16

March

2014 NFL Draft Guide: Green Bay Packers

It’s back, one of the best NFL Draft Guide values out there and the only one written SPECIFICALLY for Packers fans. This guide is brought to you by the fine folks at CheeseheadTV, with contributions from yours truly and other more talented writers and draftniks.  This Packers-centric guide to the 2014 NFL Draft is a must-have for any Packers fan.

You’ll get over 100 pages of feature articles, interviews, predictions and most importantly, player profiles and rankings. And this year, there will also be videos! It’s all catered to Packers fans and how each player would fit into Green Bay’s schemes, including their 3-4 defense. We also have a Packers-specific mock draft (note who predicted Datone Jones as the Packers’ first pick) and a breakdown of every position on the roster.

But don’t take my word for it, check out the 2013 guide in it’s entirety below.

 


 

Pretty cool, huh? Can you believe it’s only $5.99 if you pre-order order now? Just visit the Cheesehead TV shop to order and ensure your copy gets delivered to your inbox by April 1 and you don’t have to pay full price after our release date.

Here’s what the cover of the 2014 Guide looks like:

2014 NFL Draft Guide

2014 NFL Draft Guide

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30

March

Here it is: The 2013 Packers NFL Draft Guide

2013 NFL Draft Guide - Green Bay Packers

2013 NFL Draft Guide – Green Bay Packers

It’s now available! One of the best NFL Draft Guide values out there and the only one geared specifically to Packers fans. Brought to you by the fine folks at CheeseheadTV, with contributions from yours truly and other more talented writers and draftniks, this Packers-centric guide to the 2013 NFL Draft is a must-have for any Packers fan.

You’ll get 100 pages of feature articles, interviews, predictions and most importantly, player profiles and rankings. Even better, it’s all catered to Packers fans and how each player would fit into Green Bay’s schemes, including their 3-4 defense. We also have a Packers-specific mock draft (note who predicted Nick Perry as the Packers’ first pick) and a breakdown of every position on the roster.

Order It Here – Only $6.99

But don’t take my word for it, check out the 2012 guide in it’s entirety below.

Pretty cool, huh? Can you believe it’s only $6.99 if you order now? Just visit the  Cheesehead TV shop to order and then go find a quiet place indulge your inner NFL Draftnik…

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14

March

2013 NFL Draft Guide: Green Bay Packers

It’s back, one of the best NFL Draft Guide values out there and the only one geared to Packers fans. Brought to you by the fine folks at CheeseheadTV, with contributions from yours truly and other more talented writers and draftniks, this Packers-centric guide to the 2013 NFL Draft is a must-have for any Packers fan.

You’ll get 100 pages of feature articles, interviews, predictions and most importantly, player profiles and rankings. Even better, it’s all catered to Packers fans and how each player would fit into Green Bay’s schemes, including their 3-4 defense. We also have a Packers-specific mock draft (note who predicted Nick Perry as the Packers’ first pick) and a breakdown of every position on the roster.

But don’t take my word for it, check out the 2012 guide in it’s entirety below.

Pretty cool, huh? Can you believe it’s only $5.99 if you pre-order order now? Just visit the  Cheesehead TV shop to order and ensure your copy gets delivered to your inbox by March 29 and you don’t have to pay full price after our release date.

Here’s what the cover of the 2013 Guide looks like:

 

PACKERS NFL DRAFT GUIDE

2013 NFL Draft Guide

On Sale Here – Only $5.99

 

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9

March

NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Rueben Randle, WR LSU

NFL Draft Prospect: LSU WR Reuben Randle

LSU WR Reuben Randle

Green Bay Packers draft prospect profile: Rueben Randle, WR, LSU

Player information:

  • Rueben Randle, WR, Louisiana St.
  • 6-foot-3, 208 lbs
  • Was nearly drafted to play baseball.

NFL Combine:

  • 4.55 40yd dash
  • 4.36 20 yard shuttle
  • 6.99 3-cone drill
  • 121″ broad jump
  • 31.0″ vertical jump
  • 15 bench press reps

News & Notes:

Didn’t fare well in the 40-yard dash at the combine, but showed good hands. … Unimpressive college stats due to LSU’s focus on the running game. … Averaged 18.1 yards per catch in 2011. … Savvy route-runner, good size. … Strong work ethic, willing to put in the time to get better. … Might lack the speed necessary to get past top CBs in the NFL.

What they’re saying about him:

Mike Detillier (mikedetillier.com): “Fall in love with the football player. Don’t fall in love with the workout guy. That workout guy is going to get your a– fired. That football player is going to help you win a lot of games. Rueben Randle is a football player.”

Ian R. Rapport (Bostonhearld.com): “Rueben Randle certainly didn’t hurt his stock by his performance at the combine. He’s still considered one of the top five receivers in the draft, likely to be taken late in the first round.”

Doug Farrar (The Shutdown Corner):  “Tends to disappear against stronger defenses, through this is due in part to LSU’s generally conservative game plans against such teams (19.9 passes per game for LSU in 2011, versus 42.2 rushing attempts per game). Doesn’t have elite speed, but his sense of the field should make up for that. Occasionally gets too acrobatic when an economy of motion would serve him well; NFL technique work should help a lot.”

