HOME

TEAM PAGES
  

NFL DRAFT

  
FANTASY FOOTBALL

  
AGAINST the SPREAD
     
STATS

      
DTR Inc
.
Business Consulting
   
MY BOOK

"How to Get, Keep and
 Be Well Paid in a Job"





GREEN BAY PACKERS

Pro Sports Daily     Official Site     USA Today     Pro Football Weekly     Packers Stats     ESPN

2009 draft     2008 draft     2007 draft     2006 draft

2005 draft     2004 draft     2003 draft     2002 draft

 

2009 DRAFT PICKS
links go to NFL.com website

Rd Sel# Player Pos. School Jay's ranking Jay's draft value
1 9 B.J. Raji DT Boston College #1 DT Round 1

Senior Bowl practice comment

Raji came on strong as the week progressed and was a hard to block in the one-on-one's and made plays in the 11-on-11's.

ONE ON ONE BLOCKING DRILLS SCORED BY JAY GOLDBERG

10 - 5 Mack 5-2   Canfield 2-0   Unger 1-3   Levitre 2-0

Senior Bowl Game

Had a solid but not spectacular game.  He fought of blocks to make stops in the run game, made it tough to run on the goal line and generally did the little things good defensive tackles do every game.
1 26 Clay Matthews OLB Southern Cal #4 OLB Round 1

Senior Bowl practice comment

Didn't flash in the 11 on 11's.  One great head-to-head was with OT Oher where he beat him and would have sacked the quarterback.

ONE ON ONE BLOCKING DRILLS SCORED BY JAY GOLDBERG

3 - 5 Johnson 1-0 Nelson 0-3 Jennings 0-1  McCall 1-0  Oher 1-1
4 109 T.J. Lang OG/OT Eastern Michigan #8 OG Round 4
5 145 Quinn Johnson FB LSU #2 FB Round 5

Senior Bowl practice comment

Minimal face time, would have liked to see better results in the one-on-one blocking drills.  He did show good hands catching the ball.

ONE ON ONE BLOCKING DRILLS SCORED BY JAY GOLDBERG

0 - 4 Maualuga 0-2   Matthews 0-1   Beckwith 0-1

Senior Bowl Game

Johnson showed he could catch the ball, gain tough yards after the catch and block in the run game.  He did get beat at least once that I noted in pass blocking.
5 162 Jamon Meredith OT South Carolina #6 OT Round 2

East West Shrine Game

Meredith was billed by McShay as one of the top players in the game and he didn't disappoint.  He was solid protecting against the pass and blocking in the run game.
6 182 Jarius Wynn DE Georgia NR 7th/FA
6 187 Brandon Underwood FS/CB Cincinnati #8 FS Round 5

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

Underwood is a good athlete who, worst case is a nickel safety because he has plus cover skills for a safety.  Underwood is a heady player who flows quickly to the ball and will grow into a starter in time.
7 218 Brad Jones OLB Colorado NR Late Round Value
FA ---- Jamarko Simmons WR Western Michigan NR Late Round Value
FA ---- Tyrell Sutton RB Northwestern NR 7th/FA

East West Shrine Game

Sutton had some nice runs and some not so nice runs.  Overall, he looked like a potential change-of-pace/third down back who can catch, run to daylight and even showed some toughness running up the middle.  Sutton also looked good returning kicks.
FA ---- Cyril Obiozor DE/OLB Texas A&M NR Late Round Value
FA ---- Patrick Williams WR Colorado NR 7th/FA

 

A

2009 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

There are a number of teams transitioning to the 3-4 defense this year, including the Packers.  The Packers did a great job with their draft to help with that transition.  With all the noise being made by their division rivals, especially at quarterback (Stafford, Cutler, Favre), the Pack has the best QB in the division for now and for the future.  It's early in the process, but the moves they made in the draft has me thinking division title for Green Bay.

DRAFT PICKS

The draft unfolded perfectly for Green Bay and they got they player they needed in Raji.  When you think 3-4 teams you think New England.  They built their defense using first round picks on college defensive tackles, Seymour, Warren and Wilfork, moving two of then to defensive end.  Green Bay followed suit with the selection of Raji.  Raji has the size and strength to play the nose very effectively in the NFL.  However, I hear that they may start him off at end.  While I believe he will be best served long term at the nose, having him initially play end could make the Packers' defense tough to diagnose.  They can line up in the 3-4, or slide Raji inside, have Kampman put his hand on the ground and instantly become a 4-3 defense.  Raji will be a long time top level starter for the Packers.

With everyone falling in love with the athletic defensive ends being projected to outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense, Matthews, a linebacker perfect for 3-4 defense was a bit overlooked.  For example, I expect Matthews to be a better all around player in the Packers' 3-4 than English will be for the Chargers.  Matthews is fast, quick and athletic and will be a key piece of Green Bay's defense for years.

Lang is a strong kid with quick feet who will be a versatile backup at guard and right tackle.  A minor point here is that I like the upside of Seth Olsen at guard more than Lang, and Olsen was available.  However, Lang does offer more versatility as a backup.

Quinn Johnson is a good run blocker who showed fine hands at Senior Bowl practices.  I cannot fault the pick, however, with Javon Ringer available, I would have gone in that direction.  Grant is a key to this offense and the Pack will not win the division if he gets hurt or does not play to the level of two years ago.  Jackson and Wynn are okay backups but not near Grant.  Ringer is a player I like much more than most and would have been someone who could have come in and kept the offense rolling in case of a Grant injury or drop-off.

Meredith was a steal in round five.  He comes with some off-the-field concerns which is why he was available in round five, but has the tools to be a top lineman at tackle or guard.

Wynn will need to add strength and bulk to play end in a 3-4 defense.  He has good instincts and a good motor so he could develop.  Personally, I would have gone with Sulak at this spot as pass rushing outside linebacker to provide depth and a piece for the nickel.

Underwood was excellent value in round six.  He has good size, strength, speed and athleticism.  He also has plus cover skills and a nose for the ball.  He will help on special teams and, down the line, allow the Pack to consider allowing Collins to walk if he becomes too expensive.

While Jones could find a role as a backup linebacker, he is made for special team cover units.  He has good speed and quickness.  If the Packers did as I would have and selected Sulak instead of Wynn, I would have drafted Clinton McDonald here.  He is a very strong and, while primarily a defensive tackle at Memphis, tested off the board (speed, quickness, athleticism) and is an intriguing developmental prospect as a 3-4 end.

 COLLEGE STREET FREE AGENTS

Simmons is a tough kid with good size and sneaky speed.  He has a tough chore ahead of him to make this team, but I wouldn't count him out.

Sutton is a short back who fell out of the draft because he did not show the speed and quickness expected during workouts.  Also, for a tough kid he only did 12 bench presses.  However, he runs hard, is a good kick returner and plays better than he works out.  Still, the odds are against him.

Obiozor is a fast, quick defensive end who could transition to outside linebacker in the Packers' 3-4 defense.  Look for the Pack to stash him on their development squad.

Williams is a top athlete.  He has good size and acceptable speed but, like Simmons, has his work cut out for him to make the team.  However, look for Simmons and/or Williams to stick on Green Bay's development squad.

For chart below: red indicates workout number in top range at position in draft
ARM-HAND relative to position, for ranges see ranking pages for 2009 draft

LAST NAME
at Combine
FIRST NAME SCHOOL HGT WGT ARM-
HAND
BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
Raji BJ Boston College 6'1.4" 337 S-L 33 5.12 1.69 2.98 4.68 - 7.90 32" 8'7"
Matthews Clay USC 6'3.1" 240 M-L 23 4.57 1.49 2.64 4.18 - 6.90 35.5" 10'1"
Lang TJ Eastern Michigan 6'4" 316 - 30 5.15 1.75 2.97 4.42 - - 26.5" -
Johnson Quinn LSU 6'0.6" 246 L-XL 16 4.72 1.61 2.69 - - 7.65 32" 9'7"
Meredith Jamon South Carolina 6'4.5" 304 L-L 31 4.97 1.69 2.84 4.82 - 8.01 28" 8'9"
Wynn Jarius Georgia 6'2.5" 275 L-XL 21 4.94 1.72 2.90 4.58 - 7.27 31.5" 9'5"
Underwood Brandon Cincinnati 6'1" 198 L-L 16 4.41 1.56 2.58 4.20 - 7.00 36.5" 10'1"
Jones Brad Colorado 6'2.7" 235 - 19 4.54 1.59 2.56 4.21 - 6.75 33" 9'11"
Simmons Jamarko Western Michigan 6'1.6" 231 - 19 4.50 1.54 2.62 4.39 - 7.09 33" 9'11"
Sutton Tyrell Northwestern 5'8" 211 M-L 12 4.64 1.47 2.62 4.19 - 6.90 33" 9'6"
Obiozor Cyril Texas A&M 6'3.7" 270 - 25 4.72 1.59 2.72 4.43 - 7.23 39.5" 9'9"
Williams Patrick Colorado 6'1.5" 204 - - 4.52 1.54 2.61 - - 6.93 38" 11'0"

2009 NEEDS PRIOR TO DRAFT AND FREE AGENCY
Major need
     Need     Upgrade possible     Depth/possible need     Not a need

QB Despite their record, the Packers made the correct decision in letting Favre go and turning the team over to Rodgers.  The team's decline was not his fault.  Rodgers will be one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL for a long time.  Youngsters Flynn and Brohm back him up.
RB Grant held out, started slowly, but came on strong as the season progressed.  Jackson and Wynn are talented backups, but Wynn gets hurt too often.
WR This is a very strong and very deep unit.  Jennings is a star in the making.  I like him coming out of college and he's proven me right.  Driver still has gas in his tank.  Nelson had a good rookie year and looks like he will be a good NFL wideout.  Jones and Martin are also good receivers who can make plays when called upon.
TE Lee is an adequate but replaceable starter.  The Packers like Finley more than I do so time will tell.  Humphreys had some good moments.
OL Tauscher was injured last year and is an UFA.  He is a solid right tackle but may not be ready for camp no matter what team he plays for.  Inside Colledge, Spitz and Wells are solid, and if Barbre, a very athletic lineman comes on, Colledge could kick out to right tackle.  Left tackle Clifton is aging and a replacement for the coming year is a possibility.
DL The Packers are moving to a 3-4 defense.  Pickett, Jolly and Jenkins may find roles in the new alignment but Green Bay needs to add more talent to this spot in the offseason. 
LB In the Packers' new 3-4 Kampman is an outside linebacker.  Kampman has talent and plays hard so that could work.  Barnett will line up inside in that alignment probably alongside Hawk, although Hawk could kick outside.  In any event, the Packers need at least one starting linebacker, preferably an outside rush linebacker and an experienced backup inside as Hawk-insurance.
DB While the Packers' defense fell apart last year, their secondary remained a strength.  Woodson, Harris and Williams are a good trio of corners and Collins, Rouse and Bigby are a good trio of safeties.
ST The players are in place they just need to perform better.  Crosby did not have as good a year as he did last year.  Kapinos was an improvement down the stretch as a punter.  Blackman and Nelson have talent as return men but need to produce more consistently. 

