another playmaker for the special teams and offense to exploit.

BeerKid - Always Pack 4 Life!

'tweener lacking the size to be a full-time back or the ball skills and deep speed of a pure receiver. However, he could still make plays as a scat back, sub-package slot receiver and as a returner. Plays his best in the biggest moments. Possesses solid vision, enough quickness to get the corner and gain yards after short passes but isn't a true home run threat. Could be an effective third down back with his short area speed and route-running...

NFL.Com Draft Profile

Versatile skill player who positively affects the offense in a variety of ways. Shows terrific quickness, has a burst of speed, and is dynamic handling the ball. Fluid receiver who comes back to the pass out of breaks, easily adjusts to the errant throw, and possesses both soft and strong hands. Quickly transitions from making the catch to running after the reception, shows a burst of speed, and has the ability to create yardage in the open field. Quick footed and elusive, displays terrific explosiveness, and plays with intelligence...

CNNSI Player Profile
Posted by BeerKid / 7:50 PM


Thursday, April 28, 2011           

With The 32nd Pick In The Draft...

The Green Bay Packers Select:

Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State


The Packers needed a Tackle to come in and play some minutes backing up Chad Clifton and lay some groundwork to be a Tackle of the future, and just like we predicted earlier today, Green Bay's GM Ted Thompson selected tackle Derek Sherrod to fill that role. A good solid pick for the end of the 1st round.

BeerKid - Always Pack 4 Life!

Sherrod currently looks more like a backup but could be a future starting tackle if he can add quite a bit of bulk and strength. A nice blend of length and good feet, he can slide laterally with pass rushers and push them by the launch point but struggles to anchor against the bull rush. Could benefit from improving awareness against pressure looks. Uses positioning and instincts as a run blocker to create running lanes...

NFL.Com Draft Profile

Athletic blind side tackle with a lot of upside. Plays with good lean, keeps his hands active throughout the action, and stays square. Better than average quickness off the edge, can slide his feet, and is a terrific position blocker who seals defenders from the play. Fluid moving around the field, quick out to the second level...

CNNSI Player Profile
Posted by BeerKid / 10:48 PM


Spew Off Speak Out... Draft Days Edition
Draft Day Three:  Quick analysis shows that the Packers are adding some skill players, duh Bears are filling some holes, the Lions are toughening up and the Vikings continue to flounder their way into the NFC North Cellar. Packers have 6 picks today...

Draft Day Two:  The Packers take OT Derek Sherrod, leaving a pair of mock-draft popular LB's in Brooks Reed and Akeem Ayers still on the board. The Lions nasty up their D-line, duh Bears strengthen their O-Line by selecting Badgers OT Gabe Carimi, and the Vikings, well, they select their QB of the future almost 31 draft positions too early. Yeah, it's the Draft and nothing ever goes to specifications as dreamed up by us fans. Now back to the waiting game as it's just hours to go until the NFL Draft resumes later this afternoon with the Pack selecting 64th and 96th... Go You Packers Go!

This might be where we see a trade-up from the Packers... maybe their 64 & 96 & 129 picks for a 55 & 110 combo, or their 96 & 129 picks for an 86 (looking at the trade value chart, not any particular team like the Chiefs or Eagles) - TT has picks to spare and one might wonder which players he has his eyes on for draft rounds 2 and 3. A cornerback? A wide receiver? A defensive lineman?

Draft Day One:  Down to just hours before the NFL Draft actually starts, and then many, many hours after that before the Green Bay Packers with GM Ted Thompson and head coach Mike McCarthy get a chance to participate. Here's the NFL Draft start times for the 3 day event:
  • Thursday  8:00pm EST Round 1
  • Friday       6:00pm EST Rounds 2-3
  • Saturday 12:00pm EST Rounds 4-7
Some other useful links for continuing Draft Coverage: ...and here's a break-down look at the NFC North Teams recent draft history from Joe Fortenbaugh at the National Football Post - Draft Trends - NFC North. Teams do fall into patterns but then there's always the exception to the rule, or is it the exception that proves the rule, or my favorite, the exceptionally fine tasting brew proves the rule.

Let the Draft Day Games Begin!

BeerKid - Always Pack 4 Life!

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So now we've added a defensive tackle and a safety to our arsenal. Not bad; our defense is getting old and needs to be refreshed. Looks good. Carimi keeps Jay safe from Clay Matthews, Paea mashes Erin into the turf, and Conte intercepts her passes.

Staley Da Bear


Hey Staley duh Bear, care to comment on the duh Bears reneging on and then cancelling that trade with the Ravens... did the duh class-less Bears Organization fire the Interns involved? Otherwise, duh Bears are still 2 steps behind the Packers who by the way, are 13 NFL TIME CHAMPIONS!!!  BK
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Hey staley da bear - How's your qb, "Fiddy Cent" doing? Ya, that's his new nickname cuz you could only get two quarters out of him during the NFC Championship game that we (Super Bowl XLV Champion Green Bay Packers) won! ...Bwah-hah haha hah! - The NFL Draft brought about an environmental, and fiscally responsible question from our household for TT, "Can Alex Green switch numbers with John Kuhn, so we can recycle our #30 Ahman Green jerseys"?

