Adam Czech usually puts together this post on Sunday, but he had other commitments this week, so I’ll do my best to pick up the slack.
Last Sunday, Adam called into attention the injury woes of the Packers’ recent first-round picks. Bryan Bulaga, Derek Sherrod and Nick Perry missed a combined 33 regular-season games last year. It’s a concern to a certain degree, but at the same time, all three players will be expected to compete for a major role with the team in 2013.
On the flip side, the Packers have struck gold recently in round two. This past week, the team decided not to place the franchise tag on wide receiver Greg Jennings, a second-round pick in 2006. Jennings played seven years with the Packers, made two Pro Bowls and helped the team to Super Bowl XLV.
This year’s draft may lack elite talent in the top-half of the first round, but it’s an extremely deep class in the first few rounds. The NFL went to a three-day format in 2010, featuring round one on Thursday and rounds two and three on Friday.
Let’s take a look at the Day 2 gems Ted Thompson has brought to Green Bay:
- 2012: Casey Hayward (2nd, No. 62)
- 2011: Randall Cobb (2nd, No. 64)
- 2010: Mike Neal (2nd, No. 56) and Morgan Burnett (3rd, No. 71)
- 2008: Jordy Nelson (2nd, No. 34) and Jermichael Finley (3rd, No. 91)
- 2007: James Jones (3rd, No. 78)
- 2006: Greg Jennings (2nd, No. 52)
- 2005: Nick Collins (2nd, No. 51)
Every year since taking over as Packers GM in 2005, Thompson has found a starter in either the second or third round. Now, guys like Brian Brohm, Aaron Rouse and Abdul Hodge may not have lived up to their expectations, but Thompson’s track record is impressive nonetheless.
With Jennings on his way out, perhaps wide receiver is a position to consider on Day 2 this year. There will be receivers galore available on in rounds two and three.
Packers News, Notes and Links
- Here’s a piece I wrote on Bleacher Report focusing on the depth of the wide receiver position in this year’s draft. They come in all shapes in sizes, and value will certainly be there on Day 2.