Green Bay Packers 2009 Draft Preview

Green Bay Packers 2009 Draft Preview

There are 36 comments on the WFRV-TV Green Bay story from Apr 7, 2009, titled Green Bay Packers 2009 Draft Preview. In it, WFRV-TV Green Bay reports that:

Job number one for the Packers as soon as their 2008 careened to a disappointing close was overhauling the defense.

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eric

Chili, WI

#21 Apr 17, 2009
If its not a LT is say D end or LB.We need o line guards but you can find a hard working guard in the mid late round and there have been many who have played for years.
normallylikeyell ow

Osceola Mills, PA

#22 Apr 18, 2009
We would never have selected Cedric Benson for character reasons. Is that your knock on Wells? If it's that he can't play, you are a pretty lone voice out there. He's high on everybody's draft board. "Hybrid" is another way of saying "undersized-for-every down in the 4/3." We have a couple of those guys already. Unless you have a beast, might as well (as Jeremy points out the depth in this draft--correctly) fill that need later. Trade or take a pick that warrants the signing money. Denver, Indy, SF, NYJ and possibly NYG all want to move up. Extras picks would help, since we need specialists like a punter and a long snapper.
eric

Chili, WI

#23 Apr 18, 2009
What i meant by Cedric Benson is he will be a bust.There have been alot of backs like him who were busts.
normallylikeyell ow

Osceola Mills, PA

#24 Apr 18, 2009
Wells will be a bust? Okay. If you say so. Don't know what evidence you have to support it. Was it that he was injured in college? So were Adrian Peterson and Ryan Grant.
eric

Chili, WI

#25 Apr 18, 2009
well........
Cedric benson.....
brent fullwood
Reggie Bush,supposed to be this great back,hes a kick returner..
the kid from Penn State some years back

there have been a number of Wells type backs who were projected high first mid first round picks that didn't pan out to well for their draft position, and wells is the same mold IMO

“Go Pack Go”

Since: Jun 07

Stevens Point, Wisconsin

#26 Apr 18, 2009
"Every team in the top 10 is looking to trade out," said Mayock. "Never seen it, never seen the situation quite this heavy. And the theory is, everybody knows we’re upside-down right now with this draft. The rookies are getting paid way too much money proportionate to their value. So, teams are scared to death of missing (in) the top-10."

The biggest problem in the NFL might be how rookies are paid, especially those in the taken in the top 10 of the draft and, to a lesser extent, those taken in the first round.

Rookies are getting paid too much guaranteed money. And when they don't perform, it's a double edged sword for teams. The money spent on under-performing rookies is crippling the team's salary cap, and the image of NFL general manager is tied to the performance of the first rounder they take. The first rounder you drafted isn't producing? You're fired.

It's not the teams' fault either. It's just the way things are structured. Rookie contracts are going to be one of the biggest sticking points in the next NFL collective bargaining agreement.

An example everyone around Wisconsin can relate with is Justin Harrell and Ted Thompson. Harrell hasn't produced in two years in the NFL. Yet he's making millions of dollars. Sure, are other factors influencing the performance of Thompson. But one of the biggest ones is Thompson's gaffe in drafting Harrell. That decision alone is costing the team millions and affecting the team's ability to spend those millions in other places such as free agency or extending the contracts of deserving players.

That's why the Packers and everyone else wants to trade down. They don't want to bust on high draft pick, especially when they can get players nearly as good at a fractions of the price later in the draft.
Railbird Central
eric

Chili, WI

#27 Apr 18, 2009
i think that willl be the sticking point of the new CBA for the NFL and prob. the main reason for the NFL strike after the 10 season.Theres no cap for 10 and a strike to follow.Football is by far the most competitive and luchritive and the best sport so hopefully the strike wont last to long,but,rookies are getting to much as you stated PROBALL and signing bonuses will eventualy floor the smaller cities out of the game.GB for whatever reason ( the smallest city,yet mid to upper in revenue) is in trouble some what,but, Minn,seems to be in trouble somewhat if they dont get their new statium, and Chicago built on for extra revenue to stay competitive,so its starting to take effect and something has to be done and keep football from taking the baseball route
wal0645

Yorktown, VA

#28 Apr 18, 2009
Whatever the league does, I hope there is some semblance of a cap. This is the only thing that keeps the league competitive. Baseball is a good example where the teams are not on the same playing field as far as payroll, which has come more of an issue over time and taken away it's popularity. A team like GB would be devastated without one. Dallas, NY teams, and some of the others would steal the show, having the freedom to out bid most for talented players. I think this is the reason most like football so much; that every team has a chance. Miami wins one game in 2007, yet bounces back to make the playoffs; same for Atlanta. The Pack go 13-3, then 6-10.
normallylikeyell ow

