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OFFICIAL 2007 DRAFT PACK REVIEWS & PREDICTIONS

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  1. TOPHAT

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    Justin Harrell
    DT | (6'4", 300, 5.04) | TENNESSEE

    Scouts Grade: 90

    Flags: (I: INJURY) Coming off injury that may affect play Selected by: Green Bay Packers
    Round: 1
    Pick (Overall): 16(16)
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    Strengths: Is tall with adequate bulk and even more room on his frame to get bigger. He caries his weight extremely well and is a fluid athlete for his size. Shows good initial quickness and the ability to disrupt the run consistently. Is able to change directions quickly and also shows some closing burst for such a big defender. He is big enough to hold his ground versus the run when he gets good positioning and stays low. He displays above average lower body strength to clog a gap versus the run. He can push the pocket and uses long arms to disrupt the vision of opposing quarterbacks. He showed impressive leadership and toughness with his willingness to play through a biceps tear during the Florida game as a senior in 2006.

    Weaknesses: He has never been very productive as a pass rusher. He seems to lack awareness and instincts in that regard. He also needs to use his hands better in order to get off of blocks. He is stout versus the run but lacks explosive upper body strength to jar offensive linemen initially. Durability is a significant issue after partially torn biceps injury cost him the final 10 games of his senior season in 2006. He also missed time with leg and ankle injuries in 2003 and another ankle injury in 2004.

    Overall: Harrell was redshirted in 2002. In 2003, he missed the first five games with a broken ankle and then appeared in the remaining eight games, registering 10 total tackles and one tackle for loss. Harrell underwent right leg surgery midway through spring practice in March, 2004. He returned in the fall, played in all 13 games, starting the first 11 before being removed from the Kentucky game (ankle injury) and then held out of the starting lineup for the final two games. Harrell finished that season with 26 total tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 12 quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. He started all 11 games in 2005 and recorded 39 total tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. Harrell played in and started just three games in 2006, finishing with seven total tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss. He ruptured a biceps tendon against Air Force (9/9) but played the following week against Florida before shutting it down for the season.
    Harrell is an impressive athlete for his size and he also displays good natural strength. He has never been a great pass rusher and he's also coming off a partially torn biceps that forced him out for the final 10 games of his senior season. However, his rehab went extremely well and he's not expected to have any lingering affects from the injury. From what we saw of Harrell prior to the injury, he has the potential to develop into a very good two-down starter in the NFL. We think he's worth drafting late in the first or early in the second round of the 2007 draft.


    Brandon Jackson
    RB | (5'9", 210, 4.54) | NEBRASKA

    Scouts Grade: 77 Selected by: Green Bay Packers
    Round: 2
    Pick (Overall): 31(63)
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    Strengths: He's a shifty back with excellent balance and body control. Displays the ability to stop and start with great ease. Shows good vision and possesses the initial burst to quickly hit the crease he sees developing. Runs with outstanding pad-level and always seems to be under control. He is a slippery runner that doesn't seem to take a lot of big hits and elusive enough to consistently make defenders miss one-on-one in space. He shows good toughness as an inside runner and will keep his legs driving after contact. Also displays enough burst to consistently turn the corner as an outside runner. He lacks elite speed but he does have a second-gear in the open-field and can beat some defensive backs in a foot race. He's a reliable underneath receiver and he's shifty and dangerous after the catch. He has been durable and he doesn't have much mileage on his legs.

    Weaknesses: Lacks ideal game experience and is a bit unproven. Has looked extremely promising in spurts but he has never proven capable of carrying a full load as the premier back. He still needs to get a bit bigger and stronger. He runs hard and shows some power but he's not the type that will run over defenders or push the pile much in short-yardage situations. He possesses adequate-to-good speed, but does not show elite second-gear in the open-field. He has room to improve as a route runner. While he has been reliable catching the ball, he has a tendency to let it get into his pads and needs to learn to catch with his hands far more frequently. Needs to improve his technique and awareness in pass pro. Also has had some fumbling issues in the past.

