Thursday, April 30, 2009

Post Draft Spew Off... 

Here's your Green Bay Packers 2009 Draft.

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Dang, TT plugs HUGE holes on the defensive side of the ball. Way to go Teddy! Anybody remember another fullback out of LSU drafted 51 years ago? He was a pretty good player too!

OldSchoolFan
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One area I think a lot of us are forgetting outside of the draft is how the Pack beefed up the defensive coaching staff. I think we have some great personnel in there that are really going to wrangle the team in and bring back the hard work ethic. Capers, Greene, those guys are going to do great things in Green Bay, and I think with them and the draft last weekend, the 2009 Pack is going to turn some heads.

Pack for life! ...and back to the holy land of Sconnie in 17 days...

Pack fan stuck in Illinois...
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WOW!! TT finally looked at a draft and moved to help out now. There very easily could be 4 or possibly 5 starters in this bunch (DT,OLB,OT,FB,maybe OG). A rotation of Raji and a healthy Pickett is pretty imposing. Clay Matthews will play opposite Kampman and bring some outside heat! Watch Quinn Johnson, he's another William Henderson in his prime when it comes to lead blocking. The OT's are both tough run blockers (especially Lang) but a bit stiff when it comes to moving their feet. Finally, Underwood has the talent and would have played at Ohio St. if he could have gotten his act together off the field. Maybe a bit of maturity will help. The Pack's early season schedule could help the "gelling" process and a 4-2 or 5-2 start would be sweet. GO PACK!

James P.
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I am having a hard time containing my excitement about the new Ted attitude about trading up and getting the players we need. I think Ted finally realized that he needs to win "NOW". I wonder why!! If we could combine this with veteran free agents to provide some leadership we could be on the road to recovery. I think Ted must have entered the 12 step program. It is amazing what having a coherent draft does to unite and excite Packer Nation. We all needed this draft. Thanks Ted or whoever locked him in the closet for a great draft.

CAMP


Hey CAMP, you may find this short article interesting, it's from Jersey Al - This just in - Packers GM Ted Thompson found alive... (HUMOR) - seeing that both of you are on the same wave-length. You can now find Jersey Al's Green Bay Packers Blog on our links pageBK
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All looks good today. In 3 yrs we will know for sure. Assuming picks are good ones and can help out this year then the key is Harrell!!! Will he play and how well???

dfarmer
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With the 400th pick in the 2009 draft.....BigErn......really? yeah he has a BevMo card and gets rowdy plus works for free and WILL assault other NFC North team fans (I mean central. sorry) But I will.

Big Ern Said So!!!
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They all look and sound good on draft day. The GM and coach will tell us that these are the guys they wanted in the first place and that they will make the team better.

On the surface, it seems that the Packers have done a pretty good job of filling some holes. Of course we really won't know for some time, but the 2009 draft seems like it was a good one for the Packers. The big unknown this year will be the new defensive scheme and how well they can redirect a number of Packer players into new roles. If the Packer linebacking crew "gets it", they will be very good. Let us hope that is the case.

I think the 2009 Packers are going to surprise a lot of people.

draftfan


Hey Draftfan, I'm always ready to be surprised. In some ways Bob Sanders and that defensive scheme were forced on McCarthy, and now with Dom Capers running and changing the show, I want to be happily surprised!  BK
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I'll be damned. Not trading down. Trading up into the 1st round again. Great value OL pick in Meredith, and a mean FB on day two. Packer Nation seems united in the opinion that Theo had one hell of a draft. Is that possible!? Go Packers!

Ruppert


Hey Ruppert, yes, Packer Nation seems to be pleased... I know I am. Now the coaches just have to get these new players fitted into the Roster. Training Camp is going to fun for us fans.  BK
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Quoth Lombardi...

   "A game that requires the constant conjuring of animosity."

Sunday, April 26, 2009

With The 218th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
Brad Jones - OLB, Colorado

Here's a OLB from Colorado checking in at 6'4" 225 lbs and there's not much else to go on so far. Here's to hoping he is more than just a training camp body and at least be able to make the squad and contribute to special teams. Anyway, he's the final pick of the Packers 2009 NFL Draft.

BeerKid - Still Pack 4 Life!


He started all 12 games at outside linebacker, earning honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from both the Associated Press and the league coaches; he was second-team All-Colorado by the state’s chapter of the National Football Foundation. He was CU’s co-defensive player of the year, as selected by the coaches (Dave Jones Award). He played the third most snaps on defense (707), racking up 78 tackles, of which 48 were solo and 14 for losses, including seven sacks (the latter two both team highs). He also led the team in quarterback hurries with 14 and was second in third down stops (12)...

Colorado Buffalo Profile

With The 187th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
Brandon Underwood - CB, Cincinnati

A Cornerback who seems to have decent size at 6'1" and 198 lbs and he's going to have to beat some current players out to make the 53 man roster this fall.

BeerKid - Still Pack 4 Life!


The 2008 first-team All-Big East free safety showed nice versatility playing cornerback...

Strengths: Tall, versatile defensive back with long arms who has played cornerback, nickel and free safety. ... Has good range in coverage. ... Drives on the ball and reads the quarterback's eyes to break up passes. ... Has the hands to intercept tipped balls or poor throws. ... Capable of a big return after an interception. ... Despite his wiry frame, Underwood gets a solid jam at the line of scrimmage and is willing to sell out to prevent big plays...

Weaknesses: Thin build. ... Some teams may consider him a safety-corner "tweener." ... Looks like a safety -- tall and slow -- in his backpedal. ... Is a grab-and-drag tackler, not overly physical. ... Must prove he has the strength to bring down NFL backs and win fights with stronger receivers on the outside. Has the length to wrap...

NFL.Com Draft Profile

With The 182nd Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
Jarius Wynn - DE, Georgia

The first DE taken by the Packers comes from Georgia and we'll see if can contribute in any meaningful way this year, unless he's the sleeper pick of the draft, he's going to be a candidate for the Practice Squad. Wynn may be the 2nd coming of KGB after some seasoning.

BeerKid - Still Pack 4 Life!


Positives: Looks the part. ... Appears to have the frame to handle adding additional mass and make the transition inside to defensive tackle. ... More technically refined than most junior college prospects. ... Good hand usage to take on and slip blocks. ... Has the lateral agility to force the play out wide...

Negatives: Lacks burst off the snap. ... Bit of a "tweener." ... Lacks the speed off the edge to generate a consistent pass rush from the outside and the bulk to play inside at this time. ... Needs an open lane to close on the ballcarrier...

NFL.Com Draft Profile

2008: Appeared in 13 games making seven starts recording 24 tackles and six quarterback hurries... Provided Bulldogs with four tackles including two sacks in Capital One Bowl victory vs. No. 19 Michigan State... Career-high six tackles vs. No. 18 Georgia Tech...

Packers.Com Draft Bio

With The 162nd Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
Jamon Meredith - OT, South Carolina

A solid OT who has been listed everywhere to have the ability to excel in Zone Blocking System, which as we all know is something the Packers have been trying to use for years now. Looks like this prospect dropped from a 3rd round draft pick and well, that means the GM Ted Thompson is continuing to conduct an excellent draft. Welcome to the Green Bay Packers, Jamon.

BeerKid - Still Pack 4 Life!


Positives: Good height with long arms and an athletic build, typical of top-tier left tackles. Adequate punch, and will extend his arms and get his hands on the numbers to keep defenders at bay. Gets to linebackers at the second level very well and hits the moving target. Able to adjust to oncoming defenders in space. Positions himself to seal the edge using quick feet and good hand placement. Can cut-block ends on his side to give the quarterback a lane on quick throws.

Negatives: A bit slow to move his feet at times, relying on his length too much. Other times he drops back too far, allowing the end to twist inside untouched. Plays a bit tall in pass protection. Struggles to reach down to block...

NFL.Com Draft Profile

Versatility is one of Meredith's best traits, along with his team-first work ethic. One of the smartest offensive linemen in the league, the fifth-year senior boasted a 3.74 grade point average, receiving the school's Harold White Award for his academic excellence last spring. As a sophomore, he was named the university's recipient of the Andrew Sorensen Scholar-Athlete Award for FootbalL.

Meredith started 38 games during his career at South Carolina...

Packers.Com Draft Bio

With The 145th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
Quinn Johnson - FB, LSU

A fullback's fullback. I love the pick. John Kuhn and Korey Hall have been serviceable at FB these past few years, but this rookie Quinn Johnson looks like he can deliver the TD blocks - he had 11 of them last year at LSU - that can give the Packers some rushing TD's this year. Another decent choice for the Packers who continue to amaze me with this years draft picks.

BeerKid - Still Pack 4 Life!


Positives: Compact, thick build with good arm length. Lines up in the I-formation and as an H-back. Lowers his shoulder, delivers a good pop and brings his hips against linebackers in the hole. Can be a missile when decisive on who he will hit. Willing special teamer with good straight-line speed for his size.

Negatives: Only adequate height for the position. Lacks flexibility needed to adjust to linebackers and safeties at the second level. Likes to hit his target, but fails to use his hands to ride him out of the play or sustain the block. Hesitates to find a target at times...

