Day two of the NFL draft ended unexpectedly early for the Packers as General Manager Ted Thompson traded up for the third year in a row. Sensing what he called a "soft" board with the 86th overall choice in round 3 tonight, Thompson pulled off a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles for the 71st overall pick to select Georgia Tech safety Morgan Burnett. Burnett is a 21 year old junior who piled up some very impressive numbers with the Yellow Jackets. After playing extensively as a freshman, Burnett started the final 27 games of his career, posting 235 tackles, 5th most among defensive backs in school history, with and eye opening 14 interceptions. He picked off 7 passes as a sophomore, returning one for a touchdown and 4 more last fall. Burnett is a shade over 6-1 and 209 pounds. To climb up the board to get him, Thompson gave the Eagles Green Bay's original third round pick (86) plus their 4th round choice (122). Thompson and secondary coach Darren Perry both said tonight they believe Burnett has a great chance to contribute right away, if not as the starter replacing the injury prone Atari Bigby, but in the sub-packages of a defense that produced tons of big plays the past two season. Perry said Burnett has excellent ball skills, evidenced by his interception totals, yet has the ability to play aggressively against the run. Green Bay now has 4 picks remaining on the final day of the draft, two in round five, one each in the 6th and 7th rounds. Head to the 2010 NFL draft coverage page to see interviews and analysis of the Packers choices so far.
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