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  • Packers fill in the gaps

    Posted by Mark Daniels

    If you think the 7 round, three day NFL draft is hectic, once Mr. Irrelevant is chosen, war rooms across the league turn to absolute chaos when every available GM and scout grabs a phone to start calling, convincing and signing undrafted college free agents.  Many teams add more of these players than draft picks.  The signed players fill in the gaps for positions that did not get addressed in the draft and round out training camp rosters of 90 players.   The Packers got busy Saturday night signing a host of players.  Here's the list:

    Quarterback Matt Brown from Illinois State made a pre-draft visit to Green Bay, after throwing for 3370 yards and 27 touchdowns for the Redbirds last fall.  He's 6-3, 229 pounds and was a three year starter.   The Pack also signed his teammate, safety Ben Erickson, a native of Greendale.  Center Patrick Lewis is from Texas A&M, Lane Taylor is an offensive lineman from Oklahoma, Jeremy Vujnovich played tackle at Louisiana College. Another running back was added with Angelo Pease of Kansas State.  Tight end Jake Stoneburner of Ohio State and receiver Miles White of Louisiana Tech were signed.  Defensive additions included linebacker Andy Mulumba of Eastern Michigan and defensive tackle Gilbert Pena of Mississippi.  The latest signing on Sunday was Texas fullback Ryan Roberson.  All of these players, plus the 11 member draft class, will be in town for the first time at the rookie orientation camp May 10-12.

    Aaron Rodgers' little brother Jordan, the Vanderbilt quarterback, landed a free agent contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

  • Packers Class of 2013

    Posted by Mark Daniels

    The draft is in the books.  Thanks for following along on-line over the past three days. Here's the roll call:

    1) Datone Jones DE UCLA  6-5  280

    2) Eddie Lacy RB Alabama 5-11 230

    4a) David Bakhtiari  OT  Colorado 6-4  299

    4b) J.C. Tretter  OT  Cornell 6-3  307

    4c) Johnathan Franklin RB  UCLA  5-10   201

    5a) Micah Hyde  CB  Iowa  6-1 190

    5b) Josh Boyd  DT  Mississippi State  6-3 300

    6) Nate Palmer LB  Illinois State  6-3 240

    7a) Charles Johnson WR  Grand Valley State 6-3 225

    7b) Kevin Dorsey WR Maryland  6-2  210

    7c) Sam Barrington LB  South Florida  6-1 230

    Camped out at Lambeau Field for the duration, I had the chance to talk with every pick, assistant coaches, scouts, Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson and I'll let you hear from all of them with just a click below.

    Packers Draft Complete

  • Pack's final pick is in

    Posted by Mark Daniels

    The 11th and final pick of Green Bay's 2013 draft is in.  Linebacker Sam Barrington of South Florida.  He's 6-1 and 230 pounds and was very productive for the Bulls in his career, starting 36 of 49 games, piling up 258 tackles, 21 and a half for losses and six and a half sacks.  He also forced five fumbles and had one interception.  Was named second team All Big East after averaging more than 7 tackles a game. Check back, a complete blog posting with interviews and comments on the draft class will be posted this evening.

  • Make it 2 receivers

    Posted by Mark Daniels

    Back to back wide receivers chosen by the Pack in round 7.  After taking Charles Johnson of Grand Valley State at 216, Ted Thompson selected Kevin Dorsey from Maryland University at number 224.  Dorsey is 6-2 and 207 pounds and appears more of a slot receiver.  He caught just 18 balls for 311 yards, a team leading 17.3 yard average as a fifth year senior for the Terrapins last season.  His career numbers are 81 receptions for 1088 yards and 9 scores.  He started the last 22 games.  A native of Forestville, Maryland, he attended Forestville Military Academy in high school.

  • Pack start 7th with WR

    Posted by Mark Daniels

    The Packers need bodies at wide receiver after Donald Driver retired and Greg Jennings followed the free agent money to Minneapolis and with the first of three picks in the 7th and final round, Ted Thompson picked up a pass catcher from the small school ranks. Charles Johnon, a 6-3, 225 pound receiver from Grand Valley State in Michigan is the 216th overall choice.  Johnson played two seasons for Grand Valley catching 72 passes for 1199 yards and 16 touchdowns last year.  His two year totals were 128 receptions for 2229 yards, a 17.4 average and 31 scores.  Johnson, from Elsmere, Kentucky, first enrolled at Eastern Kentucky in 2009 before transferring and sitting out 2010 as a redshirt.  He was named to the first team all GLIAC conference and was a Division 2 honorable mention All American.

