Jarett Bush, CB/ST, 6'0", 200 lbs.
Why? Tennessee originally signed an offer sheet for the special teamer, but the Packers matched it and, although I don’t agree with it, I have learned never to doubt Ted Thompson. Bush will bring depth to the defensive back position and is a solid special teamer.
Duke Preston, OG, 6'5”, 326 lbs.
Why? Preston was a very low-key signing but has the potential to end up being a much bigger one in the end. He started 11 games at center last year but also saw time at both right guard and right tackle. On the depth chart, there is a good chance you will see him at right guard, but I think he is quick enough to play right tackle.
Tory Humphrey, TE, 6’2”, 255 lbs.
Why? I was very happy that the Packers decided to resign Humphrey as I see a lot of promise in him. He had 11 receptions last year but saw very limited action and never got into a rhythm. If Donald Lee struggles early and Jermichael Finley does not progress, Humphrey will get a lot more looks this year.
Jason Hunter, LB/ST, 6’4”, 271 lbs.
Why? Another signing that made a lot of sense as Hunter is probably the team’s best special teams player. I do not think he fits in the 3-4 scheme on defense any better than the 4-3 scheme, but his presence in the special teams department warrants him a spot on this team.
Vonnie Holliday, DE, 6’5”, 288 lbs.
Why? I think Holliday will wind up making his second stint in Green Bay as a defensive end in Dom Capers’ scheme. Holliday has not gotten a lot of looks from teams and this signing could come much later in the offseason (especially depending on the draft), much like Charles Woodson.
2009 NFL Draft
No. 9. Aaron Maybin, Penn State, OLB, 6’4”, 250 lbs.
Why? Maybin is a physical freak and reminds me a lot of Jason Taylor and could see him being the best player available on the board after Stafford, J. Smith, Curry, Crabtree, Orakpo, A. Smith, E. Monroe, and Jenkins are taken.
He is probably the best pass rushing outside linebacker for the 3-4 scheme and will start from Day 1 alongside Aaron Kampman. I see a lot of DeMarcus Ware in him when I watch him. He is absolutely relentless.
No. 41. Jarron Gilbert, San Jose State, DE, 6’5”, 285 lbs.
Why? While a lot of people do not think that he will be here in this spot, the amount of good defensive ends going before him makes me think he might slip. If he does, it will address another big need for the Packers at the defensive end spot.
Johnny Jolly and Justin Harrell can not be expected to be the only rotation players at the DE spot, and even with Jenkins coming back, one more body will not hurt. He will also be able to move inside to NT on passing downs.
No. 73. Shonne Greene, Iowa, RB, 5’10”, 230 lbs.
Why? It isn’t a huge need for the Packers at the moment, but it never hurts to have a plethora of good running backs.
Ryan Grant is an excellent running back and Brandon Jackson is progressing very nicely, but as many teams in the league are showing, having that bruiser on third and short can be a huge advantage and I really like what Greene brings to the table. Definitely a value pick here.
No. 83. Duke Robinson, Oklahoma, OG, 6’5”, 330 lbs.
Why? Robinson is a very big boy but also moves very well for his size and should do just fine in the zone blocking scheme.
The Packers have a lot of good depth at the tackle position (Colledge, Moll, Giacomini) but lack some depth at the guard position, especially if Scott Wells is gone in a few years. Teddy likes to build his line later in the draft and Robinson is a stud.
No. 109. Michael Hamlin, Clemson, S, 6’2”, 214 lbs.
Why? When I look at Hamlin, I see Aaron Rouse with much better coverage skills. Hamlin recorded 110 tackles and six interceptions his senior year and was an absolute playmaker for the Tigers. He will join a backfield of safeties that, other than Collins, have an open competition going if Atari Bigby continues to struggle.
No. 145. Chris Baker, Hampton, NT, 6’2”, 325 lbs.
Why? A little known prospect, Baker has all the tools to be a great player in the NFL if he can put it all together. His junior year he had 16.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks and will add good depth to the Packers defensive line. He is definitely a project but has a ton of upside as he started his career at Penn State before winding up at Hampton.
No. 182. Patrick Turner, USC, WR, 6’5”, 225 lbs.
Why? I still do not think that Ruvell Martin will be back with the team and that Thompson will find a replacement for him. Turner can be that guy.
Expected to follow in the footsteps of Keyshawn Johnson, Mike Williams, and Dwayne Jarrett, Turner was just average at USC and lacked ideal speed to catch the deep ball. Fortunately, in the Packers West Coast Offense, Turner will be able to use his size to contribute to the team.
No. 187. Britton Colquitt, Tennessee, P, 6’2”, 207
Why? After seeing Derrick Frost, “Frosty the Shankman” as some forum writers called him, it is time to bring in all the competition we can and find the best punter.
Not that our defense was any good, it did not help when the opposing team’s offense had a very short field to start with. Colquitt is a beast and did very well for the Volunteers last year, averaging 43.4 yards per punt last year.
No. 218. Traded for a 2010 sixth-round draft pick…