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DarkaneRules  
#1 Posted : Monday, July 8, 2013 9:02:55 AM(UTC)
I am interested in hearing the players that everybody will be paying attention to the most in order as part of your own personal top 5 list.

5. Mike Neal

A lot will be asked of this guy I believe because of flashes of dominance he has shown over the past year and a half. I think he will answer the call and hope to see evidence of that in the pre-season games.

4. Casey Hayward

Or as I call him Vandy is actually my 2nd favorite player on defense at the moment. He is a guy that I want to see make that next jump in performance and consistency.

3. Bryan Bulaga

Last year shook my confidence on him a little bit. It is hard to block these guys in the NFL and I hope he is up to the challenge this year. I will be watching him more than anyone else on the o-line. Is his job secure if he really struggles?

2. Jonathan Franklin

He is a wild card to me and that builds the excitement about what he can do here. I often think to myself could he beat out Lacy for a starting job? I wonder how he will be used in the offense and/or special teams. I am more intrigued by his potential than Lacy.

1. Datone Jones

He talks a big game and that intrigued me from the start. I love his confidence. Draft reports widely project him to be a better pro than college level player, and that is always encouraging to hear. What I like hearing the most about him is that he doesn't make the same mistake twice. I cannot wait to watch how he performs in the pre-season.

nerdmann  
#2 Posted : Monday, July 8, 2013 1:03:07 PM(UTC)
1: Eddie Lacy

2: Johnathan Franklin

3: Alex Green

4: Jerron McMillian

5: Nick Perry

Honorable mention: Dez Moses, Nate Palmer, Charles Johnson, Kevin Dorsey, Tramon Williams' shoulder, Sam Shields.

EDIT: Let's also include the battle at C, EDS v Patrick Lewis.
Laser Gunns  
#3 Posted : Monday, July 8, 2013 3:06:29 PM(UTC)
1. Nick Perry

-Walden was so bad last year, I wanted some coaches shit-canned for keeping him on the field. Watching NFLN the other day as they were highlighting our crap run D, ALL the runs were right at Walden. He and Pickett really hurt the D.

2. Datone Jones

-the play of our front 7 sucked. It was really hard to watch everyone (not named Matthews) get stonewalled every down. I'm really counting on this guy to elevate the play of our line. It's asking a lot, but we need help.

3. The new WRs
- this group is as shallow as it has been in 5-6 years. Jones and Cobb have not cracked 1k yards (my benchmark for "starter quality"). And Nelson has only done it once in 4 years. If we want this passing O to work, these guys need to develop quick.

4. Eddie Lacy
- PRAISE JEEBUS, A RUNNING BACK! When was the last time our running game was feared? The 2nd half of 07'?? Unfortunately he runs left-handed which leads to....

5. The OL.
- Mike McCarthy has once again shuffled the deck.. I'm more concerned with moving Sitton/Lang than Bulaga/Newhouse. Is EDS ready to be a full-timer?

Zero2Cool  
#4 Posted : Monday, July 8, 2013 4:08:13 PM(UTC)

  1. Davon House - I'm hoping to see what some of you see in him, and then some.

  2. Johnny Jolly - I'm rooting for him because I believe in second (or fifth) chances and if he does regain 2009 form, Packers be solid at DL.

  3. Nick Perry - I liked what I seen from him prior to the injury. I think he's gonna be a solid compliment to Clay Matthews III and will be a force.

  4. Sean Richardson - I liked him in pre-season. He seemed to always be around the ball either making the play or assisting in stopping the play.

  5. Jermichael Finley - Between TE and WR, he's right up there with being most experienced (James Jones 1st) and I think --- err hope --- that revelation makes him mature and be the dominant TE we hoped he'd be. If not, he's gone.
nerdmann  
#5 Posted : Monday, July 8, 2013 4:36:11 PM(UTC)
Zero2Cool said: Go to Quoted Post

  1. Davon House - I'm hoping to see what some of you see in him, and then some.

  2. Johnny Jolly - I'm rooting for him because I believe in second (or fifth) chances and if he does regain 2009 form, Packers be solid at DL.

  3. Nick Perry - I liked what I seen from him prior to the injury. I think he's gonna be a solid compliment to Clay Matthews III and will be a force.

  4. Sean Richardson - I liked him in pre-season. He seemed to always be around the ball either making the play or assisting in stopping the play.

  5. Jermichael Finley - Between TE and WR, he's right up there with being most experienced (James Jones 1st) and I think --- err hope --- that revelation makes him mature and be the dominant TE we hoped he'd be. If not, he's gone.


Good call on Jolly.

Richardson won't play again. Packers staff is WAAAAY conservative in these situations.
porky88  
#6 Posted : Monday, July 8, 2013 8:02:11 PM(UTC)
1. Johnathan Franklin
I was very impressed with him at UCLA. I think he's a great fit for this offense. I want to see him in the screen game as much as the rushing game. I also look forward to watching him pass protect. If he nails the latter (and I think he will), he'll be hard to keep off the field.

