5

May

Packers 2012 NFL Draft Picks: Video 3-pack

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3

May

Thoughts on Trader Ted and the Packers Draft from Pigskin Paul

Ted Thompson - Packers NFL Draft

I've gone crazy!

Unless you were asleep at the switch, or were abducted by aliens, it was hard for PACKERS fans to not notice that the team’s 2012 DRAFT effort had a very different flavor to it this year. WHITEY flipped positions around 3 times and has a new nickname: TRADER TED. It just so happened that the team needed Defense and almost every time the team Picked the Best Available Athlete on their Board it was a defender. They seemed to get more than their share of players who had a higher Draft value than the spot at which they took them.  But let’s slow down the train a bit and look at items individually for a couple of minutes.

It may seem hard to believe, but this was THOMPSON’s 8th DRAFT as the PACKERS head man. Where does the time go? In the previous 7 Drafts WHITEY traded “up” 3 times. In this DRAFT alone he traded up 3 times under the new personna TRADER TED. Having 12 Picks in his quiver emboldened him, I believe, to move up to secure players they had highly rated, but who he felt would not still be there when their next turn came around. And because the entire organization felt such a strong need to bolster the defensive troops he was trading up to get valued defenders as his top priority. So, even though it may look like the Best Available theory went out the window, I think this effort was just a variation on a theme so to speak. And to all of you PACKERS fans who have been screaming since the Play-Off loss to the GIANTS about needing to fix he Defense… you should be very happy right now.

So 12 Picks turned into 8, which must have caused some serious angst on the part of conservative TED, who normally hoards Picks like diamonds. He even alluded to that during several of his press appearances, saying he wasn’t his “conservative” father’s son anymore. By the way, some of his statements and how they were phrased also made me believe he was quite comfortable with the Draft path he chose to follow this year. He seemed very relaxed and casual in front of the camera this year… at least for the TED THOMPSON we’ve known this past almost decade. For a 15-1 team I see no real issue with 8 drafted Rookies on the roster as opposed to 12. They are in the process of signing a boatload of undrafted Free Agents, which I’ll discuss next week after the first mini-camp is over in Green Bay.

28

April

Green Bay Packers Day 3 Draft Targets: 2012 NFL Draft

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2012 NFL Draft

Here’s my quick list of players the Packers will be and should be targeting on day three of the 2012 NFL Draft:

Offensive Center:
Ben Jones
Philip Blake
*Quinton Saulsberry (C/G)

Offensive Tackle:
Jeff Adams
*Matt Mccants
Nate Potter
Tom Compton

Running Back:
Chris Polk
*Robert Turbin
Terrance Ganaway
*Michael Smith

Quarterback:
*B.J. Coleman
Kirk Cousins
Ryan Lindley
*Austin Davis
Kellen Moore

Safety:
*Christian Thompson
Duke Ihenacho
Markelle Martin
*Winston Guy
Micah Pellerin

Cornerback:
Josh Norman
Coryell Judie
*Robert Blanton (CB/S)
*Chris Greenwood

Inside Linebackers:
*Terrell Manning
*James-Michael Johnson
Najee Goode

Outside Linebackers:
Jacquies Smith
*Braylon Broughton
Ryan Davis
Miles Burris
Desman Moses

Defensive Line:
Marcus Foston
Hebron Fangupo
*Nicholas Jean-Baptiste
Malik Jackson
Josh Chapman
*Damon Harrison

*  My favorites

 

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26

April

2012 Packers Mock Draft – My One and Only

As the Packers draft analyst for DraftTek.com, I’ve done at least 20 mock drafts over the last 6 months. They’re not entirely mine, however, as the actual picks are made by computer. I get to input needs information, and can try to “grab” certain players or “lockout” players from contention.

Analysts for the other 31 teams all do the same thing. What results is the closest thing to a real draft simulation (they don’t call it a mock) I’ve seen anywhere. It ‘s quite unique and if you are not familiar with it, you really should check them out.

