Another Draft has come and gone, another body of work by Ted Thompson for Packers fans to reflect on today and down the road.
As of now, we don't know exactly how these prospects are going to impact the team and if the Packers' front office made the right decisions, but to me, most of the fun of being a fan is predicting that for yourself.
I'm not going to do too much early judging and throw my opinion around too much in the article, but I think if you keep reading you'll get some good information and insight (along with some nice wordplay, see: Kevin Dorsey), and let's be honest, my opinion counts for something, right?
Overall, I'm not like totally thrilled with this class, but I am satisfied with it. I like the first two picks, and after that Thompson seems to get good value with his picks but I disagreed with where to look position-wise multiple times.
Hope these guys take Rodgers' advice and remember to buy a coat or two before they head up North.
Datone Jones Defensive End UCLA
6'4.0" 283 lbs
32 3/4" Arms 10" Hands
4.80 40-yd, 29 Reps, 4.32 20-yd shuttle
Looking first just at the numbers, you can see that he's a big guy, who is strong and also has pretty good speed. I like that he put up a good shuttle time, considering it's burst in small areas and change of direction, which is more indicative of having the necessary athleticism to thrive as a lineman that the 40 Yard dash is.
Datone (pronounced Day-tone) was a rotational player as a Freshman, then proceeded to start every game as a Sophomore, tallying 4 sacks and 11 tackles for loss. Not dominant numbers, but some foreshadowing of what Jones would soon become. After missing the entire '10 season to a broken foot, he returned and struggled to make in impact as a Junior, with only 3 sacks and 6.5 for loss on the year. His Senior season was very solid, making 19 whole stops behind the line, including 6.5 sacks.
Jones is a disruptive player who uses his power to get into the backfield. He's pretty good off the line and has the strength to get a good push on a lineman. I think with an added 10 or so pounds, he'll be even more successful holding ground or pushing back defenders.
With that said, I don't see a complete game changer until he makes some improvements He doesn't have much of an outside rush, as he gets thrown off his course pretty easily with a good punch. Sometimes while he's engaged with a lineman he loses leverage and sometimes leans a bit, but I like that he manages to hold his ground off of pure strength.
Ultimately, he's a physical body that can make plays, and with some coaching he can be a game changer on the defensive line. I think he has a chance to start as a Rookie, but either way he'll get a lot of snaps with Worthy likely out for the season.
Strengths: Versatile lineman who can fit in an odd or even front. Fires off the ball with impressive pad level and is often able to shock the offensive lineman with a quick jolt. Use active hands to disengage quickly. If he cannot disengage, he keeps his arms extended. Maintains the line by keeping his body leaning forward. Difficult for running backs to avoid him in tight quarters, keeps his feet moving while wrapping up. Shows surprising bend and agility to break down and make tackles in space and to contain. Gives chase to ballcarriers outside the box when fresh. Churns toward the quarterback and keeps his hands active to encroach until the ball is away. Vocal leader on the field.
Weaknesses: Must prove he can sit down in his stance and keep his butt down to get low or anchor against drive blockers. Forward lean can cause him to get off-balance at times, savvy veterans will rip him down to get him to the ground. Knocked off his pass rush route by a strong punch when lined up outside, also lacks great bend and agility to be an elite edge rusher or to redirect his path.
Watch the video below of Jones against the USC Trojans this past season:
Right off the bat, you see him line up over the Center twice, and both times he gets a good get-off and a strong push to collapse the pocket.
2:10 good power, through the guard and the running back can't halt his forward momentum.
At 3:17, that's what I meant by him getting thrown off his outside rush by a punch, NFL.com's profile notes it as well.
3:23 the next play I like, knifing into the pocket.
4:13 is a nice play that he couldn't quite finish due to a push in the back from a blocker; gets through the line, powers through a Tight End and almost gets Barkley. He looks quick and agile in some open field.
5:16 sluggish out of his stance, can't get any type of rush to the outside.
Those are just some notes as I watch the video. All in all, I see a solid lineman there, not a stud but he looks good and clearly has athleticism and versatility. And remember this is against USC's line which is always excellent, and their Center Khaled Holmes got drafted in the 4th Round.
Here's some short footage on Jones at the Senior Bowl. The video is way more than just him:
Jones at 3:20
39:00 they do a little recap of his day and say a few encouraging words about him.