NFL.Com Draft Profile

Johnson, a former linebacker, finally got the opportunity to be the Tigers' full-time starter at fullback (in 2007). Prior to the 2006 season, the coaches approached the then sophomore and asked him to move to the offensive side of the ball. He was reluctant to make the move, but the staff promised that he would get much more playing time than he did during a trying freshman season on defense.

Johnson loves to hit, so lead blocking for the Tigers physical running game turned out to be a perfect fit. Despite playing on a team that featured standout offensive linemen like Herman Johnson and Ciron Black, he ranked second on the team with eleven touchdown-resulting blocks in 2008...

Packers.Com Draft Bio

With The 109th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
T.J. Lang - OT, E. Michigan

The Packers needed a Tackle to come in and start, or at least provide backup this year as the career paths of current Tackles Chad Clifton and unsigned Mark Tauscher have not yet been determined. Lang is a big dude - 6'4" 316lbs - and has been described as a "mauler". So far this draft, GM Ted Thompson has been almost perfect in his quest to improve the Packers for 2009.

BeerKid - Still Pack 4 Life!


Positives: Good height with a thick, strong body. Absolute mauler who works hard every play. Versatile enough to start at all three interior OL spots. Gets down quickly and is effective on cut blocks. Strong enough to stone and pancake his opponent. Fires out of his stance and uses his hands well on run plays, gets inside his man's jersey and doesn't let go. Punches and extends his arms to hold off defenders in pass protection. Good enough feet to get to linebackers, pull and trap...

Negatives: Must learn to play inside in the NFL because he lacks the athleticism, arm length and hand size to be more than a short-term solution outside. Leans into his man, enabling the tackle to rip him off or pull him forward on a second effort. Tries to grab opponent's jersey on most every play...

NFL.Com Draft Profile

Originally recruited as a defensive lineman, Lang has made a remarkable transformation over the last three years since being moved to the offensive front walL. Despite coming into his own as a tackle in 2008, many professional scouts feel that his drive blocking ability, reach and quick hand placement could see him shift inside to guard or center in the National Football League.

Since moving positions, Lang went on to start 36 consecutive games, including his last 26 at the demanding left tackle slot. While lined up at that position, he registered 169 knock-downs and 21 touchdown-resulting blocks during his junior and senior campaigns. Playing with a defensive lineman's experience has also been beneficial...

Packers.Com Draft Bio

Draft Spew Off... Day Two 

The stars were aligned in the cosmos just the way they needed to be for Packers GM Ted Thompson to get a big D-Lineman with that 9th pick overall, and through some coercive behind-the-scenes effort of Darth Vincent, our pre-eminent Presagin' Packer Prognosticator, TT's choice was Boston College DT B.J. Raji as the newest 1st round pick of the Packers.

Then not to be outdone - we get the completely un-precedented big trade up to get back into the bottom of the 1st round with New England's 26th overall pick. It cost TT and the Packers, their 2nd pick and both of their thirds, to get USC OLB Clay Matthews. A player that TT had zeroed in on for a few weeks, as how to get in position to draft this player when the Packers had no picks in the general area of his expected draft. The Patriots have adopted the TT philosophy on trade-downs for more picks and probably have TT's awe in the manner that they accomplished this yesterday. Can you really argue with 2 1st round picks??? I can't.

The Packers still have 6 picks left and they are as follows:
  • Round 4 - Pick 109
  • Round 5 - Pick 145
  • Round 5 - Pick 162  (from New England)
  • Round 6 - Pick 182
  • Round 6 - Pick 187  (from New Orleans)
  • Round 7 - Pick 218
All pending anymore draft trades, of course.

Head over to Packers.Com and their multimedia page - http://packers.com/draft/2009/av/ - Especially if you're looking for the followup video and audio news conferernces with GM Ted Thompson, coaches Dom Capers, Kevine Greene, and the 2 first day draft picks, DT B.J. Raji and OLB Clay Matthews.

Let the 2nd day of the Draft begin!!! Go Pack Go!

BeerKid - Still Pack 4 Life!
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Alright, I scrambled out to go grab some Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale from Whole Foods and got back in time for the 109th pick of TJ Lang, then shit went haywire for 30 minutes, popped open the 2nd bottle (drinking small bottles today vs. the large bottles of Ruination IPA consumed yesterday) and now everything's back on track and we're about to get into the heaviest part of the Packers draft today, 4 picks in the next 2 rounds. Skoal!!!

BeerKid - Drunken Packer Fan 4 Life!
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Beerkid - way to join the Twitter movement. (http://www.twitter.com/packerpalace)

Giving you lots of LINK love at our Day 2 LIVE Draft Blog. http://cheeseheadtv.com/blog/live

Corey @ Cheesehead TV
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The 2nd draft day has already started right at the point when I wasn't paying attention - too busy showing off my other awesome "bootlegged" tee-shirt from Das. Wolf (again, thanks to my brother from another mother, BeerScout sends his thanks too!) and was just too busy making coffee to notice. Alright I'm awake, my trusty Cheesehead TV coffee mug securely in hand and I'm guessing the Packers will probably sit tight and take their 4th round pick at 109, but who knows, TT just may be in trading-up mood again. Why Not! Go Pack!

BeerKid - Always Pack 4 Life!
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Quoth Lombardi...

   "Dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you're willing to pay the price."

Saturday, April 25, 2009

With The 41st, 73rd, and 83rd Picks In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
Traded to the New England Patriots



For 2 selections, the 26th and 162nd picks overall.

With The 26th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
Clay Matthews - OLB, USC

The most interesting pick by the Packers in a very long time, trading back up into the 1st round again to take the OLB from USC, Clay Matthews. He comes with an extended NFL football family pedigree and as an outside line-backer, a great addition to the Packers roster that will come with big expectations. Seems a bit of reach as his future potential is highlighted much more than any of his past accomplishments, but at the end of the 1st day of the Draft, the Packers needed an OLB and they now have one.

BeerKid - Still Pack 4 Life!


Positives: Ascending player who may be just scratching the surface of his potential. Well-built athlete whose dedication in the weight-room is obvious in his physique. Reliable open-field tackler. Versatile defender who flashes as a natural pass rusher off the edge. Good speed upfield and has the balance and burst to redirect his rush. Good initial hand punch to pop the blocker and disengage. Good effort and speed in pursuit. Instinctive defender who played well in space as a traditional linebacker. Excellent special teams player. Twice named co-special teams player of the year...

Negatives: Has less than a full season as a starter and only 10 career starts -- all in 2008. Surrounded by so much talent at USC that holes in his game could have been disguised. Lacks the bulk to remain at defensive end. Prefers to run around blocks rather than take them on. While he improved as the year went on, remains a work in progress in disengaging from blocks...

NFL.Com Draft Profile

Matthews earned All-American honorable mention from Pro Football Weekly, in addition to receiving All-Pac 10 Conference second-team accolades... Academic All-Pac 10 first-team and named the sq uads Co-Lifter of the Year and Co-Special Teams Player of the Year, the third consecutive season he captured that latter award... Played behind Everson Griffen at right defensive tackle for the season's first three games before taking over and starting the final ten contests...

Packers.Com Draft Bio

With The 9th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
B.J. Raji - DT, Boston College

You have to like this pick for the Packers, it gives them some additional presence in the middle that the new 3-4 defense was going to require. There may be some issues with his work ethic that I don't completely agree with, but from my 1st impression the Packers got the player they needed the most. Kudos to TT.

In his post-draft news conference in referring to BJ Raji, TT said that "he does possess the ability to collapse the pocket" and that all that matters to me.

BeerKid - Still Pack 4 Life!


Positives: Flashes rare burst off the snap for a man his size and can penetrate into the backfield and disrupt the play without necessarily making the tackle. Good strength and mass at the point of attack to create a pile. Good short-area lateral quickness. Experienced. Missed the 2007 season due to academics...

Negatives: Marginal height for the position. Only adequate to shed blocks due to his short arms and lack of sustained quickness. Rare quickness in confined space, but lacks the speed to sustain and struggles to make an impact outside of the guard box. Flashes the burst off the snap for the three-technique (under tackle in the 4-3 alignment), but is only a marginal pass rusher.

NFL.Com Draft Profile

As a senior, Raji recorded 75 tackles, 7.5 sacks and four forced fumbles... Raji started 37-of-49 games at Boston College, recording 105 tackles (59 solos) with 12.5 sacks for minus 78 yards, 32.5 stops for losses of 136 yards and four quarterback pressures... Deflected nine passes and caused one fumble... In 2008, he became the first Boston College defensive tackle to lead the team in sacks (eight)...

Packers.Com Draft Bio

Draft Spew Off... Day One 

Time for the NFL Draft to start... well it's under 24 hours before the start of the draft, so that makes it a part of Day One draft coverage here at Packer Palace. I seem to be on record that the Packers will end up selecting LB Brian Orakpo from Texas with their 9th overall pick. I'd be happy with T Andre Smith, DT Tyson Jackson, DT BJ Raji or the afore mentioned Orakpo.