What’s even cooler is that on draft day, the “simulation” is updated within minutes of when each pick is selected. So, as the Packers are up at #28, it will re-run the simulation, eliminating the 27 other players already picked from contention for the Packers pick. Isn’t that rather amazing?

Well anyway, on to my personal mock draft, totaly devoid of any sense of reality and pure guesswork at it’s best:

2012 Packers Mock Draft

Round 1 (#28):  Shea McClellin, OLB Boise State – I’ve finally come around to the inevitable. If McClellin is there, the Packers will take him. I say I’ve come around because I’m not still not convinced McClellin is a first round player, but I so want OLB help that I’ll gladly take McClellin here. Problem is New England wants him also, and guess where they pick – just before the Packers. Alternates: Kevin Zeitler, Lavonte David

Round 2 (#59) Casey Hayward,  CB/S Vanderbilt - the answer to the Packers’ woeful secondary tackling, Hayward actually led his team in TFL as a cornerback! He’s a ball hawk, has excellent field vision and is also a prime candidate for a shift to safety. Alternates: Jamell Fleming, Brandon Thompson.

Round 3 ( #90) Derek Wolfe, DE Cincinnati – Powerful, cat-quick and the prototype size for a 3-4DE, Wolfe would be a fantastic addition to the Packers defensive line rotation. Alternates: Jared Crick, Ben Jones

Round 4 (#123) Nate Potter, OT Boise State – The best left tackle prospect you’ll find this far down in the draft. With a year or two to add some bulk, Potter could be competing for a starting job. Alternates: Matt McCants, Philip Blake

19

March

NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Janzen Jackson, S/CB, McNeese State

S Janzen Jackson, McNeese State

Green Bay Packers 2012 NFL draft prospect profile: Janzen Jackson, McNeese State

Player information:

  • Janzen Jackson, S/CB, McNeese State
  • 5-foot-11, 188 lbs.
  • Impressive athlete who transferred out of Tennessee after run-ins with the law and a clash with new coaching staff.

NFL Combine:

  • 4.64 40-yard dash
  • 4.15 20-yard shuttle
  • 6.90 3-cone drill
  • 125″ broad jump
  • 36.5″ vertical jump
  • 9 bench press reps

News & Notes:

A five-star recruit and one of the more heavily recruited players coming out of high school…Started in the second game of his freshman year at Tennessee and went on to start nine more in 2009…As a sophomore, led Tennessee with five interceptions…Was only Volunteer to earn All-SEC honors in 2010 as a second-teamer…Numerous character concerns, including an arrest for armed robbery and charges of substance abuse…Left UT in the spring of 2011, was welcomed back by coach Derek Dooley in July and then dismissed at the end of August…Transferred to McNeese State, in his hometown, where he started at both cornerback and safety. Intercepted three passes…Might be in the hybrid cornerback/safety mold at the next level…Red flags will knock Jackson down many boards…Far from “Packers People”—would be interesting to see if GM Ted Thompson even has him on his board—but talent and ability to play a hybrid role (i.e. Charles Woodson) makes him an intriguing prospect for Green Bay.

What they’re saying about him:

Rob Rang (CBS Sports): “Lean, athletic build with plenty of room for additional muscle mass. Legitimate NFL-caliber athlete. Possesses good straight-line speed, fluid hips to turn and run and explosiveness out of his breaks. Good vision and anticipation as a free safety. Reads the quarterback’s eyes and gets an excellent break on the ball. Is a considerably bigger hitter than his slight frame would lead you to believe. Closes quickly and generates an explosive collision on impact that can separate the football.”

National Football Post (Wes Bunting): “A talented kid who can run, track the football and can be a violent striker on contact. However, isn’t the most sound of wrap-up guys, is raw with his footwork and has character concerns. Nevertheless, has the talent to play in the NFL and should get a shot because of his ability to run and strike.”

8

March

NFL Draft Prospect Profile: CB Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina

South Carolina CB Stephon Gilmore

Green Bay Packers draft prospect profile: CB Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina

Player information:

  • Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
  • 6-foot-0, 190 lbs
  • Social sciences economics major and Detroit, Michigan native.