Pat Kirwan on Jones at the Senior Bowl:
One of the most impressive interviews I had this week was with Datone Jones from UCLA. The big defensive lineman can play end or tackle with equal success. At 6'4 and 280 lbs., he could easily get close to 300 in a year or two. He has impressive weight room numbers with three reps at 360 in the power clean, and two reps at 420 on the bench. Keep your eye on Jones (No. 57) for the North team.
Yahoo! Senior Bowl Riser:
After impressing scouts with his striking physique during weigh-ins, UCLA's Datone Jones carried that momentum over to the practice field. He showed excellent short-area burst off the edge, winning with strength and quickness at the point of attack. Jones lined up all over the defensive line in college and it's tough to classify him at one position, but his scheme versatility will make him an attractive prospect for hybrid defenses like in New England. Considered a second rounder entering the week, he made a strong case on Monday as to why he should be considered a top-32 selection.
Eddie Lacy Running Back Alabama
5'11" 231 lbs.
31" Arms, 9 1/2" Hands
I don't really need to say much else, but I will anyways. I wasn't totally on board, but I also wasn't opposed to taking Lacy at #26. Thompson was patient and got excellent value with Lacy in the 2nd Round.
After joining the Crimson Tide as a 4-star recruit out of High School, Lacy had to wait a while to get his chance to shine. He redshirted as a freshman, and ran for 1,080 yards and 13 touchdowns the next two seasons as a backup to Mark Ingram. As a Junior, he ran in a timeshare with the freshman Yeldon and ran for 1,322 yards and 17 TDs on a stellar 6.5 yards per carry running behind that massive Alabama line.
When you first look at him, you see a 231-lb man with a blend of power and quickness. I don't see that 3rd (or 4th or whatever number you choose) gear that a guy like Adrian Peterson has to run away from everyone once he gets open field, but I don't think he lacks in any other area. As I noted, he has size and runs with power as you would expect. The dude is quick and agile for his size, and has good balance.
It's been said that Lacy is a bit of a durability concern, not being able to work out until very late in the draft process due to a hamstring, and suffering other injuries in the past such as a turf toe. The fact that he hasn't really missed games due to injury is encouraging, however. Also, he did run behind easily the best offensive line in the entire country, a line with two Top-15 picks this year's draft (Warmack and Fluker) and Barrett Jones in the 4th round.
NFL.com player profile on Lacy:
Strengths: Powerful, workhorse back type of build. Strong lower body, consistently runs through tackles. Patient, allows his blocks to develop. Light on his feet, able to make quick, fluid moves. Plays with good pad level and balance. Not afraid to finish a run with contact, often falls forward. Shows some agility and elusiveness in space. Decent hands out of the backfield.
Weaknesses: Doesn't always make the best decisions as a runner, will miss openings. Not tremendously dynamic. Inconsistent as a blocker, doesn't attack his target.NFL Comparison: Frank GoreBottom Line: Lacy has the build and the talent to be a starting running back in the NFL. He plays with light feet, and great balance, yet he still runs with a lot of power. While he's not a tremendously fast guy, he has more than enough tools to compensate. One thing that Lacy will have to improve going forward is his blocking.
It's not good to see that pass blocking is a bit of a concern, but Mike Mayock said of the Packers' pick "This guy's a three-down tailback. He'll protect the quarterback."
Below is a video of Lacy against a strong SEC defense, the Georgia Bulldogs:
At 0:23 is a nice run, and what Lacy is all about. Good burst through the line, powers into a defender and falls forward for extra yards.
0:40, he got to the edge quickly.
1:10 poor pass protection there, he hit the guy alright, but then gave up on the play.
2:10, takes on Alec Ogletree, I'd say it was about a tie but he gets the ball over the line with a second effort.
2:30 41-yard Touchdown run.
Time and time again, he breaks tackles and falls forward when he gets brought down.
3:57 that's a Marshawn Lynch type of run right there, bounces off tacklers, and finishes the play well downfield. I do think he misses the cutback to the middle of the field at the beginning.
He finished with 181 yards that game off 20 touches, for 9.1 per carry. He also added 2 catches for 7 yards, and scored twice on the ground.
So you can see, Lacy is a physical runner who sees the field well and always falls forward after contact. He's got good quickness and agility, and his speed in the open field isn't bad, but it's also nowhere near elite.
If he can stay healthy, he'll be the team's feature back and I think he'll get the ball around 15 times per game.
