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My Packer Draft Projection

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  1. uwbadger12000

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    PACKERS DRAFT PREDICTION
    Contributed by Jonathon Zenk
    Monday, 10 April 2006

    Based on what they have done thus far during free agency, I believe the Green Bay Packers are doing the right thing by avoiding the temptation of liberal spending, which got them Packers into trouble during the Mike Sherman's tenure as General Manager. With the signing of former Kansas City Chief Marc Boerigter and the re-signing of Rod Gardner, I doubt that the Packers target a wide receiver at any point during the draft, unless they are secretly trying to unload unhappy wide out Javon Walker. Also, given the signing of Ryan Pickett to replace departed Grady Jackson, I don't believe that the Packers will draft a defensive tackle. I also think that the Packers have very good depth at defensive tackle. Cullen Jenkins has showed signs that he can be a pretty good player in this league. Even though the Packers re-signed both Najeh Davenport and Ahman Green, I still could possibly see the Packers drafting a running back early; both Green and Davenport essentially signed one-year contracts, which likely means they won't be back in 2007. I think the Packers will need to acquire depth on the offensive line. As of right now, here is my mock draft for the Green Bay Packers:

    Round 1, Pick 5

    A.J HAWK, OLB, OHIO STATE

    Hawk is an unbelievable force in every asset of the game. He picks up tackles like a vacuum picks up dirt. Hawk is very physical at the point of attack. A.J Hawk is physical enough to play the run up the middle and is fast enough to run down running backs who are trying to get to the outside of the defense. Instantly, the linebacker corps goes from a weakness to a strength. He'll be a great player!

    Round 2, Pick 36

    JOSEPH ADDAI, RB, LOUISIANA STATE

    The Packers are looking for a long-term solution at running back and a great solution for Green Bay as a change of pace back splitting time with Samkon Gado in the long run. The Packers are obviously looking for a long-term solution as they re-signed both Ahman Green and Najeh Davenport for only a single year. Both Green and Davenport are injury-prone and it wouldn't hurt to carry four running backs on the roster based on the debacle last year. Addai is a quick running back that is good at breaking tackles in the open field. He's also a great blocker, which could help because he could be that third down back like Tony Fisher and help either Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers by picking up the blitzing defender.

    Round 3, Pick 67

    KELLY JENNINGS, CB, MIAMI (FL)

    Jennings has been steadily climbing up the draft charts in the last couple of weeks. Jennings may not even last this long. The Packers jump on Jennings considering that they are a bit thin at cornerback. Ahmad Carroll has struggled, but came on at the end of last year. Mike Hawkins is not ready to start, but the sky is the limit for this kid. He is working very hard and I expect improvement from him. I see him as a starter in a few years. Jennings will be able to contribute right away. You can't have enough defensive backs.



    Round 4, Pick 103

    MARK SETTERSTROM, OG, MINNESOTA

    New Green Bay Packers offensive line coach Jeff Jagodzinski is switching to a zone blocking scheme and Setterstrom fits that system beautifully since he was running in that same zone blocking system at the University of Minnesota, not to mention it has been very successful. The Packers are lacking depth on the offensive line and Setterstrom is talented enough to start on the rebuilding Packers offensive line. Setterstrom has the experience running in this new zone blocking scheme, so I believe that he can start from day one.

    Round 5, Pick 134

    TRENT BRAY, MLB, OREGON STATE

    I believe that the Packers will move MLB Nick Barnett to his original position of outside linebacker position where he will thrive by utilizing his quickness and speed more than he can at middle linebacker. Then, I believe newly acquired Ben Taylor will be put at middle linebacker, which was his position with the Cleveland Browns, whom he played for before signing with Green Bay. Bray will back up Taylor at middle linebacker. The last Oregon State linebacker that the Packers drafted has done all right thus far, so why not try another?

    Round 5, Compensatory Selection

    DREW OLSON, QB, CALIFORNIA-LOS ANGELES

    The Green Bay Packers lost third string quarterback Craig Nall in free agency to the Buffalo Bills. Olson is coming off of a tremendous senior season in which he led the Bruins to only two losses, one of which came at the hands of the eventual national runner-up Southern California Trojans. That includes a Sun Bowl come-from-behind victory over the Northwestern Wildcats. The Packers draft Olson as strictly the third string quarterback behind Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. If Favre retires, I fully expect the Packers to then go out and sign a veteran signal caller to tutor Rodgers and help him along through the aches and pains of the first year of being a starting quarterback. Hopefully, Favre will come back, though.