One thing that could be interesting is if GM Ted Thompson will make a play for NT Ron Brace of Boston College in the late 1st round. A player that could be of immense help to the Packers defensive line, but is expected to be gone before the Packers get the chance to draft him as the 41st pick overall in the 2nd round.

Tonight's beverage of choice is San Diego based Firehouse Brewing Co's Hefeweizen, a gift pack, much appreciated, not a real big fan of the lighter-tasting Hefeweizen beers now where-as tomorrow, during the actual draft day celebrations. I expect to be well stocked with several big bottles from my new favorite and another North San Diego County based operation, Stone Brewing Company and their Ruination IPA, correctly named as it makes it difficult to drink other brand IPA's. Salute! Go Pack!

BeerKid - Always Pack 4 Life!

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The fact that Raji was there for the Packers was a sign that the stars were aligned. Thompson got so excited that he actually traded up his next pick. The world must have slipped off it's axis. For the first time in a long time, I felt like the Packers improved their football team in an area that needed improvement. Everything else is going to be gravy. If he pulls a late round rabbit out of his hat and gets someone that we don't yet know much about, this will be a draft to remember.

draftfan
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A trade UP!!! WOW! spotlite is now on Matthews. Maybe if he proves a good pick the TT bashers will shut their pie-hole for a while. Hope we didn't give up too much..

dfarmer
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What an incredible end to the day as TT trades up by giving away the farm (certainly by his standards) to do a Beatlesque Get Back into the 1st round to grab OLB Clay Matthews. I like the pick, the Packers probably gave away too much for the move-up, their 41st, 73rd and 83rd picks to get the 26th and 162nd, but the Packers really needed an OLB or ILB by the end of the day, and it's obvious that TT wanted a very specific one - Clay Matthews from USC - wow.

BeerKid - Always Pack 4 Life!
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Wow, didn't think that BJ Raji would actually slip down to the Packers at the 9th pick, and the wow #2, TT actually drafted him instead of trading down, or taking Crabtree instead. I'm happy with the pick and I don't mind missing the mark in suggesting that TT would take Orakpo, who just went to the Redskins.

BeerKid - Still Pack 4 Life!
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It's just about on... less than an hour, and yours truly is ready. The 1st bottle of Stone Ruination IPA is just about gone... Got my "Bootlegged" Brat N Roll High School tee-shirt on from Das.Wolf (muchas gracias, amigo) and been spending most of my time so far today over at Cheeshead TV's Live Draft Day Blog:

http://cheeseheadtv.com/blog/live

Unbelievable the line-up and locations that Cory and Aaron have tied into for every Packers fan on the web today. Then head over here to this wild and wooly Packer Nation chatroom, the Tromadz Lounge:

http://client11.addonchat.com/sc.php?id=338256

The Draft Day is just getting started and the only one's who know what the Packers are going to do are just guessing... and I'm all over the place today.

BeerKid - Always Pack 4 Life!
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BeerKid - here's a postcard image for the archives.

Cheesehead TV's LIVE Draft Blog... What about some Guest writing on our LIVE Draft Blog?

Corey Behnke


Hey Corey, I just read your new post on having the Live Draft Blog combined with several Packers websites. That's awesome. This is why I love you guys (with Aaron) as they push the boundaries of Web 2.0 interaction... and their behind the scenes pushing to get Packer Palace more involved, when we were content to drift off into the dust-bin of Web Beta 0.98 history... So head on over to http://cheeseheadtv.com/blog/live-draft-blog-day-one and let's see if we can all bring their Servers down with a Packers Fan Mob. It's already beginning... I'll still be here... and I'll be over there.  BK


Here's hoping that Ted sticks to his usual routine and attempts to trade down and accumulate draft picks. Time to stock up the D-line.

Carolyn
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Here's the new Lions logo.

Sc8 - Sufferin' Lions Fan Forever


Hey Sc8, I love the logo, thanks for sending it down - I'm sure it's being widely circulated amongst Lions fans around the world - ha haha haha. Good News!!! ESPN is confirming that QB Stafford is your pick and has agreed to terms for a contract. Ha haha ha.  BK
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I'm going with Tyson Jackson from LSU. I feel like he's the type of hybrid player that the Pack needs for the transition into the 3-4. We have to do something to get that scheme going, and with no activity in the offseason, we've got to do something!

I say Jackson, and I'd be pretty happy with that selection. Honorable mentions (and content picks) Raji, Jenkins, Andre Smith

Pack fan stuck in Illinois...
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Quoth Lombardi...

   "The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual."

Friday, April 24, 2009

Thirsty For A Draft... 

It's that time of the year again, yes, it's late April and that makes it time for Packer Palace's 6th Annual Pre-Draft Prediction Extravaganza. Time to time to gaze deep-down within our beer-stained and recently cheese-smudged magic crystal ball while under the influences of several of our favorite pastimes... Who will general manager Ted Thompson, in concert with head coach Mike McCarthy of the Green Bay Packers take with their 9th overall draft pick? There are so many possibilities that without TT's help with direction, and TT never helps with the direction of his NFL Draft that the only thing to do is pull your guards and do an end-run around his blockade. Open the veil. Bend time and get a glimpse of what awaits the Packers and their Draft this weekend. Here's our beer-swilling, cheese-smudging and fresh-air smoking speculation on what's to come.

What the Packers should do: Take the top rated Tackle available. At this point considered to be T Andre Smith of Alabama. It's easy to see that the Pack are about to have trouble at the position as LT Chad Clifton has bad knees, RT Mark Tauscher is unsigned and recovering from serious injury. Backup's Allen Barbre and Tony Moll haven't shown enough so far to warrant serious consideration to be starters. Sliding current starting LG Daryn Colledge outside to T has worked on short-term basis in the past but I wouldn't think that's a serious option after 3 years of him playing inside at Guard.

What the Packers could do: Draft the Best Player Available on their board. It could end up being Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree, it could be OLB/DE Brian Orakpo from Texas, it more than possibly will be DT Tyson Jackson of LSU. An easy choice to be a DE in a 3-4 defensive scheme, something which the Packers defense has just switched to implementing. Which is why the latest rumor is that Kansas City, another team switching to the 3-4 is interested in him before the Packers might get the chance to grab him.

What the Packers could also do: Trade down to save money and get an extra 1st day pick. You have to have a partner to orchestrate a trade, but there are scenario's involving teams like the Jets, Broncos, Redskins and Buccaneers that might interest the always prepared to trade down Ted Thompson.

What the Packers won't do: The Packers will neither draft QB Mark Sanchez out of USC nor will they draft S/CB Malcolm Jenkins from Ohio State. Oh they could be involved in a trade involving Sanchez, but it's highly unlikely as Sanchez with all the sudden interest from several teams should be long gone by the Packers turn at 9. Jenkins isn't a need player nor need position for the Packers to consider in the top 10. DE/OLB Everette Brown from FSU is off the Packers board in this spot too.

Now that the overhead fan has been whooshing round and round for several minutes, and the smoke is finally starting to clear out from Packer Palace HQ. Time to take another healthful swig from our favorite beverage, the last bites from our cheddar wedge, wiping the crumbs and drool from our lips and now at last gazing deep within our crystal ball we see that GM Ted Thompson is taking OLB/DE Brian Orakpo from Texas. A player that new defensive coordinator Dom Capers should be able to turn into defensive weapon on the field. Soon, time will tell. Go Pack Go!

BeerKid - Always Pack 4 Life!

Interview With The Magic Golden G-Ball... 

Not to be out-done by the return of the Presagin' Packer Prognosticators, we the non-Editorial Staff at Packer Palace were able to pull out of the dusty old closet and track down the box that held the Golden Magic G-Ball to get some answers for the Green Bay Packers and the NFL Draft this upcoming Saturday. So here's to more precious lost minutes and seconds of your time that you may never get back.

    nESaPP:  Thanks for stopping by Packer Palace. Anything you want to open with?
    GG-Ball:  Are you kidding?

    nESaPP:  OK. Many think that DT BJ Raji will be the Packers first pick, is he the D-Lineman that the Packers need?
    GG-Ball:  Yes.

    nESaPP:  Will Raji be there for the Packers to draft at number 9.
    GG-Ball:  Definitely not.

    nESaPP:  Does that mean the Packers are going with DE/OLB Everette Brown from FSU?
    GG-Ball:  My sources say no.

    nESaPP:  If not Brown, how about Texas OLB Brian Orakpo?
    GG-Ball:  I have my doubts.

    nESaPP:  Packers have questions marks at both Tackles, will they choose T Andre Smith from Alabama?
    GG-Ball:  Probably.

    nESaPP:  Some are expecting DT/DE Tyson Jackson of LSU, although a reach at number 9, is on the Packers radar?
    GG-Ball:  Who knows.

    nESaPP:  GM TT is known for trading down, are the Packers going to trade down from the number 9 pick?
    GG-Ball:  Don't bet on it.

    nESaPP:  Will Packer fans be happy with TT's drafting come Sunday night?
    GG-Ball:  I have my doubts.

    nESaPP:  Anything you want to add in closing?
    GG-Ball:  Forget about it.