David Bahtkiari Tackle Colorado
6'4" 299 lbs
34" Arms 9 1/2" Hands
5.09 40-yd, 28 Reps, 4.74 20-yd shuttle
Bahktiari comes to the Packers with 34 collegiate starts under his belt, spread over his Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior seasons. He decided to forgo his Senior season and enter the Draft, where the Packers grabbed him in the 4th round.
The first thing I noticed about Bahktiari is that he was a Left Tackle in college, but is only 6'4" and presumably would have to move inside or to Right Tackle. Then you notice his 34" arms, only 1/2 inch shorter than Top Pick Eric Fisher's and only 1/4 inch shorter than Luke Joeckel's, both elite Left Tackle prospects. Bahktiari does have the length to play Left Tackle, and on the air Mel Kiper said he has "Left Tackle feet".
However, things I've read suggest he's best off moving to guard rather than staying at Tackle.
He shown durability, foot speed and overall good ability on the field, but he has things to improve on. He needs to add some more weight, 299 is light to play in the NFL whether it's tackle or guard. I've never scouted a lineman before and don't feel like trying for the first time, so I'm going to hand it over to NFL.com and CBSsports:
NFL.com gives him a late 3rd round grade and says this about him:
Strengths: Consistent low posture and first contact through his hands is there. Strong grip and latch to control when obtained. Frequently limits inside moves and very aware of slowed footwork when opponent is setting up a second move. He drives forward in these situations, specifically with the inside armbar to cut off the shorter path. Flashes a mean attitude to finish off plays, takes opponents down that have lost their balance. Can really get after it, an attacker rather than passive blocker. Brings the club with one hand when wanting to release in space on screen plays. Doesn't wait on blocks at the second level, on the offensive and seeks out contact. If uncovered he always helps inside in pass protection and delivers a nice punch.
Weaknesses: Not an ideal build for an offensive lineman, thin in the arms. Many difficulties arise form pass blocking on an island. Beaten around the edge without slowing the rusher down and can lose face up against stiff contact due to not having the ability to stop backwards momentum. Move to guard is likely in his future. Deep drop steps aren't natural and stiff contact jolts him mid-stride. Loses on counter moves, thrown to the side when top heavy or leaning too far over, specifically when run blocking. Whiffs on cut blocks.NFL
Comparison: Will Rackley
Bottom Line: With football bloodlines, Bakhtiari should have always had his sights set on the NFL, but he will be there sooner than many expected. Despite playing his entire career on the edge at tackle, expect the Colorado product to move inside in the NFL. He needs to gain weight as to not get jolted on first contact, but Bakhtiari possesses a mean attitude to finish off blocks and could be a late second-day selection.
STRENGTHS: Physically looks the part of an NFL offensive lineman. Has long arms and good overall weight distribution. Has a thick lower half and good core flexibility, well suited to anchoring against bull rushers. Good initial quickness. Consistently is the first Colorado offensive lineman off the snap and shows the ability to jump off the ball, turn and seal off defenders in the running game. Gains good depth on his drop and eats up ground with a deep kick-step. Long arms and strong hands allow him to latch on to defenders as they attempt to cross his face when he is in pass protection. Good understanding of angles to cut off defenders who appear to have him beat. Good upper body strength and good hand placement to latch on and control his opponent. Shows some nastiness to his game, looking to knock defenders to the ground when he can. May not possess elite straight-line speed but shows enough burst to get to the second level and is highly competitive once he gets there, seeking out someone to hit. Good bloodlines. Eric Bakhtiari, David's only brother, was a standout defensive lineman at San Diego State and has been on an off the San Francisco 49ers' roster.
WEAKNESSES: May lack the elite combination of height and foot speed to handle edge rushers in the NFL, though he appears well suited to simply sliding inside to left guard. Doesn't have top body control for blocking on the move and will struggle adjusting to moving targets. Too often attacks the outside shoulder of linebackers when blocking on the move, allowing them to "swim" over him and remain in the action. Would like to see him finish his blocks more completely. Often protected with a tight end as Colorado frequently used a dual tight end set...
Compares to: John Greco, OL, Cleveland Browns -- Like Bakhtiari, Greco was a standout left tackle in college (Toledo) but one whose lack of ideal size and foot speed pushed him inside in the NFL. While not a standout, he's emerged as a solid starter and one whose physicality and determination won't be questioned once given an opportunity.