    Overall: Jackson saw action in 10 of 11 games as a true freshman in 2004 and carried 85 times for 390 yards (4.6 average) with six touchdowns. In 2005, he played in nine of 12 contests (two starts; Wake Forest, Pitt) and gained just 52 yards on 18 carries (2.9 average). Jackson then started nine of 14 games in 2006, rushed 188 times for 989 yards (5.3 average) and eight touchdowns, adding 33 receptions for 313 yards and two more scores. Over the past three seasons, he also returned 32 kickoffs for 579 yards (18.1 average).
    Jackson's biggest weakness is his lack of experience. He will need to improve his bulk and strength in order to hold up as a premier back in the NFL, and he also lacks elite top-end speed. However, Jackson is an instinctive, shifty and tough runner with the size-potential to emerge as a good starter in a zone-blocking scheme. In our opinion, Jackson is one of the more underrated prospects in the 2007 class and he could become a steal from the second-or-third round range of the 2007 draft.


    James Jones
    WR | (6'0", 207, 4.54) | SAN JOSE STATE

    Scouts Grade: 48

    Flags: (M: MENTAL) Does not retain and learn the system Selected by: Green Bay Packers
    Round: 3
    Pick (Overall): 14(78)
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    Strengths: Is smooth getting in and out of cuts, has adequate quickness and runs adequate short-to-intermediate routes. Shows adequate awareness, reads defenses fairly well and can settle into soft spots when sees zone coverage. Footwork is sound and flashes the ability to get a clean release working against press coverage. Is tough and isn't afraid to go over the middle. Times jumps well, has great leaping ability and flashes the ability to catch the ball at its highest point despite height. Competitive, fights for the ball when it's in the air and can make the tough catch in traffic. Has experience returning punts, can long snap and can contribute on special teams. While didn't play at a collegiate powerhouse, plays with confidence and appeared to be at best in biggest games.

    Weaknesses: Doesn't show a second gear when tracking the ball downfield and isn't going to stretch many defenses. Occasionally loses focus, has some problems locating balls thrown over shoulder and drops some passes should catch. Though runs hard and flashes the ability to make the first defender miss lacks breakaway speed and isn't much of a homerun threat after the catch. Doesn't play with enough of a mean streak and isn't much of a blocker at this point. Marginal score on the Wonderlic Test.

    Overall: Jones was redshirted in 2002 before playing in nine games (zero starts) in 2003 as a backup receiver and long-snapper catching one pass for eight yards. In 2004, he saw action in all 11 games (six starts) and caught 25 passes for 317 yards (12.7 average) and one touchdown. Jones started three of 11 contests in 2005, making 30 receptions for 278 yards (9.3 average) and scoring one touchdown. In 2006, he started 12 of 13 games hauling in 70 passes for 893 yards (12.8) and 10 touchdowns, earning a second team All-WAC selection. For his career he has carried 24 times for 126 yards and one touchdown. Additionally, Jones has returned 42 punts for 307 yards (7.3 average).
    Jones' potential is limited by his lack of top-end speed, but he has the skills to develop into a productive sub-package receiver who also contributes on special teams. His mental and physical development as a senior has improved his draft stock significantly and he could come off the board as early as the fifth round.

    Aaron Rouse
    S | (6'4", 223, 4.58) | VIRGINIA TECH

    Scouts Grade: 64 Selected by: Green Bay Packers
    Round: 3
    Pick (Overall): 26(89)
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    Strengths: A tall, well-built strong safety prospect with exceptional straight-line speed for his size. He has the size potential to match up as an in-the-box strong safety type in the NFL. Fills hard versus the run and flashes some power upon contact as a tackler. He occasionally will make his presence known over the middle in coverage. Shows good closing burst when the ball is in the air. Also displays good ball skills. He has been a durable player throughout his career.

    Weaknesses: Former outside linebacker with some athletic limitations. Does he fit as an outside linebacker or strong safety in the NFL? He is high-cut and shows some stiffness in his hips. He has excellent straight-line speed but will struggle to change directions in space. He does not show the quick-twitch athleticism to match up one-on-one versus NFL slot receivers. He must also continue to improve his angles in run support. He can play out of control at times.

    Overall: Rouse appeared in all 13 games in 2003 as a true freshman and made 46 total tackles and three tackles for loss. He saw action in all 13 games in 2004, registering 37 total tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss at outside linebacker. Rouse started all 13 contests at strong safety in 2005, finishing the season with 77 total tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, four interceptions, five pass breakups, one fumble recovery, and one forced fumble. In 2006 he appeared in all 13 games, with 10 starts, and recorded 57 total tackles, two tackles for loss, one forced fumble, and one interception.
    Rouse possesses an exceptional combination of size and speed, and he showed flashes of playmaking ability at the collegiate level. However, while he has first-round tools, Rouse is an underachiever and a positional misfit from an NFL perspective. He doesn't play the game with enough aggressiveness or toughness to project as a linebacker and he makes too many mistakes in coverage to be trusted as a safety at this point. In our opinion, Rouse is too much of a boom-or-bust prospect to draft any earlier than the third round.

