Now we find ourselves at the 2009 Packer draft. I apologize for the little snafu for the 08 draft. My source is straight from NFL.com, so if my draft list is not accurate, blame those turds. If you don’t know by know what I’m doing or why I’m doing it, go back to the previous posts that have a similar title from me. You guys know what to do. There weren’t as many picks in this draft as in previous drafts. We traded a lot to get two 1st round picks.
Round 1, Pick 9, DT B.J. Raji
Next Position Available, Peria Jones (15)
Best Player Around, DE Brian Orakpo
.Round 1, Pick 26, OLB Clay Matthews
Next Position Available, James Laurinaitis
Best Player Around, WR Hakeem Nicks
.Round 4, Pick 109, OT/OG T.J. Lang
Next Position Available, Troy Kropog
Best Player Around, RB Mike Goodson
.Round 5, Pick 145, FB Quinn Johnson
Next Position Available, RB Javon Ringer (28)
Best Player Around, T Xavier Fulton
.Round 5, Pick 162, OT Jamon Meredith
Next Position Available, George Bussey
Best Player Around, RB Javon Ringer
.Round 6, Pick 182, DE Jarius Wynn
Next Position Available, Stryker Sulak
Best Player Around, TE Bear Pascoe
.Round 6, Pick 187, DB Brandon Underwood
Next Position Available, Brian McCain (1)
Best Player Around, LB Steven Hodge
.Round 7, Pick 218, LB Brad Jones
Next Position Available, Moise Fokou
Best Player Around, WR Demetrius Byrd
We definitely hit it on the head with the top two picks. Today, NFL radio on Sirius was going over this draft, saying whether or not the pick was a good one or not. . . Well, After Stafford, Raji was the next one and only one in the top 10 who were considered to be draft successes. Trading up didn’t hurt us, especially considering that we gave up so many picks to get into the 1st round again. Clay is arguably, much better and versatile of a player than BJ is, but since they play different positions and have different skill sets, it’s hard to determine who is more important to our defense. Getting Clay so late in the 1st most certainly makes him a better value.
Aside for Meredith, There weren’t any picks that didn’t initially make the team, and several of them are still with us and or made serious contributions to the Super Bowl Run. Overall, I’ve got a feeling that the 2012 draft is going to look a little like this; where perhaps we trade down a few picks to get an extra 3rd rounder, then trade our 2nd, two 3rd’s and 4th rounders to jump way up into the second or back into the 1st round to get another top pick.
In just about every case, aside for Quinn Johnson's pick, I can't pinpoint someone who I would have picked differently. We needed a FB, but I think Johnson would have been there much later in the draft, and Ringer may have been a better pick. I can't find anything else to complaina bout.
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