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2010 NFL Draft: Five White Guys Pave the Way in Green Bay

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 13: Chad Clifton #76 of the Green Bay Packers participates in warm-ups before a game against the Chicago Bears on September 13, 2009 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Bears 21-15. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Franklin RizzoContributor IMarch 23, 2010

Have you ever seen the Wesley Snipes-Woody Harrelson movie "White Men Can't Jump"? Most of you over 30 probably have.

Have you also noticed that people like Chris Rock, Charles Barkley, and Whoopie Goldberg can make funny jokes about white people, and race-related issues, but when a white person says anything, they often get fined or suspended?

Jimmy the Greek noticed too late. Al Campanis learned the hard way too. So did Don Imus.

Down here in Dallas, we have three main sports channels on the radio, and it's refreshing because all three of them candidly discuss racial issues. They do it seriously at times, and they make hilarious jokes at times.

Of course, as with every professional comedian, not all jokes are great. But it's nice to hear because people need to loosen up about being afraid to discuss race.

Randy Galloway is the funniest, and he actually reminds me a lot of Don Imus. He's pretty famous, and was on ESPN National a lot during the Terrell Owens saga here. He is the one who gave T.O. the nickname of El Dorado. He gets away with more than anyone could nationally...Wel,l anyone who is not the same shade as Whoopie and Barkley.

On to the Packers: It's no coincidence in Green Bay that all five starters on the OL are white guys. It's no coincidence that all five starters in 2008 were also white. It's no coincidence that all five starters in 2007 were white. It's just the way it is. Only Ted knows why.

I do realize that he drafted Jamon Meredith last year, in the sixth round. He was a guy that many penciled in for the second or third round of the draft, so even Ted Thompson couldn't pass him up in that round, considering the age of Chad Clifton. Alas, Ted and Mike McCarthy cut Meredith anyway, and he was quickly signed away by Buffalo, and eventually made some starts as a rookie for the Bills.

So what does that all mean here leading up to the 2010 Draft in April? Well, who knows. But if history is any indication, it means you should not plan on hearing OT Anthony Davis or OT Bruce Campbell's name announced when our pick is at the podium.

You should expect names like Bryan Bulaga, Jared Veldheer, Kyle Calloway, Derek Hardman, or Thomas Welch. Perhaps Jeff Linkenbach or Levi Horn. Rocco Cironi wouldn't surprise me anymore than Breno Giacomini did three years ago.

Some people refer to the Packers O-Line as the White Wall. Whatever you want to call it, it's crucial that they keep the wall solid with no leaks like last year weeks one-10, and keep franchise player Aaron Rodgers upright and healthy.

 

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