2. Eddie Lacy
He was tough, decisive, and productive at Alabama. I think the first two can translate to the NFL. I don't know about his production, though. By college standards, Alabama's o-line is amazing, so Lacy's going to have fun going from the best college o-line to a very mediocre NFL o-line.

3. Bryan Bulaga
Bulaga has the technique and intelligence to play left tackle. Does have the physical ability? I thought so in college, but I believe he's among the NFC's best right tackles. I'd recognize him as among the most underrated players on the team. People complain about the o-line, but Bulaga and Sitton are legitimate building blocks. My worry is that Green Bay is exchanging a good starting right tackle for an average starting left tackle.

4. Jerron McMillian
The Packers may have overestimated their safeties. This could cost them, as a result. The favorite to start is likely McMillian. He has good size and range. However, I see a bit of Atari Bigby in him. He can definitely deliver a blow, but he's a bit of a liability downfield. I'd like to see him play like the '07 Bigby opposed to just about every other season's version.

5. David Bakhtiari
I'm hoping he can push Marshall Newhouse or even T.J. Lang. If that's Green Bay's right side, then not a lot is going to change up front. Bakhtiari is very assignment sound and a quality pass protector. Will the latter translate to the NFL? I think it could, if the Packers play him at right tackle. I don't like him inside at guard, but I have a feeling that's where he's heading.
User is suspended until 4/29/2043 11:56:55 PM(UTC) texaspackerbacker  
#7 Posted : Monday, July 8, 2013 9:41:28 PM(UTC)
1. Nick Perry - if he is healthy and anything at all resembling CM3, WOW!

2. Bryan Bulaga - He was bad for no apparent reason before the injury. It's imperative he bounces back to 2011 quality or better.

3. Tramon Williams - because so many say he is on the way out. I don't believe it - but I could be wrong.

4. Derrick Sherrod - so little is expected of him now. If by some miracle he does play like a #1 pick, it's frosting on the cake.

5. Mason Crosby - a great team needs at least a good kicker. For the money he makes, he BETTER be it - or else his leash is short.

I'm tempted to put Aaron Rodgers on the list, because it ALL depends on him still being simply the best player in football. I left him off because like almost everybody else, I take him for granted.
Mucky Tundra  
#8 Posted : Monday, July 8, 2013 11:04:45 PM(UTC)
1. Nick Perry-is he fully recovered from his wrist injury? Will he show signs of playing OLB more instinctively?
2. Datone Jones-not because I question his ability but because I'm eager to see how much he shows off since there shouldn't be a teething period for him like seemingly every other defensive player this team has drafted
3. Don Barclay-want to see how much he can improve his pass protection
4. Terrell Manning-while Bishop getting axed to pay Jones is easy to see, I think they would have done more to retain Bishop if they weren't high on Manning
5. Alex Green-curious to see how after having a full season of playtime (more or less) plus a couple offseason workouts help him. Hopefully he can show some pass catching and blitz pickup skills because this team hasn't had much the past two seasons from the RB position.
wpr  
#9 Posted : Wednesday, July 10, 2013 8:27:31 PM(UTC)
1-5 Aaron Rodgers. How he goes is how the team will go. I don't expect there to be any problems or issues.

After him:
Lacy and Franklin. Will GB have a true running game?
Bulaga and Sitton. Will they make the adjustment and solidify the left side of the line?
Sherrod, Barclay and Newhouse. Who will take over the RT position?
Datone Jones because they need help on the DL and he is the first round pick.
Nick Perry. GB needs someone to pressure the QB besides CM3.

play2win  
#10 Posted : Thursday, July 11, 2013 5:51:05 AM(UTC)
I can't seem to come up with only 5. There are so many players that I am looking forward to seeing compete for positions, contribute as starters and/or take that next step.

If I had to only pick 5, it would probably be:

1. Eddie Lacy
2. Datone Jones
3. Nick Perry
4. Terrell Manning
5. Andrew Quarless

My next 5 would be:

6. Nate Palmer
7. Micah Hyde
8. Josh Boyd
9. Jonathan Franklin
10. Nate McMillian

All of these players look to have so much to offer in terms of upgrades to our level of play at those positions. I like the Richardson, Finley, Jolly and Hayward picks too. A lot. Bahktiari, Newhouse, Bulaga, EDS, Mike Neal... Cobb...

We have so many players with the potential to upgrade play and contribute significantly. I can't wait to see all of it come together to make for a special season. 19-0.
nerdmann  
#11 Posted : Thursday, July 11, 2013 11:03:10 AM(UTC)
Andrew Quarless, another great call. Nate Palmer too.
play2win  
#12 Posted : Wednesday, July 17, 2013 5:02:33 AM(UTC)
One to underscore is Josh Boyd. The guy is huge at 6-3 310, with very quick feet. He played alongside Fletcher Cox at Mississippi State in 2011, registering 4.5 sacks. Finished last season with just 5 fewer tackles than Cox who went #12 overall in 2012. Boyd's hallmark is as a run stuffer, but the guy can get after the QB. His numbers dipped at MSU after Cox left, but I'm looking forward to seeing what this player will bring us alongside the likes of Datone, Raji, Pick et al.