Always revealing without contributing any useful knowledge to our understanding of Packers football, none the less, we thank the Golden Magic G-Ball for it's time and effort at discerning the immediate future of the Green Bay Packers draft fortune.

non-Editorial Staff at Packer Palace


Quoth Lombardi...

   "The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have."

Presaging Packer Prognosticators... 

Well they're back from out beyond the back-forty there, eh, and after last season's suspension of total dis-belief, you know, from deep inside the psyche of BeerKid's innermost tromping ground, the "play-group in his mind" known as the Presagin' Packer Pronosticators and their crazy wacky-tobacky predictions that totally come-off as over-the-top, dumb-as-a-brick, barely-amusing and never-to-be-trusted. Guaranteed rants and ravings that are sure to forever waste precious minutes and seconds of your time... Perhaps that's a bit over-descriptive, but they're back!!!

non-Editorial Staff at Packer Palace

Quoth Lombardi...

   "There is no room for second place. There is only one place in my game and that is first place. I have finished second twice in my time at Green Bay and I never want to finish second again."

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Speak Out Spew Off... 

If the Packers actually get BJ Raji with the 9th pick of the draft, there's not going to be much reason to go for Julius Peppers. I really don't believe anymore that Carolina is going to trade him, and certainly not to a NFC team.

BeerKid - Still Pack 4 Life!
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If they use #9 to get Raji, then there is no way they can get Peppers. A #2 won't be enough.

Fan #29
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If the Pack can find a way to land Raji, then I say get Peppers (could get for a 2nd, maybe). That buys TT a couple years to draft some replacements and gets the Packers a defense now. Otherwise he'll probably draft a DE/DL, OLB, DL, DL or OLB, DL/DE, DL, DL. Either way I expect to see some D taken. The wildcard could be a if good OT is available.

Long Live the Pack!!!
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Beerkid, it's almost here. The big day. I really look for a trade down IF there is one available. NY, Denver, Wash, all could be involved. I think there is talent avail on guard, center, DE, and LB after 1st round. One thing for sure it will be interesting.

dfarmer
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Looks like I'm making the trip form LA to Phoenix for Cardinals game Jan 3, 2010. Can't wait. I just hope it's a competitive game to both teams and not a rest-your-starters-for-the-playoffs type game. Road trip baby!

GreenBayLA
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When all is said and done,at the very least I'm NO douche-bag b@#rs fan! We PACKERS have been round' for almost,what? 223 years and another 223 (global warming permiting) years to come!!! You SUCK bears. Your Ass kicking is comin' soon girls.

Big Ern said so!!!!
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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."

Thirsty For A Draft... 

Here's some last second mock drafts that may have already re-changed their Packers predictions, everyone wants to be correct in their guess, and with the NFL Draft only 2 days away, we Packer fans still really don't know what our GM will do on Saturday. Odds favor BJ Raji if he's still on the board, then favor a trade-down, then favor I think DE Tyson Jackson before DE/LB Everette Brown (who I admit the more I hear the more I like). TT has his work cut out for him, the pick at number 9 borders on one of those draft tiers where #9 is similar to #16 and we know what we fans received with the last pick the Pack took at 16 in the 1st round - Big Expectations Justin Harrell - who is dry-eraser marked down at starting DE right now.

I've found this page usefeul, Gregory Cox over at The Football Expert has the current player draft rankings and checking in at number 9 is Tackle Andre Smith of Alabama - 2009 NFL Mock Draft - Average Draft Position a player that has to be on the Packers radar with the uncertainity around current Tackles Chad Clifton and un-signed/injured Mark Tauscher.

BeerKid - Always Pack 4 Life!

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9.  Andre Smith, OT, Alabama - We've had DE/OLB hybrids Aaron Maybin and Brian Orakpo in this spot recently, but they are sliding a bit. Smith makes sense here because Packers OTs Mark Tauscher and Chad Clifton are aging and have dealt with injury, and Smith has bounced back from the disastrous start to his pre-draft preparation and now offers good value here.

Todd McShay - ESPN/Scouts Inc.
insider.espn.go.com/nfl/draft09/insider/columns/story?id=4085612
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9.  Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU - Switching to a 3-4 means Raji is their only target at tackle. If he is around they run to the podium regardless of lingering rumors. It's too soon for any cornerback. Jackson’s stock has spiked late, probably because general managers realize very few players are suited to play defensive line in this draft.

41.  D.J. Moore, CB, Vanderbilt - Aging starting corners Harris and Woodson need someone to train for the future.

73.  Dorell Scott, DT, Clemson - A lot of teams are trying to fit players in the middle of their 3-4. Scott is one of the likely candidates to make that transition.

83.  Chase Coffman, TE, Missouri - Has Donald Lee been spotted? The Packers have a lot of picks and for my money this represents great value.

109.  Augustus Parrish, OT, Kent State - Some linemen are going to be selected sooner than anticipated. "Gus" has some versatility and experience.

Gregory Cox - the Football Expert
thefootballexpert.com/cox2009mockdraft090006.html
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9.  B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College - The Packers would be thrilled to see the draft's top-rated defensive tackle sitting there waiting for them. He's the only prospect both big and stout enough to handle the nose tackle role in a 3-4 formation, and athletic enough to still generate some backfield penetration.

Don Banks - CNNSI/Inside The NFL
sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/don_banks/04/17/mock1/index.html
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9.  Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU - The Packers are making the radical conversion to a 3-4 defense this year and it appears as though they will use this pick to acquire a piece to aid in that transition. One priority has to be defensive end, where Cullen Jenkins is coming off a torn pectoral muscle, Johnny Jolly is facing legal troubles and Justin Harrell is looking more and more like an injury-prone bust. Tyson Jackson may not be an elite pass rusher but he is a Tyson Jackson | Louisiana St. Tigers prototypical five-technique in a 3-4 scheme and will be more coveted on Draft Day than the average fan realizes. Green Bay could also use another pass rusher to team with Aaron Kampman so both Brian Orakpo and Aaron Maybin are possibilities and B.J. Raji could be an option if they don’t feel Ryan Pickett is capable handling the critical nose tackle position. As a darkhorse keep an eye on Michael Oher because Mark Tauscher is a free agent and Chad Clifton may not have much left in the tank. Don’t rule out a trade down either because Ted Thompson loves to stockpile picks.

41.  William Beatty, OT, Connecticut - An extremely athletic left tackle who will be a great fit in their zone blocking scheme.

73.  Sherrod Martin, DB, Troy - Al Harris will turn 35-years-old this winter and Charles Woodson is getting older too.

83.  David Veikune, OLB, Hawaii - Productive pass rusher (16.5 TFL / 9.0 Sacks in '08) to attack off the edge in their 3-4.

Scott Wright - Draft Countdown
www.draftcountdown.com/sub/Mock-Draft-A.php
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9.  Brian Orakpo, OLB, Texas - The Packers have a few options here. They have announced that they will be switching to a 3-4 defense under new defensive coordinator Dom Capers. They will look to add the pieces such as a 0-technique NT and a pass-rushing OLB to go along with Aaron Kampman. The Packers and GM Ted Thompson usually stick to the BAP (Best available player) philosophy and with the top NT off the board, they will have to decide between the #1 rated DB, the #1 pass-rusher, or the #4 LT. They could grab Malcolm Jenkins here, but I think it would be a reach at this point. Andre Smith is also a possibility, but they just can't pass on Brian Orakpo here. Orakpo, winner of the Bronko Nagurski trophy in 2008 for being the best defensive player in the country might just be the best pure pass-rusher in the draft. He will be an instant pass-rushing machine and change the way teams prepare to play the Packers. An alternative pick: OT - Andre Smith

41.  Ron Brace, NT, Boston College - The Packers missed on NT BJ Raji in the 1st, but grab the other half of Boston College's DT tandem.

73.  Gerald Cadogan, OT, Penn State - The Packers passed on an OT in the first round but grab one here to eventually replace Chad Clifton.

83.  Sherrod Martin, CB, Troy - Packers will need some depth in their aging secondary.

Draft Aces
www.nflmockdraftaces.com/2009_NFL_Mock_Draft.html
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9.  B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College - B.J. Raji's stock has been in limbo with questions if he failed a drug test or not at the Combine. However, for now the news is just rumors. But even if they are true, I can't see Raji's stock falling too much as he is by far and away the best 3-4 DT in this draft. With so many teams, including the Packers, switching to a 3-4 defense, Raji's stock is in demand. Secretly, teams like Denver probably want those rumors to be true, so Raji falls to them. I always believe the success of a 3-4 defense starts up front at the nosetackle position. A great nose, can make all the differences and that is why I can't see the Packers passing on him. The Packers have also shown a great deal of interest DE Tyson Jackson who looks to be a perfect fit in the 3-4 defense. OT Michael Oher is another possibility.

41.  Larry English, DE/OLB, Northern Illinois - The Packers got their nosetackle in round 1, now they get their outside pass rusher.

73.  Gerald Cadogan, OT, Penn St. - Cadogan would be perfect in the Packer's zone blocking scheme and could come in immediately at right tackle.

83.  Kevin Barnes, CB, Maryland - The Packers' two cornerbacks, Charles Woodson and Al Harris, are aging. Barnes had a terrific Combine, and is what the Packers like: a tall cornerback.

