2006 Packers' NFL Draft- Too Many Picks, But Lots of Talent

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2006 Packers' NFL Draft- Too Many Picks, But Lots of Talent
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It's time to grade the Packers on their 2006 draft.

For grading criteria, if the player made it to the Pro Bowl, he gets an A.  If he has started at least 24 games, 1.5 seasons, he gets a B.  C's are still on the team.  D's are still in the NFL.  F's are no longer in the NFL.  Plus and minuses are subjective.

Round One, Pick Five: A.J. Hawk, LB, Ohio State

Regarded by many as the safest pick of the draft. He hasn't made the Pro Bowl yet, but he most certainly will in the future. He has started all 48 games in three years, lassoed up 310 tackles, and buried the QB 7.5 times. Add in three interceptions and 11 defended passes, and you've got a complete linebacker. I'm giving a little extra credit as I expect him to make the Pro Bowl.

Grade:A-

Round Two, Pick 47: Daryn Colledge, T, Boise State

Originally drafted as a guard, he has started 44 games and played in all 48. A starter is what you want out of your draftees.

Grade B+

Round Two, Pick 52: Greg Jennings, WR, Western Michigan

Jennings would be one of the ultimate do-overs if this draft was to be redone. He is a dynamic playmaker that you can't leave in open space. He has amassed 2,844 yards receiving on 178 catches and 24 TDs. Greg will be in a Pro Bowl soon, so here is a little extra credit.

Grade A-

Round Three, Pick 67: Adbdul Hodge, LB, Iowa

Hodge was a disappointment in Green Bay. He got into eight games as a rookie, even started one. But after just 10 tackles, a knee injury, and surgery on both knees, and he was cut going into the 2008 season after spending all of the 2007 on injured reserve. He did make the Bengals roster in 2008, and made three tackles before injuring his arm and being placed on injured reserve again. I'm not going to downgrade him for being injured. The jury is still out here.

Grade C

Round Three, Pick 75: Jason Spitz, G, Louisville

Jason was moved to center, and has played in 44 games, starting 41 of them. A second starter on the O-line is a great way to build through the draft.

Grade B+.

Round Four, Pick 104: Cory Rodgers, WR, Texas Christian

Cory was cut by the Packers before the 2006 season. He signed with the 49ers, and made their regular season roster, but was cut four weeks later. He now plays for the BC Lions (CFL).

Grade F

Round Four, Pick 115: Will Blackmon, CB, Boston College

Will has played in 29 games, starting two. He has picked up 40 tackles and defended one pass. He is still on the roster.

Grade C

Round Five, Pick 148: Ingle Martin, QB, Furman

Martin has appeared in two career games, both as a Packer. He lost five yards on two rushing attempts. He has spent time on Tennessee's and Kansas City's practice squads. He is still a member of the Chiefs.

Grade D

Round Five, Pick 165: Tony Moll, G, Nevada-Reno

Moll has played in 39 games, starting 18. He is a versatile lineman capable of playing three or four positions. I consider all "sixth lineman" starters, as they gather many starts over their careers, and are very important to their teams when a starter gets injured, like for instance, Mark Tauscher.

Grade B

Round Six, Pick 183: Johnny Jolly, DT, Texas A&M

He has played in 32 games, starting 23. I will grade him as a starter. He is a mammoth of a man at 320 lbs. He gets his hands up well. He has made 74 tackles and knocked down seven passes.

Grade B

Round Six, Pick 185: Tyrone Culver, DB, Fresno State

He appeared in 14 games as a rookie. He was on injured reserve in 2007, and played for the Dolphins in 2008. He has made 44 tackles, and has an interception with four defended passes. He may have a significant role with the Dolphins this year. I'm not going to count the injury against him. 

Grade C+

Round Seven, Pick 253: Dave Tollefson, DE, North Missouri State

He made the team in 2006. He was signed by the Giants in 2007. He has appeared in 19 games, generating 23 tackles and 3.5 sacks. Giving a little bump for making a team loaded at D-line.

Grade C-

 

So we will add up all of the grade points, just like you would in college, grade x credits. Let's pretend that the first round is a seven credit class, the second round is six and so forth. The Packers have 48 credits, with 126.7 grade points. 

That gives them a GPA of 2.63.

When teams have draft picks that end up in back-up roles on other teams, it generally hurts your grade. Although I think Thompson did an excellent job identifying talent in the draft, it doesn't help you if its on someone else's team. If a your team is pretty loaded in talent, it is wise to trade up in a draft to get a player you really want, or trade for future picks. There wasn't really anyway possible that 12 rookies were going to make the Packers' roster. He's not going to turn over almost 25 percent of his roster with young guys.

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