2010 NFL Draft: Green Bay Packers Analysis and Predictions
The Green Bay Packers aren't the most intelligent team when it comes to drafting, but given their recent performance in April, it's safe to say that Ted Thompson can recruit the best of talent when he puts his mind to it.
This year Green Bay don't have the luxury of high picks to work with, but they do however have the likely chance of picking up a player that happens to slip through the net and more or less land in their laps.
Therefore, here's a look at the first three rounds of the NFL Draft for Green Bay, and a look at who they could take on both offense and defense, along with a slide of "Wishful Thinking" picks.
Round One Offensive Options: OT Bruce Campbell
With the probability of gaining a top flight quarterback such as Sam Bradford or Tim Tebow proving low, chances are Green Bay will try and answer their needs in the draft by signing an offensive lineman.
Bruce Campbell isn't the most hyped up player heading into April, however CBS Sports has projected Campbell to be a first or second round pick. During his time with Maryland, Campbell acted as one of the sole reasons for the Maryland offense being able to stick together and post points on the board.
Some have argued that Campbell would be wise to return this season and complete his senior year, however after posting a decent set of NFL Combine stats back in February, this 6'7" 310 lb. tackle may be the last piece to the puzzle that Green Bay has been missing.
Fitting in with the likes of Daryn Colledge, Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher won't be easy at first, but Campbell is the type of player that can adapt to any situation. Making him a great signing for the Green Bay Packers.
Round One Defensive Options: CB Kyle Wilson
The corner back position isn't one that needs urgent attention in Green Bay, however if the offensive lineman option in the Draft is snatched by an earlier bidder, then drafting a young and talented defensive back may be a wise decision for the Packers.
The former Boise State Bronco, Kyle Wilson has fast become a fan favorite amongst viewers. Considered to be one of the best corner backs in this years NFL Draft, Kyle Wilson could be an asset that boosts the Packers defense immensely.
Although Defensive Player of the Year winner Charles Woodson looks like the brightest star in the NFL today, father time is proving to be his biggest challenge.
With Al Harris still struggling to fight off injury, the Packers would be wise to draft a corner back that could set them up for the future before Al and Charles grow too long in the tooth.
Some will argue that Tramon Williams is the future of the Packers defense, and I tend to agree. However, pair Tramon up with the bursting talent of Kyle Wilson and you once again have the makings of a great corner back duo in Green Bay.
Kyle Wilson is one of those rare players that just draws your attention when watching a game. A love and passion for football, and a desire to do his best week in and week out are the makings for a future Packer.
Throw in the simple fact that Kyle Wilson is also a fantastic punt returner, and I think you have a new favorite prospect for Green Bay.
Round Two Offensive Options: OT Anthony Davis
Yes, another offensive tackle. This time though, Anthony Davis is even more underrated than Bruce Campbell.
I wouldn't blame you if you didn't know too many Rutgers players, however Anthony Davis is among the standouts to enter the draft wearing Scarlet Knight red.
His presence on the offensive line was enough to set even the wildest of defensive lineman straight in 2009, and imagining this 325 lb. giant in front of Aaron Rodgers makes the quarterback scramble option even that more deadly.
More importantly though, all 325 pounds of Davis would be useful for Ryan Grant's benefit. Although the run game has begun to pick up finally, Grant does struggle to initiate holes at times, something that the Packers offensive line has had trouble building on.
Bring in Anthony Davis, and I assure you that business will pick up.
Round Two Defensive Options: DE Jerry Hughes
Given TCU's impressive 2009 season, Jerry Hughes has become one of the most prolific defensive backs to come out of the College system.
After running the 40 yard dash in 4.69 seconds at the NFL Combine, Jerry's speed is the key factor for any team willing to consider him come April.
54 tackles in 2009 along with 11.5 sacks, it's safe to say the Jerry Hughes may just give Clay Matthews a run for his money should he become a Packer.
More importantly though, it's Jerry Hughes' "motivator" type attitude that wins him my vote for a second round pick. Almost resembling Ray Lewis at times, Jerry is the type of player that doesn't hide his emotions (see photo to the left).
Although Green Bay don't need motivation, they could do with some dominance and speed off the line. Therefore making this not only a potential pick in the second round, but also one to consider in the first round as well.
Round Three Offensive Options: OG Mike Iupati
Move over Mike Tyson, there is a new Iron Mike in town.
"The Samoan Juggernaut," as some call him, simply gets me excited. All 331 pounds of him has been successful during his time with the Idaho Vandals, and the trip north to Green Bay wouldn't change that fact.
Unfortunately for the Packers, this is a hit and miss type of pick. Predicting getting Mike as a certainty is hard, seeing as though the demand for offensive lineman is high this time of year.
However if Green Bay do play the waiting game, Mike may just become available to them. With the 86th pick in the third round, Ted Thompson will have to be patient, but having a guard that packs a punch like Mike is something I know I wouldn't mind seeing in Green Bay.
The offensive line demand is huge, but the Packers lead that list. Let's just hope that Ted fulfills the Packers needs.
Round Three Defensive Options: DE Derrick Morgan
There's three solid reasons why Derrick Morgan is a prospect for the Packers.
1. He is a great pass rusher
2. He can stop the rush
3. His tackling is to put it bluntly, "beastly."
The pass rush is an area that Green Bay lacked last season. Although Clay Matthews racked up more than enough sacks, there were times such as the Pittsburgh vs. Green Bay game where a little quarterback pressure meant the difference between a win and a loss.
Derrick Morgan doesn't bring as much to the table as other potential defensive ends, he does however just play football to the best of his ability. The need isn't exactly high for a defensive end for Green Bay, but he's an asset that could pay dividends in the future.
The 'Wishful Thinking' Picks
I don't know what genius came up with the idea of the Packers possibly drafting Tim Tebow, but some fans do seem to like it.
However, the likelihood of the Rams, Chiefs, Redskins or Lions passing him up is slim, so it would be more than just a miracle should Green Bay acquire ol' No. 15.
With that said, we can still hope for a great pick right? Of course.
Personally, I would much rather see Green Bay draft a defensive prospect such as Eric Berry to the team. An explosive playmaker would be great, and someone of Eric's quality at the safety position would be more than worthy of taking over Atari Bigby or Nick Collins' job should the fateful day of retirement come.
At the moment though it is all just speculation and opinion. Some want Tebow, while others would much prefer someone in the likes of Toby Gerhart, Sam Bradford, or Colt McCoy. Don't put all your eggs in one basket, but there is the slight chance that Green Bay drafts a highly talented player in April.
As the old adage goes "Nothing new will come into your life, until your grateful for what you have", therefore let's just be thankful that the Packers are still looking promising.