Video

Video analysis

  • Reminds me of James Jones, good size, a little clumsy, talented
  • Goes up and gets the ball nicely
  • Most reports I read knocked his lack of speed, but defenders appear to play off of him, respecting his speed
  • Then again, this was a highlight video. Highlight videos don’t show WRs getting blanketed by CBs
  • The Packers will always need WRs, especially if Donald Driver is let go.
  • Fans might grumble if Ted Thompson takes this kid late in the first round, but if he’s the best player out there, I say go for it
9

April

According to Hobbes: Packers Offseason Primer on the NFL Combine: Defensive Ends (Defensive Linemen)

Defensive Ends (Defensive Linemen): Here’s the seventh of a series of articles and first for the defense, looking specifically at the NFL combine and the Packers’ drafting tendencies. (Read here for the rationale for this serieshere for quarterbackshere for running backs, here for wide receivershere for tight ends here for offensive tackles and here for offensive interior linemen).  This article will use the combine numbers from previous players drafted by GM Ted Thompson as a guide for what defensive ends are likely to fit into the Packers’ scheme.

Again, this is merely an attempt to make a best guess based on statistics at which players the Packers might be interested in, game tape naturally trumps combine numbers, so take all of this with a grain of salt.  But I believe it will make for some interesting discussion.  Also listed below are also two defensive ends in this year’s draft who I think fit the Packers scheme the best, based on their combine numbers.

Statistics of offensive interior linemen drafted by the Packers:

Name Height Weight 40-Yard 3-Cone Shuttle Vertical Broad Bench
Mike Montgomery 6’5” 276.00 5.05 7.39 4.33 34.50 115.00 19.00
Johnny Jolly 6’3” 310.00 5.41
Justin Harrell 6’5” 300.00 5.04 7.63 4.79 30.50 108.00 24.00
Jarius Wynn 6’5” 273.00 4.94 19.00
Mike Neal 6’2” 294.00 4.95 7.53 4.53 33.00 113.00 31.00
C.J. Wilson 6’4” 271.00 4.93 4.77 33.00 116.00 32.00
Average 6’4”
287.33
5.05 7.52 4.61 32.75 113.00 25.00
StDev 1.26
16.24
0.18 0.12 0.22 1.66 3.56 6.28

 

What the Packers are looking for: Obviously one of the biggest differences between the offense and the defense in regards to drafting is the switch to the 3-4 defense under Dom Capers in 2009.  As a result some players were slotted into other positions, such as Aaron Kampman moving from defensive end to outside linebacker.  Ideally this article would only analyze players drafted from the 2009 season and beyond, but unfortunately there haven’t been enough drafts and picks to make a good analysis.

4

April

Packers Prospect Profile – OG Mike Pouncey, University of Florida

1) Profile:

Mike Pouncey

College: Florida

Position: G and C (also one season at DT)

Height: 6′5″   Weight: 303 lbs.

Born: July 24, 1989 From: Lakeland, FL

2) High School / College Highlights: Mike Pouncey started his college career by moving from the offensive line to the defensive line as a true freshman. He started the last four games of 2007, finishing with eight tackles and an interception. He moved back to the offensive line in 2008 and started the next 28 games at right guard. After his brother, Maurkice, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mike took over as the Gators’ center for his senior season.

Pouncey was a standout guard at Lakeland High School in Florida and helped block for a team that rushed for over 4,000 yards. Scout.com rated Pouncey the seventh best guard in the country out of high school. Rivals.com pegged him at No. 31.

For the Gators, Pouncey earned AP second team All-American honors in 2009. He made the All-SEC second team in 2008 and 2010. According to CBSsports.com, Pouncey graded out at 92 percent for the 2010 season, tops among Florida offensive linemen.

3) College Stats: 45 career starts (13 at C, 28 at OG, 4 at DT).

4) NFL Combine Results: 5.28 40-yd dash, 25.0 vertical jump, 96.0 broad jump, 7.66 three-cone drill, 4.64 20-yd shuttle.

5) Strengths/Weaknesses: Pouncey struggles at times to snap the ball accurately and get his hands up in pass protection, but since he’s projected as a guard in the NFL, this might not matter. He has good balance and handles bull rushers effectively, which is essential in today’s NFL.  Pouncey also typically makes first contact in pass protection and tries to get an early edge on his opponent.

Most reports say Pouncey has a bit of a nasty streak in run blocking and looks to drive opponents into the turf. He also has good quickness and balance while pulling and trapping and shows great upper-body strength.

Pouncey occasionally lapses while trying to sustain blocks on the second level, which could be problematic in the Packers’ zone-blocking scheme.

6) Fit for the Packers: Pouncey’s versatility is what makes him an attractive NFL prospect, especially for the Packers. The Packers played several offensive linemen at different positions the last few seasons. Pouncey is already used to moving around, so playing at either guard position or center should not require much of an adjustment.