Category Archives: Michael Dulka

28

April

Packers 2012 NFL Draft – Seventh Round Pick: B.J. Coleman, QB Chattanooga

Green Bay Packer Draft Pick BJ Coleman, QB Tennessee-Chattanooga

Packer Draft Pick BJ Coleman, QB Tennessee-Chattanooga

With their seventh round pick (243rd overall) in the 2012 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers selected B.J. Coleman, a quarterback from Chattanooga.

 

PLAYER DETAILS: 
B.J. Coleman
Quarterback
Chattanooga Mocs
6’3″ 232lbs

CAREER NOTES: 

From CBSSports:

A three-year starter, Bryon “BJ” Coleman was a top 20 quarterback recruit out of high school, choosing Tennessee the summer before his senior year. After redshirting in 2007, he saw limited action in 2008 as the third-string reserve, going 4-for-8 (50.0 percent) for 21 yards and one interception over three games. Coleman decided to transfer to Chattanooga (Tenn.) before the 2009 season and won the starting quarterback job as a sophomore (11 starts), finishing 227-for-401 (56.6 percent) for 2,348 yards, 17 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. He had his most productive season in 2010 as a junior with 11 starts, going 215-for-382 (56.3 percent) for 2,996 yards, 26 touchdowns, 13 interceptions and four rushing scores, earning Second Team All-Southern honors. Coleman battled a shoulder injury in 2011 as a senior and missed four games (seven starts), finishing 137-for-225 (60.9 percent) for 1,527 yards, nine touchdowns and nine interceptions.

AGILITY TESTS: 
4.38 in the 20 yard shuttle…7.07 in the 3 cone drill…109 inch broad jump…4.95 in the 40 yard dash

SCOUTING REPORT: 
From NFL Scouting

Two interesting third-day draft types are B.J. Coleman and Austin Davis. Coleman bolted
from the mess at the University of Tennessee to step down to another level of competition, but at the East-West Shrine Game practices, he more than held his own with better talent surrounding him. A right hand injury limited him at the Combine, but once he refines his footwork, he could be a nice mid-round find.

Green Bay might see a lot of Matt Flynn in Coleman, as he has that above average arm strength, good mobility and a wicked spin firing that football into the second level. Davis is more of a scrambling type in the Vince Young mold, only he has a much higher intelligence level. He is limited due to a lack of arm strength, leaving West Coast offenses
as his best place to reside. He can move around that pocket though and has a quick, over the top release that will be beneficial moving the chains.

COMMENTARY:

28

April

Packers 2012 NFL Draft – Seventh Round Pick: Andrew Datko, T Florida State University

With their seventh round pick (241st overall) in the 2012 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers selected Andrew Datko, an offensive lineman from Florida State University.

 

PLAYER DETAILS: 
Andrew Datko
Offensive Tackle
Florida State Seminoles
6’6″ 315lbs

CAREER NOTES: 

Scouts are anxious to get another look at Florida State left offensive tackle Andy Datko, who was limited to four games in 2011 by shoulder surgery, and who has a history of shoulder problems. Datko started 40 games during his career with the Seminoles, was 6-6 and 315 pounds at the combine, where he ran 5.32, but still has some interesting potential. Datko entered last season as one of the better tackle prospects in the country, is regarded as having decent feet, but scouts seem to like his frame and his demeanor, and he could be a late-round choice for some team willing to take a chance.  - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

AGILITY TESTS: 
7.71 in the 3 cone drill…5.32 in the 40 yard dash…29″ vertical

SCOUTING REPORT: 

From CBSSports:

Positives: Quick and nimble, light on his feet. Very athletic blocker on the move. Good slide and hand placement effectively shut down most speed rushers. Smart prospect who has great experience and works extremely hard.

Negatives: High-cut and doesn’t bend knees well. Set in pass protection is high, and that affects power and ability to anchor and causes him to bend at the waist. Soft hand punch. Serious shoulder injury that required multiple surgeries will be closely scrutinized. Did not play well in 2011 because of shoulder, battling courageously for four games with one arm.

COMMENTARY:

The defensive run is over as the Packers finally go with an offensive player in the form of a lineman. With Chad Clifton being cut, the Packers could use the depth and a fresh body in training camp. 

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28

April

Packers 2012 NFL Draft – Fourth Round Pick: Jerron McMillian, S Maine

With their fourth round pick (133rd overall) in the 2012 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers selected Jerron McMillian, a safety from Maine. The Packers had McMillian in for a pre-draft visit.

