Sunday, April 25, 2004

Packer Draft Summary... 

Whew!  Nothing like a cold Blitz Beer after that Packer Draft.  Well I guess this year's strategy was to trade most of the picks away so as to only end up with 6 of them at the end.  Confusing.  Shedding those extra picks, the Rookie Pool cap allotment will be a smaller portion of the overall team salary cap.  I guess we got that going for us.  If that was a part of this year's strategy, is that going to help win those playoff games in January?

Starting the 2nd day of the NFL Draft at the bottom of the 6th round, thanks to trades, GM Sherman drafts DT Corey Williams, a decent enough pick, that goes the same for Center Scott Wells at the very end of the 7th round.  That 4th and 26 collapse against the Eagles last year seems to have influenced GM Sherman a bit, as the breakdown of this year's draft indicates:  2 DT's, 2 CB's, 1 Punter, 1 Center, 1 Def. Coordinator fired.

Every team in the NFC North appears to have gotten better this off-season.  Now the only way for the Packers to get better is for every player currently on the roster, to improve their play over last years disappointing 10-6 performance.  There's 2 ways to get to the Super Bowl.  The easy way; A bye week with 2 playoff wins, or the hard way; 3 playoff wins and travelling on the road.  You have to improve each year to do it the easy way.  We'll get a good indication of which way the Pack will take this year by watching them play on the road against the Vikings and Bears at the end of the season.  Thanks NFL.  Go Pack!  Have a cold one on me...

With The 251st Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:

Scott Wells - C, 6-1, 300, Tennessee

Model of consistency...


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Has excellent lateral agility, making good adjustments...


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With The 179th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:

Corey Williams - DT, 6-3, 313, Arkansas State

Tough, physical run stuffer...


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Has the power to stack and hold the pile at the line of scrimmage...


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Packer Draft Summary... 


O.K.  So maybe GM Sherman hasn't completely fallen off the dock with his draft selections on the 1st day of the NFL Draft.  He took a smallish but very fast CB in Ahmad Carroll, and another bump-and-run player with CB Joey Thomas.  With the change in NFL rules regarding the clutching and grabbing between the WR's and DB's, these guys play the style that can excel this year.

Can DT Donnell Washington play to his supposed top-ten level of talent?  He should be able to get some playing time this year.  After all, can you name me one DL from last years draft that is contributing.

Now I'm not sure what kind of talent one can expect in the 4th and 5th rounds, but to deplete your picks to take the punter B.J. Sander at the end of the 3rd round, when one might expect he would still be there at the start of the 4th round.  GM Sherman had the 5th pick to start the 4th round in the 2nd day of the draft.  I thought he had a reputation for finding gems during the 2nd days pickings.  So we now have a good punter, and no picks until the end of the 6th round.

I guess all you can say is that there's a good chance that these 4 draft picks will be able to actively contribute this year, and so far, that will be an improvement over last year's draft picks.  But the flurry of activity in trading positions and losing picks to end of up with the players that GM Sherman did, makes me worry that he'll soon be going out to lunch.

Saturday, April 24, 2004

With The 87th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:

B.J. Sander - Punter, Ohio State, 6'3", 222

Two-step left-footed punter with very good touch-to-toe mechanics...


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Vastly underrated, strong-legged punter...


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With The 72nd Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:

Donnell Washington - DT, 6-5, 323, Clemson

Two-year starter with an excellent blend of size, strength and quickness...


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Dominating run stuffer who shows a relentless nature in pursuit...


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With The 70th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
 Joey Thomas - CB, 6-0, 195, Montana State

Physical tackler who will face up and explode into the opponent upon contact...


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Rising star who was regarded as the best shutdown cornerback in the NCAA Division I-AA ranks...


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With The 25th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
 Ahmad Carroll - CB, 5-10, 193, Arkansas

Well-built with long arms and solid overall muscle definition...

Not a killer hitter, but will stick his hat in there to make the play...


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Regarded as one of the finest athletes ever in the Razorbacks program...

Top-level athlete who is one of the fastest players in football...


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Thursday, April 22, 2004

Packer Palace Predicts... 

 Well the time has finally arrived for Packer Palace to put it all on the line.  Time to make the prediction on who the Packers will take with their 1st pick in the draft.  We've analyzed some 60 mock drafts covering 20 players to see where the cold winds blowing.  Will it be a QB?  Will it be a DE.  Are they now forced to draft CB now?  Lots of questions, and it doesn't help any when the only word out of Coach Sherman in Packerland is that he could have the pick of 6 players if he's still sitting at #25.  Which could mean LB or WR.

So with our Swami Turban on... With the 25th pick in the NFL Draft... The Green Bay Packers take Antuan Odom, DE, Alabama.

With that, we now fully expect the Packers to take Derrick Strait, CB, Oklahoma.  Expect a trade to jump up to the early part of the 2nd round to get J.P. Losman, QB, Tulane.  And finally, No to Couch.  Trade McKenzie.  Go Pack!
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