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Post Draft Thoughts

Post Draft Thoughts

tylerstake

 

Amidst the bitter plots of our former drama ridden hall of fame quarterback trying to don the pansy purple, it seems the Packers have addressed some needs to make a playoff push for 2009.

 

 

 

 

The addition of B.J. Raji upfront was undoubtedly the most important for a team that had serious depth concerns on the defensive line. I still feel like they could use a hard-nosed veteran to rotate on the end position and provide solid leadership for the locker room. Only time will tell if Thompson finds that beneficial as well.

Drafting Clay Mathews was basically a bonus pickup in my opinion, and could pay big dividends for the green and gold in the future. Of course I write an article a few months ago that Ted Thompson would undoubtedly trade down at least once in the 2009 NFL draft, instead he trades up. It just shows that Ted Thompson is consistently unpredictable, keeps everyone on their toes.

I think one very intriguing matter for the Packers is the drafting of LSU fullback Quinn Johnson and the addition of un-drafted Northwestern standout Tyrell Sutton. It surely seems that Johnson will be a great addition as a dominating lead blocker to a team struggling at times with its’ running attack. I personally just love guys that want to knock you on your butt play after play. Sutton is exactly what the Packers needed in that he can catch the ball out of the backfield, and he is a powerful runner. That is truly something this team lacks, but will they be able to fill this need with a free agent type?

Adding a couple talented offensive linemen also was crucial for the Packers. I knew they would address that situation during the draft, hopefully at least one of these men turn into a legitimate starter. The Packers’ offensive line always puzzles me on which player should play where, except I like Spitz at center. It would be great if they could find five guys to work great as a unit, but I expect another year of inconsistent play with Tauscher gone and Clifton struggling (if he starts).

I still think the Packers need a better option at backup quarterback; hopefully either Flynn or Brohm will emerge as a viable option in the backup role. If they both struggle again in the preseason, hopefully Ted isn’t afraid of signing a veteran to hold the clipboard.

After a week of reflection, I feel like the Packers had a solid draft. They attacked their needs and went after players that they believed in, can’t ask for much more. Obviously the final grade will be made 3 years from now when Dale Z gives them an A++ because “Clay Mathews is a badass”. I also like the fact that they got some attitude guys with a little bit of swagger. It seemed like once Cullen and Barnett went down last season they lost that attitude on defense. If some of the younger guys are getting after it and knocking some heads off, it should re-energize the veterans and get them going.

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Comments (13)

Greg C.'s picture

I've ended up liking that fullback pick too. I'm less sure of the O-line picks. I'm hoping that Lang can be our new OT, but in the middle of the line, I still see us having a bunch of guys who are just okay. It was great to add blue chippers at DL and LB, though. If those two guys pan out, this will be a great draft.

Franklin Hillside's picture

Colledge was our most best and most consistent O-lineman last year, and Sitton would have been at right gaurd had he not gotten hurt. With Spitz at center, I think we have a strong to very good interior line with the only questions being, of course, right tackle...and Clifton's knees.

I had the optimist-blend coffee this morning.

MrBacon's picture

The Cult Of Ted approves of this article for it's optimism and lack of Favre related information.

Tyler Bohms's picture

Favre is a douche.

Asshalo's picture

Favre is done. again, wasted emotions

Asshalo's picture

The two offensive tackle spots and the ours DEs are my biggest concern heading into the season. I'm pretty content with everything else. Yeah we drafted two potential O-line starters, you can't expect them to be starter quality right away or even the first season (it would be a bonus if they were). I fear we're only starting people at these positions because we don't have anyone else to put there.

Master Bates's picture

Colledge sucks....I'm tired of Ted Thompson flapping his gums all the time...Someone tell him to STFU....

TT is a douche!

Tyler Bohms's picture

Colledge may suck, but he was arguably the second best lineman a year ago.

Andyman's picture

Anyone on the team that you feel DOESN'T suck? For some reason, I have a feeling you were one of the ones bashing Favre as well when he was sucking, yet you still want him over Rodgers right now. I just don't get guys like you.

Asshalo's picture

Colledge is coming along and may emerge as our best lineman this year. Here's to hoping we have other things to compensate for a lack-luster offensive line (i.e. the Steelers).

PackersRS's picture

Steelers had a #1 defense to compensate for the lack of o-line.
Our D, IMHO, will be a top 15, top 10 unit, but not #1. So we need to have a suficient o-line to win, it cannot be like theirs...

Jersey Al's picture

I also like the Quinn Johnson pick. Third and short situations were our Achilles heel on offense, and second only to the defensive ineptitude as the reason for all the losses. If we make some of those first downs, the defense stays off the field longer. And we could have used a few more TDs in goal line situations, rather than have to kick field goals. Add it up and maybe we win a few more games despite the defense.

Asshalo's picture

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