 

PLAYER DETAILS: 
Jerron McMillian
Strong Safety
University of Maine Black Bears
5’11″ 203lbs

CAREER NOTES: 

From JSOnline:

McMillian was an all-conference selection who had  92 tackles, including 10.5 for loss. He had one interception.

AGILITY TESTS: 
4.22 in the 20 yard shuttle…6.69 in the 3 cone drill…4.42 in the 40 yard dash…17 reps on bench press…120″ broad jump…36.5″ vertical

SCOUTING REPORT: 
From NFL.com:

STRENGTHS: McMillian brings a physical presence to the back end of the defense, reacts to passes well and can force his body hard in one direction to make a play toward the ball, much like he does in his reactions to the run. He is quick to diagnose run and pass, and reacts to the run much better coming toward the line of scrimmage than he does moving away. McMillian is NFL-ready in supporting the run.

WEAKNESSES: McMillian can struggle in some of his transitional movements when playing the pass. He looks to support the run first and this can get him to bite at times.

From JSOnline:

The 5-11, 203-pound McMillian ran the 40-yard dash in an impressive 4.56 seconds at the scouting combine and had the third best vertical leap of any strong safety at 36 inches. He was second worst among his peers in the bench press at 17 reps at 225 pounds.

COMMENTARY:

Ted Thompson continues to focus on defense and grabs a safety. With Nick Collins out of Green Bay, the Packers need to find a safety to pair with Morgan Burnett and McMillian will have a chance to be that guy. 

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20

April

Sam Shields Must Improve in 2012

Sam Shields - Green Bay Packers defensive back

Shields just one of many who had down years...

It is no secret that Sam Shields struggled at cornerback for the Packers last season. After a surprisingly successful rookie year following being undrafted out of Miami, Shields took a step back in year two.

The future looked brighter than ever when Shields capped his sensational rookie campaign with a marvelous game against the Chicago Bears in the NFC Championship. He finished with two interceptions, a forced fumble and a sack. His last minute interception sealed the game and sent the Packers to the Super Bowl.

This excitement was dulled in 2011 as Shields not only failed to improve, but regressed.

Shields had a better season statistically in 2011 when it comes to tackles, interceptions and passes defended, mostly based on increased playing time. Despite the jump is basic numbers, Shields’ year was filled with missed tackles and blown assignments. On the season, Shields was responsible for 10 missed tackles and gave up 9 passes of 20-plus yards.

It has been said over and over that Shields was probably the player most hurt by the lockout. It will be interesting to see how Shields reacts to having a full off-season in Green Bay.

With the Packers using Charles Woodson more and more around the line of scrimmage to cover the slot receiver and tight ends, Shields needs to be able to effectively cover wide receivers outside. A lack of pass rush also hurt Shields, but his game was far from fundamentally sound.

Shields needs to improve and get back to building on his 2010 season if he intends on maintaining his standing in the Packers defense. If he is unable to improve, the Packers are likely to go in a different direction in the near future. It is likely the Packers add a cornerback in the upcoming draft and also have young guys in Davon House and Brandian Ross waiting in the wings. Jarrett Bush got playing time in Packers playoff loss to the New York Giants, so that’s a possibility as well.

If Shields can forget his 2011 season and build on his 2010 year, the Packers are in decent shape going into the near future at cornerback. In addition, the Packers should have a healthy Tramon Williams, after he played almost all of 2011 with a shoulder injury.

5

April

Looking at the Packers’ 2012 Preseason Schedule

Last preseason @ Indianapolis

The Packers preseason opponents were announced by the team yesterday afternoon. The schedule for the 2012 preseason is as follows:

Aug. 9 @ San Diego Chargers (ESPN)

Aug. 16-19 Cleveland Browns

Aug. 23-26 @ Cincinnati Bengals

Aug. 30-31 Kansas City Chiefs

After being snubbed by the NFL and missing out on the season opener against the New York Giants, the Packers get the first primetime, national televised preseason game outside of the Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 5.

Due to it being a national televised game, the Chargers game is the only game that has a specific date and time. The dates and times for the other games will be revealed in the coming weeks.

When the team released the information, some players took to twitter to express their frustration with having to play a West Coast preseason game. Josh Sitton tweeted, “that’s terrible. West coast preseason games suck. Especially early [in] pre season!” When asked why, Sitton claimed the long flight and time change.

While the players may not be happy, it presents the Packers a chance to open their training camp before most other teams. According to NFL rules, teams can begin their camps 15 days prior to their first preseason game. The Arizona Cardinals and the New Orleans Saints will be the first to open because their Aug. 5 meeting.