109.  Mitch King, DE, Georgia Tech - With the switch to the 3-4 defense, the Packers add King with the expectation he can be a 3-4 DE.

Michael Abromowitz - the Football Expert
thefootballexpert.com/mockdraft.html
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9.  B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College - Green Bay has always had a best player available philosophy, and Raji fits the bill. He can provide depth along their new three man front and eventually take over the nose tackle job full time.

41.  Larry English, DE/OLB, Northern Illinois - English can play across from Aaron Kampmen in their new 3-4 defense.

Randall Weida - FF Toolbox
www.fftoolbox.com/nfl_draft/2009/2009_nfl_mock_draft.cfm?writer=28
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9.  Tyson Jackson, DL, LSU - This isn’t the glamorous pick some may hope for, but Jackson was born to play end in a 3-4 alignment. In order for the pass rushers to apply heat from the edge, the defensive lineman in front of them need to do their job. You have to start on the line when building a 3-4, and Jackson is a great beginning.

Robert Davis - Football's Future
www.footballsfuture.com/2009/nflmockdraft.html
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9.  BJ Raji, DT, Boston College - The Pack would be thrilled to see him here at nine, especially if he didn't fail the drug test. They are moving to a 3-4 and Raji looks like a very good NT in that system. This is low risk also because if they decide to stay 4-3, he is still a dominant force on the inside against both the run and the pass.

Jared Donnelly - NFL Draft Analyst
thefootballexpert.com/2009mockdraftdonnelly.html
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9.  Brian Orakpo DE/OLB, Texas - The Packers will be looking for parts to fit in their new 3-4 defense this draft. With Raji off the board they look to get a pass rushing terror here and hope they've landed a guy who can get them 10 plus sacks a year.

41.  Phil Loadholt OT, Oklahoma - The Pack are estatic to get this huge man on their offensive line.

73.  Donald Washington CB, Ohio St. - The Packers get the young corner they need.

83.  Terrence Taylor DT, Michigan - The Pack grab Taylor here and hope he can anchor their 3-4 line.

Lupagus
www.draftseason.com/lupagus-nfl-mock-draft
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9.  Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU - Like Oakland's situation, this is a two-horse race. Luckily for the sanity of Packer fans, there are no 40 times or vertical jumps determining whom the team will take. As usual, Ted Thompson will draft the player he has ranked highest on his board. I could see it being B.J. Raji; the monstrous nose tackle would displace current start Ryan Pickett, who has absolutely no experience playing in the 3-4. Pickett is also in his contract year. But at least the Packers have someone penciled into that slot. They have no one across from Cullen Jenkins at defensive end. The National Football Post believes that the Chiefs are "in love" with Tyson Jackson, and see him going as high as No. 3 overall to be their Richard Seymour. If that's true, then Thompson may also covet Jackson over Raji. And as mentioned, Jackson over Raji makes more sense from a needs standpoint.

41.  Clint Sintim, DE/OLB, Virginia - The Packers had major problems getting to the quarterback last year. They had 27 sacks on the season, and if you take away Aaron Kampman's total, they compiled only 17. With the move to the 3-4, Green Bay needs a rush linebacker across from Kampman, though I wouldn't count out Ron Brace here either.

73.  Troy Kropog, OT, Tulane - Chad Clifton surrendered 6.5 sacks in 2008 - click here for the the 2008 sack totals allowed by NFL left tackles - and even worse, he's coming off knee surgery and entering his contract year. The Packers will be looking for a new left tackle relatively early in the 2009 NFL Draft.

83.  Sammie Lee Hill, NT, Stillman - As mentioned in the first round, Ryan Pickett has never played in the 3-4 before, and his contract expires after this upcoming season. If the Packers don't draft B.J. Raji, they'll be looking for a nose tackle in the next few rounds.

109.  Mike Mickens, CB, Cincinnati - Charles Woodson's days at corner are numbered. He turns 33 in October, so he'll have to make the full-time move to safety eventually. The Packers, who need depth at corner right now, will have to find a starter across from Tramon Williams sometime soon.

Walter Football
walterfootball.com/draft2009.php
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Quoth Lombardi...

   "Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will be judged by only one thing-the result."

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Speak Out Spew Off... 

BeerKid. REALLY glad your not GM. Give up 2-1's + a 3 for Julius? And you don't know what TT will do with our pick! Do you think he wants it kept a secret? Duh!! Maybe you would rather gut the teams future like Chicago, Washington, etc etc but not me!!! Let's wait till opening day roster is set then we can examine and comment.

Dfarmer


Hey Dfarmer. Do NOT worry, I know I'd make a horrible GM, I believe too much in the win-now philosophy. It goes back to GM Sherman and his not really going to do anything to help then QB BFavre wrap-up his career. I'd gladly over-build my team to the detriment of salary-cap hell following for a few years... I don't think its a crime to have to redo contracts to create cap-space every year. Every contract should be originally setup with roster/reporting bonuses than can be converted and manipulated for salary-cap purposes. Always being comfortably under the cap at the expense of winning games (like our current Packers GM) is just not something I subscribe too... so yes, I am under the influence of the win-now/pay-later scenario, as such I would be a horrible GM.

Now, current Panther Julius Peppers, sitting there with his 1 year 18 million dollar contract is in a real tough spot. To the Panthers, his 18mil can be rationalized a little bit, shuffle 6mil off for past performances, and this year JP is getting 12 million. Packers GM Ted Thompson see's that 18mil this year as a very tough salary to rationalize... and I agree, I don't want JP at 18mil and losing a bunch of draft picks. I'd take JP at 2 years 20 million and 1st rounder though... but I'm not sure that TT would.

BeerKid - Still Pack 4 Life!

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Overspending doesn't work for win now either. TT may be a LITTLE tight but I would rather err that way. Remember when he HAD TO let our guards go because of salarycap?? JP-2yr-$20 MIGHT work. Still expect a trade down and several Defensive players. Go Pack

dfarmer


Hey dfarmer, but the reason that DE Chris Canty and DE Juilius Peppers are coveted is because of their size, they are tall, the Packers by standing pat without major free agents acquired this offseason, are assuming that the rookies and the new coaching staff are going to improve a 6-10 team... Honestly, suspected and then confirmed in hindsight, Marco Rivera was done, he barely made into Dallas' training camp that year, and with Mike Wahle, he was already on the salary cap books for 6 million, with his salary jumping to 9 million before any adjustments down that would have come from a long-term contract. Temporarily freeing 3 million in capspace is hardly insurmountable, it's what GM's are paid to accomplish. It's not a crime to have to redo a player's contract to remain under the cap! It really seems like TT and many Packers fans believe it is.  BK
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Beerkid, you'd seriously shell out draft picks and $20 million dollars for two years for a guy that has never, ever, ever, ever played in a 3-4 defense before? Oh yeah, he was invisible two years ago, and all of a sudden got good again in a contract year.

There's a reason the other 30 teams in the league haven't been lining up to shell out for this guy when practically every one of them has the cap space. They all think it's too big of a gamble, and I happen to agree.

Now on to the draft! I used to research our potential draft picks, but since none of us Packers fans have even a remote clue who Thompson will draft, I gave it up. I can be totally surprised after spending hours researching college players, or I can be totally surprised after putting no effort whatsoever into it. I'm so lazy I now go with the easy option. Please draft defense!!! Go Pack, 7-1 going into the Dallas game!!!

Ruppert


Hey Ruppert, comparing Julius Peppers (339 tackles, 70.5 sacks, 36 pass def, 4 int) with Aaron Kampman (416 tackles, 50.5 sacks, 8 pass def, 0 int), both are 7 year players. Aaron has more tackles, Julius has more sacks, more block passes, both are similar in their production. They would make a great tag-team because either could stand up or get down in a stance at the line of scrimmage. Absolutely no one knows what the hell TT will do on draft day, I wish someone would show me the stat's on how often TT lost his player of choice when he traded down for more picks, only to have to take a different lesser choice, or would that be that he had the lesser choice in mind from the get-go.  BK
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Hey, BeerKid..... why does it hurt when I pee??

Scott - "Formerly Drunk on Water Street"


Hey Scott... I should have recognized the Zappa line without having to look it up... but it was a tip-of-tongue mental blank spot that couldn't be retrieved without the assistance of Google. At the same time I thought you might be referring to where the Cheddar Head Nation's health status is heading... with all this crazy offseason moves that have left us fans all in the delirious wake of TT's awesome blazing trail which will seriously result in a bust in the HOF... someday. Go Pack!  BK
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It is easy to shoot off the old mouth on message boards and some fans make a hobby out of crabbing about Ted Thompson, but perhaps we might consider the down side of that.

It is way to early to tell if Thompson made a major error in overpaying Ryan Grant, but there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Grant got more money that normal because we were all screaming about Brett Favre. Thompson could feel the hot breath on his neck and he got the message that if he let Favre and Grant get away, the fans would roast his dog.

