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Who's Your Sleeper?

Discussion in 'Packer Fan Forum' started by Curly Calhoun, Jun 30, 2015.

  1. Curly Calhoun

    Curly Calhoun Cheesehead

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    Part of the fun of following training camp is guessing what player most people never heard of will perform well enough to make the team. My player to watch this year is going to be DT Lavon Hooks. Reports are the Packers are high on him, and he has been given reps with the second unit defense.

    So, Packer fans, who's your guy to watch?
     
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  2. captainWIMM

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    The guy I´m looking forward to seeing in pads in OLB James Vaughters.
     
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  3. Curly Calhoun

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    I like both of your picks for sleepers and it certainly makes sense both play D. I don't have a sleeper in mind but love to see them emerge in TC and preseason. So here's an anti-sleeper I'm very interested in: Damarious Randall. The reason I'm bringing him up is I have been meaning to make this point: Because of the questions about him being able to play outside, he hasn't been mentioned in a positive light much here.

    It's just possible Thompson and the Packers knew what they were doing. One of the analysts I respect is Mike Mayock. Here's what he had to say about Randall:
    http://www.nfl.com/draft/2015/profiles/damarious-randall?id=2552389
     
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    Me likey. There's something about him and I think he could be left standing once the dust settles.
     
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    My pick is Jake Ryan. Considering he was drafted in the 4th round I think I can still sneak him in as a sleeper...right?
    I for one think he has more athleticism than many folks are giving him credit for. Part of my picking him is based on my desire to have someone solidify the spot by SamBar so Claymaker can do what he does best. Kill QB's. With all that said I do believe this kid has what it takes to step in and raise the level of play we have been getting from the ILB's for some time now. I think the Hawk comparison is lazy at best. He is white and played in the Big 10 so he just has to be AJ2.0, right?! Not in my mind. He is an underrated athlete with a great football IQ. I am not saying he will be a Day One starter but I do think by as early as WK4 he could begin to make his presence felt. The kid can play ball and is going to end up surprising a lot of people.

    My second choice would be Ladarius Gunter. He's not fast but the kid makes plays. He has multiple position flexibility which will buy him some good will and could end up making some waves.
     
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  7. captainWIMM

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    It´s pretty obvious the Packers drafted Randall to compete for the starting corner spot opposite of Shields. Hopefully he will have a better rookie season than Jimmie Ward.
     
  8. Curly Calhoun

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    I wouldn't classify Ryan as a sleeper, since as a fourth round pick he's a virtual lock to make the squad (last year's fourth rounder Carl Bradford is still with the team, and if he did anything at all, I missed it). I do agree though that Ryan has a chance to be an impactful player this season, and might be a long-term solution at ILB. The opportunity is certainly there and he had a solid career at Michigan against some fairly high-level competition. He's certainly worth keeping an eye on.
     
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    Bradford didn't play a single snap last season and if I recall correctly wasn't even active for a single game last season. Ryan will get a chance to compete for some playing time when Matthews moves outside.
     
  10. Curly Calhoun

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    I would think Bradford, along with Khyri Thornton, will be on a shorter leash this year. If they don't show us something in camp/pre-season, they could be looking for work elsewhere.
     
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    http://www.packersnews.com/story/sp...15/05/09/keep-eye-undrafted-rookies/27063547/

    I'm gonna go Tavarus Dantzler. He reminds me of a smaller, young KGB. He's disruptive BEHIND the LOS, he's athletic enough to play inside if needed and he has the natural instinct of a heat seeking missile that can finish tackles in the open field (good wing span)
    If he transitions to this level, he's gonna be another playmaker somewhere.
     
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    He wouldn't really be a sleeper I suppose but 4th round is still "maybe" territory. Certainly he makes the team. If he becomes an every-down player as Linsley did last year AND excels to the level Linsley did, that would make him a sleeper pick I suppose.

    My sleeper is John Crockett. It will be a stretch if he makes the roster and then an even bigger stretch if he makes a big impact. The latter only happens if Lacy and/or Starks are forced to miss playing time. I do think he could ultimately replace Starks next year.
     
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    Jermauria Rasco from LSU
     
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    I've heard a lot of good things about Crockett, he could turn out to be a steal.
     
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  15. Curly Calhoun

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    They're is going to be a lot of competition at both ILB and OLB this summer, and Dantzler is as good a bet as anyone to make an impression. Might be a practice squad guy this year, maybe more. Jermauria Rasco is another one. Going to be an exciting August.
     
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    I'm going to watch Hooks closely. I'm rooting for him big time. Opportunity is knocking for him and I still don't trust Raji
     
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    i think janis will take a big jump. also richard rodgers will become a high end te for us this year. chamura-esque.
     
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    Dantzler is an inside linebacker while KGB played DE. He will be one of the guys getting a chance to make the roster at the weakest position on the team.

    I highly doubt Rasco will even make it to the Packers practice squad.
     
  19. Curly Calhoun

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    I hope Rodgers can improve his blocking and become a Jason Witten-type of all-around Tight End. He had a solid rookie season, I hope to see him expand on that.
     
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  21. captainWIMM

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    True, tough to make an impact on the street though.
     
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    see rodgers goung down the seam, deep. big tree trunk legs that have noticable power above and beyond the norm. he was a rookie, and without quarless for a bit... he will break out big time. i think.
    i always watch young dlinemen. hooks has the destructive, quick,
     
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  23. Eli Haugen

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    hooks has the destructive, quick, low bowling ball body type. reminds me of what i thought when daniels was drafted in the 5th a few years back. good pick.
     
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    I think quinten Rollins is gonna be the gem in this draft class yeah only played one yr but he is gonna be a ball hawk! I'm most excited about him and his background story is impressive!
     
  25. Curly Calhoun

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    I like Rollins too, but I'm not sure a 2nd-round pick qualifies as a "sleeper". The expectations for him are fairly high.
     
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