What have Packers fans learned so far with General Manager Ted Thompson’s draft picks?
Two things really.
The first is that Thompson has conviction and will take the best player available on his board. It really matters not to him what he rest of us think.
Secondly the Packers are dead serious about improving their special teams play.
All three selections to date fit the bill; tough, aggressive and one way or another accomplished special-teamers-to-be in the NFL. None of the three was more jaw-dropping than picking another wide receiver in the third round with Ty Montgomery. Not until you read his accomplishments and ranking as the number-one return man in the nation, an acute area of need for the Packers, does the pick make perfect sense.
Yet there is much consternation amongst the Packers faithful that no inside linebacker has been taken. No tight end. No defensive lineman. Certainly going in to the draft these were the Packers most glaring need.
There are however many quality players still waiting for their names to be called outside of “Draft Town” in Chicago. What can Packers fans expect in day three of the NFL draft?
Best Players Available Offense:
1) Brett Hundley, UCLA
2) Bryce Petty, Baylor
3) Cody Fajardo, Nevada
Comments: The Packers had Petty in for a visit and it is somewhat surprising that he would still be available. In my Tuesday mock draft I had the Packers selection Fajardo in round six. If Petty were somehow available he would be tempting at #30 in round four, otherwise expect a late pick or priority free agent to bring into camp. Another exciting developmental prospect that the Packers have had their eyes on is former South Alabama signal caller Brandon Bridge a 6′ 5″, 235# athlete with a rifle arm.
1) Jay Ajayi, Boise State
2) David Cobb, Minnesota
3) John Crockett, North Dakota St.
4) Jeremy Langford, Michigan St.
Comments: My Tuesday mock draft included picking Langford in the fourth round projecting him as a kick returner. Not so anymore. I would look for a running back chosen later in the draft and a few brought in as free agents. Crockett could last until round six and would represent value.
1) Tre McBride, William & Mary
2) Justin Hardy, East Carolina
Comments: They are set. Of course I said that prior to round three as well.
1) MyCole Pruitt, Southern Illinois
2) Jesse James, Penn State
3) Ben Koyack, Notre Dame
4) Blake Bell, Oklahoma
5) Wes Saxton, South Alabama
Comments: The Packers absolutely will take a tight end somewhere in this draft. My mock draft had the Packers selecting both MyCole Pruitt and Blake Bell. I still like those picks. If both are snatched-up prior to their selection, look for Wes Saxton later on who reportedly also had an official pre-draft visit to Green Bay.
1) T.J. Clemmings, Pittsburgh
2) Daryl Williams, Oklahoma
3) Tyrus Thompson, Oklahoma
4) Sean Hickey, Syracuse
5) Takoby Cofield, Duke
Comments: The Packers were one OT injury away from disaster last year, and although they return Don Barkley they are paper-thin in that area. Look for a lineman to be selected in day three, and several others brought in as free agents.
1) Tre’ Jackson, Florida State
2) Arie Kouandjio, Alabama
3) Josue Matias, Florida State
4) Mark Glowinski, West Virginia
5) Trenton Brown, Florida
Comments: Everyone knows the Packers don’t draft guards. They draft left tackles and convert them to guards. No pick here.
1) B.J. Finney, Kansas State
2) Reese Dismukes, Auburn
3) Max Garcia, Florida
4) Shaquille Mason, Georgia Tech
5) Nick Easton, Harvard
Comments: I doubt one will be drafted, although if Easton slips to round seven, he would be a great value pick.
Best Players Available Defense:
1) Davis Tull, Chattanooga
2) Alani Fua, BYU
3) Kyle Emanuel, North Dakota St.
4) Max Valles, Virginia
5) Anthony Chickillo, Miami
Comments: No one really accomplished here that would be better than what they already have. Free agents are another story.
1) Michael Bennett, Ohio State
2) Grady Jarrett, Clemson
3) Marcus Hardison, Arizona State
4) Derrick Lott, Chattanooga
Comments: Marcus Hardison was my mock draft third round pick. He would be a great addition in an area of need in round four.
1) Taiwan Jones, Michigan State
2) Ramik Wilson, Georgia
3) Mike Hull, Penn State
4) Jake Ryan, Michigan
Comments: Jones and Wilson are okay however the guys that I am high on are Mike Hull from Penn State and Jake Ryan from Michigan as inside backers. Both Hull and Ryan are tough guys, with Ryan being the larger of the two. Either of these two backers could easily have better careers than some of the day two backers such as Perryman. If either Hull or Ryan were available from round four on down – PLEASE TED, TAKE ONE OF THEM!
1) Josh Shaw, USC
2) Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon
3) Kevin White, TCU
Comments: I doubt it (but I have said that before too)
1) Derron Smith, Fresno State
2) Adrian Amos, Penn State
3) Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss
Comments: I am going out on a limb here and say no safety will be chosen on day three.
Jeff Albrecht grew up just north of Green Bay and was lucky enough to attend some of the Lombardi Era classic games, like the 1962 championship and the Ice Bowl. Jeff went on to play HS football in the Green Bay area and College ball at UW - Stevens Point. Jeff is retired but still does some writing for his local paper. Jeff is a writer with AllGreenBayPackers.com and you can follow him on twitter at @pointerjeff .