Sunday, April 24, 2005

Packer Draft Summary... 

For a draft that everyone thought that the Packers would concentrate on defense, GM Ted Thompson lived up to his reputation, trading down several times to get more picks. 
But it looks like the main contributors from this draft will be the 2 wide receivers who can play special teams, Terrence Murphy can return kicks and Craig Bragg is a punt returner.  Defensive Back's Nick Collins and Marviel Underwood are both able to play Safety or Cornerback, which should get them some playing time in the Nickel and Dime packages. 
The only LB taken in the draft, Brady Poppinga, will also get the chance to contribute on special teams.  Besides #1 pick QB Aaron Rodgers and C/G Junius Coston and DL Mike Montgomery who'll make the team as backup players, the rest of the picks look to just be long reaches, so expect them to be just training camp bodies or practice-squad players whose contributions will come in the future. 

So now that the high expections of the NFL Draft has come and passed us over, crashed comfortably dreaming on our couches, disappointed that we don't really feel like Santa visited us at all this year to improve our defense.  Pack 4 Life!
  1. Aaron Rodgers - QB, 6-2, 223, California
  2. Nick Collins - FS, 5-11, 206, Bethune-Cookman
  3. Terrence Murphy - WR, 6-1, 202, Texas A&M;
  4. Marviel Underwood - FS, 5-10, 205, San Diego St
  5. Brady Poppinga - OLB, 6-3, 259, Brigham Young
  6. Junius Coston - C, 6-3, 310, N. Carolina A&T;
  7. Michael Hawkings - CB, 6-1, 175, Oklahoma
  8. Mike Montgomery - DT/DE, 6-5, 276, Texas A&M;
  9. Craig Bragg - WR, 6-1, 196, UCLA
10. Kurt Campbell - CB, 6-1, 225, Albany-NY
11. William Whitticker - G, 6-5, 329, Michigan St.

With The 246th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
  William Whitticker - G, 6-5, 329, Michigan St.

Whitticker had a banner senior campaign at right offensive guard for the Spartans...

NFL.Com Draft Profile

Holds down the starting job at right guard following the departure of two-year starter...

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With The 245th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
Kurt Campbell - CB, 6-1, 225, Albany-NY

An all-conference player when healthy... Moved from cornerback to roverback during 2003 spring practice...

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looking to rebound from an injury-plagued junior campaign...

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With The 195th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
  Craig Bragg - WR, 6-1, 196, UCLA

One of the best receivers in UCLA history, Bragg enjoyed a record-setting career. A big-play performer... Can get deep and create separation after the catch...

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Earned All-Pac-10 Conference honorable mention...

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With The 180th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
Mike Montgomery - DT/DE, 6-5, 276, Texas A&M;

Montgomery is a collegiate defensive end who might follow the route of former Aggies down lineman Rocky Bernard (Seattle) and shift to tackle at the pro level...

NFL.Com Draft Profile

Earned first-team All-Big 12 honors in his first season as a starter at defensive end ... team leader in quarterback sacks...

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With The 175th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
 
Traded to New England

for 2 selections, the 195th and 246th.

With The 167th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
Michael Hawkings - CB, 6-1, 175, Oklahoma

He is a raw cornerback that displays the potential to be a solid professional football player and will continue to develop...

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With The 143rd Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
Junius Coston- C, 6-3, 310, N. Carolina A&T;

Coston is a versatile lineman who began his collegiate career with the Aggies as a guard in 2001... He finished his career with 41 consecutive starts...

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Shows good quickness off the ball and good aggression to lock on and control...

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With The 126th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
 
Traded to Philadelphia

for 3 selections, the 167th, 175th and 245th.

With The 125th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
Brady Poppinga- OLB, 6-3, 259, Brigham Young

Poppinga is a player blessed with above-average speed, which helped him make the smooth transition from defensive end to outside linebacker during his senior year...

NFL.Com Draft Profile

All-Mountain West Conference first-team selection... Moved to left outside linebacker, starting every game... Ranked third on the team with 79 tackles...

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With The 115th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
  Marviel Underwood - FS, 5-10, 205, San Diego St

Underwood is one of the fastest defensive backs in the Mountain West Conference. He is a solid wrapup tackler who is very effective covering ground in the open field...

NFL.Com Draft Profile

Started every game at free safety, finishing fourth on the team with 58 tackles...