    Allen Barbre
    OT | (6'4", 300, 4.84) | MISSOURI SOUTHERN

    Scouts Grade: 66

    Flags: (B: BULK/SIZE) Lacks size/bulk for position Selected by: Green Bay Packers
    Round: 4
    Pick (Overall): 20(119)
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    Strengths: Shows a quick first step and can beat defenders to the point of attack. Plays with a mean streak and works to the whistle. Takes sound angles to blocks, generally plays under control in space and can get into position at the second level. Shows good range, can get around the corner when asked to pull and is big enough to engulf linebackers. Shows good lateral mobility when run blocking ands can reach defenders lined up outside him. Gets into pass set quickly and can ride edge rushers past the pocket when extends arms.

    Weaknesses: Plays with a narrow base, loses balance at times and has some problems sustaining blocks. Lacks ideal lower body strength, frequently plays too high and is going to have problems driving defenders off the ball. While has quick feet and flashes the ability to redirect in pass protection footwork is somewhat inconsistent, struggles to change directions quickly and is vulnerable to double moves. Bends at the waist rather than the knees and can get pushed back into the pocket. Played at a small school and there is some concern about ability to make the jump to the NFL.

    Overall: Babre began the 2003 campaign as a reserve but moved into the starting lineup for the final six contests of his true freshman season, including the last five games at left tackle. In 2004, he did not play in the season opener and did not start the second game, but then regained his starting job for the rest of the year. Babre started all 10 games at left tackle in 2005 and was named to the All-MIAA first-team. In 2006, Barbre once again started every game (11) at left tackle earning multiple Division II All-American accolades.
    Barbre is a small-school prospect who has the natural ability to develop into a contributor at guard and/or tackle in the NFL. He is a bit undersized and has the mobility to fit a scheme such as the Colts or Broncos. That said; he needs to get stronger at the point of attack and refine his technique. Following a tremendous showing at the combine, Barbre projects as an early-Day 2 pick.

    David Clowney
    WR | (6'0", 188, 4.36) | VIRGINIA TECH

    Scouts Grade: 71

    Flags: (D: DURABILITY) Player that can't stay healthy Selected by: Green Bay Packers
    Round: 5
    Pick (Overall): 20(157)
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    Strengths: Possesses adequate height and the frame to add bulk. Is quick and fast. Shows good initial burst and reaches top-speed in a hurry. Shows enough acceleration to consistently get over the top of DB's in man-to-man coverage as a vertical route runner. Displays soft hands and is reliable receiver. Shows good burst out of his breaks. He's a smooth and fluid athlete. Can shift his weight when getting in and out of cuts without needing to gear down. Lacks size and strength but shows toughness. Not afraid to go over the middle and shows the ability to hold onto the ball when taking a big hit. Gives a good effort as a blocker and works to sustain, despite marginal bulk and strength. Continues to improve with more experience. Shows a good work ethic and is willing to put in the time it takes to make a contribution in the NFL.

    Weaknesses: Is an angular prospect with adequate height but marginal bulk. Lacks strength, which will lead to problems releasing off the line of scrimmage versus press coverage in the NFL. He gets pushed around by bigger defensive backs at times and he is taken out of his routes too easily. Still has room to improve in terms of setting up defenders and finding soft spots in zone coverage. Durability concern is minor; he broke his hand in the spring of 2005 and sat out the Cincinnati game in 2006 after undergoing an appendectomy.

    Overall: Clowney notched 5 catches for 67 yards and one touchdown as a true freshman in 2003. In 2004, he played caught 20 passes for 263 yards (13.2 average), and two touchdowns. Clowney played in all 13 games for the Hokies in 2005, starting the final 12 contests. He led the team with 34 receptions for 619 yards (18.2 average) and scored three touchdowns. Clowney finished the 2006 season with 34 catches for 424 yards (12.5 average) after starting five of the 12 games he played in.
    Clowney is a finesse receiver that needs to get bigger and stronger in order to hold up in the NFL. However, he is an underrated prospect with better skills than his production indicates because he played in a rotation at Virginia Tech and with an erratic quarterback (Sean Glennon) as a senior in 2006. In our opinion, Clowney has the speed, agility, instincts and hands to emerge as a No. 2 or No. 3 receiver in the NFL, which is why he could be a steal late on Day One of the 2007 draft.