It might make more sense for all of us to be just a bit more careful about making tavern talk statements about the Packers and try to concentrate on being better fans.

draftfan


Hey draftfan, your right, the Pack overpaid for Grant because of the distractions involving Brett Favre and his hold-out over that stupid restricted rights free agent ranking where the any NFL team can low-ball a salary offer and tell the player to show-up or sit-out, so Grant sat out. The Pack are doing the same thing with CB Tramon Williams this summer. There have been some mock draft rumblings where the Packers trade down and ending up with Georgia RB Knowshon Moreno in the later 1st round.  BK
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Its set it is the Cincinatti game for this Packers fan's Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. This will be my tenth trip from western Nebraska to Green Bay. Can't wait to hoist one in Anduzzi's, do some serious tailgating and hang with all you crazy Packer fan's!!!!!!!!!! Go Pack..... Go Huskers!!!!!!!!!!

Mellonhead
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TT and genius in the same sentence?! (pause for me to check temperature of HELL) Does julius have anything left in the tank? But that's a question for Aug/Sept. Any way T.O has been banished to NOWHERE land, the b@#rs get a useless little bitch for a QB I thought my football season was already shaping up and now TT has started showing signs of comprehention about PACKERS needs!? WOW I may need a beer, Ha Ha... "MAY NEED".

BigErn said so!!!!


Hey BigErn Said So, well I had to sort of bend reality with the Wile E. Coyote reference to get A Super-Genius™ and TT inserted into even the same paragraph, let alone the same sentence.  BK
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Our schedule sucks in that, Only one game at Lambeau in December and the Queens aren't coming to Lambeau in Late November/December again this year. We have to win early as the last 5 games are going to be a grind.

SCHRADES
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Quoth Lombardi...

   "If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm."

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The 2009 Packers Schedule... 



Shocking Breaking News... 

To the "rumored" shouts of "Carolina's on the PHONE! OMG!!! Julius Peppers!!! OMG!!! My ASS is saved!" (repeat 3x, OK maybe it was repeat over 10x) echoing through the hallowed halls of the Lambeau Field Administrative offices in Green Bay yesterday as GM Ted Thompson made his almost nearly unprecedented third move during the Packers 2009 NFL free agency season by first talking to the Carolina Panthers, and then trading 1 of his 17 "extra" long-snappers on the roster J.J. Jansen to the Carolina Panthers for a conditional (read incredibly unlikely or it will prove the Pack should have kept JJ on their roster) 2011 (wtf? 2011!!! That's 3 drafts away and TT won't even be in Green Bay then, the new GM sends his conditional thanks) 7th round pick.

Think of the time and effort TT put into this transaction and to pull off such a rewarding and monumental payoff... Just sit right back and watch it all un-fold before you... this is the mark of A Super-Genius™ at work.


BeerKid - Always Pack 4 Life!

* I don't know who may have trade-marked "Super-Genius" but I feel I should give credit to Wile E. Coyote for coining it's brilliant usage in my everyday life.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Spew Off Speak Out... 

"I'm Not Dead... I want to go out and play catch with the football."  Or at least that might have been what I was thinking when I pulled myself up off the beer-stained floor and noticed the magic crystal ball rumbling away from my still wet Packers jersey, the Blitz Beer bottle still valiantly clutched in my right hand, empty of it's nutrients. Could it have been the Green N Gold fantasy of this poor besotted cheesehead, dreams of the near future, of GM Mike Holmgrem and Head Coach Dom Capers, and Offensive Coordinator slash Outside Consultant slash General All-Around Good Guy Brett Favre... oh stop!

Oh we're still here, plodding like the proverbial garden snail in it's race against the cheetah... and so it's much to our chagrin, that we're days behind on the latest earth-breaking Packers news coming out of Green Bay these last 2 weeks (besides the Fan Fest thingee). GM Ted Thompson continues the long-standing tradition of re-signing his own free agents with TE Tory Humphries now back on the roster with the bank-vault busting absolute minimum offer possible for a player in Tory's restricted rights situation. 2 years ago I thought maybe Tory would beat-out TE Donald Lee for the starting position... now my faith and hope is in TE Jermichael Finley stepping up and delivering the big plays from the tight-end position.

It's now "Day 100" and we Packer fans still have no clue on what the Packers are planning to do with the 9th overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. The scramble over the positioning of the 3 QB's in the draft, Stafford, Sanchez and Freeman may work out favorably for any of the Packers might trade-down scenario's. I had thought this earlier with just the 2nd QB, probably Sanchez in play at number 9, but BeerScout pointed out with the recent rise of Freeman's draft stock, he might be worth the #9 to another team. The Packers traded out of the late 1st round last year.

If the Packers sit tight, as one might expect then they should get a fairly decent player at either OT, DT, DE, or LB. At least the Draft is almost here, and with the addition of the rookie's, at least we fans can speculate on some actual useful topics.


BeerKid - Always Pack 4 Life!

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Hey BK, Let's have some more fun with Jay...
Spalding Smails: I want a hamburger... no, a cheeseburger. I want a hot dog. I want a milkshake...

Judge Smails: You'll get nothing, and like it.

Boz


Hey Boz, your correction on new Bears QB Jay "Lumpy Spalding" Cutler is noted...  BK
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Beer Kid, Loyal and knowledgeable Packers Fans refer to Jonny C as "Restraining Order Jonny"...just ask NFL security. (Gotta have one to give it a night off!)

Blatz from the Pastz
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OK No matter who is on our team,we are the PACKERS,and at least we didn't go for "to".WE are a CLASS act! NO B.S. Dallas-scum, Niners-scum,Patriots-scum and (least-of-all) b@#rs-SCUM!!!WE The Packerfaithfull are the backbone of the NFL and our great country!!!! GO PACK GO!!!

BigErnsaidso!!!!
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Why don't you change the name of this "Nearly Dead" website to the TED THOMPSON PALACE? It's obvious you are in bed with the guy. In fact, about the time he became GM... this website really went down hill.

JONNY C


Hey Jonny C, you must still be hurting over the Brett Favre vs The Packers Organization (TT if you insist) fiasco and drama from last year... yet, you make me think of one of the Butthole Surfers great songs and lines... "yeah... whatever". And please submit the link to your continuously updated (despite no Packers news of any kind) website, I might enjoy commenting there... Grab A Beer and Give Your Brain The Night Off!  BK
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Rodgers hottie makes an appearance on LoungeCenter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wpli1ieMwMw

David aka IronMan
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This trade should quiet the TT complainers. Anyone who is somewhat football literate would rather have Orton and the draft picks instead of Cutler and no picks.

dfarmer


Hey dfarmer, I'd give up 2 first round picks, a backup QB and a 3rd round pick for Julius Peppers and a 5th rounder. In some ways duh Bears have subscribed to my philosophy of getting your QB as a young free-agent or in a trade. You at least have an idea of their upside... (shudder... agreeing with duh Bears is wow, shuddering)  BK
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hey bk,average fan must b a bear fan, you do a fine job.

packman Gus


Hey packman Gus, why, thank you. I'd rather be doing a shitty job (think Cletidus Hunt level shitty) and earning millions of dollars elsewhere... but I accept your fine praise.  BK
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Sometimes we get ahead of ourselves. We all want the Pack to live up to our expectations. Two years ago they were 13 and 3. Last year almost all the loses were very close. The defense let us down last year. The Pack went out and got some very strong new defensive coaches. We all know they are not done. I for one, will be patient and support the Green and Gold.

mellowfeet
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Oiu Vey, sure no fan stimulus coming out of Green Bay of any kind. What will we look like come football season.

Lemondrop
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I laughed my a** off when I saw the Bears got Cutler... nice move guys, he's a big whiner, not a winner. My cousin, an avid Bears fan (yes, I do speak to him anyway but it's an effort)was wailing and gnashing his teeth at this stupidity. That said, I agree with you BeerKid, between Cutler, Grossman and Orton I'd take Cutler too. But he's not all that. SORRY BEARS YOU STILL SUCK!

foundinidaho

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I've got a FEVER!! And the only prescription...

http://s521.photobucket.com/albums/w335/IMidwestIM/?action=view¤t;=Movie_0009.flv

David aka IronMan


Hey Ironman, thanks for stopping by and filling my prescription... Go Pack Go!  BK
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The b@*rs still play football?And who is this cuttler I keep hearing about? Does he know ryan leaf? or jt o'nobody good-job cry-baby welcome to the crappiest team to ever try to pick up a football girlfriend. See you in august...hey where did rex (im not cryin it's allergys) grossman??? any how you suck b@#rs worse than your mothers..... that may have been too much.... NAH!

BigErn said so!!!!!
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Quoth Lombardi...

   "People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society."

Don't Go To Lambeau Without It... 

Friday, April 03, 2009

Speak Out Spew Off... 

So the Bears got QB Jay Cutler from the Broncos in a big trade that leaves the Bears feeling better about their QB position, at the expense of several draft picks, while the Broncos QB situation has received Kyle Orton in return, to go with signed-earlier Chris Simms, and I'm now sure a burning desire to use their new number 1's to get a QB in this current years draft. Bears should feel good for the moment... now wasn't Cutler and his agent Bus Cook requesting an upgrade to Jay's contract?