This could be good. Boyd may prove to have been a great value pick to bolster our DL depth.

You never know with all of these newly drafted players, but I'm excited to see how Boyd plays.
wpr  
#13 Posted : Wednesday, July 17, 2013 5:37:43 AM(UTC)
play2win said: Go to Quoted Post
One to underscore is Josh Boyd. The guy is huge at 6-3 310, with very quick feet. He played alongside Fletcher Cox at Mississippi State in 2011, registering 4.5 sacks. Finished last season with just 5 fewer tackles than Cox who went #12 overall in 2012. Boyd's hallmark is as a run stuffer, but the guy can get after the QB. His numbers dipped at MSU after Cox left, but I'm looking forward to seeing what this player will bring us alongside the likes of Datone, Raji, Pick et al.

This could be good. Boyd may prove to have been a great value pick to bolster our DL depth.

You never know with all of these newly drafted players, but I'm excited to see how Boyd plays.


If Josh succeeds they will not keep Jolly. They do the same thing and Boyd is younger. Then again maybe this is Pickett's last year and they stash Boyd and bring him back next season.
Pack93z  
#14 Posted : Wednesday, July 17, 2013 8:15:02 AM(UTC)

5 . Sean Richardson - S - Can the guy come back and contribute? If so, I think he might be part of the weekly solution on this defense.

4. Brad Jones - ILB - With the Packers moving on from Bishop... will this guy continue to build off a successful 2012 campaign.

3. Johnny Jolly - DL - Can the guy cut it after the down time.. if he can, he may be part of the rotation on the defensive line.. we need more power players at the point to allow the Backers to flourish.

2. B.J. Raji - NT/DE - Who is the real BJ Raji? Can the guy break through and start to maximize his potential.. if so.. the defense becomes better day one.

1C. Dezman Moses - OLB - Can this guy make the jump we need him to make to help balance the edges from a pass rush perspective? I believe he has the talent to be a pass rusher.. can he do it in year 2.

1B. Nate Palmer - LB - The Packers made a curious pick.. I am looking forward to see him on the NFL field to see how he fits.

1A. Nick Perry - OLB - Are the injuries a freak thing.. or is it something of a pattern? If he can stay healthy.. can he be the bookend to Matthews? Can he truly make the leap to OLB and play the position at a high level. Questions.. Questions.. Questsions.

Other interests:

Worthy
DuJuan Harris
Charles Johnson
BJ Coleman
The flipping of the line.. AGAIN.
Jermichael Finley
Jarrett Boykins

I think if the oline and playcalling on offense balances out and the backs can carry the load they should be afforded.. our defense will improve instantly.. albeit, I think that is where most of the concern lies in terms of questions.
Zero2Cool  
#15 Posted : Wednesday, July 17, 2013 9:04:33 AM(UTC)
Atleast the flipping of the OL is happening during the offseason, not week 6.
DarkaneRules  
#16 Posted : Wednesday, July 17, 2013 10:37:58 AM(UTC)
Zero2Cool said: Go to Quoted Post
Atleast the flipping of the OL is happening during the offseason, not week 6.


Oh man this!
PackerTraxx  
#17 Posted : Saturday, July 20, 2013 10:48:00 AM(UTC)
1. N. Perry-will he be really good?
2. D. Jones-will he step up to give immediate help?
3. D. Sherrod-will he come back from his injury and become a player worthy of his pick?
4. B. Bulaga-will he be a good LT?
5. B.J. Raji-will he be an All Pro level with a better players around him?

There should be some very interesting and intense battles all across the defense and at running back. Looking forward to watching and reading about them.
beast  
#18 Posted : Saturday, July 20, 2013 6:24:47 PM(UTC)
1) Perry/Neal ~ Packers need more pass rush and I think they'll be used in some of the same ways.
(Mainly Neal to see how he's looking at DE and OLB and how they're using him at OLB)

2) OL ~ The OL switch up, and RT battle, back-up C battle and the LT draft pick. (and Sherrod if healthy)
(Mainly watching to see if Barclay pushes anyone for a starting spot, and maybe some of Van Roten at Center)

3) McMillian ~ Just have the feeling the kid could break out huge for the Packers.

4) TE ~ TEs play could effect a lot not only this year but future years with both Finley and Quarless in contract years
(Mainly Quarless see how he's improving)

5) WR ~ Every year people watch the WRs, and this year will be no different. See how the top guys are doing and the possible very interesting back-up WR battles.
(Mainly the back-ups see the ranking, though I'm expecting if healthy Boykins and Ross to surprise people with a jump from their first year to their second, but also watching the rookies talent).
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