I think the Packers will give him a chance to see what he can do at tackle, but depending on injuries and other players' situations, he also could be slid to guard.
Here's a video of him:
J.C. Tretter Tackle/Guard Cornell
6'4" 307 lbs
33 3/8" Arms, 10 1/8" Hands
5.09, 29 Reps, 4.69 Shuttle
On first sight of the pick, I thought "another tackle?" Tretter ultimately is expected to move inside in the NFL, which is also a possiblity for Bahktiari, so really we're just going to have to wait and see what Green Bay will do with him. I expect him to end up at Guard and I wouldn't be surprised if the coaching staff began developing him into a Center.
Tretter is relatively inexperienced at Tackle, having switched to the position after two years of playing Tight End in college. That, combined with the inferior competition he was up against, suggests he won't be ready to really contribute right away. Plus, if he's going to play Guard, he will be playing the position for the first time.
EDIT: Evan "Tex" Western just informed me that Tretter will most likely play Center for the Packers:
NFL.com's profile on Tretter:
Strengths: Athletic build. Possess light feet, and has the athletic ability to mirror pass rushers. Flexible, shows the ability to bend. Moves well laterally. Plays with good balance. Quick off the ball. Recognizes stunts and blitzes well, and has the coordination to execute multiple blocks in these situations.
WeaknessesLimited experience and played against weak competition. Will likely have to move to guard, due to a lack of length. Lacks core strength. While he's light on his feet, his foot quickness needs to improve.
NFL Comparison: Keith Boothe
Bottom Line: Tretter is an athletic offensive lineman, who will likely have to move to the inside at the next level. He plays the game with good balance and coordination. However there will be questions about his length, strength, and the competition he played. Tretter looks to be a nice long-term upside type.
Rob Rang of CBSsports, which ranks him as the 10th best Guard in the Draft and a 6th Round prospect:
STRENGTHS: Possesses an athletic frame with room for additional muscle mass. Quick off the snap, demonstrating light feet with lateral agility and balance. Shoots his hands into the chest of his opponent and flashes some nastiness to knock defenders to the ground when he senses them off-balance. Shows surprising football intelligence considering his lack of experience. Recognizes blitzes and adjusts to stunts well, showing the ability to slide off of double-teams and take on the defender looping around. Takes the game seriously, showing the attention to detail to improve. An ascending talent who is just scratching the surface of his potential.
WEAKNESSES: Obvious level of competition questions. Likely will be asked to make the transition inside, as he possesses shorter than ideal arms (32.25 inches) and, while quick against Ivy League defenders, does not possess the foot speed to handle NFL edge rushers. Lacks the strength and use of leverage to anchor against NFL defensive tackles. Possesses clear upside but may be strictly a developmental squad candidate as a rookie.
From those profiles, and the selection of Bahktiari, and the presence of more depth at OT than OG on the Packers' roster, I expect Tretter to end up at Guard. He seems to have some athleticism to him, partly evidenced by his solid combine numbers. Looks like an Okay pick overall.
Johnathan Franklin Running Back UCLA
5'10" 205 lbs
30" Arms, 9 3/8 Hands
4.49, 18 Reps, 4.31 shuttle
The Packers had already taken a Running Back in the draft, but yet liked Franklin enough to trade up for him. Franklin wowed people and really burst onto the scene when he carried the ball 282 times for 1,734 yards and 13 touchdowns as a Senior, earning a selection onto the All-Pac-12 Second Team.
Franklin looks like the change-of-pace guy to Lacy simply by the numbers, and when you watch him play that thought is confirmed to be logical. Franklin is pretty much a one-cut runner, he cuts hard and can make guys miss, and if he has the chance to find open field his speed in dangerous. He has nice hands and made 33 catches as a Senior.
Franklin has a nice combo of skills, and has a chance to be a very good back, but I think he's missing the inside power that most feature backs have. I think run inside and take hits, but I don't think he runs with as much power as, say, Montee Ball who's not much bigger. He had issues with fumbles in the past, but only had one as a Senior, so maybe he's moving beyond that.
From strictly a need stand point, this pick isn't bad but doesn't make a whole lot of sense. The team drafted their lead guy in Lacy, and plus Alex Green and DuJuan Harris the team has a good committee of backs. But from a pure talent standpoint? This pick is great value, as Franklin is projected in the 2nd and 3rd rounds by most sites I've read from.