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Saturday, April 23, 2005

Packer Draft Summary... 

Conspiracy!  It's a conspiracy by the other teams in the NFL to force the Packers to take one of the 2 best QB's in the draft.  Allowing the Packers defense to remain suspect by keeping them from drafting a high level defender. 
Well, we didn't even come close in our prediction (because of the conspiracy) and one can't really blame the Packers for taking QB Aaron Rodgers when he fell to the 24th pick even though they needed players for their defense. 

They did pick Safety Nick Collins and then WR Terrence Murphy in the 2nd round, and then finally a trade to drop out of the 3rd round to get 2 more selections on sundays upcoming 4th round. 

Not much more to add to this surprising effort from GM Ted Thompson, so we're just going to follow this guy right out the door and continue our Draft Day drinking in heavy moderation.

   

With The 89th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
 
Traded to Carolina

for two 4th round selections, the 115th and 126th picks.

With The 58th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
Terrence Murphy - WR, 6-1, 202, Texas A&M;

Shows quick acceleration and thrust off the line of scrimmage and is learning how to use that speed to burst into his routes... Uses his head and shoulder fakes, along with a high release to make quick cuts in attempts to avoid the jam...

NFL.Com Draft Profile

All-Big Twelve Conference first-team selection by the league's coaches, earning second-team honors from the Associated Press... Second-team Academic All-Big Twelve choice... Caught a career-high 56 passes for 721 yards (12.9 avg) and three touchdowns in 2004.

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With The 51st Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
Nick Collins - FS, 5-11, 206, Bethune-Cookman

Has very good overall muscle development, V-shaped upper torso, with broad shoulders and chest... Adequate in man coverage, mirroring the receiver's moves while maintaining position as the play develops... Effective jamming his man in press coverage...

NFL.Com Draft Profile

His straight-line acceleration, leaping ability and marginal play recognition skills could see him shift outside to cornerback in the pros (plays the man better than the ball)... Started every game at free safety... Recorded 55 tackles.

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With The 24th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
  Aaron Rodgers - QB, 6-2, 223, California

Rodgers is a well-built athlete with a medium-to-long stride and good foot quickness... The thing you notice on film is his ability to flash a good pass set, drift and soft touch, showing the vision and awareness to slide and move in and out of the pocket with ease...

NFL.Com Draft Profile

All-American honorable mention by Sports Illustrated... First-team All-Pac 10 Conference and second-team Academic All-Pac 10 choice... led the conference with a 154.35 passing efficiency rating...

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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Packer Palace Predicts... 

Well the time has finally arrived for Packer Palace to put it all back on the line again.  Who will the Packers draft in the 1st round of the upcoming NFL Draft?  We've fully analyzed over 100 mock drafts, and we can now see which way the trends are blowing.  Defense, defense, defense! 
Which will come as no surprise to any of us Packer faithful.  Leading the way as possible draft candidates are Matt Roth (DE), Thomas Davis (LB/S), David Pollack (DE), Brodney Pool (S), Channing Crowder (LB), Dan Cody (DE) and Elton Brown (OG).  All fine players who could help the Packers this year. 

Now, who will be left on the draft board when the Packers get to their 24th pick of the 1st round.  Odds are that C. Crowder and T. Davis will already be gone, we think that leaves the Packers to take the best Defensive Lineman available, leaving the holes at Safety and Linebacker for the 2nd round picks, and maybe a Guard with the 3rd round pick.  Of course all this could change depending on what GM Ted Thompson has up his sleeve.  If he's thinking Safety he might trade out of the 1st round for extra picks, if he's thinking of a playmaker like Davis or Crowder, then maybe he gives up a 2nd rounder to move up in the 1st round to get the man he wants. 

So with the our dusty leather helmuts on the floor, and the Swami Turbans safely upon our heads, we can part with the visions that have been revealed to us.  This year the Ol' Crystal Ball shows that we'll be predicting that the Packers will trade the 3rd round pick to move up 5 or 6 spots in the 1st round and will select Thomas Davis, S/LB - Georgia.  A big hitter who Defensive Coach Jim Bates can attack with. 
Now with that said, expect the Packers to settle with Brodney Pool, S - Oklahoma, and trade to move up in the 2nd round to grab Charlie Frye, QB - Akron.  And finally, match Aaron Kampman's contract, and don't draft a punter!!!  Go Pack!
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