    Korey Hall
    ILB | (6'0", 232, 4.86) | BOISE STATE

    Scouts Grade: 30 Selected by: Green Bay Packers
    Round: 6
    Pick (Overall): 17(191)

    [HALL WILL BECOME A PACK FULLBACK]


    Desmond Bishop
    ILB | (6'1", 239, 4.72) | CALIFORNIA

    Scouts Grade: 54

    Flags: (S: SPEED) Player lacks ideal speed at position Selected by: Green Bay Packers
    Round: 6
    Pick (Overall): 18(192)
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    Strengths: Possesses good overall size. Is quicker than fast. Shows good instincts and a nose for the ball. Takes solid angles in pursuit. Is big and powerful enough to take on blockers in the phone booth. Fills hard versus the inside run and shows the power to blow up iso-blockers in the hole. He is a powerful tackler with good wrap-up skills in space. He plays with a high motor and a mean streak. Always seems to be around the football and is a playmaker versus the run. Makes his presence felt over the middle of the field in coverage.

    Weaknesses: His marginal speed is a major limitation. He will struggle to make plays outside the tackle box versus the run and he won't be able to run around blockers when necessary. He needs to play with more consistent leverage. Will lose his power when attempting to take blockers on too high. Needs to do a better job of protecting his legs in space. Takes some false steps versus the play-fake. Lacks ideal closing burst as a pass rusher and must how to get off of blocks once reached. Not a huge playmaker in the passing game. Lacks the fluid hips and top-end speed to turn and run versus faster running backs one-on-one in coverage. Also displays below average ball skills in coverage.

    Overall: Bishop originally attended City College of San Francisco where he was a member of their 2003 National JUCO Championship team. He earned first team JUCO All-American honors in 2004 after playing in 10 games and making 118 total tackles. He transferred to Cal-Berkeley in 2005 and wound up starting all 12 games and finishing with 89 total tackles, six tackles for loss, and one forced fumble. Bishop again started all 13 games in 2006, earning first team All-Pac 10 honors after finishing with 126 total tackles, 15 tackles for loss, three sacks, three interceptions, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.
    Bishop had a breakout season as a first-year transfer in 2005 and continued to improve as a senior in 2006. He has proven to be an instinctive playmaker with good size and toughness versus the run. Unfortunately, he will not be able to overcome his marginal speed and athleticism in the NFL. Bishop projects as nothing more than a reserve run-stopping inside linebacker with no value on passing downs, which is why he should will slip to the final few rounds of the 2007 draft.

    Mason Crosby
    PK | (6'1", 212, 5.2) | COLORADO

    Scouts Grade: 72 Selected by: Green Bay Packers
    Round: 6
    Pick (Overall): 19(193)
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    Strengths: Possesses very good leg strength and has shown exceptional range on field goal attempts. Is consistent, is accurate and rarely misses field goal attempts inside 40 yards. Gets excellent distance when kicking off, is expected to push for punting duties during senior season and is versatile.

    Weaknesses: Plays at Colorado, where the air is thinner. There is concern that power is somewhat exaggerated. Has had several kicks blocked and needs to polish his release technique.

    Overall: Crosby won the starting spot as a true freshman in 2003 for all 12 games, made 31 of 37 extra point attempts (three blocked), and seven of nine field goal attempts (long; 44 yards). In 2004, he again kicked in all 13 contests earning unanimous first team All-Big 12 honors after making 31 of 33 extra point attempts and 23 of 29 field goal attempts (long; 60 yards). Crosby was selected to the All-Big 12 first team for the second consecutive year in 2005 and was the runner-up for the Lou Groza Award after converting all 31 extra point attempts and 21 of 28 field goal attempts (long; 58 yards) in 13 games. In 2006, Crosby again earned All-Big 12 first team honors after kicking in all 12 games, finishing 19-of-19 on extra points and 19-of-28 on field goals (long; 56 yards). Over his four year career he has kicked off 203 times for 138 touchbacks.
    Crosby did not have a great senior season, he gets too many kicks blocked and his stats may be a bit inflated. However, he possesses a rare blend of power and accuracy, which is why he still grades out as the clear-cut No. 1 kicker in the 2007 class. Crosby projects as a late first-day or early second-day pick.

