Posted by: Opey | May 5, 2007

Starting Out on the Right Foot

As many of you know, I didn’t think too much of the Packer’s 1st round pick in this years NFL draft. I thought that we needed to address one of three positions (WR, RB, TE) with that pick. Instead, Ted Thompson came completely out of left field, taking an oft-injured DT by the name of Justin Harrell. The former Tennessee player had spent much of last season on the sidelines with a torn bicep tendon. Again, the critics and questions about this pick were plentiful from the moment it occurred. That being said, there is always another side to every story. Even though I am still very much in the camp that is strongly critical of the pick, there are some signs of brightness on the horizon. For one, Harrell is apparently quite the “heady” player. He was able to score a 24 on the Wonderlic test administered at the NFL combine. This would put him right about in the average category for the QB position, one known for its need for intelligence. DT is not generally known as being a position where intelligence is a key factor, but his aptitude in this area lends to another positive that has surfaced in the past few days. Harrell reported to rookie mini-camp with full knowledge that he wasn’t going to be a fan favorite. He noted this saying, “That’s something I can’t control, but I understood where they were coming from. They’re just showing their loyalty to this organization and what they felt like they really needed.” That sort of sentiment is rather refreshing in this era of super egos in professional sports. He is able to recognize that he is a cog in the machine that is the Packers organization, and that is the type of team attitude that lends itself well to the Green Bay community and Packers style of play. I’m still not a fan of the pick from the standpoint that it was a DT, but I’m warming to the idea of having Harrell on the team.

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