Here we are less than 15 days to the 2010 NFL Draft and you have Ted Thompson's second round draft selections.
Throughout the series you have seen round by round analysis since his appointment as Green Bay’s General Manger in 2005.
Each round is graded A-F and in a nut shell will be looking back at Thompson's hits, misses, busts, and gems of his five year tenure at Green Bay.
The second round features playmakers Nick Collins and Greg Jennings.
2005—S/CB Nick Collins, Bethune-Cookman (51) and WR/KR Terrence Murphy, Texas A&M (58)
2006—T/G Daryn Colledge, Boise State (47) and WR Greg Jennings, Western Michigan (52)
2007—RB Brandon Jackson, Nebraska (63)
2008—WR Jordy Nelson, Kansas State (36), QB Brian Brohm, Louisville (56), and CB Patrick Lee, Auburn (60)
Starters 2009 —3
Roster made 2009 —6 (Nick Collins, Daryn Colledge, Greg Jennings, Brandon Jackson, Jordy Nelson, and Patrick Lee)
The two standout players selected by Ted Thompson in the second round are Pro-Bowl safety Nick Collins and wide receiver Greg Jennings. Both playmakers have been a real find by GM Thompson who has had his fair share of misses in the second round.
Former Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm and wide receiver Terrence Murphy are no longer with the Packers and quite frankly have struggled even to play a down in the NFL. Auburn cornerback Patrick Lee has been on injured reserve since 2008, whilst the likes of Jordy Nelson, Daryn Colledge, and Brandon Jackson have all been solid contributors.
Collins, a second round pick in 2005, just completed his fifth year in Green Bay, starting 77 matches while only missing three in 2007.
Over the past two seasons, Collins has rapidly become one of the most productive safeties in the NFL. His 13 interceptions tops all safeties, with other Pro Bowl caliber players, Ed Reed (12), Darren Sharper (10), Troy Polamalu (10), and Brandon Meriweather (9) coming closely behind.
Collins’ uncanny ability to convert his interceptions into Packer touchdowns has made the ball hawking safety a constant threat in Green Bay’s backfield.
What Collins is to Green Bay’s defence, Greg Jennings is to the Packers offence. Both are explosive and exciting to watch and Jennings is quickly becoming a fan favourite with his quiet and calm misdemeanor off and on the field.
Jennings will be entering the 2010 season having recorded back to back 1000+ receiving yards seasons (1,113 & 1,292), catching 28 touchdowns in 52 starts. Jennings gives Green Bay a good deep threat who is also lethal with the ball in his hands gaining yards after the catch. The former Western Michigan standout has had a career average of 16.1 yards per reception, making him a formidable receiver in the NFL.
Jennings doesn’t posses a diva style mentality like many of his peers in the league and may not receive national praise or coverage. However fans in the NFC North all know Jennings capabilities and is a staple of the Green Bay Packers offence.
Prior to the 2009 season Jennings had 2,844 receiving yards in his first three seasons, trailing only Sterling Sharpe (3,319) and James Lofton (3,012) during the same amount of time. Of his 24 career touchdowns before ’09 Jennings had an average of 31.3 yards per score.
Versatile lineman Daryn Colledge had been a dependable guard/tackle for Thompson and head coach Mike McCarthy. Colledge had a 2009 campaign to forget and his production for the Packers didn’t go down well with fans and pundits around the league and his previous solid seasons for the Pack have been well and truly forgotten.
Before his horrendous 2009 season Colledge had started 44 of 48 games, including a stretch of 27 in a row in three seasons. Since his rookie season in 2006, the offensive line has allowed just 77 sacks, which is tied for fifth-fewest in the NFL and along with best friend Jason Spitz were the only players to play every 2008 offensive snap.
Brandon Jackson and Jordy Nelson have played their third and second season respectively for Green Bay and both have been solid players. Jackson, drafted in 2007 was seen to become the lead back for the Pack however the acquisition of Ryan Grant from the New York Giants has derailed that process.
The former Huskers running back has shown some flashes of his potential as a runner; however the great production of Grant has hampered any development.
During the 2009 campaign Jackson showed the ability to be a very solid third down back, recognizing blitzes and blocking well for quarterback Aaron Rodgers. In three seasons with the Packers Jackson has recorded 1,128 all purpose yards from scrimmage, recording five touchdowns.
Jordy Nelson was Green Bay’s first selection in the 2007 draft and has been along with James Jones a very solid third/fourth wide receiver. Along with his receiving skills (55 catches, 686 yards and four touchdowns) Nelson has proven to be a solid kick return specialist averaging 23.4 yards after 36 attempts.
Whilst selecting Pro Bowl caliber players like Collins and Jennings, Thompson’s inability to have a successful 2008 draft selecting three second rounder’s, who have made very little contributions to Green Bay is disappointing. Those picks were seen to immediately help Green Bay, and go one step further than the NFC Championship hurdle that the Pack fell at in 2007.
The jury is still out with Nelson who hasn’t been given an opportunity to step into the starter’s role; however he has shown some potential at wide out. Patrick Lee is constantly injured, but the Packers are high on him and expect him to contribute if healthy next season.
After yet another successful season Thompson knows a good draft is needed to keep Green Bay of track and not falter like they did in 2008.