    Deshawn Wynn
    RB | (5'10", 232, 4.47) | FLORIDA

    Scouts Grade: 67

    Flags: (D: DURABILITY) Player that can't stay healthy Selected by: Green Bay Packers
    Round: 7
    Pick (Overall): 18(228)
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    Strengths: Possesses prototypical size for an NFL running back. Is thickly built with enough strength to break some tackles when he lowers his shoulder. He runs with good balance and shows the ability to make quick cuts. He is at his best working downhill and between the tackles. Shows good vision and natural instincts as a runner. Is quicker than fast. Shows good agility and body control. Also shows good initial burst to-and-through the line of scrimmage. He has good size and strength to match up at the point of attack in pass pro. He has upside as a blocker if his technique and recognition skills continue to improve. He is a decent weapon as an underneath receiver. He catches the ball well when facing the quarterback and he is tough to bring down once he gets a head of steam after the catch.

    Weaknesses: An underachiever throughout most of his career. Showed flashes of breaking out as a senior but then suffered a knee injury that lingered throughout much of the second half of the 2006 season. He also had a lingering shoulder injury in 2005, so durability is a concern. There are worries regarding maturity level and work ethic. He doesn't always run as hard as he can and he occasionally will opt to run out of bounds instead of lowering his shoulder and taking on the defender. He lacks elusiveness and elite acceleration. He will never be a homerun threat in the NFL and he lacks the explosiveness to consistently turn the corner as an outside runner. His effort can be spotty as a blocker and receiver. He lacks good route running skills and needs much work in that facet of the game. Struggles to adjust to the poorly thrown pass and can look stiff as a receiver.

    Overall: Wynn was redshirted in 2002. In 2003, he played in all 13 games seeing time at running back and on special teams. He finished the year with 540 rushing yards on 115 carries (4.7 average), scored seven touchdowns, and caught 12 passes for 82 yards and one touchdown. In 2004, Wynn played in eight games missing four contests (Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Florida State, Miami) due to a groin injury. He rushed for 217 yards on 58 carries (3.7 average) and five touchdowns and he also caught five passes for 75 yards. In 2005, Wynn missed the opener against Wyoming by apparently committing team violations but was not officially suspended and then played in 11 games, making six starts. He led the Gators with 621 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns on 130 carries (4.8 average) and had 12 receptions for 161 yards and two touchdowns. Wynn appeared in all 14 games in 2006, with 10 starts, and carried the ball 143 times for 699 yards (4.9 average) and six touchdowns and also added six catches for 58 yards.
    Wynn has the size, power and agility to make an impact in the NFL. It looked as if the "light was coming on" early in his senior season but a lingering knee injury prevented him from finally reaching his full potential. There are also red flags regarding his durability, immaturity and work ethic that will cause him to slip in the 2007 draft. Wynn is too much of a risk to draft on the first day but he should come off the board shortly thereafter.

    Clark Harris
    TE | (6'5", 261, 4.8) | RUTGERS

    Scouts Grade: 56 Selected by: Green Bay Packers
    Round: 7
    Pick (Overall): 33(243)
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    Strengths: Possesses adequate-to-good overall size. Is tall with adequate bulk and room on his frame to get bigger. Takes solid angles as a blocker and will do a fine job of reaching his assignment on the second-level. Extremely productive receiver at the collegiate level. Shows good initial quickness. A big target in the passing game. Displays adequate-to-good athleticism for his size. Is instinctive and knows how to separate -- especially underneath. Is extremely productive as a short-to-intermediate receiver. Has had some minor durability problems early in career but has remained relatively healthy during final three seasons.

    Weaknesses: Lacks ideal top-end speed and will never be a vertical threat in the NFL. He is mostly reliable as a receiver, but he will lose focus on occasion and seems to lose confidence if he drops a pass in a game (dropped three vs. Illinois in 2005 opener). Also possesses short arms. Not much of a threat after the catch. Can still add bulk and improve his lower body strength in order to match up better as an in-line blocker in the NFL. Is not as tough and physical as he likes people to believe. Doesn't give enough of an effort as a blocker and will shy away from physical matchups in the "phone booth". Also is a bit unpolished in terms of his footwork and hand-placement as a blocker.

