Category Archives: Packers Yearbook

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March

2011 Packers Yearbook: Most Overrated Player

2011 Packers Yearbook: Most Overrated Player

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

Adam: B.J. Raji. Enough with the dancing. Enough with the commercials. Raji needs to spend the offseason getting stronger so he doesn’t get blown off the line as often as he did last season.

Al: Matt Flynn. If we’re talking overrated by fans, Flynn takes the prize. All those ridiculous trade scenarios fans were coming up with? Bah! If Flynn reaches Matt Hasselbeck level, that would be a best-case scenario, but I’d be more inclined to say Chad Pennington. I don’t dislike Flynn – I admire his toughness (he stands in there and takes hits) and decision-making (much improved under MM’s tutelage), but his arm will always be a limiting factor.  He had a magical day. It happens, but it’s not who he is.

Chad: This year all signs point to B.J. Raji. He had a good rookie year and an even better second year; however, this season he seemed to fall off of a cliff. There are other factors to consider with this – such as the lack of talent across the rest of the defensive line – but at the end of the day, Raji was just not meeting his potential. He made the Pro Bowl this year, but that just seems to be a carryover from past performance. He can shake off this overrated title in 2012, but for now it stays with him.

Kris: I have to go with Raji as well.  You just didn’t hear his name all that much this year and had it not been for that interception in the NFC title game, Raji would be just another player.  One play does not a career make but we’re seeing a lot of folks do that with the “Freezer.”  Just because he is a marketing machine doesn’t mean he’s uber-talented

Michael: B.J. Raji is the popular choice, and I have to say there is no player on the Packers roster that was more overrated than Raji in 2011. It is laughable that Raji made the Pro Bowl this season, but then again, the Pro Bowl itself is quite laughable. Raji’s disappearance in 2011 was a big factor in the Packers’ defense deficiencies.

10

March

2011 Packers Yearbook: Player Most Likely to be Voted to the Pro Bowl for the First Time

NFL Pro Bowl Logo2011 Packers Yearbook: Player Most Likely to be Voted to the Pro Bowl for the First Time.

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

Adam: Bryan Bulaga. There aren’t many dominant left tackles in the NFC. When (if) Bulaga makes the move to the left side, I’m not saying he’ll be dominant, but he’s got the talent to make the pro bowl.

Al: Desmond Bishop. I guess it would make sense that I stay consistent with my pick for breakout season. If Bishop has the type of breakout season I am anticipating, he will most certainly join the ranks of Pro Bowl players. Unfortunately, he’ll have to miss the game with the Packers in the Super Bowl.

Chad: Mason Crosby. After his best year ever in the NFL, Crosby was just one spot away from making the Pro Bowl in 2011. He seems to finally have found his footing with field goals, and the consistency of having Tim Masthay as a holder seems to be helping. Crosby also continues to amaze with his kickoff ability, having one of the best onside kicks in the league. Next season could be his best ever, and we’ll see Thompson get the most bang from his buck with Crosby’s contract.

Kris: I’m going to go with NONE because I am predicting the NFL won’t hold the Pro Bowl this year.  The 2012 game was an embarrassment in which Aaron Rodgers called out his NFC teammates for a lack of effort. Roger Goodell took notice and mentioned the NFL could possibly scrap the game.  Moving the game around didn’t help. I say it goes bye bye. Should it be held, I’ll go with Bulaga. He’s going to be a staple on the offensive line for years and he begins to prove it in 2012.

Michael: Jermichael Finley. With a new contract ensuring Finley will be back with Pack, he has every opportunity to be a focal point of the offense. Drops were an issue for Finley in 2011, but as fans saw with James Jones, that problem can be fixed. I expect many games like Week 3 against the Chicago Bears were Finley caught 7 passes for 85 yards and 3 touchdowns. He may not score 3 TDs every game, but should have more than the 8 he had last season.

9

March

2011 Packers Yearbook: Player Most Likely to be in the Next State Farm Commercial with Aaron Rodgers

2011 Packers Yearbook: Player Most Likely to be in the Next State Farm Commercial with Aaron Rodgers (excluding Clay Matthews and BJ Raji)

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

Adam: Tom Crabtree. Nobody besides Packers fans know who Crabtree is, so he’ll be cast as the crazy dude yelling at Rodgers.

Al: Mason Crosby. A kicker is now stealing his move?  I would see that as the last straw for Rodgers and the last commercial in this series…

Chad: Charles Woodson. The defensive players seem to be the ones trying to upstage Rodgers in his commercials, and I think that trend would continue. Woodson brings name recognition, which is a big part of the business. I think the best scenario would include Rodgers calling him “Chuck.”