 

2008 DRAFT PICKS
links go to NFL.com website

Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Jay's ranking Jay's draft value
2 36 Jordy Nelson WR 6'2.5" 217 Kansas #10 WR Round 3
2 56 Brian Brohm QB 6'2.7" 230 Louisville #3 QB Round 2
2 60 Patrick Lee CB 6'0" 200 Auburn #11 CB Round 2/Round 3
3 91 Jermichael Finley TE 6'4.4" 243 Texas # 7 TE Round 4
4 102 Jeremy Thompson DE/OLB 6'4" 264 Wake Forest #20 DE Round 4/Round 5
4 135 Josh Sitton OT/OG 6'3.5" 319 C Florida   Late Round Value
5 150 Breno Giacomini OT 6'7.1" 303 Louisville   Late Round Value
7 209 Matt Flynn QB 6'2" 230 LSU   Late Round Value
7 217 Brett Swain WR 6'0.1" 201 San Diego State   Free Agent
FA   Joey Haynos TE 6'7.5" 259 Maryland   Late Round Value
FA   Greg Lumpkin RB 5'11.4" 226 Georgia   Late Round Value/Free Agent
FA   Taj Smith WR 6'0.3" 187 Syracuse #23 WR Round 4/Round 5
FA   Darrell Mapp (?) OLB/ILB 6'0.7" 227 N Carolina #12 OLB Round 4/Round 5
FA   Marcus Riley OLB/SS 5'11.5" 224 Fresno State   Late Round Value/Free Agent

 

C+

2008 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

For the most part, the Packers seemed to value the players they drafted slightly more than me.  The one position I felt the Packers could have used a potential stud in was defensive tackle since Williams left, Jolly is coming off injury, and Harrell needs work.  In fact I'll go on the record and say that the Pack blew it by not taking Trevor Laws with their first pick in the second round.

DRAFT PICKS

In addition to my statement that this pick should have been Laws, the Pack selected Nelson a round too high in my opinion.  However, I am only one for two when analyzing recent Packer receivers.  I loved the Jennings selection, but was not that high on Jones (and I still think Jones will be a #3 or #4 long term).  Nelson had excellent production his senior year catching 122 passes, mainly out of the slot.  The Pack hopes they drafted the next Wes Welker.  He is bigger and faster than Welker, but not as quick.  Personally, as a receiver I liked Jackson, Sweed, Caldwell and Hawkins more at this spot.

Brohm was an interesting pick.  When selected I thought it was a smart pick, not because I don't believe in Rodgers, I do (he was my #1 rated QB ahead of Smith in 2005), but because he is close to NFL-ready as a backup for Rodgers.  If Rodgers goes down, Brohm should be able to step in and do a credible job.

Lee provides the Pack with a solid young corner to bring along behind Woodson and Harris.  Lee has good size and will be better outside than in the slot meaning Blackwell could be the nickel while Lee could be called on ahead of Blackwell should Woodson or Harris go down.  Lee has solid cover skills and plays physically.  He is a nice fit for the Packers' defensive scheme.

Tight end was a position of need for Green Bay and, in my opinion, they should have done better than Finley in round three.  Personally, I would have targeted Cottam in this draft if I were Green Bay management.  If that meant passing on Lee and grabbing Cottam there and corner in Finley's spot, that's what I would have done.  Assuming Lee was off the board at that spot, one of the corners selected between 61 and 90 probably would have fallen, or the Pack could have selected a corner like Justin King.  Finley will be okay, but is strictly an average-backup-type.

Thompson could be a pleasant surprise for Green Bay.  The kid has the physical tools to be a very good pass rusher.  He injured his knee in his sophomore year and wasn't full strength until his senior year.  His best football could be in front of him.

Sitton played tackle in college but may be better at guard in the NFL.  He has good strength, quickness and athleticism and could develop into a reliable, versatile backup at worst.

Giacomini is a recent convert from tight end.  He will need some time but is an interesting developmental prospect.

The selection of Flynn is either head-scratching or genius.  One would think with two young quarterbacks, an experienced player would be sought out as the team's third quarterback.  However, Brohm is close to NFL-ready.  So if Flynn shows he could develop into a solid backup, the team could trade Brohm down the line (in three years?) for a number one pick.  So immediate value for Brohm, and maybe a future number one.  Of course this assumes Flynn comes through.  He is a smart player who has only one year as a starter at LSU and is an ideal developmental quarterback.

With the depth at receiver, Swain's best chance is as a practice squad player.  He was productive when called upon at San Diego State and showed better speed than advertised at his Pro Day.

COLLEGE STREET FREE AGENTS

Haynos was an excellent free agent signing by Green Bay.  He catches the ball well, even though he looks awkward at times.  He is more athletic and quicker than Finley and is the better blocker.  Haynos looks better and better the more you see him.  He could sneak up on Finley in camp, especially if Finley is reluctant to improve his blocking.

Lumpkin has average speed, average quickness, and average athleticism, but had his moments at Georgia in 2006.  

I like Taj Smith more than Swain.  He has very good speed, is quick, can change directions very well and is a top athlete.  He averaged almost 19 yards a catch his senior year.  He could steal a roster spot if he shows reliable hands.  Worst case he is a top candidate for the Packers' practice squad.

I saw transaction lists indicating that Mapp signed with Green Bay.  I did not see him on the teams' roster on their web site and did not see him cut in the transaction logs.  Mapp is a strong kid who can help on special teams and can develop in a backup SAM who can play the run off the blocks of tight ends and do a credible job in coverage against most tight ends.

Riley is a smallish linebacker some thought could transition to strong safety in the NFL.  His numbers didn't quite cut it as a safety, so he will have to earn a job as a backup linebacker and special teams player.

red indicates workout number in top range at position in draft
(blue college name indicates workout #'s include Pro Day numbers)

COMBINE
YES
FIRST NAME SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
Nelson Jordy KANSAS 6'2.5" 217 NA 4.49 1.57 2.64 4.35 11.53 7.03 31" 10'3"
Brohm Brian LOUISVILLE 6'2.7" 230 NA 4.69 1.56 2.66 4.41 NA 7.13 30" 9'7"
Lee Patrick AUBURN 6'0" 200 15 4.40 1.46 2.53 4.30 NA 6.88 35" 10'0"
Finley Jermichael TEXAS 6'4.4" 243 20 4.66 1.66 2.79 4.38 NA 7.15 27.5" 9'9"
Thompson Jeremy WAKE FOREST 6'4" 264 25 4.73 1.58 2.72 4.23 NA 6.97 32" 9'9"
Sitton Josh C FLORIDA 6'3.5" 319 28 5.20 1.76 2.96 4.50 NA 7.55 NA 9'0"
Giacomini Breno LOUISVILLE 6'7.1" 303 23 5.20 1.79 2.98 4.63 NA 7.56 22.5" 9'0"
Flynn Matt LSU 6'2" 230 NA 4.71 1.62 2.72 4.34 NA 7.21 28" 9'1"
Swain Brett SAN DIEGO ST 6'0.1" 201 10 4.41 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Haynos Joey MARYLAND 6'7.5" 259 19 4.79 1.69 2.80 4.31 NA 6.92 31.5" 10'8"
Lumpkin Gregg GEORGIA 5'11.4" 226 22 4.57 1.62 2.67 4.38 NA 7.11 33.5" 9'3"
Smith Taj SRYACUSE 6'0.3" 187 NA 4.43 1.49 2.53 4.08 NA 6.72 38.5" 10'7"
Mapp Darrell N CAROLINA 6'0.7" 227 27 4.65 1.58 2.67 4.29 NA 7.00 34.5" NA
Riley Marcus FRESNO ST 5'11.5" 224 20 4.66 1.59 2.68 4.33 NA 7.19 33" 9'7"

2008 NEEDS PRIOR TO DRAFT AND FREE AGENCY

GB       Major Need          Need          Upgrade         Depth Need         Not a Need

QB  Favre should be back for one more.  Rodgers will be fine as his eventually replacement.  Nall is fine as #3.  If Favre leaves, another quarterback will have to be added.
RB  The Packers found two good young runners, but they weren't the ones the team thought they'd be at the beginning of the year.   Grant is a very good back, and is not a one year wonder.  Wynn, if he can stay healthy, also has the skills to be a good back in the league.  In addition, Jackson and Morency, the two running backs the Pack was counting on in camp, are still around.
WR  A deep and talented unit.  Jennings is a star in the making, Driver still has gas in his tank, Jones played better than In thought he would, Martin is a big target with good hands, and Robinson is a wildcard both in talent and off field behavior.  The team will bring in camp bodies but they will have a tough time with Bodiford and Holiday also hanging around.
TE Lee had a nice year, but needs to back it up to secure his place long term.  A player may be added to battle Franks, Humphrey and Krause for a backup spot on the roster.
OL  The Packers line has a nice mix of young players and experienced pros.  Look for the Pack to bring in a young tackle or two to start developing for the future.
DL Williams is free agent and Jolly is coming off injury, so the Pack could add a tackle in the offseason for depth.  A two-way end to play opposite Kampman should be added.  Jenkins is just okay, and KGB is a pass rush specialist.
 LB Barnett and Hawk are top drawer.  Poppinga is an over-achiever who could be replaced if an upgrade can be found.  That could be Bishop, but SAM will be new for him.  Depth could also be addressed in the offseason.
DB The Packers' corners have better reps than production.  A young stud corner could be added to start off as a nickel and move into the starting lineup later in the year, or next year.  Collins hasn't developed as much as expected at free safety, but Rouse is going to be a good one and should replace him next year.  People forget that Bigby had some very bad moments before becoming a headhunter late on the year.  A player to challenge him and be on hand in case he reverts should be secured.
ST Long snapper Davis is a free agent and 39, but is still a good player.  A punter will be brought on to challenge Ryan.  The Packers have some good options in the return game but could bring in another body, especially someone who can return kicks.