NFL Combine:

  • 4.40 40yd dash
  • 3.94 20yd shuttle
  • 11.15 60yd shuttle
  • 6.61 3-cone drill
  • 123″ broad jump
  • 36.0″ vertical jump
  • 15 bench press reps

News & Notes:

South Carolina’s “Mr. Football” in 2008 as a game-breaking quarterback, Gilmore was recruited by Steve Spurrier to be a defensive back for the Gamecocks. That move paid off almost immediately. Gilmore started every game his freshman year, notching one interception and three sacks while earning Freshman All-American honors. By the time he was done with his junior season, Gilmore had registered 40 straight starts and was a first-team All-SEC and third-team All-American selection. Touted as a team leader with size (6’1″) and physicality, Gilmore is widely considered one of the draft’s top-5 cornerbacks. Compares to Charles Woodson.

What they’re saying about him:

Wes Bunting (National Football Post):  ”Is a “plus” sized corner with good quickness and fluidity. Needs to clean up his footwork in off/zone concepts, but has skill set to play near the line, check receivers and turn and run. Should be able to fight for a starting role during his rookie year in more of a zone scheme.”

Frank Cooney (CBSSports): “Gilmore plays with an astute awareness that makes him a dangerous defender to test. He is a vocal team leader who understands everybody’s role on defense and is especially effective in zone coverage where he seems to triangulate well, tracking both the quarterback and receivers. Gilmore is aggressive both going to the ball and coming up on the run, although he could use a little more bulk to hold up in the NFL.”

NFL.com (Combine): “Gilmore is a dynamic athlete who made a lot of plays at corner for South Carolina. He has the skill set to move to safety but is talented enough to challenge for a starting role at the corner position as a rookie. He is a football player who makes big plays and was among the SEC’s finest athletes.”

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5

March

NFL Draft Prospect Profile: DE/OLB Nick Perry, USC

USC DE/OLB Nick Perry

Green Bay Packers draft prospect profile: DE Nick Perry, USC

Player information:

  • Nick Perry, DE USC
  • 6-foot-3, 271 lbs
  • Social sciences economics major and Detroit, Michigan native.

NFL Combine:

  • 4.64 40yd dash
  • 4.66 20 yard shuttle
  • 7.25 3-cone drill
  • 124″ broad jump
  • 38.5″ vertical jump
  • 35 bench press reps

News & Notes:

A five-star recruit out of Detroit, Perry spurned his homestate Wolverines and Spartans to join Pete Carroll at USC. He made an immediate impact with the Trojans, notching eight sacks in a reserve role his freshman season. As a junior, Perry led the Pac-12 in sacks with 9.5. That performance gave Perry the momentum he needed to declare for the 2012 NFL draft, where he is likely to be a first-round pick. He has indicated that he’d rather play with his hand in the dirt as a 4-3 defensive end, but his pure athleticism gives him a shot at being an impact 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL.

What they’re saying about him:

Wes Bunting (National Football Post): “Exhibits the first step to be a threat off the edge, however struggles to drop his pad level when flattening out. Plus, he doesn’t have much of a counter to his game at this point. Nevertheless, has some obvious talent and is a guy you would expect to start as a rush backer in a 34 scheme and be a productive threat off the edge.”

Dane Brugley (CBSSports): “Has very good first step quickness and does a nice job in space. Has the footwork, body control and fluidity to quickly change directions. Does a nice job elevating and getting his hands up to knock down passes at the line of scrimmage. Works hard to collapse the pocket with a relentless motor. Brings aggressive playing style on every snap and doesn’t quit. Lacks elite size and length; undersized and can be swallowed by larger blockers.”

NFL.com (Combine):  “…his impact playing the “elephant” position within Caroll’s defense as a freshman will encourage many teams to consider drafting him as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. As a sophomore and junior he continued to develop into an elite pass rushing prospect, and has the size and athletic ability to be successful working against NFL tackles at the next level. He is a physically put together athlete with a good motor and extremely uncommon balance, and has late first round value.”