Last thing on Cutlers current contract; how did he end up with a 6 year 48 million contract if he didn't get a signing bonus, and his base salary this year is only a low 1 million? Something doesn't add up and that makes me wonder that Jay has overplayed his contract and ready for a 20-30 million dollar signing bonus.

Anyway, to update everyone, the Packers have been active, they have signed players who were backup's on their former teams, S Anthony Smith to a reputed "bargain basement" contract and OL Duke Preston who received no signing bonus... which makes me wonder if these 2 guys are even going to be on the roster when it's finally set in September.

BeerKid - Still Pack 4 Life!

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Beer Kid, Cutler gets reporting bonuses ranging from 3 million to 12 million until 2012. I think the Bears just made the Broncos a better team with those picks alone. They will get Sanchez or Freeman in this draft. Plus, the other 1 pick would go to a defense that is god awful. That doesn't even factor in any of original picks Denver has. Da Bearshits have no O-Line, no WR's and a aging defense. Giving up those 3 picks will not show this year, but when next years #1 and a 8-8 season put them in the middle of round two for their first pick, how do they expect to add youth,depth and Talent?? Free Agency? Other than Haynesworth this year, every other player available was average at best. Not to mention wayyyyyy over paid. I haven't even touched on the fact that Cutler is Diabetic. Now, if that was his only problem then living with and playing with Diabetes is usually a non issue. When you add that Cutler is a fall down drunk, then you have some problems. FIBS in general are idiots.... GO PACK!!!

BigOly74


Thanks BigOly74, I figured his contract was setup something simple like that, I'm pretty sure Jay (or his agent) still wants the contract to be upgraded. Check Out the interesting breakdown over at Cold Hard Football Facts - A team in need of a statistical stimulus plan for a comparison on the Cutler led Broncos offense (6.21 yds per play) vs the Patriots 16-0 (6.22 ypp) offense, well there's not much of a comparison after that as the Broncos sucked last year. Duh Bears may have gotten an in-efficient at scoring QB to go with their in-efficient at scoring Offense.  BK
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The rumble from the lynch mob grows louder as Ted Thompson dabbles in the draft while the Bears jump in with both feet. We don't know if Cutler will be to the Bears what Allen is to the Vikings, but the rest of the division is not going to sit still when the crown is up for grabs.

The Bears gave up a lot to get a QB. If he turns out to be the second coming of Brett Favre, the Bears will look good for the next dozen years. If he doesn't, the Bears will have mortgaged their future for a short run of success. My hat is off to them for taking a shot.

I still like the idea of building a solid base and keeping that going rather than acting like a bunch of brides at a wedding dress sale. Cutler might be worth the gamble, but I like our guy better. Stay tuned.

draftfan


Hey draftfan, if you were stuck in a rut of having to choose between Grossman or Orton... I would want Cutler over those two QB's...  BK
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Jay "The Doof" Cutler... I used to like the guy. If you saw him on the street, you'd never know he was an NFL QB. He looks like Lumpy Rutherford's brother... hehehe...

Boz
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The Bears just changed everything for this season. Cutler may have eliminated the most glaring weakness the Bears had. They have changed from what I thought would be two victories on our schedule, into two question marks. We have to get Thompson to get off his ass and do something about our defensive line. I don't want to hear that we are waiting for Justin Harrell to mature, heal, grow some balls, etc. etc. etc. I don't want to hear we can get all we need through the draft. I know "True Packer Fans" think that strategy is working, I however do not. I am in the camp of Barnett and Woodson who strongly believe we have to do something in free agency to improve our defense.

I used to think TT did nothing in free agency just to irritate Favre and get him to leave. Now, I have come to think he does nothing, just because he doesn't really understand the concept of free agency. I hope the Bears move gets him to come out of the dark recesses of the draft day war room closet, to get some sun and think about how a quality free agent may help our team.

CAMP - Live and Die with the PACK


Hey Camp, Woodson and Barnett (and Favre before them) are not really saying anything controversial, just pointing out the obvious to everyone. Well, it's obvious to everyone 'cept TT.  BK
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So.... the Pack got basically NOTHING from the Favre trade??!!??!!??!! Ted Thompson is a farce, a myth, maybe even a lie. When it comes to building a team, he has way more misses than hits! GOD SAVE THE CHEEZE!

JONNY C


Hey Jonny C, you act like you expected other teams to give more than the 3rd rounder the Jets gave up for a 1 year QB... or that TT was in some way doing BF a favor by at least finding him a team to go play for without it crossing paths with the Packers last year. Besides, the Commissioner had made the nearly unprecedented move of interfering and demanding that the Packers trade or release him, and not just let the Packers sit on his rights and make him play backup QB or whatever TT had in mind for BF.  BK
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I know it's been said but I'm a redundant repetitive idiot who loves the Packers and Hates every-other-team, I'm a jealous stupid worshiper of all things Green-n-Gold! I wanted to name my son Vince! (Kibosh from Mrs. BigErn) I still love Brett! and the Packalope!! Lets get the season rolling already!!!! "F" the draft!! who cares lets play!!! SATAN is a huge b@%rs fan (FACT) and they suck!!! EYE EYE CAPTAIN!!!! GO PACK!!

BigErnsaidso!!!!
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I am not watching the draft this year (lie) so my blood pressure (alcohol levels) will go down,plus how much help do we really need? I'm confident in TTs choices(bullshit) and know he'll have our best interests at heart(like a shitty trade for our first rounder) So sorry Packer Faithful you won't have BigErn adding to the pitchfork and torche crowd crying for Thompsons head!(See you there) GO PACK GO!!!! (bears still suck.)

BigErn said so!!!!
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When you fail in the proper use of "then" and "than", you lose credibility in my mind.

average fan


Hey average fan, well I'm just an average blogger, and generally don't really give a shit about days-old typo's etc... seeing the other choice is to throw up 50 Ad's all over the place and hire an Editor. Thanks for stopping by though, and frankly I don't anyone who has ever said that I do have credibility.  BK
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Quoth Lombardi...

   "Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect."

BeerKid Walks Into A Bar... 

BeerKid walks into a bar with a slab of asphalt under his arm. He says to the bartender, "A beer for me, and one for the road."
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BeerKid walks into a bar with jumper cables wrapped around his neck and orders a beer. The bartender says, "Okay, but don't start anything."

Thirsty For A Draft... 

The Draft's still several weekends away and the mock's are busy re-writing what they think might be going on considering the Packers upcoming draft prospect's might fall into place. This week's favorite is Penn State's OLB/DE Aaron Maybin who appears to be climbing the draft charts after his workouts, where he has put on weight and improved his 40 time.

We'll see... GM Ted Thompson probably hasn't made up his mind yet... and he can trade down or trade for a player with that 9th overall pick.

BeerKid - Always Pack 4 Life!

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9.  Aaron Maybin, DE/OLB, Penn State - I've never had Aaron Maybin higher than No. 23 in any of my 2009 NFL Mock Drafts. I've had my reasons - he was too small, too raw... his 40 was too slow... he was a one-year wonder... Well, Maybin blew away scouts and general managers at Penn State's Pro Day. Maybin continued to put on weight - he measured in at 253 - and he managed to run a 4.59, which was 0.3 faster than his time at the Combine. Maybin also had a 40.5-inch vertical and a 10-10 broad jump. Maybin's improved numbers may have the Packers convinced that he could start right away, but his upside is really ridiculous. Maybin is turning 21 in April, so he's only going to get quicker and stronger.

41.  Jamon Meredith, OT, South Carolina - Chad Clifton surrendered 6.5 sacks in 2008 and even worse, he's coming off knee surgery and entering his contract year. The Packers will be looking for a new left tackle relatively early in the 2009 NFL Draft.

73.  Sammie Lee Hill, NT, Stillman - The Packers are moving Ryan Pickett over to nose tackle, but that doesn't mean that they won't draft some competition for him. Besides, Pickett is in his contract year.

83.  Kevin Barnes, CB, Maryland - Charles Woodson's days at corner are numbered. He turns 33 in October, so he'll have to make the full-time move to safety eventually. The Packers, who need depth at corner right now, will have to find a starter across from Tramon Williams sometime soon.

109.  Mitch King, DE/DT, Iowa - The Packers will keep collecting players for their new 3-4 system. They need another defensive end to go along with Cullen Jenkins.
Walter Football
walterfootball.com/draft2009.php
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9.  Andre Smith, OT, Alabama - The Packers will be looking for parts to fit in their new 3-4 defense this draft. But they also have to address their offensive line. McCarthy takes Smith here for two reasons, number one being he could be a steal at this point, and number two is because after making this pick McCarthy won't have the biggest set of titties on the team anymore.