 

2007 DRAFT PICKS
links go to NFL.com website

Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Jay's ranking Jay's Draft Value
1 16 Harrell, Justin DT 6-4 305 Tennessee # 3 DT Round 2
2 63 Jackson, Brandon RB 5-10 210 Nebraska # 15 RB Round 4
3 78 Jones, James WR 6-1 207 San Jose State Late Round Value
3 89 Rouse, Aaron SS 6-4 225 Virginia Tech # 2 SS Round 2
4 119 Barbre, Allen OT 6-4 300 Missouri Southern State # 7 OT Round 3
5 157 Clowney, David WR 6-0 184 Virginia Tech # 10 WR Round 2
6 191 Hall, Korey ILB 6-0 236 Boise State Late Round Value
6 192 Bishop, Desmond ILB 6-2 239 California # 10 ILB Round 4
6 193 Crosby, Mason K 6-1 214 Colorado # 2 K Late Round Value
7 228 Wynn, DeShawn RB 5-10 238 Florida # 11 RB Round 4
7 243 Harris, Clark TE 6-5 261 Rutgers # 10 TE Round 4
FA Thompson, Paul QB 6-4 215 Oklahoma Late Round Value
FA Simpson , Juwan OLB 6-2 225 Alabama # 13 OLB Round 4
FA Birdine, Larry DE 6-4 261 Oklahoma Late Round Value
FA Johnson, Rory OLB 6-0 232 Mississippi # 11 OLB Round 4

 

B

2007 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

I liked the Packers picks from #89 on better than their top three picks.  Rouse in round three, Clowney in round five, and Wynn and Harris in round seven were excellent picks.  The Packers also got some good value in the college free agent signing period.

I had a second round grade on Harrell because he hasn't quite arrived yet.  He is an athletic tackle who plays the run well, and can push the pocket but needs to play with better vision.  With the lack of depth at this position in the draft I can understand Harrell going in round one, but not with Branch available.  I know Branch fell to the top of round two, but he will be a stud runner stuffer and, I believe, a better player than Harrell.  Personally, if I was Packer management and I was not not sold on Branch, I would have drafted tight end Greg Olsen at this spot.  He would have given Favre a reliable target and opened up the field for Driver and Jennings.  The Packers had Jackson rated  much higher than I.  I had a fourth round grade on him because I believe his upside is as a change-of-pace, part time back.  The player I loved at this spot for Green Bay was Antonio Pittman.  I believe, very strongly, that he can be a full time back in the mold of a faster Thomas Jones.  Unfortunately, he landed in New Orleans so it may be awhile before he can prove me right.  Jones is another player where Packer management and me were on different pages.  Luckily for them, they grabbed one of the two receivers I liked at this spot (Clowney) later in the draft.  Jones is a physical receiver who is not that big.  He also is not particularly fast or quick.  He projects as a #4 or #5 to me.  Allison was the other receiver I liked at this spot.  In my version of the draft, after taking Olsen in round one, I would have gone with Tank Tyler here, or even Paul Soliai, if I wanted to come out of the draft with a defensive tackle.  Now comes the part of the draft that I loved for Pack.  Rouse was a great selection in round three.  I had a second round grade on him and wouldn't have batted an eye if he went at the end of round one.  He is a big safety with speed and quickness.  He can play in the box and be a force against the run, and even showed the ability to turn into a good cover safety at Senior Bowl practices.  He should eventually beat out Manuel and turn into a very good starting strong safety.  Barbre was the best developmental left tackle in the draft.  He is a tremendous across-the-board athlete and has good base blocking skills and quick feet.  Down the line (he will need time to develop) he will be a very good NFL starter at either right or left tackle.  Clowney is the steal of the Packers' draft.  Last year Jennings was on my list of players who will have better NFL careers than many drafted higher than them in the draft.  This year Clowney was my Jennings on that list.  While he didn't have Jennings' college production, he showed great hands (supposedly a potential weakness) and the ability to consistently beat the draft's top corners at Senior Bowl practices and Combine workouts.  He also has killer speed and very good quickness.  Down the line he will develop into one of the most dangerous #3 wideouts in the league, and could be a solid #2 if needed.  A great pick.  Hall would probably have been best served as a backup inside linebacker in a 3-4 because he has good quickness.  His size in a 4-3 may make him a better backup outside. He should do well on special teams and was very productive in college.  Bishop is an interesting kid.  He is very strong, has good instincts, but lacks speed and quickness.  He is a throw-back to the run stuffing middle linebackers who have to leave the field on passing downs.  He is different than the athletic linebackers that the Packer's employ, but could be useful in certain packages.  Crosby was my #2 rated kicker.  He started as my #1 but had a terrible post-season and kicker is a position where post season means a lot.  He didn't perform well in the pressure situations he was put in.  However, he has a big leg and is certainly worth a sixth round pick.  He could be a great kicker.  Wynn has more potential than Jackson, but has poor work habits.  If he can be coached-up, he has a nice blend of size, strength, and speed.  In fact, he is a better compliment to Morency (or Jackson) than those two are to each other.  Wynn could surprise, or he could be gone, quickly.  Harris was a nice get late in the draft.  The knock on Harris is that he plays soft.  However, he is strong, so he can be developed.  He is a good receiver and has sneaky speed to get deep down the seams.  

As far as college street free agents are concerned the Packers have four I will mention.  Thompson is an athletic quarterback who may be best served as a receiver in the NFL.  He is athletic and quick.  He could also be a serviceable backup quarterback.  Look for him tom land on the Packers' development squad.  I had a fourth round grade on Simpson based on a NFL strength coach making him a personal project.  Simpson is athletic and fast but will need to get stronger to play linebacker in the NFL.  He has potential and, at worst, is another development squad prospect.  Birdine was on his way to being a good pass rushing defensive end, then got hurt, and never lived up to the skill level he showed early in his college career.  He is definitely worth a look in camp.  Johnson is a raw kid, who played only one year above the JUCO level.  He has the athletic ability and skill set that teams look for in outside linebackers.  He should have stayed in school.  He is currently the definition of developmental prospect.  He could be a solid NFL starter down the line if he progresses as projected.  A definite NFL Europe candidate after the season. 

red indicates workout number in top range at position in draft

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
HARRELL JUSTIN TENNESSEE DT 6'4.3" 300 31 5.04 1.67 2.91 4.79   7.63 30.5" 9'0"
Harrell is a strong, athletic tackle who plays the run very well and can push the pocket against the pass.  He was injured in his senior year.  Harrell is not the complete package yet, but has excellent potential.

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
JACKSON BRANDON NEBRASKA

RB

5'9.7" 210 21 4.41 1.49 2.52 4.14   7.00 37" 10'2"
Jackson is a strong kid with good speed, quickness and athleticism who was never able to seize the full time running back job at Nebraska.  He should be an effective change-of-pace back who could break some big runs, but may not be able to carry a full load in the NFL.

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
JONES JAMES SAN JOSE ST

WR

6'0.6" 204 22 4.53 1.49 2.62  4.20 11.58 7.06 35.5" 10'6"
Jones is a strong receiver who is a bit of a tweener.  He lacks the size of the big tough receivers, and lacks the speed and quickness of smaller receivers.  He catches the ball well, however, and could be a valuable backup.

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
ROUSE AARON VIRGINIA TECH SS/LB 6'3.5" 218 16 4.52 1.53 2.60 4.19   6.81 35" 10'1"

PLAYER WHO COULD HAVE A BETTER NFL CAREER THAN PLAYERS SELECTED AHEAD OF HIM in the DRAFT

With players like Nelson, Meriweather, Griffin, and Weddle getting the pub after Landry, Rouse is getting lost in the shuffle.  That is a big mistake.  Rouse is a big strong safety who can hit, and has good speed, quickness and athleticism.  He also flashed the potential to develop into a good cover safety at Senior Bowl practices.  I like this kid, he is going to be a very good NFL player.

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
BARBRE ALLEN MISSOURI SOUTH ST OT 6'4" 300 28 4.84 1.65 2.81 4.63   7.40 32" 8'9"

PLAYER WHO COULD HAVE A BETTER NFL CAREER THAN PLAYERS SELECTED AHEAD OF HIM in the DRAFT

Barbre is a strong, quick, athletic tackle with an excellent upside.  He will need some time to develop but could be one of the few players late on day one or early in day two who can develop into a starting left tackle.  Worst case, Barbre's athleticism will make him a versatile, solid backup.  He will have a long NFL career while players drafted ahead of him fall out of the league.

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
CLOWNEY DAVID VIRGINIA TECH

WR

6'0.2" 188   4.36 1.52 2.53 4.15 11.75 7.00 33" 10'3"

PLAYER WHO COULD HAVE A BETTER NFL CAREER THAN PLAYERS SELECTED AHEAD OF HIM in the DRAFT

Clowney impressed me more than any other receiver during Senior Bowl practices.  He showed speed, quickness, good moves, and excellent hands.  He may need to add some bulk to take the pounding he will get in the NFL, however, he will become a dynamite #3 wide receiver for the team that drafts him with the potential to develop into a #2.  I expect numerous receivers to come off the board before Clowney, but he will become a vital cog for the team that drafts him, while players drafted higher than him disappoint.

COMBINE
NO

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
HALL KOREY BOISE STATE ILB/OLB 6'1.1" 236 23 4.69 1.56 2.70 4.22   6.80 31" 9'9"
Hall was a productive starter at Boise State.  He projects as a solid special teams player who could be an okay backup middle linebacker or weakside linebacker in a 4-3 and a very good backup inside in a 3-4.  He has excellent quickness.

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
BISHOP DESMOND CAL-BERKELEY ILB 6'1.7" 239 33 4.81 1.59 2.75 4.65   7.14 32.5" 9'4"
Bishop is a strong run plugging middle linebacker with limited speed and quickness but good instincts.  He is a two-down middle linebacker who could thrive in the right system.

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
WYNN DESHAWN FLORIDA

RB

5'10.6" 238 18 4.48 1.47 2.56 4.37   7.26 31.5" 9'7"
Wynn is an intriguing prospect.  He has the size, strength, and speed to be a good NFL back, but too often looked ordinary in college.  He will need to go to a situation where he can be kept hungry so he works all the time.  Inconsistent work habits hurt him in the past.  

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
HARRIS CLARK RUTGERS

TE

6'5.4" 251 21 4.78 1.65 2.76 4.34   7.21 33.5" 9'4"
Harris is a pass catching tight end.  He was not a good blocker in college, but has good strength so that part of his game could be developed.  Harris is also a long snapper.

