Andrew's Green Bay Packers Draft Contest Picks

Andrew RoseContributor IApril 24, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 07:  Tyson Jackson #93 of the Louisiana State University Tigers celebrates during the AllState BCS National Championship against the Ohio State Buckeyes on January 7, 2008 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

The first player selected by the Packers in the 2009 NFL draft will be:

Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU

Reasons and explanation:
As the days go by, this becomes the most logical choice. Jacksonis shooting up the boards and is poised to be a difference-maker. Raji will be gone by now, and Andre Smith won’t be worth the risk to Thompson. Also, an outside linebacker can be selected later on in the draft. The real need is defensive line

The second player selected by the Packers in the 2009 NFL draft will be:
Ron Brace, NT, Boston College

Reasons and explanation:
The second round is loaded with starting-caliber talent and many teams will be looking to grab some of them. Getting a quality nose tackle is high on the Packers’ wish list. Here is where we see the Packers trade down and land in a position later in the second round to select Brace.

Tie-breaker questions:

Will the Packers make a draft-day trade involving their first round No. 9 pick?

(answer "yes" or "no")

No. I can’t see Thompson trading this selection. Somebody he values with his first pick will be there, even if it’s not the one I predict.

Will the Packers third selection in the draft be an offensive player or a defensive player? (answer "offense" or "defense")

Offense. We all know the weakness on this team is defense, but there are a few holes to fill on the other side of the ball. Their third choice will be the perfect time to select an OT, a RB or a TE.    

Will the Packers use any of their draft choices (day one or two) to take a punter?

(answer "yes" or "no")

Yes. Thompson stole Crosby in the 6th round of the 2007 draft. This time he will steal the highest-rated punter, Kevin Huber of Cincinnati, with his last pick.   

Additional comments or predictions:

With nine selections going into the draft, Thompson is once again poised to get excellent quality in the later rounds. His wealth of draft picks will allow him to make at least one draft-day trade, but it won’t involve the first pick.

Expect the Packers to select at least one player for each of these positions: DE, NT, OLB, OT, TE and RB.   


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