NFL Draft Grades 2010: Grading Green Bay Packers' Players Drafted, Not the Draft
While I might not agree with every selection of the 2010 NFL Draft for the Green Bay Packers, we drafted some great players the last three days.
I will not vent in this article. I will try to be unbiased.
While I do wish we were able to "better" utilize our fourth round pick to add an additional player at a position of need, I will have to defer to the GM of the Green Bay Packers, Mr. Ted Thompson, and his many years of experience.
I tried to do a slideshow, but for some reason Bleacher Report wouldn't cooperate with me, so I will have to try to make a traditional article work. This is my personal opinion and will not bring in stats, projections, or expert analyses.
A+: With the 23rd pick of the 2010 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers select...
~ BRYAN BULAGA, LT ~ UNIVERSITY OF IOWA ~
Personally, after the 2010 Scouting Combine, I never dreamed that we would have a shot at drafting Bulaga. He fills our greatest need, was a great value, and I applaud Thompson for pulling the trigger on this pick!
I believe he will be a great Packer for years to come!
B: With the 56th pick of the 2010 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers select...
~ MIKE NEAL, DE ~ PURDUE UNIVERSITY ~
Surprised is not the word I would use to describe my emotions when I heard this pick announced...
I immediately went to find out all I could about this relatively unknown draft prospect. I looked at this kid as a football player, not where he was picked, not at the Packers' needs, and not at the players left on the board...
While that is personally very hard for me to do, Mike Neal is a baller! What really makes me feel good about this kid is what our defensive line coach, Mike Trgovac, had to say about him...check out his post-draft comments:
The standard answer when any GM drafts a lineman is, "You can never have enough of these guys." They should add: "Especially of this caliber!"
A+: With the 71st pick of the 2010 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers select...
~ MORGAN BURNETT ~ S ~ GEORGIA TECH ~
Couldn't be more pleased with the Packers' effort to get a guy to help out NICK COLLINS! Burnett is a playmaker!
Packer fans know that we were devastated with injuries to our secondary last year and needed to add depth at safety. Burnett is a "ball-hawking" physical presence that will pay big dividends this year and in the future.
C+: With the 154th pick of the 2010 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers select...
~ ANDREW QUARLESS ~ TE ~ PENN STATE UNIVERSITY ~
I was surprised that we drafted this kid with three TEs on the roster. I was also very surprised to hear that he had off-the-field issues!
After further research, I found out his off-the-field issues were two underage drinking incidents, one of which led to a DUI. Personally, I can't bash the kid for that...I too, have felt the long arm of the law on a night when I indulged too liberally.
I had no idea about this kid either, but after hearing our TE coach Ben McAdoo speak about him, I think he'll make a great Packer and may see us trading either Spencer Havner or Donald Lee.
B: With the 169th pick of the 2010 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers select...
~ MARSHALL NEWHOUSE ~ T/G ~ TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY ~
I was not surprised to see another OL drafted in the fifth round. Looking at what some said, I wasn't initially very happy—that is, until I heard our offensive line coach James Campen contradict almost everything that I read. Solid talent.
AGAIN..."Can never have too many of these guys."
A-: With the 193rd pick of the 2010 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers select...
~ JAMES STARKS ~ RB ~ UNIVERSITY OF BUFFALO ~
I was very happy with this pick in the sixth round. Starks is a converted HS QB who rewrote the record books as a RB for Buffalo.
Though he was injured and didn't play his senior year in college, there is more than enough production to warrant a sixth round pick. Had he not gotten injured, we might not have been able to get him in the third round.
Personally, I think this kid is a perfect fit in Green Bay. He is used to the cold, and he's an athletic kid with pass-catching ability and a great deal of potential! RB coach Edgar Bennett had nothing but good things to say about this kid and didn't see his running too upright at times to be a problem in the future.
I also find myself envisioning the Packers running a few HB passes, just like the "Glory Days!"
B: With the 230th pick of the 2010 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers select...
~ C.J. WILSON ~ DE ~ EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY ~
Wilson will be the Packers' eighth DE on the roster. He's a high-production guy that slid for no apparent reason. I couldn't find one negative on this kid and assume he'll get a chance to compete for a roster spot.
"Can never have enough of these guys!"
While we drafted a quality group of guys with a great deal of talent, I still feel the Packers have some work to do before we clinch the NFC North. The Packers have some holes yet to fill, and with the additions of solid depth at several positions, it does open up the possibility of moving some veteran players via trade.
I'm grading the players, not our draft...do I agree with every pick? Of course not. Not even the Packers organization themselves were 100 percent in agreement.
Do I personally think that more could've been done to improve and impact the 2010 Packers in this draft? Of course—what fan wouldn't think that more could've been done?
Did we get a top CB, OLB, RB, WR, or even punter? No. Did we make a huge splash? No...
But do I think we have some serious potential and arguably three possible starters? Yes!
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