If you want to talk about a sleeper team, it is the Packers. They can win the Super Bowl with the talent they have accumulated over the past few years.
Also, they haven’t won a playoff game with Aaron Rodgers or even won the division with him as a quarterback, so all those factors cloud the eyes from seeing what they truly are.
Not me, I wear glasses, so I’m telling my readers that I wouldn’t bet against the Packers; they are not one of these teams that are lucky to make playoffs, they are lethal.
The offense was third in the league in scoring, sixth in total yards, seventh in passing yards, 14th in rushing yards, fourth in passing touchdowns, and fifth in rushing touchdowns.
The Packers have great receivers in Donald Driver and Greg Jennings, an incredibly confident quarterback with a tremendous arm named Aaron Rodgers, a running back that is no slouch in Ryan Grant, and a reliable tight end in Jermichael Finley.
The defense was seventh in points allowed, second in total yards allowed, fifth in passing yards allowed, first in interceptions recorded, first in rushing yards allowed, and first in rushing touchdowns allowed.
Both sides of the ball were first in turnovers, which means that the offense committed the fewest mistakes in the league, and the defense caused the most in the league.
The defense has the reigning defensive player of the year in Charles Woodson, Al Harris is another very good cornerback, Nick Collins is a Pro Bowl safety, and Atari Bigby isn’t a glaring weakness.
A lot of other consistent guys in Johnny Jolly, Ryan Pickett, Cullen Jenkins, Nick Barnett, and A.J. Hawk round them out. Aaron Kampman was another great player for them, but is now with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but Brad Jones replaced Kampman when he was injured last year and had some success of his own.
I can’t really point out any weakness to this team. The Vikings just were better last year, and the loss to the Cardinals in the playoffs, while tragic, is not that surprising. They were going up against Kurt Warner, who is arguably the greatest postseason passer of all time.
These Packers should not be taken lightly. The only possible weakness I can see in them is offensive line.
Aaron Rodgers was sacked 50 times over the season, that’s an average of three a game minimum. Some of the trouble could be attributed to Aaron Rodgers having a tendency of holding on to the ball too long, but I saw Rodgers get hit sometimes before he had a real chance to look for a receiver.
The line is a good line, not a great one. I suggest drafting a young offensive tackle to compete with some of the veterans or use him for the future because some of the starters are getting up there in age.
Both tackles, Mark Tauscher and Chad Clifton, are in their 30s. Clifton turns 34 and Tauscher turns 33 within days of each other in this upcoming June.
By the 23rd pick though, most of the top offensive linemen prospects are off the board, but one young man is still available in my mock.
With the 23rd pick, the Packers select Anthony Davis of Rutgers.
Rutgers lately has become a good football program in very recent years. Ray Rice, the Pro Bowl running back for the Ravens, is from Rutgers.
Last year, the first player ever from Rutgers was selected in the first round of the draft and that was Kenny Britt who plays wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans.
Rutgers is still from the Big East, which lately is not the premiere place of football talent, so the success of Anthony Davis, a standout player, is put into scrutiny.
To make it simpler, think of the Big East talent level as the first level of a video game; whereas the other conferences like the Big 12, the SEC, the Pac 10, and the Big Ten are more advanced levels later on in the game.
That doesn’t mean that Davis can’t be one of the greatest players in the draft, maybe even the greatest one, but competition level is something that must be considered before drafting a player.
I still think that if Davis is there at 23, the Packers should still pick him. He’s a guy they can develop if he isn’t the star tackle right off the bat.
I looked at the film of Davis, and he’s got potential. There are times where he loses focus and some players have gotten past him, but it is a challenge to do so.
He’s 6’6", 325 lbs, has 21 bench reps at the combine, a vertical jump of 33 inches, 8’3" broad jump, and runs a 5.38 in the 40-yard dash.
He has talent, and I think he’s a great project for the Packer to try and develop into maybe a great player for them in the future.