Boz
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Vikes fans are left to "Ponder"... why wasn't your draft pick in the building? HA! HA!

JONNY C


Hey Jonny C, the Vikes psyched themselves out... first we heard, the top 5 QB's will be gone when they drafted again at 43, and then it was the top 7 QB's gone by 43, and so they end up reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaching at 12 for a 2nd round prospect to lead their team... time will tell... but today's it's damn funny to this Packers fan and I join you with my own taunting laughter. Bwah-hah haha hah!  BK
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Staley Duh Bear. You are really a horses ass. If you recall when J.Buttler had to stand up with Rodgers he couldn't do the job. When it was mano v mano in the championship game the only bear QB to step up was the 3rd string. So quit talking out of your ass and realize that Rodgers is one of the premier QBs, and Buttler not so much.

fbg3
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See, I'm betting on 5-11 because Erin will be on injured reserve after the Week 3 game in Chicago and you won't have any QB. Oh, and nice offensive tackle we drafted.

Staley Da Bear


Hey Staley duh Bear, quit making projections about our SB-XLV MVP QB when it's your QB, that has all the "quitting" issues during big games... duh Bears got their O-Lineman in Badger Carimi... Packers got theirs in Bulldog Sherrod... still makes the Packers at least 1 step above anything duh Bears can/will do this year. So... when are duh Bears giving their 4th round pick to the Ravens for screwing up that trade yesterday in the 1st round between the teams... yeah, thought so. The Bears Still Suck!!!  BK
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Quoth Lombardi...

   "Success is like anything worthwhile. It has a price. You have to pay the price to win and you have to pay the price to get to the point where success is possible. Most important, you must pay the price to stay there."
Posted by BeerKid / 4:22 PM


Thirsty For A Draft...
We finally rolled around to the first day of the NFL Draft. Just hours away from 8pm EST start time. Meaning it's time for us to pull out the cheese-encrusted and beer-stained crystal magic G-Ball and peer through the Veil of Time to reveal who the Green Bay Packers are targeting in the 1st round with the last pick, the 32nd position. And we can do that... Alcohol helps. Knowing that teams like Seattle with the 25th pick want to trade out of the 1st round helps too.

I'm expecting Packers GM Ted Thompson to wait out the last moments of his allotted time and pick which ever player has dropped the furthest down the draft board. Clearly, it's a Best Player Available strategy, but this year, the Packers could use help on the O-line, the D-line, a CB, followed by interest in a RB, WR, LB, and TE. It's going to be hard but not impossible for the Packers to trade up. Most Draft Trade Value Charts show that the Pack only has enough oompfh in draft pick power to move up 10-15 spots in any round (using their 32nd and 64th picks would only move up to 20th) anything more is going to be very costly.

What the Packers should do: Sit tight at pick no. 32 and take the top rated Offensive Lineman just like last year and help shore up a line expecting departures this year or next by long-time tackles Mark Tauscher, Chad Clifton and free-agent LG Daryn Colledge. Either Guard or Tackle will do, so it depends on which player drops down into GB's clutches, possibly G Mike Pouncey, T Gabe Carimi, and T Derek Sherrod. I would hesitate at this position to reach for T/G Ben Ijalana or T James Carpenter.

What the Packers could do: Sit tight at 32 and take the top rated Defensive Lineman to plug holes by the expected free agent departure of DL Cullen Jenkins and the now certain non-return of Johnny Jolly. The DE from Ohio State, Cameron Heyward seems to be a late favorite, but again I think it depends on which player drops. DE JJ Watt could be such a player, otherwise the Packers will look later in the draft for DL depth, relying on the return of DL Mike Neal from injury to offset the possible departure of Jenkins.

What the Packers could also do: Sit tight and look to see the next Best Player Available is... RB Mark Ingram, WR Torrey Smith, CB Aaron Williams, LB's like Akeem Ayers, Bruce Carter and Brooks Reed. Trading up is possible, grabbing a mid-1st round player as he drops into the late 1st round. Trading down is more probable, even though the Packers roster doesn't require a 10 player infusion of newly acquired talent, it could depend on the persuasion of another team.

What the Packers won't do: The Packers won't draft a QB... Although the situation could be ripe for another team to covet the last pick of today's draft to get themselves a QB. The Packers don't really need more picks for more players this year, quality support players would be a better target, but GM Thompson is known for dropping down more than he's know for trading up, a possibility if a highly rated player is dropping into the mid-late round.

It all adds up to a year where a fan has almost no chance outside a lucky guess to figure out what the Packers and Ted Thompson are going to do. The odd's of sitting tight are precariously balanced against moving up to the mid-20's in the 1st round against dropping back into the 2nd round for more picks... Anything is likely, even more-so with Judge Nelson lifting the lock-out, you could reason out that players under contract could be traded with draft picks now. In this un-certain climate of CBA negations, I wouldn't trade any player without his expressed written opinion, but it looks like it can be done.

So... waving away the smoke and incense, we're now under the impression given to us by staring deep into the green and gold magic crystal ball that the Packers will be selecting

Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State

Which of course means that GM Thompson will be doing something completely different and totally in a different direction like grabbing a RB or WR. Go Pack Go!

BeerKid - Always Pack 4 Life!

Posted by BeerKid / 2:41 PM