41.  Ron Brace, DT, Boston College - The Pack are ecstatic to get the anchor of their new 3-4 defense.

73.  Cody Brown DE/OLB, Connecticut - The Packers get a fine pass rusher for their 3-4 here.

83.  Mike Mickens, CB, Cincinnati - The Pack can't ignore their secondary.

Lupagus
www.draftseason.com/lupagus-nfl-mock-draft
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9.  Everette Brown, OLB, Florida State - The Packers have a few options here. They have announced that they will be switching to a 3-4 defense under new defensive coordinator Dom Capers. They will look to add the pieces such as a 0-technique NT and a pass-rushing OLB to go along with Aaron Kampman. The Packers and GM Ted Thompson usually stick to the BAP (Best available player) philosophy with the top NT off the board, they will have to decide between the #1 rated DB, the #3 LT, or the best pass-rusher on the board. Malcolm Jenkins is a stud, but his stock has dropped opening the door Everette Brown here. Brown is a pass-rush specialist in the mold of a Terrell Suggs or John Abraham and plays with a relentless motor. He racked up 13-and-a-half sacks and recorded 21 and a half tackles for losses and will be an instant upgrade to their defense. The Packers will have their OLB of the future and a nice centerpiece to build around as they re-tool this defense.

41.  Ron Brace, DT, Boston College - The Packers missed on NT BJ Raji in the 1st, but grab the other half of Boston College's DT tandem.

73.  Travis Beckum, TE, Wisconsin - The Packers had some protection problems in 2008 and will need an eventual replacement for Chad Clifton, but I think they would be reaching at this point. Instead they grab a playmaking TE who will be able to stretch the field.

83.  Mike Mickens, CB, Cincinnati - The Packers will need some depth in their aging secondary.

Draft Aces
www.nflmockdraftaces.com/2009_NFL_Mock_Draft.html
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9.  Malcolm Jenkins, DB, Ohio State - Jenkins is arguably the top player available, and happens to play a need position. Jenkins could provide depth and learn from a similar type of corner in Charles Woodson, or bump Woodson over to safety.

Robert Davis - Football's Future
www.footballsfuture.com/2009/nflmockdraft.html
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9.  Everette Brown, OLB, Florida State - The Packers are making the radical conversion to a 3-4 defense this year and it appears as though they will use this pick to acquire a piece to aid in that transition. Even before the scheme change was announced it was obvious that Green Bay needed another pass rusher since they ranked in the bottom 25% of the league in sacks last season. Aaron Kampman will be moved to outside linebacker but they still need somebody opposite him and there should be some good options available here. Whether or not Brian Orakpo will be on the board is debatable but at the very least they should have a crack at both Everette Brown and Aaron Maybin. Everette Brown - Florida State Seminoles The Cheeseheads didn't have much luck the last time they selected a Seminole pass rusher in the Top 10 (uber-bust Jamal Reynolds) but as they say "If at first you don't succeed try, try again". Even though Brown played defensive end in college most feel he is best suited to be a 3-4 outside linebacker in the pros but while there may be some question as to what position he will play there is no doubt about his ability to get after the quarterback. Even though he came out as a junior and was only a full-time starter for one season Brown still managed to accumulate 46.5 TFL and 23.0 Sacks during his college career. Green Bay could also consider Tyson Jackson, who is a prototypical five-technique, Malcolm Jenkins or perhaps even B.J. Raji if they don't feel Ryan Pickett is capable of being a 3-4 nose tackle. Don't rule out a trade down either because Ted Thompson loves to stockpile draft picks and there could be a few teams interested in moving ahead of San Francisco to try and steal away Mark Sanchez.

41.  William Beatty, OT, Connecticut - An extremely athletic left tackle who will be a great fit in their zone blocking scheme.

Scott Wright - Draft Countdown
www.draftcountdown.com/sub/Mock-Draft-A.php
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9.  BJ Raji, DT, Boston College - With the hiring of Dom Capers as the new DC, Green Bay needs a monster nose tackle to anchor its new 3-4 scheme. Look no further at 330 plus pounds.

41.  Clint Sintim, OLB, Virginia - Sintim is the best rush linebacker on the board and fills a huge need for the converting 3-4 defense.

73.  Mitch King, DE, Iowa - King has a super fast motor recording 15.5 tackles for loss last year for the Hawkeyes as a defensive tackle. He will move to DE in Green Bay's new 3-4 scheme and should contribute immediately.

83.  Asher Allen, CB, Georgia - A good hitter and zone coverage guy. Could have gone much higher had his 40 time been better. Has experience as a returner also.

Chad Ellis - Total Pro Sports
www.totalprosports.com/blog/index.php/2009/03/2009-nfl-mock-draft-6/
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9.  Aaron Maybin, OLB, Penn State - The Packer's Dom Capers will be switching to the 3-4 defense. Maybin (6' 4" 240 lbs) is a quick sack master. In 2008 he recorded 12 sacks and 20 tackles for loss.

41.  Darius Butler, CB, Connecticut - Butler is a blue chip cornerback with nice size 5' 11" 186 lbs) and blazing speed (4.37). Butler can also play receiver and return punts.

NFL Draft Dog
www.nfldraftdog.com/Mock_Drafts/2009_nfl_mock_draft.htm
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9.  Michael Oher, OT, Ole Miss - The Packers are one of a few teams transitioning to a 3-4, and would have been thrilled to see B.J. Raji fall here. One misconception, at least in my eyes, that many draftniks are putting out is that because so many teams are transitioning to a 3-4 guys like Tyson Jackson become more valuable. 3-4 DE's are not difficult to find, they're usually college DT's. The biggest difference in personnel, at least in my eyes, between the two schemes is the need for a dominant force in the middle that draws double teams from interior linemen, something that is not available here. Oher is a fresh, young body to plug into the Packers offensive line, and one who can play as many as four positions on the line.

41.  Larry English, DE/OLB, Northern Illinois - English is an absolute steal here. He's probably a late-mid first rounder in terms of ability, but falls because his lack of potential and versatility will concern teams. He's probably reached his peak, but fits a need and looks good in the same linebacking corps as Aaron Kampman and A.J. Hawk.

Casey Greer - 5Q Sports
www.5qsports.com/html/draft1.html
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9.  Everette Brown, DE, Florida State - Aaron Kampman was solid last season with 10 Sacks, but he didn't get much help from the other DEs. Brown is a great 3-4 OLB prospect To help the team amass more than the 27 Sacks they had in 2008.

41.  Alphonso Smith, CB, Wake Forest - Woodson and Harris are both a year older, so the Packers add another talented CB to their fold. While Smith is undersized, they guy can really cover.

73.  Cody Brown, OLB, Connecticut - If the Packers are intent on moving to a 3-4, they'll need to make sure they have the right guys on their squad to pull it off. Brown has the ability to be an OLB in a 3-4.

83.  Kyle Moore, DE, USC - Though this would be a reach, Moore is one of the few legit DEs in the draft that has the size and talent needed to man the spot in a 3-4. At 6'5 275lbs now, he has the ability to get even bigger.

109.  Everette Pedescleaux, DE, Northern Iowa - Pedescleaux is already big at 305lbs., but he has the fram to get even bigger. He's another prospect that's spent time at both DT and DE.

Football Draft Analysis
www.footballdraftanalysis.com/Mock1.html
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9.  Aaron Maybin, OLB, Penn State - Aaron Maybin is an excellent pass rusher who is quick off the end. With the Packers going to a 3-4 defense, Maybin will be a great compliment to Aaron Kampman. He can also play OLB which will provide the Packers with opportunities to give the opposing offense different looks. He has been compared to Terrell Suggs of the Baltimore Ravens.

Sports Fantasy Guide
sportsfantasyguide.com/2009-nfl-mock-draft/
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Quoth Lombardi...

   "They call it coaching but it is teaching. You do not just tell them... you show them the reasons."

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Happy April's Fools Day... 




I couldn't think of anything clever to say this morning... so I'll just leave you with the thought of what I perceive to be an image of a "fool" this month and I'll just add, that sometimes when you work around in the shadows and the background all you end up with is standing in the background grasping at shadows. Oh, I'm waiting to be proved wrong... waiting...

BeerKid - Always Pack 4 Life!


Update:  Of course it takes no one's reply to point out that there are just as big of fools out there in the football world, and most assuredly in the non-football world, my amazing non-ability of predictive powers (2008 Prediction) for example...



Update #2:  Yet I can give evidence that we (BeerScout included here) do possess a certain "witchery" at certain times. Green and Gold fueled alcohol warlock power or not, take the not-forgotten 2005 Rockwood Re-Run of JP the Water Buffalo Boy...



We nailed it. So there! Happy April Fools Day!!!

Preseason Schedule... 

    Packers 2009 Pre-Season Schedule
    Date 2008 All Time
    8/13-17 Cleveland Browns   4 - 12 10-7
    8/20-24 Buffalo Bills   7 - 9 3 - 6
    8/27-31 @ Arizona Cardinals   9 - 7 43-22-4
    9/3-4 @ Tennessee Titans  13 - 3 4 - 6

For those of you who are hiding out in their caves (similar to us) and might have missed the announcement of the Pack's preseason opponents, we present, the Packers Pre-Season Schedule for 2009. One of the more interesting things that jump out at you right away, is that the Pack play the Browns and the Cardinals both again in the regular season. Another is that the 3rd preseason game, known to be the game where the team's expected starters play almost three quarters of preseason ball, is against the NFC defending Champions (and SB Loser) Cardinals. A decent test of what we fans can expect from the Packers this coming year. Too bad this game is a long, long way down the calendar before it's going to be played. Here's the full list of 2009 Packer Opponents.

BeerKid - Still Pack 4 Life!
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