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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Draft wrap-up: Green Bay edition

The Packers' picks, in order: WR, QB, DB, TE, DE, OT, OT, QB, WR.

The tight end is from Texas. We've had good luck with those. Packers GM Ted Thompson made something like half a dozen trades – including trading our final 7th round pick for New Orleans' 6th rounder in next year's draft.

Stockpiling already!

I'm a glass-is-half-full kind of guy, which tells you my opinion about this draft.

If I had one complaint, it might be: I know Green Bay is looking for new offensive linemen to shore up the inside and to be ready to replace Tauscher and Clifton when that becomes an issue, but you can never have too many good defensive linemen, either – and a backup defensive lineman will actually get into the game. Backup offensive linemen keep the bench warm.

But that's not much of a complaint.

I like the two quarterbacks. As I've said before, that's the single most important position on the field. Never stop looking for the franchise quarterback until you know for sure you've found one.

This guy thinks the Packers did the right thing (emphasis added):

The Green Bay Packers might have gotten the steal of the draft by landing Brohm with the 26th pick of the second round, 56th overall…

Packers officials have tried to downplay the impact Brohm's selection would have on Aaron Rodgers, who is supposed to be the heir to retired Brett Favre. Rodgers, Green Bay's first-round pick in 2005, has shown impressive flashes in Favre's place…However, his inability to stay healthy has raised concerns over whether he has what it takes to be a consistently effective starter.

…"The way I look at the camp, as far as any position, you want to have as many good players as you can," McCarthy said. "So is that a veteran? Is that another draft pick? I think time will answer that. And we have two young guys here that have been working throughout the quarterback school along with Aaron Rodgers (Jerry Babb and Dalton Bell). So we have some options, and we'll just continue to try to make every position -- particularly the quarterback position -- as competitive as possible."

The Packers hammered home that theory when they took yet another quarterback -- LSU's Matt Flynn -- in the seventh round.
There's a lot more info and commentary on all the Packers' picks, including links to Youtube video of them playing, at the JSOnline Packers Blog. Just keep scrolling.