Dexter McCluster: Why the Little Man Can Help the Green Bay Packers in Big Ways
At only 5'8'' and 165 lbs., Dexter McCluster's diminutive stature would shy many teams away from him. But with his 40 time in the low 4.4's at the Ole Miss pro day, he has the speed and the strength to be a do-it-all offensive weapon in the Packers' already explosive offense.
Being a die-hard Packers fan, I hate to use the Percy Harvin comparison, but McCluster could be the Packers' Harvin. He would/could usher in a Wild Cat formation and take care of the team's returning woes.
McCluster was primarily a backup receiver at Ole Miss his first two years in Oxford. However, in his junior year he really took control of the Rebels' offense. He had 655 rushing yards and 625 receiving yards in 2008.
McCluster exploded in 2009, with 1169 rushing yards on 181 attempts, 520 receiving yards on 44 receptions, and a total of 11 TDs. That's dynamic production the Packers could use.
McCluster could take over the third down duties held by Brandon Jackson. Although Jackson picked up his game in the last few weeks of the season, he is too similar to Ryan Grant. They are both power runners and they lack home run threat ability.
Ted Thompson is said to be on the lookout for a speed back in this years draft, and McCluster could be had in the second to third round, and fits the bill of "speed back". McCluster has the hands and speed to catch a screen out of the backfield and score. He could also be the return man that brings more electricity than Tramon Williams, if Williams comes back 100 percent.
Look for the Packers to use pick 56 on McCluster, as he will be high on their board if still available.
This article is based on comments by Ted Thompson and his search for a speed back in this year's draft. According to many sources, McCluster is high on the Packers' draft board and many think the Packers are the favorite to land him, although the draft is a weird animal.
The Packers face competition for McCluster's services, and it remains to be seen if the McCluster's long hair will be poking out of a Packers helmet come the 2010 season.
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