It's painfully obvious the Packers are lacking a third down running back. Alex Green seems to get nicked up just as soon as he's trusted to play a role in the offense. James Starks has had the misfortune to go through a myriad of injuries going back to his earliest college days. Cedric Benson came aboard and seemed to be the perfect fit only to go down as yet another injured running back.
Dujuan Harris shows promise to make the 2013 team as a third RB but I wouldn't expect anything more from him now that the cat's out of the bag and teams can prepare for him.
Stepfan Taylor isn't a glamorous pick at running back. He's not going to show a 4.4 speed at the combine. You won't find more than three or four impressive YouTube highlight reels when you search his name.
But then again, the Packers offense doesn't need or seek a RB who needs 20 touches per game or has to self-create to make the three to five yard gains the Packers need to get in good third down distances.
In the Packers aerial attack, it's possible that a running back's pass protection abilities are weighted equally with their ability to pick up one-cut, zone-blocking yards on their carries. Similar story with pass-catching ability out of the RB position.
In this way, Taylor is the perfect fit while providing an overall talent upgrade to the running back corps. Taylor's got soft hands, experience pass-protecting at Stanford and fits the mold of a one-cut runner in the Packers zone-blocking system. Look for Alex Green to be an impressive screen guy to compliment Taylor.
Equally important, Taylor has more of an NFL body type to withstand punishment compared to UCLA's Johnathan Franklin and none of the character concerns of Texas A&M's Christine Michael.
This pick was tough for me because Michael's 4.4 speed with great size is obviously enticing to any NFL team while Franklin was most impressive at the Senior Bowl according to many observers.
Rumors are out that Ted Thompson has really been checking in to Michael's story, but I suspect he's going to do this with any and all talent since he has found the NFL's best undrafted guys under every stone of football talent sources.