NFL.com's profile on Franklin:
Strengths: One cut type of runner, who has impressive foot quickness, and the ability to explode out of his cuts. Presses the line before cutting to the play side and displays good vision and patience to find open running lane. Sees penetrating defenders, cuts after the handoff to avoid them. Vision on the outside and downfield is also good, can weave through traffic and his loose hips and quick feet allow him to cut inside the defensive back into open space. Not contact-shy, will take the A-gap and churn inside if he sees an opening. Runs hard, behind his pads, and displays good balance.
Weaknesses: Shows enough speed to get outside at times, though scouts won’t consider him in possession of an elite burst or a pure breakaway threat. Won’t overpower NFL defenders with the leaner build that lets them regularly trip him up on first contact. Ball security has been an issue for him (six fumbles in 2011), lacks great upper-body strength and the ball will come away from his side when trying to get the extra yard. Pass protection skills are not up to snuff; he’ll throw his body into an opponent at times, but his cut-block attempts often come up completely empty.
NFL Comparison: Bernard Scott
Bottom Line: Franklin had his best statistical year by far as a senior, and managed to clean up his fumbling issues. His speed, shifty hips, and one-cut ability will make him at least a nice NFL change-of-pace back.
Check out the video below to get a feel for Franklin's game:
0:30 catches out of the backfield, nothing special but he makes the catch with his hands, and shows open field speed.
0:57 would've liked to see him escape that one and get the 1st down, but good tackle.
1:12 Really nice run.
2:35 missed a lot of open field to the his left
4:35 vision and balance are both on point on this run.
4:45 catches with his hands and breaks off a HUGE run down the sideline, really exciting.
He's faster than a 4.49 for damn sure. He's going to be good in the NFL, don't know if he's a feature back because he doesn't have that much power and isn't that dynamic inside the tackles...but that doesn't mean he can't get it done in there. Ultimately, I like the pick and didn't mind them trading up with the abundance of the picks the Packers had at the time.
Micah Hyde Corner/Safety Iowa
6'0" 197 lbs
31 1/2 Arms 9 3/8 Hands
4.56, 12 Reps, 4.20 Shuttle
Hyde joins the Packers following a nice Senior season in which he was honored as the top Defensive Back in the Big Ten. Hyde tallied 78 tackles, 14 breakups and 1 INT on the season, while forcing 2 and recovering 3 fumbles. This was following a Junior season when he grabbed 3 INTs.
Hyde is likely a conversion prospect to Safety, where many feel he's better suited to play. Hyde has good size for a corner, but as a Safety most would say he's too thin. Few NFL safeties weigh in under 200 lbs. That said, Hyde has the physicality and tackling ability (78 in a season is A LOT for a Cornerback, remember), and he has some coverage ability. While he can cover, scouts think his hips are too tight to stay with receivers at the next level, and he's better at Zone coverage than Man Coverage, which overall bodes well for a switch to Safety.
Hyde's speed isn't great, but I wouldn't really call it a concern. Defensive Backs routinely run in the 4.5s and 4.6s at the combine, including Top prospect like Kenny Vacarro.
NFL.com's profile on the Packers' 5th Rounder:
Effective zone defender with the closing speed and length to knock away passes or make the interception. Height, vertical, and strong hands allow him to snatch jump balls away and knock away throws between levels of the defense. Uses his length to keep receivers off his body in the run game and prevent ballcarriers from stiff arming him in space, also uses his hands and upper-body strength to rip off blocks. Aggressive run defender. Comes downhill in a hurry to chop down running backs. Wraps up receivers after the catch. Special teams contributor.
Teams might be split on his best NFL position. Average recovery speed at cornerback, must prove himself in man coverage as he will fail to stay with receivers downfield. Loses track of receivers in space, gets caught looking into the backfield or stops running while looking for the ball down the sideline. Looks tight in the hips, will struggle to consistently turn and run. Ducks his head at times trying to make open-field tackles and is not a physically imposing free safety.
Hyde is a bit of a 'tweener, but most teams will likely see him as a zone corner. Hyde has great size and instincts. He's a very good run defender, and plays physical. There will be questions about his hips and long speed that he will need to answer.
