Certain NFL teams were very on edge approaching Draft 2010. They needed very specific positions filled and they had first pick at the best players entering the league which made teams and fans very anxious. Draft day was a lot less stressful for Packer coaches, players, and fans. There were some obvious weaknesses on the O-Line that needed to be addressed, but other than that, we were already working with a very capable squad.
My hopes for the draft were that the Packers would pick up:
A star Offensive Linemen (or two) to strengthen the line and give Rodgers the time he needs to stay of the ground (he got sacked WAY too many times last season)
A more capable Kick off and Punt Returner. Tramon Williams rarely returned the ball for more than 20 yards last season and hasn’t scored a big touchdown on return since 2007. (My real hopes were that
Our 1st round pick was #23 Offensive Tackle out
2nd pick-The beautiful Mike Neal, Defensive Tackle/Defensive End from Purdue. I’ve attached a picture of him not because he has the body of a god, but to show what a great pick this was. He is so strong, yet physically fit for a lineman. He’s big, yet in shape. He is known for rarely coming out of the game at Purdue. He’s got lots of speed and stamina which will be a great addition to our already stellar defense. What I love is how confident yet humble he is. He was very appreciative to the Packers picking him in the 2nd round at #56. He says they had faith in him and he will deliver.
3rd-Morgan Burnett, Corner back/Safety from
We were only on our 3rd pick and the Packers had already made the picks I thought were most needed. The added protection to Aaron Rodgers blindside from Bulaga, and now Burnett who could potentially serve on special teams as kickoff/punt returner. The Packers traded both their 2nd 3 round pick and their 4th round pick to get Morgan Burnett. Nick Collins was solid at the position last season after taking over for Atari Bigby who was hurt in the 1st game of the season. Burnett can also play Line Backer even though I don’t think he’ll see much play at that position with the awesome line up of LB’s we already have. TEAM CLAY MATTHEWS =)
5th-Tight End Andrew Quarless from
Andrew Quarless is unfortunately not most known for his incredible athletic ability. Most college football followers know him as the talented kid with a drinking problem who had gotten into a series of problems involving alcohol including a DUI which almost got him kicked off of his team. However he quickly got himself together and will now join Donald Lee, Jermichael Finley, and Spencer Havner at the TE position. I doubt he’ll get much run with all 3 TE’s playing great ball last year and having major contributions in critical games; but as they get older or god forbid anyone gets hurt, he will eventually get his chance.
The Packers also drafted Tackle/Guard, Marshall Newhouse from TCU, Defensive End, C.J. Wilson from East Carolina, who was Conference Defensive Player of the Year (ESPN), and Running Back James Starks from
Picked in round 6 James Starks would’ve gone much earlier if he hadn’t missed his last year at
Overall I’m extremely pleased with the choices General Manager Ted Thompson and the Packer Organization have made and I am excited to see the new draftees play this season! I had no doubt as this team has a legacy of successful management which makes me proud to be a fan. Once again I’ve got Super Bowl hopes…GO PACK GO!