Kris: Gilbert Brown with the Gravedigger. Total curveball. Considering, you know, Rodgers and Brown never played together.  Honorable Mention: Brett Favre. An even bigger curveball. A whole bit on Favre trying to do the discount double check would be hysterical.

Michael: Mike McCarthy. In a move that would never happen, McCarthy would be a hilarious addition for Packers fans. I have no idea what role McCarthy would, or could, play in a commercial with Rodgers, but simply McCarthy’s presence would make for some solid laughs among Packers fans and those that know McCarthy.

Thomas: How could it be anyone else but Donald Driver?  Raji (the hula dance) and Matthews (the predator thing) were both picked because they had a great move, and Donald Drivers’ shimmy-thingy is the only other move that I can think of from one of the bigger names on the Packers roster.  Obviously if Driver is cut, his chances probably go down a lot, but maybe they could poke fun at that fact too.

Zach: Can I vote no one? I think State Farm might have run its course with the Discount Double Check commercials. If State Farm does do another commercial with Rodgers, I assume he’ll be flying in it solo. If I had to pick any player, however, it would have to be Greg Jennings. That guy has Hollywood written all over him.


 

 

7

March

2011 Packers Yearbook: Player Most Likely to Have a Breakout Season in 2012

2011 Packers Yearbook: Green Bay Packer Player Most Likely to Have a Breakout Season in 2012:

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

Adam: Bryan Bulaga. We usually think of a skill player when talking about breakout seasons. That’s not fair to the offensive lineman. Look for Bulaga to take the next step in 2012.

Al: Matt Flynn is probably the correct answer, but there’s this little issue of him leaving the Packers. If not coming off an ACL, I might have gone for a longshot pick like Alex Green here. Randall Cobb is the obvious choice, so I’ll pass on him. Who’s left? Am I crazy enough to give such a vote of confidence to Mike Neal? Nope. Jermichael Finley? Maybe. That leaves me with but one sure option: Desmond Bishop. Yes, he was a full-time starter last season and had a good year, but we’re talking breakout here. 100+ solo tackles, 6-8 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 2 INTs and a Pro Bowl berth.

Chad: As much as we all like to buck the trend with our picks, I don’t think there’s anyone who has a better chance of a breakout season than Randall Cobb. He should be able to secure more snaps next year, and considering that he was one of the most efficient receivers this year, that should be a great thing. Cobb will likely improve his ball security in the return game, as well.

Kris: Randall CobbJust when you thought the Packers had enough weapons on offense.  The threesome of Jennings, Nelson and Cobb (regardless of where Driver ends up) will be lethal.  It would open things up for Finley should he be cured of his case of the dropsies.  Throw in Cobb’s potential in the return game and you will need one big washcloth to wipe up the drool from Packer Nation.

Michael: Morgan Burnett. While Burnett was a bright spot on a defense that had so few, I expect him to take even more steps forward in his young career and become a league-wide force. If Burnett has the added benefit of playing alongside Nick Collins, the duo could become one of the leagues best in an improved Packers secondary.

4

March

NFL Draft Prospect Profile: David Molk, C Michigan

David Molk, C Michigan: NFL Draft prospect profile

David Molk, C Michigan

Green Bay Packers draft prospect profile: David Molk

Player information:

  • David Molk, C Michigan
  • 6-foot-1, 298lbs
  • The Illinois native was ranked as the No. 3 center in the nation out of HS by Scout .com

NFL Combine:

  • 41 bench press reps

News & Notes:

Molk was named First Team All American and took home the 2011 Rimington Trophy Winner as the nation’s best center. Surprised many by weighing in at 298lbs at the combine (10-15 lbs. over his playing weight at Michigan). Did not participate in field drills at the combine due to a foot injury.  Molk is a workout warrior, as his 41 combine bench press reps and massive 22inch neck will attest.

What they’re saying about him:

Wes Bunting (National Football Post):  Shorter, compact lineman who looks nearly maxed out physically, despite weighing 288-pounds. Looks a little tight hipped trying to sit into his stance, but has a quick first step, and snaps and steps very quickly. Creates leverage for himself consistently, extends his arms and can easily reach and seal on plays off his frame… A perfect fit for the Michigan’s run first spread offense where he consistently plays to his strengths. However, he’s an overachiever who looks like a potential starter in only a zone scheme in my view.

