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April

Packers 2012 NFL Draft Coverage Details

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2012 NFL Draft

AllGreenBayPackers.com is ready to bring you the best in Packers’ NFL Draft Coverage. We’ll bring you detailed analysis on the players the Packers select, not from “draftniks” (not that there’s anything wrong with draftniks…), but from a professional scouting organization used by the teams themselves. Yes, you heard that right, real insider information from the true experts.

Here’s a little sample, their ranking of the top-20 wide receivers in the 2012 draft:

TOP-20 WIDE RECEIVERS

PRD GRD PLAYER SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT 40-YD POS
1 7.5 BLACKMON, Justin  (J) Oklahoma State 6:012 215 4.48 WR
1 7.0 FLOYD, Michael Notre Dame 6:025 220 4.43 WR
1 6.7 WRIGHT, Kendall Baylor 5:102 196 4.44 WR
1-2 6.5 RANDLE, Rueben (J) Louisiana State 6:031 212 4.44 WR
1-2 6.5 HILL, Stephen (J) Georgia Tech 6:040 215 4.28 WR
3-4 6.3 CRINER, Juron Arizona 6:025 224 4.61 WR
3 6.2 JENKINS, A.J. Illinois 6:002 190 4.37 WR
2-3 6.2 SANU, Mohamed (J) Rutgers 6:014 211 4.62 WR
2-3 6.2 GIVENS, Chris (J) Wake Forest 5:111 198 4.41 WR
3-4 6.1 CHILDS, Greg Arkansas 6:031 219 4.40 WR
3-4 6.1 JONES, Marvin California 6:017 199 4.51 WR
2-3 6.0 QUICK, Brian Appalachian State 6:034 220 4.50 WR
3-4 6.0 HILTON, T.Y. Florida International 5:094 183 4.37 WR
2 6.0 JEFFERY, Alshon (J) South Carolina 6:027 216 4.54 WR
5 6.0 MCNUTT, Marvin Iowa 6:026 216 4.48 WR
4 5.9 BROYLES, Ryan Oklahoma 5:101 192 4.52 WR
4-5 5.9 MATTHEWS, Rishard Nevada 6:003 217 4.54 WR
5-6 5.8 WYLIE, Devon Fresno State 5:092 187 4.36 WR
4-5 5.7 TOON, Nick Wisconsin 6:017 215 4.49 WR
4-5 5.7 ADAMS, Joe Arkansas 5:105 179 4.51 WR

And here’s a little excerpt from the official scouting report on Trent Richardson:

With more and more emphasis in the passing game, coupled with teams gearing towards a “running back by committee” approach, the day and age of the franchise ball carrier is starting to fade away. One look at this year’s tailback class and it is easy to see that there is one true franchise running back in the group, and the only player considered to be a certain first round pick – Alabama’s Trent Richardson.

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April

Green Bay Packers 2010 NFL Draft: The Reasons Behind the Picks

By Guest Author, Thomas Hobbes

So now that the NFL draft is officially over, tons of fans will converge on Packers web sites to air their grievances about not drafting a particular player or reaching for another.  They will hand out grades to teams and players alike; argue with other fans about what should have happened, and how the analysts have no idea what they are talking about.

I frankly am uninterested in such things; you’re typically not going to find out how good a draft class or a player is for 3-5 years and a player’s success has a lot to do with the team and the environment they get drafted in.

Nevertheless, every team drafts a player with a role in mind, and in this article I hope to analyze what role I think each player was drafted for; I am not concerning myself with what I think will likely happen, I have not placed a grade or an analysis of each player’s potential for a reason.

Bryan Bulaga – Projected Left Tackle – Round 1 – Pick 23 (23)

Rationale: A no-brainer pick for the Packers.  Unfortunately, the pick is so enticing and so logical that it gives Thompson no chance to maneuver in the 1st round. Fortunately the Packers didn’t over think the pick and grabbed a top 10 talent in an area of huge need without having to overspend.

I’m curious as to what Thompson would have done in hindsight if he had known that Charles Brown from USC would be available in the 2nd round.  I doubt Thompson could have drafted both, since Brown is projected only to be a left tackle.

Obviously Bulaga will have every opportunity to play left tackle; his position and contract will entitle him to that much, but Thompson could have gone to rush linebacker (Jerry Hughes of TCU or Sergio Kindle of Texas) in the 1st instead.  My personal opinion is that Thompson made the right choice, the value was simply too good to pass up.

Mike Neal – Projected Defensive End – Round 2 – Pick 24 (56)

Rationale: Probably the most contested pick of the draft for the Packers, the response on Bleacher Report was almost immediate starting with “who?” a huge amount of googling, followed by “I don’t get it” and then finally “uh ok, I get it but I don’t like it”.