You have reached the third edition of a seven part series looking back at Ted Thompson's draft selections, round by round since his appointment as Green Bay’s General Manger in 2005.
Thompson has already received grades for his seventh and sixth round selections; see the links below to find out more;
Each round is graded A through F, and in a nut shell will be looking back at Thompson's hits, misses, busts and gems throughout his five year tenure at Green Bay.
With five weeks to go till the 2010 NFL Draft, it’s time to look back at Ted Thompson's fifth round selections:
2005 – C Junius Coston, North Carolina A&T (143) & CB Mike Hawkins, Oklahoma (167)
2006 – QB Ingle Martin, Furman (148) & T Tony Moll, Nevada (165)
2007 – WR David Clowney, Virginia Tech (157)
2008 – T Breno Giacomini, Louisville (150)
2009 – FB Quinn Johnson, Louisiana State (145) & T Jamon Meredith, South Carolina (162)
Draft Grade D -
Selections : 8
2009 Starters : 0
2009 Roster Members : 3 (Quinn Johnson, Tony Moll and Breno Giacomini)
At quick glance, Ted Thompson’s fifth round selections are by no means spectacular. Only two of his eight picks still remain with the Packers, both coming from the last two drafts.
Out of Thompson’s other selections, three found a roster spot in 2009; however those three did not include the likes of Junius Coston, Mike Hawkins and Ingle Martin, Thompson's initial fifth round selections. With the exception of Hawkins, none have been on the roster since 2008.
The Packers who did make the 2009 roster were tackle Breno Giacomini, fullback Quinn Johnson and guard/tackle Tony Moll.
Moll is undoubtedly Thompson’s most solid pick, in what has been a below par round for the GM. A versatile lineman from Nevada, Moll began his college career as a tight end, before being moved to the offensive line in his senior year. Moll’s athleticism helped him move around the line, primarily playing right guard but also seeing time at right tackle.
In his rookie year for Green Bay Moll played in all 16 games, including 10 as a starter. Filling in for the injured Jason Spitz (RG) and Mark Tauscher (RT), Moll showed the Packers he was willing to shift on the offensive line and could be a handy player to have around.
A neck stinger in the 2007 training camp hampered Moll’s early season development, but he once again managed to step up for Green Bay, most notably by starting both playoff games against the Seattle Seahawks and New York Giants that year.
Time and time again Tony Moll proved to be a solid Packer offensive lineman and throughout his career in Green Bay played right tackle and both guard positions. He started the 2008 season as Green Bay’s right guard, moving Jason Spitz over to center for the injured Scott Wells.
The 2009 draft brought Michigan tackle and guard TJ Lang to Green Bay to effectively play the same role as Moll. On September 5th Moll was traded to the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for defensive back and special teams ace Derrick Martin. Since his time with the Ravens, Moll has endured a similar role, featuring in just five games without a start.
Meanwhile, Junius Coston’s NFL career has been consistently hampered by nagging injuries which have certainly shortened his time in the league.
As a rookie Coston showed Green Bay he was willing to play a role anywhere in the offensive line, similar to Tony Moll.
In his early years Coston didn’t have a back-up role with the Pack, and it wasn’t until the 2007 season that Coston finally got his back-up role at both right guard and tackle. In addition, Coston also rotated in with Scott Wells at center, but his inability to stay healthy cost Coston his roster spot in 2008.
As for Jamon Meredith and David Clowney, neither player ever made the final Packers 53-man roster, although they both spent time on the practice squad. Neither player lasted long there, and both moved on to other teams.
Meredith managed to start four games at right tackle for the Buffalo Bills in 2009, while Clowney found a home with the New York Jets, but has yet to make a real impact. His best season came in 2009 playing 13 games, including three starts, recording 14 catches totalling 191 yards with one touchdown.
Right tackle Breno Giacomini and full back Quinn Johnson were the only Thompson selections to last an entire season on the 53-man roster. Giacomini was supposed to challenge for this year’s right tackle job, but he lost out to Allen Barbre. Packer fans need only to look back Barbre’s performance against Chicago in the season opener to decide what level Giacomini must be playing at in training.
Quinn Johnson featured in nine regular season games in 2009 but was inactive during the wild-card playoff matchup against the Arizona Cardinals. The big bruising fullback will be on the Packers roster come 2010 and even push for a starting spot.
Johnson was effective in Green Bay’s short yardage situations and had his best game of the season against the Seattle Seahawks in week 16. He had three influential blocks to set up touchdowns for Ryan Grant, Bandon Jackson and Ahman Green.
Go to www.packers.com to find the top five runs of 2009 and watch Johnson lay some devastating blocks.
Johnson’s possible future at being Green Bay’s starter at fullback bumps Thompson’s grade up to a disappointing D -. Overall he only managed to secure two players on this year’s roster, and even those players' lack of production is somewhat disappointing.
Packer fans will be hoping for Thompson to hit big with a fifth rounder this year...its time he delivers.
Check out next Thursday to look back at Ted Thompsons fourth round selections, featuring starters Josh Sitton and TJ Lang.