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
THOMPSON PAUL OKLAHOMA

QB/WR

6'3.5" 215   4.62 1.54 2.68 4.11   6.81 35" 10'7"
Thompson has some potential as a backup quarterback, but may be the best of the quarterback to be turned into receivers in this draft.  He will want to be given a chance at quarterback first, which could hurt his draft status.  He has good athleticism and quickness.

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
SIMPSON JUWAN ALABAMA OB/S 6'2.3" 225 15 4.51 1.52 2.56 4.42 11.78 7.22 34.5" 10'3"
Simpson is an athletic, heady, fast outside linebacker who could end up moving to strong safety in the NFL.  To stay at linebacker he will have to add strength, something that shouldn't be a problem when he gets with a NFL strength coach.  

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
BIRDINE LARRY OKLAHOMA DE 6'3.5" 261 21 4.88 1.66 2.81 4.52   7.47 32" 9'6"
Birdine had a promising start to his college career, then got hurt, and never developed into the playmaker he showed initially.  He is worth a shot late in the draft or as a priority free agent because he could develop into a good pash rusher.

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
JOHNSON RORY MISSISSIPPI OB 6'0.1" 232 19 4.54 1.53 2.61 4.07   7.25 38" 9'8"
Having played only one year above the JUCO level, Johnson is more potential than finished product right now.  However, he has the athletic ability teams look for in outside linebackers and is a player who, if developed by a NFL team, could pay big-time rewards.  He has the skill set to be a solid NFL starter down the line.

 

2007 TEAM NEEDS PRIOR TO THE DRAFT and FREE AGENCY
major need     need     depth/possible need     not a significant need

QB Favre for now, Rodgers for later.
RB Green is an UFA and they should let him go.  Morency is a good change-of-pace back.  A starter is needed.
WR Driver and Jennings are a good tandem.  Depth is needed.
TE Franks is in decline.  Martin is a backup only.
OL Packers line is young and improving.
DL Kampman had a great year, KGB and Jenkins are fine.  Their tackles played better than expected.
LB A good young starting unit with Hodges pushing to get on the field.
DB The Packers are set at 3 of the 4 starting spots.  Culver is a good backup safety.  A 3rd CB could also be added.
ST A return man should be added and competition for Raynor should be brought to camp.

2006 DRAFT PICKS
Links go to write-ups at NFL.com

Green Bay
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Jay's ranking Jay's draft value
1 5 Hawk, A.J. OLB 6-1 247 Ohio State # 1 OLB Round 1
2 47 Colledge, Daryn OT 6-4 298 Boise State # 9 OT, #7 OG Round 3
2 52 Jennings, Greg WR 5-11 196 Western Michigan # 5 WR Round 2
3 67 Hodge, Abdul ILB 6-0 235 Iowa # 2 ILB Round 2
3 75 Spitz, Jason C 6-3 304 Louisville # 5 C Round 4
4 104 Rodgers, Cory WR 6-0 187 Texas Christian   > Round 4
4 115 Blackmon, Will WR 6-0 199 Boston College # 21 WR, #22 CB Round 4
5 148 Martin, Ingle QB 6-2 219 Furman Late Round Value > Round 4
5 165 Moll, Tony OT 6-5 308 Nevada   > Round 4
6 183 Jolly, Johnny DT 6-3 318 Texas A&M # 16 DT Round 4
6 185 Culver, Tyrone FS 6-0 196 Fresno State Late Round Value > Round 4
7 253 Tollefson, Dave DE 6-4 255 Northwest Missouri State Late Round Value > Round 4
  FA Santiago, Byron OLB 6-2 242 La Tech Late Round Value > Round 4

 

B

2006 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

The Packers reached a bit in a couple of spots in the draft (Colledge, Spitz) and more than a bit at another (Rodgers).  They also got good value with Hodge (but where will they play him?), and very good value with Jolly in round six.

Hawk was a great pick in round one.  He represented both the best value on the board, and a major need.  Hawk will not only challenge Barnett for the team lead in tackles this year, but will get four or five sacks, and become the face of the Packer defense.  I see multiple Pro Bowls in Hawk's future.  Colledge was selected one round ahead of where I had him valued.  He is one of the most athletic offensive lineman in the draft, is tough, but lacks the strength to step in start at tackle, the position he played in college.  His best NFL position could be guard where he will be very effective as a move blocker, but may need to add bulk to be dominate as a pass blocker.  Sorry, Brett.  By the way, want to know my read on what was holding up Favre's decision?  Well, you're getting it anyway.  Favre was concerned that if the Packers have a season like last year, late in the year his consecutive game streak could end as the Packers give Aaron Rodgers (who will be a very good starting quarterback in the league, better than Alex Smith) some experience as a starter.  It is my opinion that Favre wants to retire with his consecutive game starting streak in tact, and if it ends, he could live with an injury which is uncontrollable, but it would be hard to live with it ending by a coach's decision.  Greg Jennings was a great get in round two.  This kid is going to be a very good player.  He has excellent hands, will make the tough catch over the middle, knows how to get open, and has enough speed to make the big-play down the field.  This is a player Favre (and more to the point Rodgers) will love.  But think clutch, perennial underrated receiver, not flashy Pro Bowl receiver.  The Hodge selection had to be because he was the best value (by a lot) on the Packers' board.  He did represent great value in round three.  He was my second rated inside linebacker in this draft.  However, with Barnett in the middle and Hawk drafted for the WILL, what are the Packers' long term plans for Hodge?  On day one of the draft I think teams should look to get players who they believe can be long term starters.  While the Packers could play Hodge at SAM to get their three best linebackers on the field, Hodge would settle into that position because he is the best the Packers have, not because he projects as a long term answer at that position.  Therefore, while I like Hodge very much as a player, unless the Packers are planning to move Barnett to SAM (he has great strength and would adapt to that position very well if moved) I would have gone in another direction at the top of round three.  Spitz was a reach.  I had a fourth round grade on him, and the next center off the board after Spitz was Eslinger in round six.  Spitz would have been available for the Pack in round four.  That is important because Cory Rodgers was even more of a reach than Spitz.  Rodgers will be counted on as a return man more than a receiver, where he lacks speed, has only average quickness, and is not a great athlete capable of tearing it up on special teams coverage units.  The Packers would have been better served drafting Brandon Williams in Spitz spot, and waiting for Spitz to fall to them at Rodgers spot, which is where I had Spitz graded in the first place.  If Spitz did not fall to them, the aforementioned Eslinger, who I had a higher grade for than Spitz anyway, would have certainly been available for the Pack prior to Denver grabbing him in round six.  Will Blackmon was a good get with their second selection in round four, and makes the reach for Rodgers even more confusing.  Blackmon is a better return man prospect than Rodgers.  Blackmon can play receiver or corner, but he prefers corner.  As a corner, Blackmon has good size and speed, and has superb athleticism.  Quarterback Ingle Martin has a chance to develop into a solid backup quarterback.  He is adept at throwing the short and intermediate passes, but is not as accurate throwing the deep ball.  Personally, there were a number of quarterbacks (some who went undrafted) that I liked a lot better than Martin, including Omar Jacobs, who has the potential to not only be a quality backup, but has the talent to be a quality starter in the league as well.  Moll was a player the Packers liked more than me.  He is a recently converted tight end who I thought would go very late if at all in the draft.  The kid could develop into a quality NFL player, but he looks like a practice squad player to me, not a player to count on as a backup his first year in the league.  Jolly was a late round steal.  I had a fourth round grade on him.  He doesn't test well, but plays hard and was a team leader at Texas A&M.  Jolly is currently a solid run-stuffer, and could develop into a top run-stuffing tackle who can also push the pocket against the pass down the line.  Culver will be an excellent special teams player.  He is a good athlete and could develop into a solid in-the-box strong safety.  Culver has smarts as well as athleticism.   Tollefson was a terrific get in round seven.  He is strong and gets pressure on quarterbacks using his strength more than his speed and quickness.  At almost 6'5", Tollefson has the frame to add weight, get even stronger, and be a good base end against the run.  While no sure thing (what seventh round pick is), Tollefson is player with the potential to out-play the spot in which he was drafted.

The only free agent I noticed the Packers signing that was rated at least at late round value by me was linebacker Byron Santiago.  Santiago was all over the field making tackles for La Tech.  He is a strong guy and could make the Packers' roster as a backup at SAM.

red indicates workout number in top range at position in draft

PLAYER COLLEGE HGT-WGHT FORTY
DASH
10
DASH
20
DASH
SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE BENCH VERTICAL
JUMP
LONG
JUMP
WONDER
LIC
Hawk Ohio State 6'1", 248 4.42 1.56 2.72 3.96 11.06 6.82 24 40" 9'7"  
OLB
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Hawk has toughness, strength, speed, and smarts.  He had over 100 tackles in each of his last three seasons at Ohio State, and had 9.5 sacks his senior year as well.  Hawk will be an NFL star, and could go as high as the second pick in the draft, a rarity for a linebacker.
PLAYER COLLEGE HGT-WGHT FORTY
DASH
10
DASH
20
DASH
SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE BENCH VERTICAL
JUMP
LONG
JUMP
WONDER
LIC
Colledge Boise State 6'4.3", 302 5.04 1.71 2.91 4.58   7.43 22 35.5" 9'2"  
OT/OG
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - An underrated prospect, Colledge looked very good at Senior Bowl practices.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Colledge is a very athletic offensive lineman who could use some work in the weight room.  While very athletic, he is a bit of a tweener.  He played left tackle at Boise State, but may lack the strength to play that position in the NFL. His best NFL position could be at guard for a team that likes athletic, mobile guards who can pull and block on the move.  IN any case Colledge has the skills to be a starter and worst case will be a top sub because of talent and versatility.
 
PLAYER COLLEGE HGT-WGHT FORTY
DASH
10
DASH
20
DASH
SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE BENCH VERTICAL
JUMP
LONG
JUMP
WONDER
LIC
Jennings, G Western Mich 5'11.1", 197 4.41 1.57 2.69 4.18 11.15 6.68   36.5" 9'9"  

PLAYER WHO WILL PERFORM BETTER IN NFL THAN MANY DRAFTED BEFORE HIM

Jennings is a player I like, a lot.  He is a tough kid who catches everything thrown his way.  The knock on him was that he was a smallish receiver (5'11") without great speed.  Then he ran a 4.41 forty.  If I were a team that needed a receiver, I would skip selecting one in round one and draft Jennings in round two or three.  He will be a very productive NFL player.