    Overall: Harris did not see any action in 2002 and was redshirted. He had surgery on his right shoulder at the end of the 2002 season and also injured his left knee in the following spring. He played in all 12 games during the 2003 season and caught 18 passes for 213 yards (11.8 average). In 2004, Harris started all 11 games and earned first team All-Big East honors after ranking second nationally for tight ends in receptions (53), receiving yards (725), and touchdowns (five), while averaging 13.7 yards per catch. He again started every game (12) for Rutgers in 2005 and finished the year with 584 yards and four touchdowns on 38 catches (15.4 average), earning his second consecutive first team All-Big East selection. Harris earned his third straight first team All-Big East selection in 2006 playing in all 13 games, with 12 starts, and catching 34 balls for 493 yards (14.5 average) and two touchdowns.
    Harris is a highly productive receiver at the collegiate level. He is a big and reliable target as a short-to-intermediate pass catcher and he also can be a decent blocker in space. However, Harris is a vastly overrated prospect in our opinion. He lacks the speed to stretch the seam as a receiver in the NFL and he will get rag-dolled by bigger, stronger defenders as an in-line blocker at the next level. Harris is a talkative person with an inflated image of his value, yet his tough-guy image off-the-field doesn't translate to his blocking ability on the field. It will be a mistake if a team selects Harris any higher than the third round of the 2007 draft -- and even that might be too much of a reach.
     
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    GRADE PACK DRAFT 2007

    I'll give it a B+.
    I felt good going with a DT for the 1st round. Don't you guys remember being dead LAST in run defense through the first 12ish games? This should soften it up. Only reason I didn't give it an A was because I was expecting TT to pull the plug on Patrick in the 6th round, oh well overall an above average score.
     
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    Though it is impossible to tell so early we have to trust that maybe a man who is paid full time to manage a team might know a tad more than us when it comes to the players selected.
    I did some research on Brandon Jackson and he seems like the type of back that would fit the zone scheme. Here is a video
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7LqfRdnT0I
    if you notice, he is really good at one cut and hitting the hole. He doesn’t hesitate and always hits the holes with speed. He is also good at reading the holes(or lack there of in the video) this guy may take a year to develop but could turn out to be good. It is not uncommon at all to get good RB's in late first to second round.
     
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    Reminder guys. We are ranked 25th on Defense for giving up points. We need help on D and it always starts up front with the D-line. Our guy might turn out to be good. Look at Kevin Williams, he was an unknown and now is a prowbowl D-linemen.
     
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    I gave it a B+.

    The Packers covered several holes and added depth.

    DL, RB, SS,WR, TE, and a damn good kicker to boot!


     
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    I gave it a C. I think we added some players who may turn out to be solid NFL players someday, I just don't think we added anyone who will win any games for us this coming season.
     
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    remove 'lets wait and see'

    thats the only answer that is worth picking by anyone with any knowledge and no one has any because no one has seen these young men play in the NFL


    Grading on speculation is a fun thought though. Thats why I say remove 'wait an see' :)

    My grade? I have no forking clue. I like Rouse and the speedster kid.
     
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    I gave it "Wait and See" since that's the only sensible choice.
     
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    I gave it a B. Here are my individual grades.

    Justin Harrel: B- I really hope this guy pans out, because if he is as good as Thompson and the staff had him rated, it will be a great choice at a position of need. The middle of the D-line will really clog up middle runs and free up the LB's. He is supposedly a hard worker and cares. If he becomes just a good DT, I'm sure there will be criticism of the pick.

    Brandon Jackson: A- One of my favorite RB's in this year's draft. He is a complete back, with a skill advantage in almost every aspect of his game. Just wait, you guys are going to love him and Morency in the backfield.

    James Jones: C+ Don't get me wrong, he could definitely contribute on the team. I question the value a little bit (think we could have gotten him in the 4th, although I don't know with the run of WR's that happened) and I wonder where this leaves Ferguson.

    Aaron Rouse: B+ This guy is a physical freak, with good game, and I think will be a punishing safety after he only improves his explosiveness (which is already good) in our weight program. If he develops as everyone seems to think he can, Collins and Rouse will be a fearsome duo back there.

    Allen Barbre: B- Probably going to develop him for a few years to take over for Clifton. He comes from D2, so he has some work to do, but the physical tools are all there. 16 pancakes in one game.

    David Clowney: A- Great value pick, and gives us downfield speed. Man, we are loaded with promising receivers now, and Driver to lead them.

