Sunday, April 30, 2006

Packer Draft Summary - Day Two... 

Woah!  Nothing like throwing trades within trades within trades around like some kind of "Tribble's Gone Wild" video.  When we saw Mr. Critic Robert Lalasz throwing the "Trouble With Tribbles" phrase around too at his Nietzsche or Nitschke? blog, we thought that was a rather adequate phrase to sum up GM Ted Thompson's "let's out do last year" by instituting 5 trades along with Javon Walker for 5 additional Picks in this years NFL Draft.  Crazy!  But will this year's quantity override any kind of decent quality?  This might be a prime example of overdoing the trade-down all the time to gather more picks.  Perhaps that's way over-doing it. 

Let's take a look at what we did end up with this tribble-reproducing quantity of players, we finally took A.J. Hawk who has big upside and who can immediatley step in as one the starting LB's.  We now have 2 WR's, Greg Jennings and Cory Rodgers, who are also Kick/Punt Returners, a WR Will Blackmon who can play Cornerback, an OT Daryn Colledge who can play Guard, a G Jason Spitz who can play Center, a QB Ingle Martin who can also Punt, (watch out BJ Sander) and then some later rounders, OT Tony Moll, DT Johnny Jolly, FS Tyrone Culver and DE Dave Tollefson who'll be fighting for roster spots during training camp.  Hmmmm...

All in all, GM Ted Thompson may have done OK with this draft, beside AJ Hawk there isn't anyone who stands out.  I'm waiting to be proven wrong, I know you can't evaluate this draft so soon but at first glance it does appear to be just a little light-weight as far as drafts go.  Maybe you just stand with the picks you have.  Imagine which players we could have had (LB Thomas Howard and WR Chad Jackson, for example) at #36 and #37 instead of dropping to #47 and #52.  One should never substitute quantity for quality, one should always be searching for the proper balance between the two.  Doesn't look like Ted's Draft this year has the proper balance.

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With The 253rd Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
  Dave Tollefson - DE, 6-4, 263, Northwest Missouri State

Tollefson (6-4, 265) ran well at his Pro Day (4.75) and has some pass-rush skills thanks to his speed.

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Tollefson is a vastly underrated talent who had a banner senior season that he capped by excelling in the 2006 Hula Bowl in front of a national audience.  Spent three years away from the game due to shoulder and foot injuries, in addition to joining the work force. He went on to set the Bearcats' season-record for quarterback sacks and fell just short of the school's career-record...

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With The 185th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
Tyrone Culver - FS, 6-0, 195, Fresno State

I think he is a good, solid football player...

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A key contributor while leading the secondary the last two years, the four-time Academic All-Western Athletic Conference has the quickness needed to cover any receiver on deep routes.  He called the secondary adjustments for the team and was labeled a "coach on the field" by the staff because of his field smarts and ball anticipation ability...

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With The 183rd Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
  Johnny Jolly - DT, 6-3, 310, Texas A&M;

Jolly is a good athlete with the quick feet, size and strength that are ideal for a strong defensive tackle at the point of attack. He does a good job of staying focused to burst off the ball at the snap and can shoot gaps to get into the backfield consistently

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Highly regarded by the younger players, who looked up to Johnny because of his competitive nature. A durable athlete, he started his final 35 games for the Aggies. His hard work in the training room earned him Aggie Elite status...

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With The 165th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
Tony Moll - T/G, 6-4, 300, Nevada

He is athletic, but undersized. Green Bay must put weight on him. He has good strength.

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Was switched to offensive line in the spring and is expected to make an impact as a starting tackle in 2005. Started two games in 2004 as the second tight end and played in all 12. Caught five balls for 40 yards and two touchdowns...

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With The 148th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
  Ingle Martin - QB, 6-2, 219, Furman

Martin is a very athletic quarterback who has consistently shown the ability to avoid pressure/sacks, buy second chances and make plays on the move... became their starting quarterback (and starting punter) and carried their offense on his back...

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Martin also established new Furman single season standards for passing yards (2,959), passing touchdowns (22), total offense (3,193), and touchdown responsibilities (25), while recording the third-best punting average in school history (43.2) in 2005...

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With The 115th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
Will Blackmon - WR/CB, 6-0, 199, Boston College

Blackmon made the switch from cornerback to wide receiver in 2005, and he is best suited to play receiver in the NFL. He has the size and strength you like in a receiver and plays surprisingly stronger than even his good size says he should...

