NFL Draft Picks to Make You Cringe and Smile – Yin and Yang All Green Bay Packers All the Time
2013 NFL Draft
2013 NFL Draft

Yin and Yang… Some of these picks should make you smile, some should make you cringe. Based on comments by someone with 40+ years of scouting experience, here are some guys that should make you jump for joy if your team drafts them and others that might cause you to lock yourself in your room for a few months. Again, the comments are not mine… Here goes:


Yin –  You should smile

Sheldon Richardson – Best DL in the draft
Datone Jones – Under Capers, WOW factor will come out in that kid…
Lane Johnson – best OT in the draft
Chance Warmack – best player overall in the draft
David Bass – Robert Mathis / Zach Thomas type
AJ Klein – Jonathan Vilma-like…
John Simon – Mike Vrabel clone
Mike Catapano – Aaron Kampman clone
Jamie Collins – will make some team VERY happy
JJ Wilcox – Best safety in the draft (really…)
Dwayne Gratz – This year’s Casey Hayward
Zach Sudfeld – Super Sleeper
Jesse Williams – on cusp of being a JJ Watt clone
TJ McDonald – like Morgan Burnett
Tank Carradine – nickname says it all
Brian Schwenke – favorite center…
Kevin Minter – best ILB in the draft
DJ Hayden – Best CB in the draft
EJ Manuel – Best of an uninspiring bunch
Stedman Bailey – like a Dodge truck – RAM tough
Gavin Escobar – best pass catching TE – the nextTony Gonzalez
Knile Davis – a gamble (injuries) but worth a late shot
Philip Thomas – like him better than Eric Reid.
Brandon Williams
Jasper Collins
Le’Veon Bell
Gio Bernard
Brandon Williams
Ryan Griffin – best late round QB
Cooper Taylor – sleeper
Michael Hill – sleeper (resembles Arian Foster)
Nick Williams – sleeper
Edmund Kubila
Charles Johnson – Late round bargain
Logan Ryan – late round bargain
Steve Williams – late round bargain
Corey Fuller – late round bargain
Rodney Smith – late round bargain
Khaseem Greene – plays like hair on fire, ala CM3
Michael Ford – late round bargain
Mike James – late round bargain
John Boyett – UFA steal – PUP until healed


Yang – You should cringe

Manelik Watson – Call 911 – Does NOT have a pulse.
Alec Ogletree – Rolando McClain of this draft
Terrence Williams – the next Troy Williamson – get him a dress.
Rex Burkhead – If he was in a race with a pregnant woman, he’d finish 3rd.
Sylvester Williams – Put the clothespins on your nose
Marcus Lattimore – will never play or never be the same
William Gholston – elevator doesn’t reach the top floor.
Christine Michael – TOXIC
Tyler Bray – TOXIC
Justin Hunter – TOXIC
DaMontre Moore –  TOXIC
Jon Cyprien – too many missed tackles – prefer Shawn Williams
Margus Hunt – Great athlete, marginal player
Kyle Long – If he’s at LT for GB, AR will need an AFLAC policy.
Manelik Watson – Looming Bust
Ezekial Ansah – Looming Bust – Older than Father time – check his birth certificate
Jarvis Jones – Looming Bust
Manti Te’o – Looming Bust

BTW, most of these comments were re-affirmed in a live chat on Wed night that took place on (subscription required)

ADDENDUM: One guy that doesn’t really belong as a “cringe” is Cyprien. He doesn’t hate Cyprien, but there are at least six – seven safeties he likes better. Since Cyprien has gotten so much fan hype, I wanted to include him here as a word of caution.



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15 thoughts on “NFL Draft Picks to Make You Cringe and Smile – Yin and Yang

  1. Wow, Manelik Watson is so bad he made the Yang category twice. There is a lot of talent left for the second and third rounds. Wilcox, Klein, Jessie Williams and Schwenke are all players I’d like the Packers to take. Make it happen Ted.

      1. And that he’s old for a rookie and is about as much project as Newhouse. Oh and not as athletic as Newhouse.

      2. Al, I remember you saying earlier this year that you found a future All-pro that no one was talking about. Who was that?

  2. Sorry to be “that guy,” but it should be “yin” and not “ying.” Common misconception.

    Love the notes, though! Glad that Datone Jones made the good list. Loved the comment for William Gholston on the other list.

  3. You made me a believer in JJ Wilcox. Hope the Packers put a target on him for round 2. Even if they need to trade up someway.

    Margus Hunt would be my 6 or 7th round risk taking flyer. With his physical attributes he’d be worth a year or two to try and develop. If it doesn’t work, no big loss.

    Thanks to you and the guys at Cheesehead for making me moderately educated in the draft. Your guide is outstanding. Can’t wait till next years’ version already.

    1. Thanks Ron… I’m still unsure about Wilcox myself – but I do see the potential for a guy who has only played safety for one year.

      1. I see the verbage on Wilcox and I envision a rookie named Nick Collins. I just can’t help myself

  4. I was hoping for D.Moore in 2nd and maybe Micheel later as a rb but now find out both are toxic. Good thing I have a full time job…in TT I trust. Rodgers just got paid!!!

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