Welcome back to the second edition of a seven part series, looking back at Ted Thompsons draft selections, round by round since his appointment as Green Bay’s General Manger in 2005.
There is less six weeks to go till the 2010 NFL Draft and this series will every week cover a round at which Thompson has selected.
Each round will be graded A-F and in a nut shell will be looking back at Thompsons hits, misses, busts and gems of his five year tenure at Green Bay.
Here is a look back at Thompson’s sixth round selections that feature Packers Johnny Jolly, Desmond Bishop and Mason Crosby.
Round Six - (number selected)
2005 – DE Mike Montgomery, Texas A&M (180) & WR Craig Bragg, UCLA (195)
2006 – DT Johnny Jolly, Texas A&M (183) & Tyrone Culver, Fresno State (185)
2007 – LB Korey Hall, Boise State (191), LB Desmond Bishop, California (192) & K Mason Crosby, Colorado (193)
2008 – N/A
2009 – DE Jarius Wynn, Georgia (182) & CB Brandon Underwood, Cincinnati (187)
Selections - 9
Starters 2009 – Johnny Jolly & Mason Crosby
Roster made 2009 – Johnny Jolly, Mike Montgomery, Korey Hall, Desmond Bishop, Mason Crosby, Jarius Wynn & Brandon Underwood.
Johnny Jolly’s production for Green Bay helps Ted Thompson’s sixth round selections to receive a B minus. Jolly has proven to be a very solid player for Green Bay since being selected with the 183rd pick in the 2006 NFL draft.
Jolly’s ability to be a solid defensive tackle in the 4-3, and then to become an effective defensive end in Green Bay’s new 3-4 scheme, has allowed Jolly to show the NFL that he has become an anchor in the Packers front three.
Jolly has started 33 games for Green Bay, and became a fully fledged starter at the beginning of the 2008 season. Thompson traded defensive tackle Corey Williams to the Cleveland Browns for a second round pick, which showed great confidence in Jolly.
Williams had impressive 2007 season, recording four sacks which allowed Thompson to receive a high draft pick for his services (Williams was recently traded to the Detroit Lions).
Jolly hasn’t let his general manager down, becoming somewhat of an unsung hero (nationally) in Green Bay’s front seven. He led all Green Bay defensive linemen in tackles this season (39), having one interception and deflecting 11 quarterback passes.
Thompson’s three selections in 2007 have all been solid players, with legitimate futures in Green Bay. Mason Crosby’s career couldn’t have started any better, smashing a 50 yard winning field goal against the Philadelphia Eagles in the season opener.
Crosby’s huge leg is a major upside, yet his inability to hit game winning field goals has cost Green Bay dearly. He has yet to convert 80% of his field goals in a season, and his confidence has started to suffer. Coming off his worst season statistically (75%) Crosby found himself to be ranked amongst the worst kickers in the league, ranking 28/38.
Thompson may well look to provide Crosby some much needed competition come training camp.
Desmond Bishop and Korey Hall have been solid special teamers for Green Bay and offer nice depth at their respective positions. Hall is projected by many to battle with John Kuhn for the second full-back spot on the 2010 roster. However Thompson may surprise everyone once again by taking three full-backs.
Hall, a linebacker at Boise State, is an asset in kick-off coverage, being a solid open field tackler.
Bishop has seen a reduced role at linebacker, playing back up to Nick Barnett, AJ Hawk and Brandon Chillar. He has however been Green Bay’s most consistent special team’s player since being drafted in 2007. He led the team in tackles in his rookie year (18) and 2009 (22) and was third in tackles in 2008 recording 15.
Mike Montgomery & Tyrone Culver have all made rosters since being drafted by Thompson. Montgomery managed to remain on the Packers roster for five years, primarily contributing to special teams. His most influential time in Green Bay came in 2008 where he started eight games, recording a career high 2.5 sacks and 59 tackles.
Culver spent a year with Green Bay and was released after his rookie season. Culver was eventually picked up by the Miami Dolphins where he has played a backup role at safety, recording 76 tackles and having two interceptions in two seasons with the Fins.
Jarius Wynn and Brandon Underwood saw limited action in their rookie season. Wynn looked good during pre-season however disappointed somewhat when given pass rushing opportunities during the regular season.
Brandon Underwood’s immaturity is a concern for Green Bay. Thompson would have been fully aware that Underwood has had had his fair share of off the field problems during college. Academic difficulties led Underwood to transfer from Ohio State to Cincinnati. Underwood’s contribution was rather lacklustre and when called upon and didn’t step up for Green Bay.
Overall the sixth round has been kind to Ted Thompson. The production of Johnny Jolly as a late sixth round selection is a very nice pick. However his game discipline is poor and combined with off the field issues and court case in the near future, Jolly’s Green Bay Packer career is still in limbo. Thompson’s 2007 class has certainly helped Green Bay’s struggling special teams, but this still needs to be addressed.
Green Bay fans will be hoping for more solid selections by Ted Thompson in the sixth round come 24th April.
Check out Ted Thompson’s fifth round selections on Thursday!