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Already an established cornerback, Will made a bold move late in his career when he shifted to wide receiver as a senior. Known for his blazing speed and game-breaking ability as a return specialist, Blackmon sacrificed personal success for that of the team when he moved to the depleted receiving corps...

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With The 109th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
 
Traded to Philadelphia

For 2 selections, the 115th and 185th picks overall.

With The 104th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
Cory Rodgers - WR, 6-0, 187, Texas Christian

Rodgers is a junior who came out early for the draft. On film, he is clearly a talented receiver/returner with the talent to become a productive impact receiver in the NFL. He has good height for a receiver and has the jumping ability and hands to get up and pluck the high passes easily...

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Cory is a dynamic return specialist who is also a player than needs to be accounted for by the defense every time he lines up on the field. Whether it is catching, running or returning the ball, Rodgers has proven to be one of the more electrifying players in the college game...

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Packer Draft Summary - Day One... 

So is Quantity better than Quality?  GM Ted Thompson ended up doing the obvious choice with the Packers 5th pick in the 1st round, he took A.J. Hawk the LB from Ohio State.  Should turn out to be a great choice for years to come.  GM Ted Thompson also worked out a trade with Denver for Javon Walker, trading him for the 37th pick in draft.  Here's where the big question comes in, the Packers had just traded the 36th pick in the draft to New England for picks #52 and #75, then they took the recently acquired 37th pick and the Packers 139th pick and traded it to Atlanta for picks #47, #93 and #148.  More picks are handy to have, but wouldn't you have rather had the players you would get with #36 and #37.  So as usual, our GM goes all trade-happy to generate more picks but ends up passing on quality players to get those extra picks. 

The Players that we did actually pick on the 1st day of the NFL Draft will probably do well for the Packers.  There's not really any questions about AJ Hawk, oh perhaps that he isn't really a Middle Linebacker, but we've been successfully using Nick Barnett in that capacity.  Both Daryn Colledge T/G and Jason Spitz G/C were drafted to beef up the interior of the Packers Offensive Line, hopefully they can adapt as it looks like the Packers have plans to play these guys in different positions then where they started in college.  WR Greg Jennings looks to be a decent receiver with some return-skills, at 5-11, not as big of a WR as we've been lead to believe that Coach Mike McCarthy wants.  LB Abdul Hodge, another Big-10 player big-effort player for our defense.

Once again, GM Ted Thompson has taken his original 7 draft picks and turned them into 11 draft picks.  But will this trade-frenzy on Day 1 of the draft deliver for the Packers this year?  As a Packer fan for life, I've got nothing but time to find out.

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Saturday, April 29, 2006

With The 93rd Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
 
Traded to St. Louis

For 2 selections, the 109th and 183rd picks overall.

With The 75th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
  Jason Spitz - C/G, 6-3, 304, Louisville

Spitz is a quick-footed center who can get through to the second level quickly when he is uncovered and can seal-block the linebacker out of the play. He shows the quickness and toughness to make aggressive wham/trap blocks on the fill linebacker and can pull around the offensive tackle to seal the outside...

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Spitz is a versatile and physical athlete who can play both guard positions, in addition to having experience at center. An intelligent lineman who recognizes coverages and has great field awareness...

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With The 67th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
Abdul Hodge - ILB, 6-0, 235, Iowa

Hodge is a very good athlete with all the physical tools you could ask for -- very quick feet, excellent acceleration, top playing speed and an explosive closing burst to ball. He consistently reads and reacts to the play quickly, and he has the speed to take advantage of his instincts and make big plays. He is very tough and aggressive...

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College's version of Baltimore's Ray Lewis, Abdul has been a sensational leader for the Hawkeyes since stepping into the starting lineup as a sophomore. He teamed with outside linebacker Chad Greenway to give Iowa the best tackle tandem in the collegiate ranks...

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With The 52nd Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
  Greg Jennings - WR, 5-11, 196, Western Michigan

He is one of the few players at the position with no glaring weaknesses. He is a very good athlete with the foot quickness, balance and agility to make plays once he has the ball in his hands...

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Despite becoming only the eleventh player in NCAA Division 1-A history to gain over 1,000 yards receiving three times in a career, this versatile athlete toiled in relative anonymity throughout his collegiate career. Still, when you look at his production as a Bronco, you can see that he ranks with the nation's elite...