The Packers camp should open on July 25 or 26. The players are likely to disappointed about starting camp earlier than most teams, but it gives the team that much more time to work before the season.

When glancing at the list of opponents, not much jumps off the screen. The Packers have played mostly AFC opponents in preseason, but usually included at least one NFC team. This year it’s all AFC opponents.

Also interesting to note is that each opponent has a stable quarterback situation. It doesn’t mean much, but the Packers defense should get some looks at established quarterbacks.

The skeleton of the NFL’s preseason being released is just a teaser for the full NFL schedule expected to be released sometime in the next two weeks. At that point, the road to Super Bowl XLVII will be properly mapped out.

 

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Michael is a sports writer currently attending Seattle University. You can follow Michael on Twitter .

3

April

2011 Packers Yearbook: Most Disappointing Player

2011 Packers Yearbook: Most disappointing player

(Be sure to place your vote in the poll below.)

Adam: Tramon Williams went from one of the most promising CBs in the NFL to givng up record numbers in passing yards. A shoulder injury and little support from the pass rush didn’t help Williams, but he still gets my vote for most disappointing.

Al: For me it has to be Mike Neal.  Based on his play early in 2010, I fully expected him to really come on and be a handful for offensive lineman to contain. Of course, he never got the chance and when he did come back, you could see he wasn’t the same guy. And now he’s suspended for four games. Ugh. I haven’t given up on him, though. I still want to see what he can do if healthy. Still holding out hope…

Chad: Perhaps the “underrated” tag fits better here, but I just can’t get over the disappointment of Mike Neal. The most unfortuante part is that this disappoint extends from his rookie year all the way into next season. His injuries, while pretty much out of his control, have been the biggest disappointment for Mike Neal and a large source of frustration to boot. But his latest four-game suspension for 2012 is his most recent disappointment. This kid could have been doomed from the beginning.

Kris:  AJ Hawk.  It looked like he finally turned the corner in the 2010 season, but 2011 was a disaster for the Ohio State alum. It was so bad that there is now legitimate debate about replacing him in the lineup with DJ Smith, an unkown who showed flashes in limited playing time.  For someone touted at the “sure thing” of the 2006 draft, Hawk is not close to meeting those expectations.

Michael: Jermichael Finley. As a huge fan of Finley, I was disappointed with his 2011 campaign. It wasn’t just the dropped balls, but the lack of consistent domination that he is capable of. He showed it off in the Arizona playoff game in ’09, in the Week 3 Bears game this season, but most times he was just another guy. It was hard to watch Finley be just another guy as other tight ends like Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham had monster seasons.

1

April

Surviving Sunday: Packers News, Notes and Links for the Football Deprived

Surviving Sundays With No Packers Football

Surviving Sundays With No Packers Football

For those looking for Adam Czech, I’m sorry to report I am not him. I’ll be filling in for him in this edition of Surviving Sunday.

Ted Thompson continued his uncharacteristic off-season by continuing to be extremely active in free agency. The Packers signed Anthony Hargrove after the move was speculated last week. So far this off-season, the Packers have added Jeff Saturday, Daniel Muir, Anthony Hargrove, and re-signed Jermichael Finley and Jarrett Bush.

The Packers also brought in Dave Tollefson, formerly a New York Giant, for a visit that began on Thursday and continued into Saturday. Whether or not Tollefson is signed, it is clear Thompson is not playing around when it comes to revamping the Packers defense.

It was clear that the Packers defense needed reinforcements, but no one could have predicted just how active Thompson would be. It makes sense with how quickly Super Bowl windows open and close. The Packers’ window to compete for and win Super Bowls in the near future is open and Thompson’s activity shows the Packers aren’t interested in waiting around to strictly develop new talent on defense.

Brian Carriveau over at Cheesehead TVhas a great piece on the Packers’ recent activity and the possible implications of the moves. In the article Carriveau points to the Packers moving towards a hybrid defense with situational role players being shuffled in accordingly.

Packers Thoughts:

The Packers made the re-signing of Jarrett Bush official. Bringing back Bush is a great move for the Packers because of his contributions on special teams. While his cornerback play leaves much to be desired, Bush fits the mold of Woodson’s role as a hybrid corner playing in the slot, blitzing off the edge and roaming around.

The NFL announced that the Cowboys have gotten the nod to play the Giants in the season opener. Many thought it would be the last two Super Bowl champions, the reigning MVP vs. the reigning Super Bowl MVP. The ratings for Cowboys-Giants will be incredible and the NFL couldn’t pass it up. It’s disappointing for Packers fans who wanted revenge on the Giants as soon as possible, but now that will have to wait until later in the season.