Highlight video for the new Packers Defensive Back:
Josh Boyd Defensive Tackle Mississippi State
6'3" 310 lbs
32" Arms 9 1/4 Hands
5.14, 32 Reps, 4.64 Shuttle
Josh Boyd was added to the Packers by way of a 6th Round pick. Boyd took over the full-time starter job as a sophomore, tallying up 24 tackles, 7.5 for loss, and 2.5 sacks in 13 games, and then saw his production rise again in 2011 (51 tackles, eight for loss, 5.5 sacks). As a senior, Boyd's numbers dropped off a bit as a senior, as he only nabbed 33 tackles (2.5 for loss) and 1.5 sacks.
Something I noticed is that Boyd's numbers dropped after 1st Round talent Fletcher Cox left his side. That's not a good sign. This pick doesn't make much sense from a need or scheme standpoint. Boyd at 310 lbs is too small to be a two-gap Nose Tackle, but isn't athletic enough to play 5-technique. In some packages the Packers utilize the natural 3-technique position, but that position is perfect for Raji and Worthy.
I wonder if maybe Boyd could add some more weight without losing balance or agility and play two-gap Nose Tackle. He's really powerful and has a strong motor, which both are good attributes to have to be a NT.
Ultimately, the pick is a big confusing, but Boyd does have size and strength and hopefully Capers can find a way to utilize him.
NFL.com's profile on Boyd:
Strengths: Has ever-churning legs that continually keeps his feet moving while engaged to press the pocket and when chasing ballcarriers down the line. Flashes a burst off the line, keeps pad level low. Maintains leverage, holds up at the point. Displays a nice swim move to beat blockers. Flashes the quickness to attack gaps on zone runs and spin off blocks to get into plays when singled up.
Weaknesses: His average size can be an issue when facing stronger, longer interior offensive linemen (not to mention strong doubles) who can land their punches to send him backwards. Does move to his sides very well, lacks agility. Doesn't display the speed to pursue. Scouts aren't sure if Boyd can be a true three-technique, either, meaning he'll be limited to a one-gap nose tackle role.
The jury is out on this pick.
Nate Palmer Outside Linebacker Illinois State
6'2" 1/8 248 lbs
4.7-4.8 20 Reps, 35.5" vertical
Palmer looks like a conversion project to OLB from End, where he played in college. In his last 2 seasons in college, he started 24 games and put up some monstrous numbers: 117 tackles, 25 1/2 tackles for loss and 17 sacks. He had 27 Hurries as a Senior.
Sadly, I can't find an ounce of tape on him on YouTube or anywhere on the internet. Apparently, he broke his ankle as a JR in High School and broke his foot in his 3rd season at the U of Illinois, where he played before transferring. Not a bad injury history but foot injuries are more likely to reoccur than other injuries, just thought I'd note.
JerseyAl.com has some notes on his Pro Day:
He took part in Northwestern’s pro day and ran the 40 in 4.7 to 4.76 seconds, had 20 reps on the bench, a 35.5 inch vertical and 10’5″ broad jump. He also played DE in college, but almost certainly will play OLB for the Packers.
I'm hoping he can become something. Those are some nice numbers, and it's nice to see them, considering it's hard to care about some good stats when he played in the Missouri Valley Conference. Thompson is good at finding guys like this, who nobody's heard of.
The Chicago Tribune has a nice read on Palmer and his past. By the way he's a Bears fan. Not sure what to make of that.
I said I couldn't find any tape on him, but I did find this interview he did.
Charles Johnson Wide Receiver Grand Valley State
6'2" 215 lbs
4.35-4.4, 14 Reps, 39 1/2" vertical
Johnson is really an interesting pickup. He reminds me a bit of what we saw in Dale Moss last season, except Johnson is much thicker. We're talking about a guy who is reportedly 225 pounds and runs a sub-4.40. That's a elite combo. Jumps 40 inches. He could probably win the NBA dunk contest with that height and jumping ability.
JSonline has some good info on him:
"At Grand Valley, he caught 72 passes for 1,199 yards and 16 touchdowns last season, while, as a junior, he had 56 receptions for 1,030 yards and 15 touchdowns," according to this story in MLive. "Good numbers, but nothing off the charts for an NCAA Division II player. But Johnson impressed at his pro day. He ran a 4.35 and 4.38 in the 40, and also jumped 39 1/2 inches in the vertical leap, 11-foot-1 in the broad jump and had 14 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. He also checked in, officially, at 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds."