    Korey Hall: C A bit of a head scratcher just because of the FB/LB question. He looks to be an all around ST, utility guy, which is always good to have. Sounds like he has the right football attitude too.

    Desmond Bishop: B I will never complain when we add a player in the 6th round who was the defensive leader of his team. Could be a nice surprise for us, and at least a quality backup.

    Mason Crosby: A- Are you kidding me? This guy's leg is ridiculous. He has kicked field goals over 70 yards in practice. Amazing value.

    DeShawn Wynn: B+ Another good value pick, and a guy who kind of reminds me of Michael Turner. He has that low center of gravity and incredibly quick legs for a guy his size. A fun backup RB, I'll enjoy seeing what he can do in the preseason.

    Clark Harris: B We needed depth at TE, and we get it with our last pick. Nothing spectacular, but he's a football player, with good size. Good value here, although I wonder why we didn't take Ben Patrick with one of our 6's.
     
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    We should pick up Jared Zabransky as an UDFA
     
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    Agreed.
     
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    UPDATED.
     
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    I like the picks....my grade is B.

    I woiuld like to see us get Darius Walker from ND as a free agent....Jesse Carson from the NFL Network likes this guys too...the guy comes from a pro style offence...he can catch out of the backfield...His highlights would be even better that the one I just saw on Brandon Jackson...OK...I love golen domers...
     
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    I said wait and see. I don't think we could realistically grade these draft picks until a season is played.
     
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    Posted Apr 29th 2007 6:24PM by Dan Benton
    Filed under: Packers, NFC North, NFL Draft

    The Green Bay Packers had an amazing amount of selections in this years draft; 11 to be exact. How many of those picks will turn out to be NFL quality talent? Well, that remains to be seen. How many do I think were good decisions? Not enough, but then again, I'm just a blogger so what can I really say?

    The Good:

    Mason Crosby was a very good pick. I realize people are going to tell me I'm insane to point this one out first, but when a team has 11 picks and they manage to grab the best kicked available at 193, that's a good choice.

    Aaron Rouse was a tremendous selection toward the end of round three. He's a big, physical and athletically gifted safety. His vertical is ridiculous for his size and he has great hands as well. Additionally, he's both good in coverage and against the run.

    The Bad:

    Defensive Tackle Justin Harrell was a bit of a disappointment in round one. The fans made their feelings well known after that selection and I don't think I have to detail why it was a poor pick.

    Despite drafting Brandon Jackson in round two and DeShawn Wynn in round seven, the Packers failed to address their need for a starting running back. They may be forced to use a running back by committee this coming season.

    Wide Receiver James Jones ... He ran a 4.53 40 and reportedly scored a nine on the NFL Wonderlic test.

    The Grade: C-

    At best, the Packers draft was average. They got a ton of players, good quality in some areas, question marks in others. The Justin Harrell selection really seemed to ruin it for them and there was nothing special after that either. A good kicker, a good safety and a good defensive tackle at the wrong time.
     
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    I like the picks, but also thought there were other people who could've taken...B-
     
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    Way too early to judge.
     
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    SportsLine.com's Pete Prisco not only gives each team a grade from this weekend's draft, but he also points out a best pick, questionable move and second-day gem.

    Here's what Prisco writes about concerning the Packers:

    Best pick: Justin Harrell. Yes, their first pick. He will be a force in the middle of their line.

    Questionable move: Nebraska running back Brandon Jackson is a need pick, but he runs a little upright.

    Second-day gem: Fifth-round pick David Clowney has blazing speed. If he can improve his route running, he could be a nice addition.

    Overall grade: B
     
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    GREEN BAY PACKERS

    Czar's breakdown: A lot of teams questioned the selection of Tennessee DT Justin Harrell with the 16th overall pick because he's entering the NFL off of surgery for a torn bicep, never a good injury for a linemen who has to use his arms so much to be successful. Because the Packers missed out on Marshawn Lynch, they selected Nebraska RB Brandon Jackson in the second round. Jackson rushed for 835 yards in his final nine games for the Cornhuskers, but a lot of scouts thought he should have stayed in school for his senior season. Instead of trading for Randy Moss, the Packers took San Jose State receiver James Jones in the third round and he has 4.6 speed. The 78th pick might have been a tad high for him. Virginia Tech safety Aaron Rouse is an intriguing defensive player because he could be used at outside linebacker. Colorado PK Mason Crosby had the strongest leg among draft-eligible kickers, but he performed pathetically at the combine. RB DeShawn Wynn has had weight problems at Florida, but he does have upside. Wynn never materialized into the running back that the college coaches expected, but maybe it will be different in the big leagues.
    Grade: C
     
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    I gave them a B-. TT improved most of our need areas, and got us some good prospects that haven't always lived up to their potential. That's my only worry, but otherwise he got the players we needed, so I won't complain too much.
     
