Posted by: Opey | April 27, 2008

Not A Bad Packer’s Draft…So Far (Rounds 1-3): Draft Coverage 2008

I was going to post more “Live” yesterday, but I got tasked with being the chef for my friends student org alumni event, so I’ll have to make do with a day after review of the Packer’s first day (and first pick of Day 2).  Let’s get to the picks:

Round 2 (Pick 1): Jordy Nelson, WR, Kansas State.  First, let me say I loved the trade Ted Thompson made here.  There was a lack of any marquee players at the end of the first round.  Couple that with a lack of a trading partner to move up and you have a perfect situation to stockpile some more picks.  That being said, Teddy missed on his first pick again this year.  I have nothing bad, per se, to say about Nelson, but the Packers had more pressing needs than WR right now.  There had to be some offensive line help out there somewhere.  Nelson is a solid player without any real standout attributes.  Nelson will, at best, be a 3rd option (until Driver decides to hang it up).  Grade: B-

Round 2 (Pick 2): Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville.  This is the pick of the draft for the Packers.  It is a win-win, in my opinion.  Many teams had Brohm either 1 or 2 on their QB board, so to get him late in the 2nd round was a bargain.  Rogers only has one more year left on his current deal, so if Rogers does well, we can resign him and then keep Brohm around or use him for trade bait.  If Rogers falters, then Brohm could quickly step in.  Brohm was the best pro QB coming out in this draft with skills that fit well into the Packer’s offense.  The only knock on this guy is injury problems, so keep an eye out for that.  Grade: A-

Round 2 (Pick 3): Patrick Lee, CB, Auburn.  I wish they would have addressed the future needs of the CB position earlier in the draft, but better now than any later.  Lee is widely said to “beatable” on 10+ yd routes, so therefore a better fit for the Cover 2 scheme with safety help over the top.  Hopefully our safeties continue to improve to help this guy out.  He fits in well as a nickel back, but I don’t think he will be the future of the CB position if Woodson or Harris go down with injuries or quits after this year or next.  Grade: B-

Round 3 (Pick 1): Jermichael Finley, TE, Texas.  This pick follows the Ted Thompson pattern of picking guys that only had 1 or 2 full seasons of playing time.  Finely only played 2 seasons at Texas, but, from what I’ve seen, he could be a solid pick in the 3rd round.  Finley is described as a player who is a pass-first TE with improving blocking skill.  He didn’t run well at the combine (4.82 in the 40) but his pass catching skills were above average.  Not looking at the speed factor, he reminds me a bit of Travis Beckum.  I think he’ll be a good compliment to Donald Lee and could grow into a solid contributor in the future.  Grade: B

So far so good for Mr. Thompson.  He hopefully will not have to garner the ire of the likes that I gave him last year.  I’ll be back this evening to cover the rest of the Pack’s selections.  There better be one or two OL picks in there or my optimism may change rather quickly.

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