Ryan Pickett: 2011 Green Bay Packers Evaluation and Report Card

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Ryan Pickett

1) Introduction: Ryan Pickett was another Packers defensive linemen who was a non-factor as a pass rusher this season. To be fair, however, Pickett isn’t on the team to run around and chase after quarterbacks.

2) Profile:

Ryan Lamont Pickett

Position: DE
Height: 6-2
Weight: 340 lbs.
AGE: 32

Career Stats:

3) Expectations coming into the season: Run stuffer. When Pickett wasn’t on the field, the Packers run defense suffered noticably. When healthy, Pickett usually did what he was supposed to do: Plug holes, absorb double teams and make plays as a run stopper.

4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Pickett’s highlights usually aren’t a thing of beauty unless you consider two large men failing miserably to block another large man a thing of beauty. I also enjoy Pickett’s celebration whenever he makes a play in the backfield. Big guys celebrating are always cool. Pickett’s health problems were his main lowlight. The defense went from bad to worse when he wasn’t playing.

5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Pickett is one of the better 3-4 defensive lineman in the NFL at taking on and absorbing double teams that allow linebackers to roam free and make plays. He also had 4.5 tackles for loss, his career-best with the Packers.

6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: Having Pickett healthy allowed the Packers to leave Howard Green inactive and get more of a pass rush. Unfortunately, that idea worked in theory only as the Packers rarely pressured Eli Manning. Pickett does deserve plenty of credit for limiting the Giants ground game, though.

Season Report Card:

(B) Level of expectations met during the season
(B) Contributions to team’s overall success.
(B) Contributions to team during the playoffs

Overall Grade: B

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Adam Czech is a freelance reporter and a Packers fan living in the Twin Cities. Follow Adam on Twitter. Read more of Adam\\\'s writing on the Packers here.

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  • JimR_in_DC

    Great evaluation, Adam. Pickett was one of the bright spots on our sorry defense. He’s gonna need to be replaced in the not too distant future. I just hope we can find someone of his caliber to be his successor.

  • Ron LC

    Without Picket the line was abysmal. He was sorely missed in the games he did not play. His replacements could not fill his role. Jenkins leaving was not the whole reason for the giant step back for the D front 7.

    Given an entire off-season DC and MM must convince TT of the need to get some people in that can help now.

  • Dan

    Good grades, I hope Picket can hold up the next couple of years, he’s. Not getting any younger

  • Mojo

    For the past six season he hasn’t complained, just performed. I’d put him in the the top third of TT’s personnel moves.

  • Shavager

    Thompson doesn’t like to go the FA market, especially with big contract players, but this Packers team needs an instant upgrade in D-line experience and production, it’s not likely to be fixed in draft and that leaves GB vulnerable at the same position next year as this year. Neal, Wynn, Wilson not likely to improve enough to fill hole Cullen Jenkins left, if Eagles cut Jenkins TThompson needs to look at short term contract to resign him if available unless he can sign a quality, young FA at good price. Packers need to be looking for the “new” Ryan Pickett, short term he still has instincts and ability to give great production but GB needs the inevitable replacement ready.