I am by no means a draftnik. You could probably tell that from my meager input into the Cheesehead TV Draft Guide. That’s why I generally get out of the way at draft time and let our resident draft gurus, Brian Carriveau and Andrew Garda, do their jobs.
But what I DO know a little bit about is the Packers and what they look for at certain positions. And I am here to tell you that physically, Greg Little is everything the Packers look for at wide receiver. He’s big, strong and works over the middle. He’s fantastic after the catch, partly due to his history as a running back, though he’s not a speedster by any means. In other words – a Packers receiver.
Little missed all of the 2010 college football season for “maintaining an inappropriate relationship with an agent” (and then lying to the NCAA about it). This has caused him to fly under the radar a bit, or at least as much as someone as talented as Little can in the age of the 24/7, 365 Draftnik Industrial Complex.
He’s projected to be taken anywhere from the top of the 3rd to the bottom of the 4th. Given the fact that James Jones will be hitting the free agent market, where he will most likely receive starters money which the Packers would be unwilling to match, it makes sense for General Manager Ted Thompson to use a late 3rd round pick to replace Jones, whom he spent a 3rd on back in 2007.
The best part of Little’s game is his physicality after the catch. He’s unafraid of contact and works over the middle without hesitation. You can see some of this in the video below:
While no YouTube video can substitute for actual coaches tape, you can see the physicality I’m talking about.
Throw in the fact that he has some experience returning kicks and I think the Packers will take a hard look at him if he is indeed there when they’re on the clock at the end of the third. Obviously, Thompson and company will have done their homework as to his personality and make the determination how much his violation of NCAA rules should be held against him. Clearly, Thompson has not avoided drafting guys who missed the previous season (Harrell, Starks – though those were obviously injury related rather than disciplinary.)
And yes – none of the above means anything other than the lockout continues to drag on. I think I’ve done more homework on Greg Little than I have on any other college prospect in the history of Cheeshead TV. Just my incredibly uninformed ramblings…