2011 NFL Draft: Player Positions the Green Bay Packers Can Cross off Their List
Greetings from the Frozen Tundra, friends!
It is nearly that magical time of year, where the good "boys" of college football are given the opportunity to show what they've got on the field. The 2011 NFL Draft frenzy is building, and for fans of the Green Bay Packers, it means that we are going to soon see who will help, hopefully, repeat a Super Bowl win this season.
If there is a season.
Regardless, let's take a look at what positions the Packers can cross off their lists, even before the draft starts. You know, a time that the Packer's Draft Day war room can schedule potty breaks around and know that they aren't missing a huge opportunity.
Quarterbacks... We Don't Need No Stinking Quarterback!
Like the caption on the photo says, no explanation is needed here, but I will give it a shot in case you've been living in a cave somewhere.
The Packers have Aaron Rodgers, who, in Wisconsin, is viewed as a man who could potentially turn water into beer (which would be a highly prized party trick in any state), bring the Packers a repeat Super Bowl win and win the Governor job without even running. His play is impeccable, he has high expectations for himself and his team and he is patient. He was MVP of the Super Bowl. There is no need to go on.
Even though Rodgers suffered two concussions this year, Matt Flynn proved that he is an impressive quarterback in his own right. His start against the Patriots proved that he can rise to the challenge and works well with the Green Bay offense.
No worries here.
Additionally, I'm tired of hearing about Cam Newton. He may be a good or even great quarter back, but he doesn't need any more attention. Enough said.
Wide Receivers: Well, Maybe Just One...
The Packers' receiving corp is very impressive, and has given Aaron Rodgers many different opportunities to get the football down the field. However, the main concerns that the Packers need to address are dropped catches and injuries.
Donald Driver is 36 years old, which in NFL player years, unfortunately, equals 360. Driver is a phenomenal player, who has contributed greatly to the Packer's offense during the past 12 seasons. But, this season painted the picture of Green Bay Packers football without Driver. The Packers still went to the Super Bowl and won.
In regard to drops, James Jones made a few people lose their voices, and possibly their minds, while screaming at their televisions this season. The drops caused beer sales to skyrocket in Wisconsin. We don't recommend this to continue.
Unless one of the players in the NFL Draft is virtually indestructible and was born with Velcro/sticky goo on their hands to catch the ball, this is another position that isn't needed.
At this time...
Kickers, Punters and Centers, Oh My...
Sorry, had to throw a "Wizard of Oz" reference in there. Whimsical fun is had by all! On to serious matters, however...
These positions are also an area that the Green Bay Packers seem to have a good handle on. Tim Masthay, Mason Crosby and Scott Wells proved in the 2010 season that they are solid players who can be counted on. Congratulations, gentleman.
Masthay kept Devon Hester of the Bears locked out during the playoff game, much to the delight of the fans. Mason Crosby has been consistent and Scott Wells has been solid.
No issues here.
Linebackers: Bring on the Hate Mail
Yeah, so the Packer defense has been created via a nefarious plan by a defensively gifted mastermind (read evil genius), aka Dom Capers. If the defensive Gods were to bless the Packers with Casey Matthews, the heavens would part and the fans would dance in the streets of Wisconsin like children. In Wisconsin, nothing would make some fans happier than having two Matthews playing on the same team.
Imagine the fear this would instill in opposing quarterbacks and try not to smile, fellow Packer fan.
However, it is not to be.
Casey Matthews has had an impressive college career and will hopefully have an equally as impressive NFL career. It will more than likely not be with the Green Bay Packers, unfortunately. Why, you may ask? The current linebackers, including but definitely not limited to Clay Matthews and A.J. Hawk, are strong. Unless Capers has a super secret plan for world domination, via drafting Casey Matthews, it is not meant to be...
Please do not revoke my right to be a Packer fan.
Just Keep Doing What You're Doing...
Really, the Packers are Super Bowl Champions. Ted Thompson and the Packers organization has done the impossible: Built a team that can win with, or without, its starters. Wherever the NFL draft leads to, we all hope for one thing...
Another Super Bowl win! Just keep doing what you are doing and you'll be fine.