When is it time to get worried about the Packers recent history in the first round of the NFL draft?
- Bryan Bulaga (2010): Missed four games in 2011 with a knee injury and seven games in 2012 with a season-ending hip injury.
- Derek Sherrod (2011): Broke his leg toward the end of a ho-hum rookie season and missed all of 2012.
- Nick Perry (2012): Broke a bone in his wrist and missed the final 10 regular season games and the playoffs.
Of those three, Bulaga appears to be a good to great player if he can stay on the field. The jury is still out on the other two.
If you’re looking for a silver lining with these three, you could probably say that these are not re-occurring and nagging types of injuries. It’s not like these three are always hobbling around with a strained hamstring, sore back or migraine headaches. If these injuries heal as they should, the chances are good each player’s development could get back on track.
Or maybe the serious nature of these injuries has set each player back so far that they will never reach their potential.
Either way, I’m sick of the tough luck (or maybe the fragility) of the Packers recent first-round picks. Here’s hoping things turn around this April and Ted Thompson finds another Clay Matthews or B.J. Raji who is productive and stays on the field.
Packers News, Notes and Links
- Bob McGinn had some great stuff in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel this week. He got Mike McCarthy for a one-on-one and covered issues such as the Packers toughness, the salary cap and the Packers draft outlook. I like how McCarthy took some ownership for the Packers defense in the story on toughness. He needs to do more of that this season.
- Evan Western at Acme Packing Company goes over Jermichael Finley’s comments about not being willing to take a pay cut. I’m on Finley’s side here. He shouldn’t have to take a pay cut. And he shouldn’t be vilified for taking that position.
- Jacob Westendorf, the newest scribe at Packerstalk.com, also chimes in on Finley. Packerstalk.com podcasts this week include a breakdown of the corners and safeties, the Out of the Pocket Podcast with Richard, Kelly and Colleen, and a personal favorite of mine, the ‘Ol Bag of Donuts podcast on Charles Woodson, free agents and other stuff.
- Once again, CheeseheadTV.com is doing another NFL draft guide. I’ve ordered it the past two years and it’s great, whether you’re a Packers fan or just want to know more about the NFL draft.
- The Green Bay Press Gazette looks at free-agent defensive lineman Chris Canty visiting the Packers. It’s always intriguing when Ted Thompson checks out a free agent. I’d rather hear that Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews have been extended, though.
- Johnny Jolly was reinstated by the NFL. Jason Wilde from ESPN Milwaukee has everything you need to know about that situation here. Speaking of defensive linemen who used to play for the Packers, John Rehor at Packerstalk.com opines about Cullen Jenkins returning to Green Bay.
- Who was the top Packers writer at Bleacher Report in February with over 70,000 reads, you ask? Well, it was ALLGBP.com’s own Kris Burke! Normally, I don’t visit Bleacher Report because the slide shows drive me nuts, but there are a few writers I make an exception for. Kris is one of them. Keep reading him on this site, but also check out his Bleacher Report work here.
Non-Packers Links and Other Nonsense
- I finally got around to reading Time’s story on healthcare costs. It is an amazing piece of journalism, and one of the most depressing and angering things I’ve ever read.
- I’m a guy who is unable to take naps. Too much going through my mind. Maybe I’ll be able to take naps one day if I study this guide on how to take a nap.
- Is the Harlem Shake ruining our children? I would say it’s ruining society as a whole, not just our children. That said, we’ve gotten Jersey Al to play fantasy football and listen to podcasts this year. Maybe the Harlem Shake is next on Al’s list of new things to try.