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With The 47th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
Daryn Colledge - OT, 6-4, 298, Boise State

Colledge is a very good athlete with the quick feet to get off the ball and set to block fast. He has the rare ability to get through to the second level in a flash, can deliver a good initial blow to the linebacker, and has the athletic ability to maintain out in space...

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One of the strongest Broncos in the weight room, setting school records in the power clean (438 pounds set in spring 2005), hang clean (464 pounds set in spring 2005), and back squat (665 pounds set in spring of 2005)...Also holds strength record on the offensive line in the vertical jump (35.5 inches in spring 2004)...

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With The 37th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
 
Acquired from Denver for WR Javon Walker


Traded to Atlanta with the 139th pick

For 3 selections, the 47th, 93rd, and 148th picks overall.

With The 36th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
 
Traded to New England

For 2 selections, the 52nd and 75th picks overall.

With The 5th Pick In The Draft... 

The Green Bay Packers Select:
A.J. Hawk - OLB, 6-1, 247, Ohio State

Hawk was a very enjoyable player to grade, because he is consistently around the ball and makes a ton of plays. He was the leader of Ohio State's defense, and consistently stepped up and made the big play when the team needed it most. He is a thickly built linebacker with the rare acceleration, playing speed and closing ability that few linebackers have...

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Regarded by many as the best defensive player in college football, the two-time All-American was a model of consistency throughout his Buckeyes career. He led the team in tackles in each of his three seasons as a starter... Recipient of the Lombardi Trophy and named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year by the league's media...

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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Packer Palace Predicts... 

So another draft is upon us, and with our cheese-laden turban of prognostication, we can see that all the choices seem to narrow down to DE Mario Williams, LB A.J. Hawk, TE Vernon Davis or trade down.  There are almost no other scenario's.  According to the NFL Draft Value Chart the Packers 5th pick is worth 1,700 points.  Handy thing to have with the way GM Ted Thompson keeps you guessing.  So is there any real drama to the Packers draft this year?  Yes, there is.  With Brett Favre confirming his return, and the free-agent acquisition of Charles Woodson, there's some energy starting to eminate from Lambeau Field.  You can feel the Packers getting better, improving their roster.  Playoff run to come.  So here's how we see it all laid out:

What the Packers should do:  Draft OLB A.J. Hawk - If DE Mario Williams is off the board as expected, Hawk will still be there, and let's not quibble over whether you would pick a LB at #5, he's a great a top 10 choice and how could you go wrong, he would become another huge improvement for the Packers Defense.

What the Packers could do:  Go after TE Vernon Davis, combine him with Bubba Franks and they would make an incredible 1-2 punch for Packers Offense, on 3rd downs, as the main TE in passing situations, Vernon would be stretching the field like no other TE has ever done.  Bubba's an awesome blocker and great at catching passes in crowds short over the middle.  Then watch for the Packers to go for a true Middle Linebacker in the 2nd round, Ohio State Bobby Carpenter if he's still available.

What the Packers could also do:  Use Javon Walker in trade negotiations in the 1st round.  All kind of interesting things arise when you start going off on trade-scenario's.  GM Ted Thompson's M.O. is to create extra draft picks by trading down, and then repeating the process.  How about trading Javon and the 2nd round pick to get back into the bottom of the 1st round?  He turned 7 picks into 11 picks last year.  This year he only has the same 7 picks again, but only 5 are available for use in trade scenario's.  The 2 compensatory draft picks the Packers received at the end of the 5th and 7th rounds can't be used.  But we can expect at least a few later round trade-down for more picks.

What the Packers won't do:  Draft one of the QB's available in the early part of the draft, either Vince Young or Matt Leinart, depending on if either would be available by the time the Packers draft 5th.  Jason Cutler could be available in the middle of the 1st round.  They won't consider OT D'Brickashaw Ferguson either, with both starters Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher, backups Adrian Klemm and Kevin Barry who both want to start, so both will try to play "guard" this year, the Packers are overloaded with Tackles. 

So it all comes down to this.  We'll ride in on the horse that everyone else is riding and predict that the Packers will take A.J. Hawk, Outside Linebacker from Ohio State, with the 5th pick in the NFL Draft.  Safe pick, a player the Packers could really use on their defense.  Now what will the Packers do with their draft this Saturday?  It's going to best experienced while drinking in heavy moderation. 

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