    Round 7, Compensatory Selection

    PAUL McQUISTAN, OT, WEBER STATE

    After Mark Tausher, Chad Clifton, and Kevin Barry, the Packers have nothing else at offensive tackle. McQuistan will add depth to try to fill out the roster, or at least push for a roster spot during training camp.
     
  2. Bobby Roberts

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    Just a couple of corrections to your draft comments:

    At RB, don't forget that we still have Herron who's a good 3rd down back. He developed nicely as he got a little playing time last year and could become a solid backup.

    At OT GB also has Klemm. Klemm struggled at LG, but he's natural position (the one he played the rest of his career at) is LT. He's a solid veteran LT who does provide depth.

    I'm not trying to say that your selections at RB and OT are bad, but your analysis missed a couple key players in the equation.
     
  3. porky88

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    That's a hell of a draft but I doubt Jennings falls to round 3. Addai would be an interesting pick because he is so versatile but I find it doubtbul.
     
  4. warhawk

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    If TT signs a couple of these big name FA's like Arrington and Woodson I would look for him to trade down to like Denver which would give them 3 picks in the top 37 (our 2nd round pick is #37 by the way).

    I don't see a running back in the 2nd round after signing Green and Davenport. A RB will probably be something they look to next year.
     
  5. pyledriver80

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    Its doubtful alot of those players will be around. Trying to put together a mock draft is hard because people never figure in the small schools. I mean who put Nick Collins in thier mock draft last year? Its really funny because if you go to other teams forums all the mock drafts look similar after round 1. You seem to see Hester,Addai,and Drew Olsen on near everyone. Its really just a stab in the dark. I put my together, it won't be popular but either was Collins last year.

    Round 1 - AJ Hawk - No brainer for me. Hawk and Barnett together would be awesome! Pure athlete, tough as nails!

    Round 2 - Nick Mangold C Ohio State - I would like to see a Guard at this spot but the only 2 that would be worth this pick are Jean-Gilles and Lutui but I don't think either one of them fit the mold for what we are looking for in the zone-blocking scheme. If Mangold is gone I think Lutui is a better pick.

    Round 3 - Kevin Boothe OG Cornell - I know this may be a reach but this guy is an animal. Very Quick OG and would fit perfectly in the Zone Blocking Scheme.


    Round 4 - Devin Aromashodu WR Auburn - Good size with a nice "Burst." Would be a nice Deep Threat and is also one of the top kick returners available. Would fill the KR position instantly.

    Round 5A - Tim Day TE Oregon - Good Size and will make the amazing catch from time to time.

    Round 5B - Chris Gocong DE Cal Poly - Underrated DE with a knack of getting to the ball

    Round 6 - Reuben Houston CB Georgia Tech - Physical cover man and solid Tackler. If we sign Woodson I would go Guard here.

    Round 7A - Chris Kuper OG North Dakota - Raw and Nasty. Definitely needs to be refined but could be a late round gem

    Round 7B - Kent Smith - QB Central Michigan - Very Raw but is mobile. Fills the need as a third QB
     
  6. digsthepack

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    I just do not see the fascination with Noah Herron.
     
  7. pyledriver80

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    I don't think any one is an awe over him but he is serviceable. To spend a pick on an RB with 3 good backs on the roster, followed by a couple of seviceable ones when we have other needs is nuts.
     
  8. Bobby Roberts

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    That's exactly correct. I'm not looking for him to be the next Brian Westbrook or even a starter. But he does provide solid young depth to a solid group of RBs: Green, Davenport, Gado, Herron, Chaz Williams. Add a couple solid FBs in Henderson and Leach and it's not a bad group.

    I wouldn't mind seeing a FB in the later rounds, but I don't see the need for a RB early.
     
  9. DePack

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    Are we really debating our 4th string RB? Most teams only keep 3. Man I can't wait til the draft!
     
  10. Packnic

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    Id like to see us trade down with denver pick up either ernie sim, or chad greenway with the 15th pick...then with 22 either pick up a reciever like chad jackson or other or possible tambi hali. Then hope to god a guy like leonard pope (who is 6'7 and a mismatch every single time he takes the feild, a huge target - Kiper) is still available with our number 5 2nd round pick.
     