WR
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - At the East West Shrine Game, Jennings showed good concentration, hands, and ball adjustments.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - An interesting prospect as a reliable, move the chains receiver.  Jennings can get open and catch the ball.  His workout will go a long way towards solidifying his high ranking by me, or seeing him drop below some of the big receivers that just missed my top six (for now).  I expect Jennings to put up better-than-expected speed and quickness numbers at the Combine.
PLAYER COLLEGE HGT-WGHT FORTY
DASH
10
DASH
20
DASH
SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE BENCH VERTICAL
JUMP
LONG
JUMP
WONDER
LIC
Hodge Iowa 6'0.3", 233 4.66 1.65 2.75 4.35   7.11 25 31" 9'0"  
ILB
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Hodge is excellent against the run, but will need to work on his pass defense to stay on the field in passing situations.  Still, he is a dominate two-down middle linebacker now, and has the attitude and desire to be a three-down linebacker in the future.  In his senior year, Hodge was a tackling machine getting 158 tackles in 12 games (ovr 13 tackles a game average).
PLAYER COLLEGE HGT-WGHT FORTY
DASH
10
DASH
20
DASH
SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE BENCH VERTICAL
JUMP
LONG
JUMP
WONDER
LIC
Spitz Louisville 6'3.4", 313 5.38 1.82 3.12 4.55   7.82 25 28.5" 8'6"  
C/OG
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Spitz played guard in college but projects to center in the NFL because of his lack of speed and size.  Spitz is a tough guy who reacts well on the field but is limited athletically.
PLAYER COLLEGE HGT-WGHT FORTY
DASH
10
DASH
20
DASH
SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE BENCH VERTICAL
JUMP
LONG
JUMP
WONDER
LIC
Rodgers TCU 5'11.7", 190 4.66 1.62 2.70 4.19   7.38   33.5" 9'2"  
WR
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Rodgers is a kick returner as well as a receiver, and that is a good thing because Rodgers was thought to be a receiver who could stretch the field and then ran a 4.66 forty.  Rodgers did have good production in college catching 113 balls his sophomore and junior campaigns.  Rodgers should have returned to school for his senior season.
PLAYER COLLEGE HGT-WGHT FORTY
DASH
10
DASH
20
DASH
SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE BENCH VERTICAL
JUMP
LONG
JUMP
WONDER
LIC
Blackmon Boston Col 6'0.2", 198 4.46 1.56 2.60 4.20   6.67   41" 11'1"  
WR/CB/RET
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Blackmon feels his best position is CB.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Blackmon is an exceptional athlete with good speed and change-of-direction skills.  He can play both wide receiver and cornerback.  Since receiver is new to him, he will need to develop more consistent hands to become a starter at that position.  At cornerback Blackmon is more polished and can be a major asset covering tall recievers with his size and leaping ability.
PLAYER COLLEGE HGT-WGHT FORTY
DASH
10
DASH
20
DASH
SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE BENCH VERTICAL
JUMP
LONG
JUMP
WONDER
LIC
Martin Furman 6'2.2", 220 4.65 1.73 2.82 4.17   7.13   36" 9'3"  
Mike Mayock, NFL Network - Martin looked very good at Combine workouts.  He is a transfer from Florida who also punted when at Florida.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Martin completed 60% of his passes, and threw for 20 TDs and 13 interceptions his senior year.  Martin is better throwing short and touch passes.  He is not as accurate throwing deep.
PLAYER COLLEGE HGT-WGHT FORTY
DASH
10
DASH
20
DASH
SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE BENCH VERTICAL
JUMP
LONG
JUMP
WONDER
LIC
Moll Nevada 6'4.5", 308 5.10           18 32" 8'11"  
OT - NOT AT COMBINE
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Moll was converted to tackle from tight end for his senior year.  He is a good athlete, but put on a lot of weight in a short period of time, and the jury is out as to whether or not he can play tackle at the next level.  Moll looks like a practice squad candidate to me, but one with the potential to develop into a NFL-caliber player.
PLAYER COLLEGE HGT-WGHT FORTY
DASH
10
DASH
20
DASH
SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE BENCH VERTICAL
JUMP
LONG
JUMP
WONDER
LIC
Jolly Texas A&M 6'3", 317 5.43 1.89 3.17           8'8"  
DT/NT
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Jolly showed quickness and good pass rush skills at the East West Shrine Game.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Jolly plays with passion, and could develop into one of those play off the block, hard-to-move,  run stuffers.  This kid has a nice upside.
PLAYER COLLEGE HGT-WGHT FORTY
DASH
10
DASH
20
DASH
SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE BENCH VERTICAL
JUMP
LONG
JUMP
WONDER
LIC
Culver Fresno St 6'1", 200 4.60     4.35   7.25 23 39.5" 10'9"  
SS - NOT AT COMBINE
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Culver is a good athlete and had a nice workout.  He should be a very good special team performer in the NFL.  He is best as an in-the-box strong safety making big hits against the run.
PLAYER COLLEGE HGT-WGHT FORTY
DASH
10
DASH
20
DASH
SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE BENCH VERTICAL
JUMP
LONG
JUMP
WONDER
LIC
Tollefson NW Misso St 6'4.8", 255 4.72     4.48 11.72 6.95 27 34.5" 9'6"  
DE - NOT AT COMBINE
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Tollefson played very well at the Hula Bowl.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Tollefson is a strong guy who gets pressure on the quarterback utilizing his strength more than his speed and quickness.  At almost 6'5", Tollefson has the frame to get bigger and develop into a good base end.
PLAYER COLLEGE HGT-WGHT FORTY
DASH
10
DASH
20
DASH
SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE BENCH VERTICAL
JUMP
LONG
JUMP
WONDER
LIC
Santiago La Tech 6'1.4", 242 4.68     4.27   7.12 27 34" 9'3"  
OLB - NOT AT COMBINE
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Santiago is a strong side linebacker who was the star of his team's defense.  He is all over the field making tackles and can get into opposing teams' backfields.

 

2006 TEAM NEEDS
prior to free agency

GB
QB If Favre retires, a backup for Rodgers is needed. Nall is okay as a number three, but is an UFA.
RB Henderson, Green, Davenport and Fisher are all UFAs. That is the heart of the Packer running game over the last three years or so.  Gado looked good in his starting stint, but a player to challenge him, and some depth is needed.
WR The green rating assumes Walker comes back at full strength.  Walker and Driver are good starters, Chatman, a RFA should be back.  Ferguson carries a big salary and could be cut.  Murphy suffered a serious injury and his return is in question.  Gardner is a good fit for this offense but is an UFA.  Depth is needed depending upon the status of Murphy, Gardner, and Ferguson.
TE Franks is another player coming back from injury.  If he comes back, he is solid but not spectacular.  Martin showed in his starting stint that he is an excellent backup.  Lee is also a useful player.  Another player to put in the mix could be added.  While a top tight end would be nice, this team has too many other needs.
OL Flanigan is an UFA and will get a nice contract, and, most likely, leave.  Wells who started at guard should slide over to replace him where he will be a better player.  Then the Packers need to replace both starting guards.  The Packers' starting tackles are set.  Two key reserves are also UFAs.  To sum up the Packers need two guards with starting potential, and a tackle for their bench.
DL Kampman and Jackson are UFAs.  KGB is back, but he is pedestrian against the run, and had his lowest sack total in years.  The Packers have a lot of average players at defensive tackle, bit no stars, especially if Jackson leaves.  Kampman needs to be resigned.  The Packers major need is at tackle, but a defensive end could be added if Kampman leaves.
LB Barnett is very, very good.  Diggs is coming off injury and his best days may be behind him anyway.   Thomas is more athlete than football player.  Two new starters are needed.
DB Harris is good, although a bit overrated.  Carroll keeps improving, but is still a below-average corner.  Roman is very replaceable at strong safety.  Collins had a surprising good rookie season at free safety, especially considering he player mostly corner in college.  Quality depth is also needed throughout the secondary.
ST Longwell is an UFA an may want to see what it's like to kick in a favorable weather site.  He didn't have his best year anyway.  Sander was a disappointment as a punter and holder.  If Chatman comes back he is a good punt returner.  A game-breaking kick returner would be nice.

 

2005 COLLEGE DRAFT

Green Bay - links below go to NFL.com reports Jaybird Jaybird
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Ranking Value Board
1 24 Rodgers, Aaron QB 6-2 223 California # 1 QB Round 1
2 51 Collins, Nick FS 5-11 206 Bethune-Coookman # 7 FS Round 4
2 58 Murphy, Terrence WR 6-1 202 Texas A&M # 10 WR Round 2
4 115 Underwood, Marviel FS 5-10 205 San Diego State Late Round Value > Round 4
4 125 Poppinga, Brady OLB 6-3 259 Brigham Young Late Round Value > Round  4
5 143 Coston, Junius C 6-3 310 North Carolina A&T # 6 C Round 4
5 167 Hawkins, Michael CB 6-1 176 Oklahoma Late Round Value > Round 4
6 180 Montgomery, Mike DE 6-5 276 Texas A&M Late Round Value > Round 4
6 195 Bragg, Craig WR 6-1 196 UCLA # 15 WR Round 3
7 245 Campbell, Kurt SS 6-2 229 Albany (N.Y.) # 6 SS Round 4
7 246 Whitticker, William G 6-5 336 Michigan State   > Round 4
FA   Woodfin, Zac OLB 6-1 239 UAB # 7 OLB Round 3
FA   Cross, Garrett TE 6-4 245 California # 8 TE Round 4
FA   Benekos, Bryce P 6-5 227 UTEP   > Round 4

 

The Packers reached on day one for Collins, stayed close to my value board early on day two, but then grabbed excellent value late on day two with Bragg and Campbell.  I kind of liked the Packers' offensive selections better than their defensive selections - much like their current roster.