  • Packers go back to defense

    Posted by Mark Daniels

    After a run of three straight offensive picks, the Packers went back to defense for the first of their two, fifth round draft choices, selecting Iowa defensive back Micah Hyde.  The 6-0, 197 pounder was a first team All-Big Ten selection on the corner for the Hawkeyes.  He had 8 career interceptions and posted over 240 tackles earning him the Defensive Back of the year award in the conference.  Hyde played 51 career games, the last 38 as a starter and he's also done a little punt returning in Iowa City.  Mike Mayock of the NFL Network called Hyde a good fit for the Pack because of his ball skills.  While Green Bay has a perceived need at safety, the team will list him as a corner upon his arrival.  With the 167th choice, the compensatory pick from the NFL, Green Bay selected a wide body defensvie tackle from Mississippi State, Josh Boyd.   Boyd was listed at 6-3 and 300 pounds who played right away as a freshman and started most of the rest of his career, posting 8.5 sacks.  He's the second defensive lineman taken this weekend, joining number one pick Datone Jones of UCLA.

  • Ted throws a RB curve

    Posted by Mark Daniels

    The Packers have added a second running back in one of the most surprising turns of the weekend.  GM Ted Thompson made a trade with Denver to climb back into the 4th round, giving up a fifth and sixth round pick and at choice 125, selected UCLA running back Jonathan Franklin.  The 5-10, 205 pound back holds the Bruins career rushing record with 4403 yards, scoring 31 touchdowns.  He also caught 58 passes and was one of the most productive backs coming out this year.  Now he will join an overhauled backfield with the second round addition of Eddie Lacy.   Current running backs on the Green Bay roster, James Starks, Alex Green and DuJuan Harris may fast becomming an endangered species with this dramatic deal and pick from Thompson.

  • Pack adds another big boy

    Posted by Mark Daniels

    The Packers stayed on the offensive line with the second of their fourth round draft choices today, tabbing Joseph Carl "J.C." Tretter Jr. from Cornell University.  Tretter is still a growing boy at 6-3 and a half and 307 pounds.  The native of Akron, New York arrived at Cornell as a 238 pound tight end.  After playing that position for two seasons, he moved to the line when his weight swelled to 276 pounds as a junior.  He started the last 20 games of his college career at left tackle although the Packers may look at him as an inside offensive lineman. Tretter was a two time All Ivy League selection for the Big Red, majoring in school of Industrial and Labor Relations.   Tretter was twice voted the team's most valuable player as a lineman and he joins Colorado tackle David Bakhtiari as fourth round picks.

    Looks like there will be another in the 4th as they've just traded back into the round.  Something we hinted at on our last post.  Stay tuned.

  • Pack grab O Lineman

    Posted by Mark Daniels

    The first pick of a busy day for General Manager Ted Thompson came early in round four and they selected David Bakhtiari, an offensvie tackle from the University of Colorado.  Literally a Buffalo, Bakhtiari is a shade over 6-4 and 299 pounds.  He's a junior coming out early after starting 33 games in Boulder, the first 11 at right tackle and the last two seasons at left tackle.  He redshirted his first year after arriving from Burlingame, California's Junipero Serra High School.  By last season, he was receiving All Pac 12 acolades and led the conference with 94 knockdown blocks despite an offense that struggled most of the year.  Bakhtiari was also an academic all conference second team member, majoring in Communications and was voted best interview on the team by media covering Colorado.  With some health issues for Bryan Bulaga and even moreso Derrick Sherrod, the Packers entered this draft looking to bolster the depth on the offensvie line which surrendured 51 sacks of the now 110 million dollar man, Aaron Rodgers last season.

  • Draft's final day underway

    Posted by Mark Daniels

    After GM Ted Thompson worked the phones with San Francisco and Miami last night, the final day of the 2013 NFL draft is underway and it will be a busy one for the Pack.  Thompson traded down three times last night to stockpile 10 draft picks over the final four rounds, two in the fourth, three in the fifth, a pair in the sixth and three more in the 7th. Don't be surprised if he parlays the basket full of picks to move up once or twice to go after a guy they really like on their board.  We'll update the picks as they come in of course and have podcasts with assistant coach, scout and draft pick interviews posted at the end of each round until the picking is complete and the players chosen today join Datone Jones of UCLA and Eddie Lacy of Alabama in the Pack's draft class of 2013.

  • Green Bay gets LB from neighborhood

    Posted by Mark Daniels

    With the only choice in round 6, the Packers have taken linebacker Nate Palmer of Illinois State.  The Chicago native was a second team All Missouri Valley Conference player as a defensive end for the Redbirds last season, starting 13 games on the line.  He's projected to be an outside linebacker in the NFL.  Palmer had 15 tackles for losses and 7.5 sacks last season. He was credited with 27 hurries and forced a team high three fumbles. Palmer is 6-3 and 240 pounds.  If he finds a way onto the roster, it will have to come from special teams work.  Teaching a smallish, defensive end to stand up, play linebacker and run backwards in coverage, isn't easy.  Remember the Aaron Kampman project?

  • Packers Second Draft Pick

    Posted by Randy Shannon

    The Green Bay Packers have made their second pick in the draft and it's running back Edward Lacy from Alabama.  Eddie will wear jersey number 27.  He's 5' 11", 230lbs.  More details coming soon!