Osceola Mills, PA

#29 Apr 18, 2009
eric wrote:
well........
Cedric benson.....
brent fullwood
Reggie Bush,supposed to be this great back,hes a kick returner..
the kid from Penn State some years back
there have been a number of Wells type backs who were projected high first mid first round picks that didn't pan out to well for their draft position, and wells is the same mold IMO
Cedric Benson was in trouble before he got to Chicago--didn't want to go there--and got in trouble after: Fullwood was not at all the same type--5'11" 200lbs vs. Wells who is 6'1" 237; and Reggie Bush is no good as a back? He averages 3.7 per carry and 7.5 per catch--and returns kicks. Stats say get him the ball twice and you move the chains. Plus he can take it to the house on any play. Kijana Carter blew out his knee in pre-season. We're not going to take him anyway--too expensive. If we take a back it'll be someone like Donald Brown in 2nd or 3rd.
jeremy

Barney, ND

#30 Apr 18, 2009
They will be taking B.J. Raji if he is there, the guy will be a instant impact on defense. If he is not there they will take the BEST available player, I hope TT learned his lesson with Harrell.
jeremy

Barney, ND

#31 Apr 18, 2009
wal0645 wrote:
Whatever the league does, I hope there is some semblance of a cap. This is the only thing that keeps the league competitive. Baseball is a good example where the teams are not on the same playing field as far as payroll, which has come more of an issue over time and taken away it's popularity. A team like GB would be devastated without one. Dallas, NY teams, and some of the others would steal the show, having the freedom to out bid most for talented players. I think this is the reason most like football so much; that every team has a chance. Miami wins one game in 2007, yet bounces back to make the playoffs; same for Atlanta. The Pack go 13-3, then 6-10.
Exactly, that is why I'm not about to write off management for last season. But another bad year and I'll have some issues.
eric

Chili, WI

#32 Apr 18, 2009
normallylikeyellow wrote:
<quoted text> Cedric Benson was in trouble before he got to Chicago--didn't want to go there--and got in trouble after: Fullwood was not at all the same type--5'11" 200lbs vs. Wells who is 6'1" 237; and Reggie Bush is no good as a back? He averages 3.7 per carry and 7.5 per catch--and returns kicks. Stats say get him the ball twice and you move the chains. Plus he can take it to the house on any play. Kijana Carter blew out his knee in pre-season. We're not going to take him anyway--too expensive. If we take a back it'll be someone like Donald Brown in 2nd or 3rd.
Donald Brown from my place UCONN!
eric

Chili, WI

#33 Apr 18, 2009
normallylikeyellow wrote:
<quoted text> Cedric Benson was in trouble before he got to Chicago--didn't want to go there--and got in trouble after: Fullwood was not at all the same type--5'11" 200lbs vs. Wells who is 6'1" 237; and Reggie Bush is no good as a back? He averages 3.7 per carry and 7.5 per catch--and returns kicks. Stats say get him the ball twice and you move the chains. Plus he can take it to the house on any play. Kijana Carter blew out his knee in pre-season. We're not going to take him anyway--too expensive. If we take a back it'll be someone like Donald Brown in 2nd or 3rd.
I was thinking Curtis Enos.There are many backs like Wells,im just not convinced,thats all.
normallylikeyell ow

Osceola Mills, PA

#34 Apr 18, 2009
Sorry to be so disagreeable, but Pro, if we didn't go 6-10, the Harrell thing would just be another draft bust. We are WAY under the salary cap. Then you change defenses 3 years into a program, which means you have to adjust your personnel--you send the signal that you're not likely to sign your OTs... 3 out of 4 seasons missing the playoffs with one the winningest teams of the past dozen years prior and yes, the whole Favre thing--and it begins to create a sense that this management is not on top of it.
GBPfan

Colorado Springs, CO

#35 Apr 19, 2009
First, if a team wins nobody fixates on any of their poor draft picks. If they don't win, people fixate disproportionately on first round busts. But the risk/benefit analysis is certainly causing teams to consider trading first rounders more than in the past.

Second, any CBA in the NFL will include a cap because this is the only way many of the owners can exercise any self restraint. Unfortunately, the owners will probably find a way around their own cap.

Third, if you understand revenue sharing, you know that the NFL is not at all like MLB. The differences in financial strength between NFL clubs is miniscule in comparison to MLB clubs. MLB and the NFL will never be comparable unless and until either:(1) the NFL does away with revenue sharing(that has been incredibly successful in increasing revenues and popularity of the game nationwide); or (2) MLB adopts a form of true revenue sharing. If you understand how these kind of changes would be made, you know that neither is likely to occur. In fact, the odds are virtually zero.
normallylikeyell ow

Osceola Mills, PA

#36 Apr 19, 2009
Curtis Enis--heck yeah, if the Bears draft Wells, I hope he's a bust too! I get to see Wells play a lot and when they are in games, he's a lot like Forte. Wears you down and then pops a 50+ yard run. Not sure if he is the pass catcher Forte is, however. He'll have to learn to not take on as many tacklers also, but he is big trouble if he gets to the secondary level.

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