Dane Brugler (CBS Sports):    Molk doesn’t look like much, but he is very aggressive and plays bigger than he appears. Lacks elite physical tools, but you can’t measure heart and desire. He has 42 career starts under his belt and worked through several different offensive systems in Ann Arbor. Battle tested and smart, seasoned veteran. Molk has poor base strength and won’t be for everyone at the next level (scheme-specific), but he is quick, scrappy and competitive with pro intangibles and work ethic. A third or early fourth round prospect who is ideally suited for a zone blocking scheme and does have NFL starting potential.

NFL.com (Combine):   He has good speed for his position and is a strong player. He is slightly underweight, but it hasn’t effected his play much up to this point. He can be late to pick up blitzes at times and struggles in his technique, but he has solid value and should be selected near the fifth round.

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March

2011 Packers Yearbook: Most Promising Young Player

2011 Packers Yearbook: Most Promising Young Player

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

Adam: Randall Cobb. As long as Aaron Rodgers is the QB, you could probably classify any Packers WR as “promising.” Cobb gets the nod because in addition to showing flashes of greatness at WR, he’s already an outstanding kick returner.

Al: Alex Green. I know I’m going out on a limb here, but I firmly believe that if Green hadn’t gotten hurt, he would have been at least splitting carries by the end of last  season. I like everything about him. He’s an aggressive runner and has some shake, while still being a North-South runner. He’s a very good pass receiver and reports out of camp were that he was learning fast in the pass-blocking area. Whenever someone says the Packers need to draft a running back, I just shake my head…  They have their guy. Just wait and see…

Chad: D.J. Smith. If Mike McCarthy is serious in his vow to improve the tackling next season, then D.J. Smith will be a part of the plan. On special team and in his limited time in the defense we saw how much of a hard-hitter Smith is. He may be short, but he is feisty, and he has a nose for the ball. A solid offseason and more time on the field will do Smith a lot of good in helping him grow as a player.

Kris: Brandon Saine. I love the way the guy runs and if Ryan Grant departs via free agency, Saine would be a decent No. 2 back. He’s got more power than Starks but perhaps not as much finesse.  He really intrigues me in the passing game as well.  A dark horse to keep your eye on in 2012.

Michael: Sam Shields. As many have stated already, Shields was probably the player on the Packers’ roster that was hurt most by the lockout. With a full season of workouts with the Packers, Shields is capable of improving his play in a big way and building on the promise that he should at times during his rookie season.

Thomas: Morgan Burnett.  After a pretty up and down year where Burnett played with a broken hand for a large portion of the season(which is basically a death sentence for a play making safety), I think Burnett starts to become a solid presence in the backfield.  Keep in mind that before Burnett broke his hand, he was one of the leaders in interceptions and looked like an up and coming player.

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July

Packers 2010 Yearbook Awards: Player Most Likely to Become a Starter After Being a Backup Last Year

Green Bay Packer Most Likely to become a starter after being a backup last year

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

Adam: Mike Neal – Neal wins this one, mainly because if he doesn’t the Packers will be in trouble up front.

Al: Mike Neal –  Neal was coming on strong in full beast mode when he went down for the season. I remember Washington coach Mike Shanahan remarking how good the Packers’ DL was after the Washington game and Neal was a big factor that game.

Chad: Mike Neal – You know it’s a good sign when there aren’t too many options for this category. How many starters are actually leaving, even potentially, next season? The only ones I can think of are Cullen Jenkins, Daryn Colledge, Mark Tauscher, Nick Barnett, Brandon Jackson, and James Jones (if you can count him as a starter). From that list, the only positions where a replacement starter wasn’t already seeing action are at defensive end and left guard. That being the case, I’m going to have to go with Mike Neal. His only real competition is C.J. Wilson; meanwhile, the left guard position is WIDE open right now.

Kris: Mike Neal - With Jenkings likely headed out the door in free agency, now is the time for Mike Neal to show us what he’s got.  He started showing flashes before his 2010 season came to a screeching halt due to injury, but the man definitely seems ready to stake his claim on a starting position for 2011.

Thomas: T.J. Lang – If anything T.J. Lang proved in 2009 that he can play in the NFL, whether he ends up being a backup or a starter in the future has yet to be decided but he definitely belongs in the NFL.  That can’t be said with any of the other potential starting linemen.  In my opinion Lang gets the first shot at left guard should Daryn Colledge leave.

Zach: Neal – With Cullen Jenkins on his way out, Neal should be a starter at defensive end. He’ll first need to beat out Howard Green, who played well down the stretch and applied the pressure that caused Nick Collins’ pick-six in the Super Bowl. But if Neal is healthy, and plays anywhere near the level he showed to begin his rookie season, it’s his job to lose.