The Packers had an average draft, at best.  And this is after they stole Rodgers in round one.  Rodgers was the best quarterback in the draft and should have been taken number one overall by the 49ers, assuming the 49ers were sold on taking a quarterback.  Rodgers is the rare top QB-talent who will be better within a system, than getting by on individual talent.  Rodgers will manage a game and make a system run efficiently, effectively, and, eventually, optimally.  An excellent grab by the Packers.  Collins was a reach, especially if they are planning on playing him where he has landed on initial depth charts, strong safety.  Collins is best suited for free safety.  He does not have the bulk or the strength to play in the box to stop the run.  He does have the speed to play center field.  Murphy was another solid selection.  He got lost in the shuffle a little at receiver, but Murphy has good size, speed, and is an excellent athlete.  In two-to-three years he could be the starter opposite Walker.  Underwood was a bit of a reach in round four, as was Poppinga.  This is especially true since Collins will not make it at strong safety so he will end up competing with Underwood long-term at free safety, and Poppinga is being moved from defensive end to strong-side linebacker.  Poppinga played defensive end at BYU and got by on speed and quickness since his is limited athletically.  As an outside linebacker his speed and quickness are average, and he is still limited athletically.  Coston has some upside, but will need time to develop.  He was worth the selection in round five, in fact, I had a fourth round grade on him because of his potential.  Hawkins has experience in the Arena Football  League.  At 6'1" with 4.38 speed, he is an intriguing prospect.  He could be a surprise out of this draft for the Packers.  However, he will need to add bulk and strength to help on both special teams and defense if he is to stick.  Montgomery is another player who could add some weight.  He will never be the feared pass-rusher, so he'd be best off playing to his strength by adding weight and being a tough run-defending end, who gets a few sacks by his constant hustling.  Bragg is a useful player.  He has reliable hands and is very quick.  He can be a good player for multiple receiver sets, and help in the return game.  Campbell is one of the best athletes to come into the draft in years.  The Packers will start him off at outside linebacker, his college position, but watch him, down-the-line, be the strong safety the Packers were hoping to get when they drafted Collins, who will settle in, eventually, at free safety.  Whittacker is a player with some skills, but he will need to keep his weight in control, and become more consistent if he wants to stick.

The Packers signed a couple of very good college street free agents.  Zac Woodfin is a speedy outside linebacker with strength, heart, and big-time hitting skills.  I had him rated higher than most, so we'll see.  At least he signed with a team where he has a chance to succeed if he is as good as I think he is.  Garrett Cross is a one-dimensional, pass-catching tight end.  Favre will like throwing to him.  Bryce Benekos is the last free agent I will mention because he has a chance to unseat disappointing B.J. Sander.

RED NUMBERS BELOW - among best at position   
Long shuttle numbers (where available) in blue, top performers to be determined later

PLAYER POS FORTY 10 DASH SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE BENCH VERTICAL
JUMP
LONG
JUMP
WONDER-
LIC
Rodgers QB 4.71       7.39   34.5" 9'2" 35
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports: I spoke with people who attended Rodgers' workout and saw Smith work out the day before (which I saw in person), and at this point no one can distinguish one from the other. No one can distinguish who the leader is in the barn. All we know is that it's a two-horse race for top quarterback, and both participants are true thoroughbreds.  Like Smith, Rodgers made all the throws -- everything from a three-step drop slant pass to a roll out deep bomb. Three of his passes were dropped by his receivers, and he had one overthrow in the same manner Smith had the day before.
NFLFans.com reports:
Very accurate, with a strong arm, can make any throw asked of him. Good athletic ability, very sound mechanically. Good leader and mentality, has the ability AND desire to be a franchise QB.
Allen Trieu of NFLDraftShowcase.com reports:
Rodgers didn't take long to adjust to college ball and there shouldn't as big of a learning curve for him coming into the pros as with other collegiate QBs. He has the mental skills to be a top flight NFL QB. But on draft day, teams will have to decide whether or not he has the upside to be a franchise QB or if he's already approaching his ceiling.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
A rarity for the top quarterback in the draft.  A player who is a better system player than individual talent.  Rodgers has great mechanics and is better within a game plan than improvising.  In the right situation, with the right coach, he could achieve great things.
PLAYER POS FORTY 10 DASH SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE BENCH VERTICAL
JUMP
LONG
JUMP
WONDER-
LIC
Collins FS/CB 4.50 1.58 4.18   6.95 11 40" 9'10" 14
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Collins is getting a lot of play leading up to the draft because he is a good athlete.  However, the only position in the NFL, where he could eventually be a starter is at free safety.  He does not have top speed and quickness for a corner, and does not have the bulk or strength to play strong safety (where some teams have hom slotted).
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
Collins gets his mention in my Senior Bowl game analysis because of one really nice play, where stopped a runner in the open field with an excellent one-on-one tackle.  That's a good sign for a smallish cornerback.
PLAYER POS FORTY 10 DASH SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE BENCH VERTICAL
JUMP
LONG
JUMP
WONDER-
LIC
Murphy WR 4.39 1.57 3.96 11.41 7.08   41" 10'8" 15
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Murphy is a good receiver who could get lost on draft day and be a good  first day prospect for some team.   He is fast, quick and very athletic, and at 6'1", has  good size.
PLAYER POS FORTY 10 DASH SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE BENCH VERTICAL
JUMP
LONG
JUMP
WONDER-
LIC
Underwood FS 4.38 1.62 4.22   7.00 19 39" 10'0" 24
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Underwood ran a 4.52 at the Combine running without nubs and a little heavier than he did on Pro Day.  He has good strength, is a heady player, and could be a good nickel safety.
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports:
Underwood weighed seven pounds less at the Pro Day than at the combine, and subsequently ran faster. He wore nubs on his shoes, which also attributed to his fast time.
PLAYER POS FORTY 10 DASH SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE BENCH VERTICAL
JUMP
LONG
JUMP
WONDER-
LIC
Poppinga OLB/DE 4.66 1.64 4.39   7.29 26 35.5" 9'2" 25
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Poppinga is a defensive end who hustles and plays with smarts, more than he plays with athletic ability.  As an end, his best assets are his speed, quickness and strength.  
PLAYER POS FORTY 10 DASH SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE BENCH VERTICAL
JUMP
LONG
JUMP
WONDER-
LIC
Coston C 5.32 1.82 4.64   7.93 21 29.5" 8'6" 19
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Coston is a developmental prospect with some upside.  He would be a good day two selection. I like his potential.
PLAYER POS FORTY 10 DASH SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE BENCH VERTICAL
JUMP
LONG
JUMP
WONDER-
LIC
Hawkins CB 4.38   4.23 11.24 6.83   34"    
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Hawkins played for Dallas of the Arena Football League.  He has good speed and length, and has some upside.
PLAYER POS FORTY 10 DASH SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE BENCH VERTICAL
JUMP
LONG
JUMP
WONDER-
LIC
Montgomery DE 4.94 1.76 4.33   7.39 26 35" 9'7" 9
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Montgomery has the frame to get bigger.  He has the skills to be a solid run-stuffing end, and the desire to be an adequate pass rusher.
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:
Rangy Texas A&M DE Mike Montgomery was relentless fighting upfield Wednesday at Senior Bowl practice.
PLAYER POS FORTY 10 DASH SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE BENCH VERTICAL
JUMP
LONG
JUMP
WONDER-
LIC
Bragg WR   1.58         36"   27
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Bragg is a steady receiver with good hands.  He catches the ball well, and is more quick than fast.  He is an ideal third or fourth receiver who can help in the return game as well.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
Bragg had a non-descript Senior Bowl game.
Zac Jackson, of ClevelandBrowns.com, reports: 
UCLA WR Craig Bragg had a second consecutive solid performance during Senior Bowl practice Tuesday, Jan. 25.
Zac Jackson, of ClevelandBrowns.com, reports
UCLA WR Craig Bragg displayed good athleticism during Monday's, Jan. 24, Senior Bowl practice in Mobile, Alabama.
PLAYER POS FORTY 10 DASH SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE BENCH VERTICAL
JUMP
LONG
JUMP
WONDER-
LIC
Campbell SS/OLB 4.42       6.99 19 42.5" 10'2" 27
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: One of the best size-speed ratios in years.  A real sleeper in the draft.
PLAYER POS FORTY 10 DASH SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE BENCH VERTICAL
JUMP
LONG
JUMP
WONDER-
LIC
Whittaker G 5.36   4.78   7.91 29 37" 9'1"  
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Whittaker is an inconsistent player who has good skills, but also needs to keep his weight under control.
PLAYER POS FORTY 10 DASH SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE BENCH VERTICAL
JUMP
LONG
JUMP
WONDER-
LIC
Woodfin OLB 4.60         28 37" 9'1"  
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Woodfin is a hard-hitting linebacker.  He is strong, hustles and has good short area speed.  Worth a shot, could be a player who plays better than where he is drafted.  I have him a little higher on my board than most others.
PLAYER POS FORTY 10 DASH SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE BENCH VERTICAL
JUMP
LONG
JUMP
WONDER-
LIC
Cross TE 4.86   4.30       35" 9'3"  
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Cross is a one-dimensional, pass-catching, tight end.  In the right system he could be an asset.
PLAYER POS FORTY 10 DASH SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE BENCH VERTICAL
JUMP
LONG
JUMP
WONDER-
LIC
Benekos P                  
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: A report from the combine on UTEP senior punter Bryce Benekos indicated that he punted fairly well during his on-field workout.  His punts were between 38 to 52 yards, with an average 3.82 to 4.75 hang time.

2005 TEAM NEEDS PRIOR TO FREE AGENCY AND THE DRAFT

Jay Goldberg of 90FootballLinks.NET reports: 
major need         need position         possible need, depth needed    no real need
Key UFA: Rivera G, Franks TE, Naives LB, Pederson QB, Jue DB, Jenkins DT, Barker P
Key RFA: Kampman DE (5th), Davenport RB (5th), Fisher RB, Nall QB (5th), Barry OT
NOTE - RFA COMPENSATION AT MINIMUM TENDER

QB: Favre will be leaving one day soon.  All other QBs on the Packers' roster are free agents of one type or another and there doesn't appear to be a successor to Favre among them.
RB: Green is top-notch.  Davenport and Fisher are RFAs, with Davenport being a player a team could take a chance on.  Depending upon what happens in free agency, the Packers may have to address this position.
WR:
Walker is a star.  Driver is still very good.  Ferguson is a capable number three.  Another body could be brought in to compete with Chatman and Thurman for the number four spot.
TE: Franks is an UFA who has not developed into the superstar once projected for him, but he is still a solid tight end.  Martin is also an UFA.  It's time for an upgrade at this position.
OL:
The Packers have one of the best lines in the league.  They work well together as a unit.  They need to resign UFA Rivera and could bring in some new blood to battle for reserve spots.  The Packers gave up the second fewest sacks in the league and averaged a healthy 4.3 yards per rush in 2005.
DL: Kampman is an UFA who is a hustle player.  He is a good player to have but not worth top dollars.  Let's see how his self-value maps with his actual-value in free agency.  Jackson, Hunt and KGB are top starters.  Depth and watching the Kampman saga are all that is needed in the offseason.
LB: Starter Naives is an UFA, but an upgrade is needed anyway.  Diggs is considered a better player, than I give him credit for.  I think he is replaceable.  Barnett is a good player, but may be better outside.  A restructuring of their linebacker corps is a major offseason chore for the Packers.
DB: Harris is more of a number two corner than a number one shut-down corner.   Carroll has potential, but his size limits him to a number two corner also.  Therefore, the pack needs a top cover corner.  At safety, Sharper is still a good player but he's getting to the point where he is an age-vs.-salary consideration.  A strong safety is needed.
ST: Longwell is a top-tier kicker.  Barker is a middle-of-the-pack UFA punter.  Chatman needs to do better to keep the top return job.  The Packers should draft a receiver with return abilities to compete at both spots.