  11. HatestheEagles084

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    WE DON'T...NEED...TO DRAFT...A RUNNING BACK...FIRST DAY!

    oh my god, just put a lid on it, im sick of 'experts' having us pick running backs 2nd/3rd rounds...this team has so many holes, and running back was addressed this offseason, bringing back Henderson, Green, Davenport, and we still have Gado--I say maybe Dontrell Moore or Maurice Drew fourth round, MAYBE

    It's just that...I've been looking at some mock drafts lately, and we could have a pretty good player fall through the cracks to us in the early second...I've seen separate mocks that have OSU Safety Donte Whitner falling out of the first, OSU Corner Ashton Youboty...possibly Bobby Carpenter but i doubt it...possibly DE's Kiwanuka and Tamba Hali...possibly Darnell Bing...there are a lot of possibilities for that pick rather than draft a running back, a position that I characterize as "a dime a dozen"
     
  12. paxvogel

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    this is a rich draft for OG and I hope we take one or two on the first day. Our interior line is the weakest point of this team. I would love to see the OG from Oklahoma as our second round pick. Fills that position for 10 years and I think Mangold will be gone. Why take the 4th or 5th best player at a position when you could have the top guard?
     
  13. Packnic

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    Because the so called 224th best player of the 2000 draft is now our starting tackle. 4th or 5th best is nothing but a guess. granted.... a guy with the raw talent like mangold or ferguson are great picks if its the only thing your team need (pack needs way more than interior o-line.) besides a rookie guard in the NFL is gonna have to make a huge transition from college to pro.

    THEY NEED TIME TO LEARN THE NFL GAME AND catch up with the speed.

    The guys we have now have at least been practicing for a few years and know what to expect. a rookie guard is not as good as an experience NFL guard that fits our system ..therefore wasting a high draft pick on a guard at the same level of current Packer guards makes no sense.

    so what im sayin is draft a guard in the draft im fine with that... just not high. theres always plenty of good talent at guard late in the draft. spend your pick there and let him grow into a star....LIKE TAUSCHER
     
  14. HatestheEagles084

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    ding ding ding.

    Especially in the new system we have, raw talent doesnt matter that much, a zone blocking system is something that will take a while to learn, let alone catching up to life in the NFL.

    The earliest I'd take an o-lineman would be Greg Eslinger, who we might get in the 4th round
     
  15. warhawk

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    I don't see where this draft is rich in guards in fact it looks to be one of the few positions that doesn't have many players on anyone's list.

    Granted, there always seems to some "0" lineman that turn out to be good players found in the latter rounds but there are a lot more tackles being looked at than guards this year.

    Jean-Giles name comes up but he's not even projected as first round material.
     
  16. Packnic

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    agreed warhawk.... and all this talk about drafting one of the good tackles that are available and moving our current line around is ridiculous.

    If you dont think that we would be better off sticking with what we have now and letting our current line play their positions in a new scheme RATHER than drafting a tackle then frankensteining our Line just so we can accomadate said rookie tackle. TO ME that makes negative sense. ive been wrong before though.
     
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    If your GB and you can trade down and still land AJ Hawk you do that.

    I think if the Saints don't like Brown at LT and like what they saw out of D'Brick they'd take him.

    I also think the Titans might go with Young at #3 and Leinart at #4. If that's the case then GB take Mario Williams at #5 for sure. No brainier. Then the football gods have to answer Porky and drop Mangold to round 2 when the Pack get..

    It's a lot to ask for but it could happen. So many possibilities. I do know one thing. Kelly Jennings won't be there in round 3. Maybe DeMario Minter or Daniel Manning.
     
  18. Popcynical

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    "Jets agreed to a two-year contract with C Trey Teague."

    Better shot at us picking up Mangold in the second now?
     
  19. uwbadger12000

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    The more and more I think about it, I see the Jets trading up for Leinart and the Saints taking Fergy at 4 and Young to Tennessee, leaving us with Williams.
     
  20. gopackgo4

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    god i hope so.
     
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    The Jets signing Teague is great. I think it dramatically increased our chance at Mangold being around.

    I honestly hope Mario is gone before 5. If he's there we would almost have to pick him which makes me nervous. The guy is awesome but doesn't play to his full potential all the time. I feel safer with Hawk

    Hopefully Mario is gone and that will make me rest easier.
     
  22. Popcynical

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    I know this won't happen (nor do I really want it to), but:

    1. D. Ferguson
    2. Nick Mangold
    3. David Joseph
    4. Mark Setterstrom

    Building a franchise offensive line? That'd be nice.
     
  23. CaliforniaCheez

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    A lot of areas touched on so far are good.

    I am willing to give Herron a chance before throwing him overboard. Some weight room time and training camp with new system will help him a lot.

    The trouble with the Mock is you need one if for the following scenarios:
    1) Hawk Williams Ferguson and Bush are gone.
    2) Bush falls
    3) Williams falls
    4) Ferguson falls.

    I favor a trade down if Ferguson and Hawk are both gone. These are really the only two I would pick. Predicting trades is difficult.
     
  24. gopackgo4

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    Hawk will not be gone at 5 guarenteed.
     

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