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Offline Yerko  
#1 Posted : Thursday, February 7, 2013 9:58:25 AM(UTC)
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Trying to follow the format of QCHuskerfans posts, but mine might be a tad bit *unrealistic*. It is the offseason so sometimes my thoughts get the best of me.

Depth Chart for 2013:
1. ?- Starting position is up for grabs.
2. DuJuan Harris- Showed some spark late last season, quite like Starks in 2010. I don't believe it was enough of a sample though to mark him in as the #1.
3. Alex Green- Coming off an ACL injury the previous season and not fully ready this past season, we didn't see much of Green. I think he is a good 3rd down back though.

James Starks- Great late season in 2010. Has done nothing but been injured since.
Cedric Benson- With last season's major injury, I don't think Ced will be the same runningback.
Brandon Saine- Again, injuries.

There are some great options in the draft. While it isn't always wise to count on a rookie in any starting position, I think there are a few names that can come into the pros and immediately make an impact.

Eddie Lacy
-If Lacy is still on the board at 26, the Packers *should* draft him. Yes, the Packers offensive line needs some help but a runningback like Lacy can strike some fear into a defense and open up A LOT of the passing game. He will most likely make an average offensive line look better than they are.
Montee Ball
- Ball has experience running in a ZBS offense. Another hard runner that can probably make an instant impact in more than just the run game.
Le'Veon Bell
- Biggest of all 3 backs and certainly doesn't run like he is almost 250 pounds. Bell would be another option for the Packers. He adds a similar element as Ball.

I think Ball and Bell can easily fall to the late 2nd round, maybe even early 3rd. I can never tell anymore with the way some teams draft. Maybe cutting a guy like Starks is a bit too much but for the past two seasons, his injuries have kept him off the field. He doesn't help the team on the sidelines every season.
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#2 Posted : Thursday, February 7, 2013 10:46:17 AM(UTC)
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Starks has a significant injury history and can't be counted on. I can see him being released.
Bensons injury can be career ending. I don't see him coming back.
Saine probably gets another shot.

I like Bell but MSU ran him to death so his career might be short, much like John Brockington.
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#3 Posted : Thursday, February 7, 2013 11:08:47 AM(UTC)
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Was going to try to get to offense, but am happier that you did. Thank you!

Agree with you about depth chart.

Really agree with Starks. Hasta la vista, baby.

Benson- well it comes down to contract to me. If it costs much to keep him to Training Camp, would cut him. But if he doesn't have a Roster Bonus, might keep him into camp. He would need to be a clear #1 coming out of camp for me to keep though.

Ball- I am not a believer. He has over 600 carries already under his belt in college. In my warped mind, I look at RB's as having a finite # of carries. I would rather have a one year wonder like Lacy than a back that has had a long college career. He has used some of that lifetime allotment of carries up already. There are a number of exceptions to this, like AP. But there is a reason that RB's don't last long in the NFL. Ball is also not much of a threat in the passing game.

Lacey- Low # of carries and much more involved in the passing game at AL. I would be happier with him.

Bell- Again, a high number of carries coming out of college. Much more of a threat in the passing game than Ball.

Philosophically, I would not like to see a RB drafted until our late 3rd Rd pick. Personally, I see too many other bigger needs for the higher picks.
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Offline nerdmann  
#4 Posted : Thursday, February 7, 2013 11:13:40 AM(UTC)
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Starks comes back, Saine gets a shot.

I do think they'll pick someone up though.
Offline Yerko  
#5 Posted : Thursday, February 7, 2013 12:57:23 PM(UTC)
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Not that mock drafts have any value to them (I read them to see what the "experts" think the teams need), but Kiper has Lacy coming to the Packers at 26. It is totally a reach but I bring this up because of something he says in his description.

Kiper says:
Lacy could fill a need, allowing them to do more than simply "show" the run, but to gain some legitimate value out of it.

A lot of people think DuJuan Harris can be the starter. I personally think DuJuan Harris is a runningback that just shows the run. I am with you QCHusker as I don't believe a runningback should be taken in the first, especially with all the other needs (mainly defensive and offensive line) but with a guy like Lacy being available there I'd say BPA comes into play, imo.

I think a lot of the better DT/DE are coming off the board early. In terms of offensive line and this is getting a bit off subject for this thread, I think C and LT are the biggest needs. Like DT/DE's, great LTs will be off the board early and a good C.

I'd probably be the only person okay with the dude in my avatar being selected at 26. However, he can play LT, G, and C in the NFL and to me that is a valuable pick, especially for the Packers offensive line (saves this thought for offensive line talk).
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#6 Posted : Thursday, February 7, 2013 2:31:52 PM(UTC)
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well there you go, if Kiper says GB will take Lacy 26th it is a lock that they will not take any RB in the 1st round.
adding to your post Yerko, No C in the first round. They will get someone in the 3rd. Not another OT in the first unless they already know that Sherrod will not be back. Also I don't see them being upset with Sitton enough to take someone that high.

I can see them going for DL help in the first but not RB or OL.

BTW, I love the idea of getting Barrett Jones. I would like him better in the 2nd or betters still the 3rd. ;)
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#7 Posted : Thursday, February 7, 2013 11:28:45 PM(UTC)
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If Barrett Jones isn't on the board, you go with Lacy easily. And I'm not just saying that because it's Alabama. The kid's a baller.

I wouldn't mind a safety either.
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#8 Posted : Friday, February 8, 2013 7:25:23 AM(UTC)
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Rather pick a FA on RB and concentrate on improving our lines on both sides of the ball in the draft!
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#9 Posted : Saturday, February 9, 2013 3:57:47 AM(UTC)
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Get Reggie Bush from the Dolphins.

Back ups Benson and Harris.

Kuhn when 2 back set up.

Oh and get a line!!!!
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#10 Posted : Saturday, February 9, 2013 8:56:26 AM(UTC)
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Get Reggie Bush from the Dolphins.

Back ups Benson and Harris.

Kuhn when 2 back set up.

Oh and get a line!!!!

Benson and Kuhn are done.
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