 

2004 COLLEGE DRAFT

Green Bay
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
1 25 Carroll, Ahmad CB 5-10 193 Arkansas
3 70 Thomas, Joey CB 6-0 195 Montana State
3 72 Washington, Donnell DT 6-5 323 Clemson
3 87 Sander, B.J. P 6-3 222 Ohio State
6 179 Williams, Corey DT 6-3 313 Arkansas State
7 251 Wells, Scott C 6-1 300 Tennessee

 

The Packers had a very solid draft.  My only critique is that I either would have drafted a defensive end in round three instead of Sander (Hargrove, Scott, Phillips, or Schobel), and taken a punter in round six; or, even better, taken a shot with defensive end Isaac Hilton in round six instead of Corey Williams. The Packers need a player to compete, and hopefully, earn minutes at defensive end.  A potential pass rusher like Hilton would have been a good fit and excellent value.  I had an early second round grade on Carroll, but I can't argue the selection.  He has speed and cover skills, but is built more like a nickel corner than a starter.  However, he does have on the better vertical jumps in the cornerback class which does counter his lack of ideal height some.  I had almost as a high a grade on Thomas as I did on Carroll.  He also had a second round grade.  He has excellent size, good speed and good strength.  Coming from Montana State he will need time to develop, but long term he could be better than Carroll.  In fact, of the three highly touted small school prospects (Thomas, Colclough, Smith) I project Thomas as the best NFL player. A great pick.  Washington was another steal.  I also had a second round grade on him.  He will be a monster run-stuffer, who plugs the middle of the line, like Gilbert Brown or Grady Jackson.  The good news is he had Brown's consistency with Jackson's athletic ability.  Another solid pick.  Sander is a good punter.  However, to be selected in round three a punter has to be a difference-maker at the position.  I'm not sure Sander is in the class.  Time will tell.  Poor Corey Williams, my initial remarks were all aimed at the Packers not selecting him.  I will tell Mr. Williams now that that is not personal.  He is an intriguing prospect worthy of this spot in the draft, if not higher.  He is a player that can be developed and could be a productive player as part of a tackle rotation.  My point is that in round six it's time to move away from best available and bring in a player that could help plug a hole.  In this case, I had Hilton as a middle trhird to early fourth round talent.  He was a big time pass rusher in college (albeit at Hampton College) who showed excellent speed and strength during workouts.  With the Packers needing a defensive end who can get to the quarterback, passing him in round six is a major mistake in my book. In round seven the Packers stole another one.  Center Scott Wells had a late third/early fourth round grade from me.  He will add quality depth to the Packers line and be an acceptable sub should Flanagan get injured. As far as college street free agents go, three signings I'd like to mention are:  Sam Breeden, a wide receiver with good size and acceptable speed who could stick as their fifth receiver; Atlas Herrion, an  offensive lineman, who may never become a full time starter, but could become a roster saver as a versatile, competent backup; and Maurice Jones, a linebacker who is strong and can hit, will be a good special teams player and could just take the backup middle linebacker position away from the disappointing Torrance Marshall.

PLAYER/ TEAM NEWS PRIOR TO DRAFT

PLAYER POS HGT-WGHT FORTY SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE BENCH VERTICAL
JUMP
LONG
JUMP
Carroll CB 5.09.9, 194 4.34 - - - 16 41" 10-8
Carroll
Arkansas

#6 ranked CB by Jaybird


 

Pete Fiutak / CollegeFootballNews.com posted at foxsports.com reports: Projected: 2nd to 3rd round. Good or bad move to leave early? Carroll had a strong season turning into one of the SEC's better corners. Yeah, he got burned a little too much, but he has the skills, size and speed to be a fine NFL defensive back with a little bit of work
Nolan Nawrocki of ProFootballWeekly.com reports: One of the fastest, most fluid athletes in this year’s draft, Carroll’s excellent speed is one needed trait at the CB position that can’t be taught.
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports:  Arkansas-Fayetteville's Ahmad Carroll  ran in the low 4.4s at the Combine.
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: CB Ahmad Carroll (Arkansas): The consensus remains that Carroll would have been far better served staying in school for another season. But in a draft where the cornerback pool is unsettled, his performance probably established him as a first-day choice, instead of a middle-round selection. Like most of the corner prospects this year, Carroll lacks prototype size, but is solidly built, and ran a 4.34 with a 41-inch vertical jump.
Allen Trieu of nfldraft.fasthost.tv reports: AHMAD CARROLL measured up at 5’9, 195. Shorter than expected but is very built (at the combine).
GBNReport reports: Arkansas junior CB Ahmad Carroll, who clocked in the low 4.3s at the combine, stock is on the rise.
Mel Kiper of ESPN.com reports: Carroll is a player on the rise.
PLAYER POS HGT-WGHT FORTY SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE BENCH VERTICAL
JUMP
LONG
JUMP
Thomas CB 6.00.7, 194 4.42 3.92 11.12 6.84 18 38˝" 10-2
Thomas
Montana St

#9 ranked CB by Jaybird

D. J. Boyer of Football.com reports:  Joey Thomas of Montana State and  showed promise (at Senior Bowl practices).
Drew Boylhart of www.thehuddlereport.com reports:  CB Joey Thomas - Montana - I like his size and skills. Good tackler. He is unsure of himself right now. Should be a good #2 corner.
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports:  Montana State's Joey Thomas ran in the low 4.4s at the Combine.
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: CB Joey Thomas (Montana State): The former University of Washington defender, who transferred to Montana State, is one of the few corner prospects over 6-feet-tall. He could use a little more bulk but is still an aggressive run defender who throws his body around. He had one of the best all-around workouts, with a 4.44 time in the 40, a time of 3.88 in the "short shuttle" drill and a vertical jump of 38˝ inches.
NFLFans.com reports: Awesome athlete, a man among boy's in the Big Sky conference. He has the size-speed combination teams look for in a potential NFL corner.
PLAYER POS HGT-WGHT FORTY 10 DASH SHORT
SHUTTLE
3 CONE BENCH VERTICAL
JUMP
LONG
JUMP
Washington  DT 6-5 7/8, 323 5.00 1.75 4.91 8.03 34 33˝" 8-10
Washington
Clemson

#6 ranked DT by Jaybird
 

Pete Fiutak / CollegeFootballNews.com posted at foxsports.com reports: Projected: late 1st to 2nd round. Good or bad move to come out early? The NFL loves 300+ pound run-stuffers in the middle. He's also a tremendous pass rusher from the middle great at hurrying the quarterback.
Matt Gambill of AllProScouting reports: Clemson junior DT Donnell Washington is really creating a buzz among scouts and other NFL personnel. The 6'6", 321-pounder is working out in California in preparation to show his athleticism to the NFL brass. In a pre-combine run through, Donnell ran three forties that timed 4.81, 4.74, and 4.72 (all hand-held), ran a 4.36 short shuttle, 6.89 5x10x5, had a 10-foot standing broad jump, and did 30 reps of 225-pounds. He's been running 3.5 miles a night and has gone from 338-pounds, to 321-pounds and is in the best shape of his life. This is a kid who has unlimited potential and should be among the top 3-5 DT's off the board in April's draft. He finished his junior season with 56 tackles, 10 TFL, 4 sacks, and 25 QB pressures. His athleticism speaks for itself and with his ability to hold the POA and his explosiveness, Donnell Washington has the potential to develop into a fierce NFL player. Washington is currently rated as the #3 DT on my board and should be a top 20-25 pick in April.
GBNReport.com reports: In fact, what has always been a solid year for DTs has been getting better as the grade for junior DTs like Clemson's Donnell Washington and Matthias Askew of Michigan State also appear to be on the rise.
Brian DeLucia of SportingNews.com reports: Washington has a thick lower body and uses his hands well to control blockers. Washington also has the potential to squeeze the pocket, but isn't going to post big sack numbers. He's mainly a nuisance who will clog up the middle. The biggest concern with Washington is whether he can remain in good shape. His weight tends to be a problem at times.
PLAYER HGT-WGHT FORTY SHORT SHUTTLE 3 CONE DRILL VERTICAL
JUMP
LONG
JUMP
Sander 6-3, 222 - - - - -
Sander
Ohio State

Jaybird: below 4th round

NFLFans.com reports: 2003 Ray Guy Award winner as the top collegiate punter in the nation, Sander has had a terrific year as Ohio State’s Punter ,and has shown to be a good placement punter as well, often giving his team great field position.
PLAYER POS HGT-WGHT FORTY 10 DASH SHORT
SHUTTLE
3 CONE BENCH VERTICAL
JUMP
LONG
JUMP
Washington  DT 6-03.7, 309 5.16 - - 7.58 25 30˝" 8-8
Williams
Arkansas State

Jaybird: below 4th round

NFLFans.com reports: Williams missed 3 games in 2002 due to a severely sprained ankle and has to strengthen his lower body and ankles to prevent this from being a chronic problem. He started out as a LB and has worked hard to develop his frame into a great size, however, he has the potential to develop it even further and once he does and refines his techniques, could become an excellent DT in the NFL. Definitely someone to keep an eye on.
PLAYER POS HGT-WGHT FORTY 10 DASH SHORT
SHUTTLE
3 CONE BENCH VERTICAL
JUMP
LONG
JUMP
Wells C 6-1 7/8, 301 5.25 1.77 4.35 7.56 31 31" 9-1
Wells
Tennessee

#3 ranked C by Jaybird

NFLFans.com reports: Scott has all the intangibles, but not the athleticism or tools to have much upside. What you see is what you get. A hard working man with a great attitude and work ethic that will be a very good backup in the NFL. If he can somehow add the strength and bulk needed (he has attempted to do so without success so far) he may go a lot further in his career than many are projecting. He will benefit a lot from a good showing in the post-season bowl games and the Indy combine.
Mel Kiper of ESPN.com reports: As the draft day countdown approaches three weeks, Kiper has identified Wells as a fast riser.
PLAYER HGT-WGHT FORTY 10 DASH SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE BENCH VERTICAL
JUMP
LONG
JUMP
Breeden 6-3 5/8, 206 4.53 - 4.35 - 7.15 - 32" 10-2
Breeden
NW Oklahoma

