Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Packers 2013 Draft Review | Ticket King Green Bay

Packers 2013 Draft Pick
Datone Jones - Packers First Round Draft Pick

Tons of hours of poring over draft choices, endless discussions, three mocks, and I missed on every single one. Darn. Well, let me say this, my mock drafts are what I would do if I were the general manager of that team. I stopped trying to predict Ted Thompson years ago, because, as he showed us once again in this draft, he is absolutely unpredictable. So what about the Packers draft?

Round 1: Datone Jones/DE/UCLA- The most important thing to note here is that Ted Thompson tried desperately to trade down; he wanted nothing to do with the first round. The problem was that everyone else was trying to trade down and nobody was trying to trade up. But, Thompson did do just about the best he could, being unable to trade down. Datone Jones gives Capers another pass rushing option and if Jerel Worthy returns healthy and shows he can play in the NFL; this will undoubtedly be Ryan Pickett's last season in Green Bay.

Round 2: Eddie Lacy/RB/Alabama- The Packers needed a running back, I just didn't think they needed one this high in the draft. Still, Lacy will be part of the solution that ails the Packers backfield.

Round 4A: David Bakhtiari/T/Colorado- For me, this one was a total head-scratcher. Yes, the Packers needed depth along the offensive line, but I'm not sure David Bakhtiari is the solution. At the very least, he will push the other tackles on the roster to perform better.

Round 4B: J.C. Tretter/C/G/Cornell- This could turn out to be a signature Ted Thompson sneaky small school draft choice. Tretter won’t start at center right away, which means we will be stuck with EDS for at least one season, but Tretter could possibly be the Packers long term solution at center.

Round 4C; Johnathan Franklin/RB/UCLA- The drafting of Franklin told me something- any running back currently on the Packers roster not named Dejaun Harris, John Kuhn, or Alex Green has no chance, not even on a desert island, of making this roster. That means you James Starks.

Round 5A: Micah Hyde/DB/Iowa- Hyde is a smart player who reads and reacts to routes well. He needs it, because he does lack the physical skills to go without it. Hyde makes a deep Packers defensive backfield even deeper. This could also mean the end of Jarrett Bush in Green Bay, finally.

Round 5B: Josh Boyd/DT/Mississippi State- The Packers sorely needed depth along the defensive line entering the draft. They got it. Boyd will be another excellent rotational player for the Packers, and they need guys like that.

Round 6: Nate Palmer/OLB/Illinois State- Palmer is simply a depth move by the Packers. They have too many other young linebackers who are ready to show what they can do in front of Palmer.

Round 7A: Charles Johnson/WR/Grand Valley State- This is the draft choice that could pay massive dividends down the road for Green Bay. Charles Johnson has NFL tools, but he is very raw. Fortunately, he is now in the right place.
Round 7B: Kevin Dorsey/WR/Maryland- The second of back-to-back receivers, Dorsey has true downfield speed, something that believe it or not, the Packers wide receiver unit currently lacks. He needs to improve his route running drastically to stick.
Round 7C: Sam Barrington/LB/South Florida- I like this selection by Thompson. I like what I saw from Barrington at South Florida, and I believe he could be a really good pro

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