Justin Harrell - No More Training Wheels

With the injury to Johnny Jolly, rookie defensive tackle Justin Harrell needs to make a move. Onto the active roster. (How sad is it when your 1st round pick is a healthy scratch - again.) Colin Cole and Harrell were both inactive against the Panthers, which no doubt contributed to Jolly playing through his shoulder injury and returning to the game. But all reports indicate the swelling is bad and that the team's medical staff want to shut him down for at least two weeks.

Of course, it just happens to be the two weeks that will define the Packers' season.

Justin Harrell has been the object of much derision since being picked in the first round by Ted Thompson. Now is the time for him to show the fans, the media, the team, and most of all, himself, why he was worth the sixteenth overall pick in the 2007 draft. Carpe Diem indeed.

No More Training Wheels

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November 20, 2007 at 01:27 am

Justin Harrel was the biggest waste of a first round pick I have ever seen. He has a lot to prove to Packer fans and the team. I have no idea why Thompson would draft an injury prone and unproven DT. Harrel got hurt after the second game of the season vs Air Force. Playing two games your senior year in college doesn't constitute a potential first round pick. I will believe he was a waste of a first round pick until he shows me two things. One, he isn't going to get hurt after playing 50 snaps in the NFL. Two is that he can play at this level. From watching him at Tennesse he was very explosive at blowing up the whole and stopping the run. Now, to prove himself he needs to do that against the NFL's finest. Time to take off the training wheels is the best way of putting it. Its time for him to step up like all the other Packer players this year.

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