Jaybird: below 4th round

USAToday.com reports: Well-built with thick muscle definition throughout...Has an above average initial burst and fluid motion getting into his routes...Possesses the bulk and strength to break through the jam in his release. Better on underneath routes, as he tends to round his cuts on deep routes... Has the physical tools to be a game-breaker, especially with his sharp initial burst, but has some flexibility limitations when trying to con and sell in his routes (needs to show more fluid hip snap and wiggle). 
PLAYER POS HGT-WGHT FORTY 10 DASH SHORT
SHUTTLE
3 CONE BENCH VERTICAL
JUMP
LONG
JUMP
Herrion G 6-3˝, 299 5.10 - 5.18 - 22 26" 8-2
Herrion
Alabama

Jaybird: below 4th round

NFLCountdown.com reports: Very versatile...Can play tackle, guard or center...Quick...Good athlete...Has a nasty attitude.  Undersized...Needs to get bigger...Needs to settle in at one position...Needs to get stronger.  A bit of a sleeper...Will get a look based on his ability to play anywhere on the offensive line alone.
PLAYER POS HGT-WGHT FORTY SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE BENCH VERTICAL
JUMP
LONG
JUMP
Jones O/ILB 6-0˝ 249 4.71 - - - 26 - -
Jones
South Florida

Jaybird: below 4th round

NFLFans.com reports:  Jones has all the tools and a good size/speed ratio to excel but must somehow learn to keep his focus and concentration on the field to become more consistent and reach his potential. I see him as a tweener OLB/MLB and time will tell if he will be successful. A wildcard that could go anywhere from round 4 to 7, depending on how the rest of the class of LBs shape up and team needs.

PLAYER/ TEAM NEWS PRIOR TO DRAFT

Jay Goldberg of 90FootballLinks.NET reports: 
major need         need position         possible need, depth needed    no real need
Key UFA: Walls TE, Clifton OT, Smith DT, Edwards S, Hawthorne CB, Bidwell P
Key RFA: Martin TE ( 6th round), Marshall LB (3rd round), Jue CB (3rd round)
NOTE - RFA COMPENSATION AT MINIMUM TENDER
QB: Favre is back for at least another season.  In the days of free agency it is not necessary to get a QB-successor until the incumbent leaves.  However, if I had Favre, I would want an overlap, so my next quarterback could observe his intangibles up close.  The Pack hopes Nall is their next QB, but he looks like a #3.
RB: A very talented and deep position for the Packers.  At RB, Green, Davenport and Fisher are all good players.  At FB, Henderson and Luchey are also solid. 
WR: I love the potential of Javon Walker.  He will be a 1000-yard receiver next year.  Ferguson has also developed and Driver is still good.  Ford is a sleeper who could see the field next year.
TE: Franks is a good tight end but can't stretch the field.  The Pack had hoped Davis or Martin would develop into the down field threat at tight end.  Davis is long gone, Martin has not developed into that consistent threat.  Walls was signed as a second tight end because he used to be that guy, be he isn't the player he once was.
OL: The starting unit is top notch.  Clifton needs to be resigned.  They also have some good depth, especially with Barry.  Additional depth, especially if Spriggs (UFA) leaves, is always helpful.
DL: KGB was inconsistent.  While Kampman was solid, KGB needs a bigger pass-rushing threat to play opposite him to be more effective (he is much like Miami's Jason Taylor in that regard).  The Packs' starting tackles are fine.  Jackson played very well, but as his past teams' are aware, you need Jackson-insurance in case he runs out of gas at an inopportune time.  Smith could be that guy, but he's an UFA.
LB: The Packer's look in better shape on paper at linebacker than they really are.  Barnett-Diggs-Naives are all good players.  However, they have no one on the roster who will be a stud middle linebacker.  Barnett was effective, but would be better served playing outside in Digg's slot.  They also lack quality depth.
DB: The Packer's starting corners are solid.  So is Shaper at free safety.  They need a strong safety and for one of the few times in this analysis I will recommend a specific college player for a team - Sanders of Iowa.  The Packers could also need backup corners because Hawthorne (U) and Jue (R) are free agents.
ST:  Longwell is fine, Bidwell is a free agent who they can afford to lose and replace with a punter that can also boom kickoffs.  They have adequate-to-good returners but another player to compete with the holdovers would be welcomed.

USAToday.com reports: The Packers own the 25th pick in the first round. They hit it right for a change last year in the first round with linebacker Nick Barnett and probably will look toward defense again in April.  Areas of need include safety, cornerback, defensive end and nose tackle. They don't necessarily need another starting linebacker but their backups are next to worthless.
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports Starling (6-0˝, 196) ran the 40 twice on grass with football shoes for an average of 4.39. He added a 33-inch vertical jump and did not do a long jump nor did he do any shuttles since he had done them at the combine. In his positional workout, he ran a lot of routes and had his quarterback, Scott Rislov, throw passes to him. Not surprisingly, this is one of the hot players right now. Private workouts have been scheduled with the Jaguars, Cardinals, Packers and Eagles, among others.

2003 COLLEGE DRAFT

Green Bay
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
1 29 Barnett, Nick OLB 6-2 236 Oregon State
3 79 Peterson, Kenny DE 6-3 298 Ohio State
5 147 Lee, James DT 6-5 327 Oregon State
5 166 Hillenmeyer, Hunter OLB 6-4 241 Vanderbilt
6 212 Curtin, Brennan OT 6-9 318 Notre Dame
7 245 Johnson, Chris CB 6-0 187 Louisville
7 253 Rubin, DeAndrew WR 5-11 190 South Florida
7 256 Ford, Carl WR 6-0 174 Toledo
7 257 Josue, Steve OLB 6-3 235 Carson Newma
C+

2003 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

Barnett will start in the middle for the Packers.  He may be a little light, but is strong and has good speed for the position.  Peterson was a steal in round three, although I may have gone for QB Ragone who is now buried in Houston.  Peterson fell because he is a bit of a defensive end/defensive tackle 'tweener.  But he is a good football player and will help the Packers this year.  Lee is a big man who, with good coaching, could be a stud at defensive tackle.  He could be a fifth-round steal.  Hillenmeyer will help on special teams, an area of need for the Packers.  Curtin is a project, but has good size and some skills with which to work.  Johnson has some skills but may not be fast enough to ever develop into a solid starting corner.  Rubin has speed and return skills.  He could be the Packers primary return man this year.  He also has potential as a slot receiver.  Ford needs to add strength to be a factor.  Josue could be useful as a situational pass-rusher.
Barrett John Clayton of ESPN.com reports Nick Barrett of Oregon State ran in the 4.6s at the combine and helped himself.
Draft2003.com reports, Nick Barnett, Oregon State -- Ran 4.58 in the 40... did 32 reps of 225 pounds... and came in at 6-foot-2, 236 pounds... he was 12 pounds heavier than at the East/West Shrine Game...
the LB who may be the hottest prospect at the position is Oregon State OLB
Matt Gambill of AllProScouting.com reports, Nick Barnett., 6'2", 236-pounds, is rated very highly across the league and is currently the third rated OLB on my board. There is some speculation that a team could take him at the back end of round one.
Peterson Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports:  Ohio State DT Kenny Peterson weighed in at 298 pounds at the NFL Combine Friday, nearly 20 pounds heavier than his final playing weight last season. Scouts believe his quickness could shift him to end, but the added weight means he could also fare well playing inside.
The Great Blue North report (gbnreport.com) reports: Sometimes it just doesn't pay to get up in the morning. That's how Ohio State DT Kenny Peterson must feel after he failed to complete his initial 40-yard sprint at yesterday's Buckeyes' workout when he pulled a hamstring. Peterson had anticipated running in the low 4.7s in hopes of solidifying a top 20 grade for this year's draft. Peterson, though, may try and run again at a private workout closer to the draft if he is healthy.
WORKOUT NUMBERS
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports,  Peterson was 6-3˝ and 288 pounds. He did 27 reps, a 30-inch vertical, and an 8-foot-7 long jump. He also started to run but pulled his left hamstring on his first 40. He might run again in two weeks.
Lee Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports:  James Lee, Oregon State, regarded as a low middle- or even late-round choice by many teams, may have opened some eyes on Saturday (combine), and perhaps positioned himself to be a first-day selection. A wide-bodied run-stuffer who allegedly didn't have great movement skills, Lee did well in the change of direction drills, according to three personnel directors. Lee was timed in under five seconds by some scouts, quite a feat. He showed that, for a guy in the 320-pound range, he could chase the ball and get upfield a bit more than talent evaluators anticipated
AllProScouting.com reports James Lee-DT-Oregon State ran a 4.91 forty.
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports DT James Lee (Oregon State) helped his draft status at the combine.  In a very deep defensive tackle pool, he just about got overlooked, until he demonstrated very good movement skills in weekend drills. At 320 pounds, he can get upfield, and change direction better than people felt he could. His combine, and the expected run on tackles, probably makes him a first-day player.
Draft2003.com reports, James Lee, Oregon State -- Ran 4.97 in the 40... at 6-foot-4, 327 pounds... did 23 reps of 225 pounds... and showed he is more than just a "Rising Star"...
Hillenmeyer WORKOUT NUMBERS Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports, Hunter Hillenmeyer, who was not in Indy, worked out pretty well. He ran 4.83, 4.85 and 4.87. He had a 35.5-inch vertical jump, 9-foot-11 long jump, and benched 20 times.

 2002 COLLEGE DRAFT

GRADE : B-


Glad to see the Packers went with WR Walker over Bryant.  They coul not afford to risk character when they  are already counting on Glenn.  Walker is big and fast and should provide Favre with a potent target for years.  Anderson is a hard hitting safety who could eventually take over for Butler.  The Packers have a history of converting fast fullbacks to part time halfbacks (Harris, Bennett, Levens).  Davenport is next in line.  Could be another Levens.  Nell is a good developmental QB.


Links below take you to NFL.com's report on player, position or college team.

Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
1 20 Walker, Javon WR 6-4 210 Florida State
3 92 Anderson, Marques SS 5-11 213 UCLA
4 135 Davenport, Najeh FB 6-1 248 Miami (Fla.)
5 156 Kampman, Aaron DT 6-4 285 Iowa
5 164 Nall, Craig QB 6-2 226 Northwest Louisiana
6 200 Houghton, Mike G 6-5 313 San Diego State

Click here to go to 900 Football Links prospect news to check out more info