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    Rating the Packers' draft: And the nation's tallies are adding up.

    The blog Grand National Championships gives the overall draft a C grade. As far as the Day 2 picks - Allen Barbre: B-; David Clowney: A; Korey Hall: F; Desmond Bishop: F; Mason Crosby: C; DeShawn Wynn: C-; Clark Harris: C.

    The Daily Press (of Virginia) has Brett Favre and Green Bay under its heading of losers. In fact, Favre and the Packers are the only loser listed.

    Melinda Waldrop writes: "Favre came back for this? Needing some major offensive firepower –- especially with Ahman Green gone -- for what will likely (might?) be his final season, Favre instead will get to see if players such as Nebraska running back Brandon Jackson and Virginia Tech wide receiver David Clowney truly have next-level potential.

    "The Packers went with a defensive tackle in the first round, which was a solid choice, but one that won't help Favre put up any points."

    Blogger WisMolson isn't too pleased, saying "this is one of the worst drafts in recent memory, including the draft they took a kicker in the 3rd round" and "Ted Thompson, you just sealed the fact that this is your last draft as the Packers GM."

    Hmmm, looking for a positive spin? Well, there's KXO Radio in Arizona which gives the Packers a B- grade. That is tied for the ninth-best rating handed out by the station. The comment on Green Bay's draft: "Addressed most needs with good value."
     
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    The good, the bad, the surprise

    FootballOutsiders.com lists the best and worst of each round.

    One of Mike Tanier's choices for best picks in the fifth round is wide receiver David Clownley, who was taken by the Packers. Tanier writes: "Clowney's collegiate production wasn't great, but his quarterbacks weren't very good and he was part of a rotation system at wide receiver. Clowney is a deep threat and a speedster, but he's also tough and willing to block, and he has some open field moves. He could grow into a starter once he learns to harness his speed."

    The selection of Mason Crosby was deemed the biggest surprise of the sixth round. Michael David Smith explains: "Colorado kicker Mason Crosby lasted much longer than most analysts expected, finally going to the Packers with the 193rd pick. At the combine many special teams coaches said Crosby had serious problems with his kicking mechanics, but he was so productive in college that he was expected to be taken much earlier than the sixth round. It's something of a surprise that the team that finally selected him was Green Bay, given that the Packers already had a strong-legged kicker in Dave Rayner. But Crosby is more accurate than Rayner and should have a very good career in Green Bay."

    In the seventh round, while Mike Tanier admits it's hard to call anyone a bad pick, nevertheless both Packers choices in this round -DeShawn Wynn and Clark Harris - made his list of those who he says won't be in the NFL come September.Of Wynn, Tanier writes, "A big all-purpose runner who is too soft to play fullback and too slow for halfback."Of Harris: "A poor man's L.J. Smith who doesn't like to block."
     
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    "Favre came back for this?"

    Wasn't this the exact same thing they said last year?
     
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    http://sports.aol.com/nfl/story/_a/browns-raiders-are-drafts-big-winners/20070429193709990001

    D isn't for draft AOL's Ira Winderman passes out his grades for this weekend's NFL draft and hands the Packers a D.

    Winderman writes: "Top pick Justin Harrell is better against the run than the pass, and that's important for the Packers because of their competition with Chicago in the NFC North. But Harrell had a major injury to his biceps last year and, as much as the Packers need to upgrade on defense, they might have been better served finding a weapon to help Brett Favre before it's too late. It's hard to understand the second-round move, when the Packers passed over a durable runner like Tony Hunt, who'd be a perfect fit for their offense and their climate, and instead chose Brandon Jackson who, among other things, has a history of shoulder problems."

    There's even a drag-and-drop in the story in which you can rank the five worst drafts. You don't have the choice of every NFL team, but Winderman's five worst grades: Packers, Dolphins, Titans, Vikings and Redskins.
     
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    I agree with you. IF Harrell and Jackson etc. pan out, the Pack will be fine with a B grade. TT is still learning gm job. I am just quoting sports nfl commentaries around the nation.
     

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