Wow. Damn nice numbers. With that said, I think we can all assume he dropped so far in the draft because of his raw receiving skills, not because of his physical attributes. I love the heck out of this pick, very high upside to say the least and it only cost a 7th Round pick. I doubt he does anything as a Rookie, and he may never turn into anything but still I like the pick.
It should be noted that the reason he ended up at Grand Valley State was that he's kind of a knucklehead; he couldn't qualify to go to Louisville and then got kicked out of Eastern Kentucky for stealing a laptop. After adding community college for a season, he eventually ended up at Grand Valley State. Imagine the stupid crap he and Johnny Jolly could do if they put their heads together! Just kidding, don't be sensitive.
Here's a video of some highlights of him, and once again, it's hard to not be intrigued:
Kevin Dorsey Wide Receiver Maryland
6'3" 210 lbs.
Dorsey only managed 18 catches last year, but Maryland was pretty awful so we'll give him a pass (did you catch the double entendre?) (With the last sentence in parenthesis I threw you another one) (That's three now).
I don't know what to make of Dorsey. He had a nice Junior season, gaining 573 yards and scoring 3 times. He followed that up with an 18-grab Senior campaign, for only 311 yards and 4 scores. That can certainly partly be attributed to the awful Quarterback play for Maryland, but he was outproduced immensely by a Freshman, Stefon Diggs, who had 848 yards and 6 scores.
He apparently ran a 4.47 at his Pro Day, also pushing the bar 17 times, jumping 38 inches high and 10'10" long. Nice numbers, but his severe lack of production worries me.
Can't really hate on the pick, though, considering it's just a 7th Round flyer. I found this 52-yard grab against Miami on Youtube, during his Junior year. Danny O'Brien threw the pass, just thought I'd make the note.
Sam Barrington Inside Linebacker South Florida
6'1" 246 lbs
32 1/4 Arms 10 1/4 Hands
4.91, 22 Reps, 32.5" Vertical
Barrington is a decent pick, no real upside and we already have a lot of bodies at ILB, but he can play football. He had 72 tackles (6.5 for loss), 2.5 sacks, and one interception as a Junior. In 2012, Barrington's play earned him a second-team All-Big East nod. He had 80 tackles (6.5 for loss), 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and three pass breakups.
Barrington has instincts and can tackle, but his physical attributes make him a late-round prospect. He isn't very fast or athletic overall for a linebacker, and size wise he's about average. Didn't play against the best competition in the Big East. I doubt he makes the roster unless Bishop is dealt between now and the start of the season. He looks like a PS candidate, where he can eventually be a backup and special teams guy if his development goes right.
Ted Thompson had this to say about him, per JSonline:
"Very good. He's athletic, has good size. We were a little surprised that he was still available there in the seventh round. Again, he's someone we were able to speak to at the Combine. Very nice fellow. He carries himself well. He feel he's a very good player thought it was a really good value."
Sounds good and all. No issues with the pick whatsoever.
So there you have it, the Packers' Draft Class for 2013. Overall it looks good, but it'll be a few years before we can really say if it was a success or a failure or something in between for Ted Thompson and the Green Bay Packers.
What The Draft Could Mean For Current Packers Players
It could mean he's just not going to come back okay from his injury. The Packers used their 3rd and 4th selections on Tackle prospects. There's a chance Sherrod's doing fine and the Packers plan on moving them both to Guard, but at this point I'm a bit concerned. This could also potentially mean something for Bulaga.
It's going to be an uphill battle for him to make the roster. Raji, Pickett, and Jones are cold lead pipe locks to make the team, while I'd bet on Daniels as well. He's up against Neal, who showed a lot of potential as a pass rusher last year and was once a 2nd round pick, and Boyd, who essentially should be a lock considering a 5th Round pick was just spent on him. I doubt the Packers keep him as a 7th DL.
Alex Green And DuJuan Harris
The Packers have roster spots dedicated to Lacy and Franklin already, and I doubt they keep more than 3 Backs unless the 4th guy and cover on special teams. There's a chance they could all 4 make the final roster, but someone's playing time is going to see a huge hit, and maybe even both of them.
The Packers have a lot of faith in this guy. They waited until the 7th Round to finally grab a wideout. It looks like the team is ready to go into the season with him as the #4 Receiver, meaning he'll be getting a good number of snaps.
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