The Green Bay Packers ' off-season figures to be an interesting and, most likely, long process. The buzz is that the Packers are quickly working to grind out deals with NT Ryan Pickett and FS Nick Collins . So I'm going to assume that those deals get hammered out and are of no concern come draft day. So, when referring to Adam "Big A" Maritato's article , I concluded that the Packers have two glaring weaknesses that they must address on the first day of the draft: Offensive Tackle and Corner-back. With many of our offensive linemen entering un/restricted free agency, we can't assume that they will all be brought back.
The Packers have made it clear that they want to build through the draft and avoid long, expensive contracts, especially with the possibility of an un-capped year. We also cannot assume that CBs Al Harris , Will Blackmon , and Pat Lee will all recover from their injuries and be productive members of this team by next season, if at all. These positions must be filled and I believe that there are plenty of talented, young prospects in this year's draft to fill the void.
The Packers' Selections Round 1-3 :
Round 1: (in order of preference)
OT Anthony Davis - Rutgers- 6'6, 328 lbs
OT Bryan Bulaga - Iowa- 6'6, 311 lbs
OT Bruce Campbell - Maryland- 6'6, 312 lbs.
I think with the likely departure and age of the Packers' current Offensive Tackles, this position needs to be addressed in the first round of this year's draft. Although, I was quoted on the Pod-cast saying that the Packers' true needs lie in the defensive backfield and this year's draft seems to be loaded with first round caliber Offensive Tackles and the Packers can't afford to let one of those gems slip by.
CB Kyle Wilson - Boise St.- 5'10, 190 lbs
CB Devin McCourty - Rutgers- 5'11 190 lbs.
CB Javier Arenas - Alabama- 5'9 200 lbs.
What I love about this group of CBs is that they are described as strong tacklers. Part of the reason the Packers were great against the run was because Charles Woodson was exceptional at taking on blockers and making tackles on ball carriers.
Kyle Wilson may go higher than this because his stock is at an all-time high following an excellent showing at the Senior Bowl. But he, Devin McCourty, and Javier Arenas would easily be able to step in and contribute as a Nickel or Dime back next season. All of these guys are great athletes and projected as future starters in the NFL, save for a few reviews on Arenas. All three of these CBs double as Kick/Punt returners for their respective college teams and all possess "home run" capability. I would love any one of these picks.
RB Dexter Mccluster - Ole Miss- 5'8, 165 lbs.
S Darrel Stuckey - Kansas- 6'1, 205 lbs.
ILB Daryl Washington - TCU- 6'3, 234 lbs.
Dexter McCluster may be small, but this little rocket runs a 4.32 40 yard dash. This kid has the agility and the speed to break one for a touchdown on any play. Many compare him to Darren Sproles , which I would have to agree with. If the Packers aren't comfortable with the play-making ability of one of their earlier picks and this guy is still on the board, they have to take him.
Darrel Stuckey is known as a safety that can cover a lot of territory in a short amount of time. Stuckey has topped out at 4.4 in the 40 yard dash, but consistently runs around a 4.5. If he runs 4.5 at the combine, I would expect him to be around in the third round when the Packers select.
Daryl Washington is an interesting pick because he's got excellent side-line to side-line speed and is described as an excellent tackler. The Packers need to evaluate ILB AJ Hawk's progression and decide whether this season was just a hiccup in what will be a productive career or if this season was a foreshadowing for what to expect long term.
A replacement, at the very least, needs to be considered. AJ Hawk repeatedly over-pursues running lanes which results in him getting blocked out of the play entirely. He's no Stalwart in pass coverage either, as he struggles in Man and Zone. If the Packers feel the same way I do, Daryl Washington makes a lot of sense here in the third round.
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