The 2013 NFL Draft is in the books which means the Green Bay Packers have made all of their selections and we know who will be joining the team in training camp come late July. Our team at ALLGBP.com has done a fantastic job in breaking down each of these players and be sure to check out each and get to know your newest Packer players!
Let’s take a look at this year’s full slate of draft picks:
26th, 26th overall – Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
Many expected this pick if the Packers were staying put in round one. Many say Jones was a great value at 26th overall and should start right away. Helps solidify a position of need.
29th, 61st overall (from 49ers) – Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
After several draft analysts had Lacy going to the Packers in round one and even before their pick, Green Bay had to be shocked to see him fall into their laps in round two. Touted by many as the best running back in this year’s class, Lacy was the fourth back taken after Giovani Bernard (Bengals), Le’Veon Bell (Steelers) and Montee Ball (Broncos). Clearly the Packers wanted Lacy and he will make an immediate impact to a running game that has lacked punch for the past three seasons.
12th, 109th overall (from Saints through Dolphins) – David Bakhtiari, OT, Colorado
After trading down a few spots in the fourth round, Thompson opted to add some depth to the Packers offensive line. Bakhtiari brings all 6’4″, 300 lbs with him to Green Bay and should be given an opportunity to battle with Derek Sherrod (if healthy) and become a starting tackle opposite Bryan Bulaga. He is versatile, however, and can also play at the guard spot.
25th, 122nd overall – J.C. Tretter, OT, Cornell
Tretter was a bit of a surprise pick here, at least to me. Just 13 picks after selecting Bakhtiari, the Packers drafted another offensive tackle. A further glace at Tretter shows that he is more likely to translate in the NFL as a guard or possibly even center. That versatility is what Packers GM Ted Thompson and Head Coach Mike McCarthy like in a lineman. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been sacked more times than any other quarterback since 2008. Shoring up the offensive front was clearly a priority for Thompson.
28th, 125th overall (from Broncos) – Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA
Here is another player who was rumored to be on Green Bay’s radar early in this year’s draft. When the Packers took Lacy with their first pick in round two, it seemed that they had found the back of their choice and many were expecting more defense from Ted in round five. But as he often does, Thompson surprised us and traded back into the fourth so he could take Franklin. It’s clear that the Packers want to run the ball more and take some of the pressure off of Rodgers. In Franklin, they have a quick and shifty back with deceptive power. Pairing him up with Lacy and DuJuan Harris helps Green Bay’s running game become more relevant.
26th, 159th overall – Micah Hyde, CB, Iowa
With a big need at safety, many though Thompson would take a defensive back early in the draft. J.J. Wilcox was a prospect that many had their eye on for the Packers, but he was snagged by Dallas in round three. Round four came and went and still no safety. Finally, the Packers took Hyde with the first of two fifth-round selections. Hyde has played some safety at the college level. He has good speed and decent size coming in. He likely gets a look at safety when the Packers open their mini camp.
34th, 167th overall (compensatory)- Josh Boyd, DE, Mississippi State
Boyd comes to Green Bay courtesy of the compensation pick that the Packers received for free agents lost last year. Boyd is a feisty yet more athletic 6’3″, 310 lbs. Boyd actually dropped into coverage at times in college. I’m not advocating that at the NFL level, but it’s an illustration of how well he can move around at his size. With uncertainty surrounding Jerel Worthy’s recovery from ACL surgery and with the team not knowing if Johnny Jolly can stick with the team this season, Boyd will get a chance to become part of the defensive front rotation.
25th, 193rd overall – Nate Palmer, LB, Illinois State
The Packers had Palmer in for a pre-draft workout. He played defensive end in college but translates as an outside LB at the pro level. Palmer is athletic and is likely to be a contributor on special teams, if he ends up on the final 53-man roster.
10th, 216th overall (from Titans through 49ers)- Charles Johnson, WR, Grand Valley State
Johnson could prove to be a great value if he sticks on this year’s team. He had some issues in college and was suspended at Eastern Kentucky but managed to work his way back and onto NFL teams’ radars. He has a frame closer to Jordy Nelson and can use his size to his advantage. Johnson is fast. He ran a sub 4.4 40-yard dash. With one or two receiver spots up for grabs, Johnson can edge his way in if he is during training camp what the Packers hope he can be.
18th, 224th overall (from Cowboys through Dolphins) – Kevin Dorsey, WR, Maryland
Another “bigger” wide receiver, Dorsey was able to succeed at Maryland despite the team’s hideous uniforms. But seriously, this pick was Thompson wanting to get bigger and more physical in 2013. A quick glance at Dorsey suggests that he is not the most physical receiver and has quite a few areas to work on. He is smart, however, and there is a chance that he becomes a hidden gem in this year’s seventh round.
26th, 232nd overall – Sam Barrington, LB, South Florida
Barrington was your typical last pick of the draft. Probably not a guy that the Packers were high on or maybe even knew much about but he was tops on their board at that spot and so they took him. Barrington is a play maker and had several big ones during his time at South Florida. But he also exercised bad judgment at times and battled inconsistency on the field. He is a long shot to remain in the mix at linebacker and his best chance to stick with this year’s Packers team is on special teams.
Jason Perone is an independent sports blogger writing about the Packers on AllGreenBayPackers.comFollow Jason Perone: