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Offline Zero2Cool  
#1 Posted : Saturday, November 1, 2008 7:46:19 PM(UTC)
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[img_r]http://cmsimg.greenbaypressgazette.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=U0&Date=20081101&Category=PKR07&ArtNo=81101055&Ref=AR&Profile=1058&MaxW=150&Border=0[/img_r]Simply put, 2006 was a bad year to have a prime pick in the first round of the NFL draft.

In many NFL drafts, selecting in the top 10 or even 15 gives a team its best shot at acquiring an elite player or at least a difference-maker. Its not easy, but the odds there are much better than anywhere else, including free agency.

But after 2 seasons, its apparent the pickins were slim indeed when the Green Bay Packers and their opponent Sunday, the Tennessee Titans, had the fifth and third picks, respectively, in the 06 draft.

Tennessee selected quarterback Vince Young, who after a promising start to his career has lost his starting job this season because of temperamental shortcomings. The Packers selected linebacker A.J. Hawk, a solid but not great player whose performance has slipped in 2008, presumably because of shoulder and groin injuries.

Most teams picking in the top half of that first round tell similar stories.

I thought there were maybe two or three players that were difference-makers and thats it, one NFL scout said. Usually theres eight to 12.

Ted Thompson, the Packers general manager, is not conceding that Hawk wont become an impact player, though the chances of that happening dont look promising nearly three years into Hawks career.

Hes been pretty good since he got here, Thompson said. Im not trying to debate you or anything, I just think hes a good player. He had a legitimate (groin) pull there that was keeping him from performing at a top level, and hes not going to complain about it. Im glad hes on our team.

But its hard to criticize Thompson for not finding an elite player with the highest-value pick hes had in his four drafts with the Packers. About the only player you can fault Thompson for not selecting instead of Hawk is defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, who went to Baltimore at No. 12 overall.

After consulting three NFL scouts who study college and pro players every year, its apparent the top half of the first round of the 06 draft had only four players considered anything close to impact performers: defensive end Mario Williams (No. 1 overall), halfback Reggie Bush (No. 2), quarterback Jay Cutler (No. 11) and Ngata (No. 12).

The first two were taken before Thompsons turn at No. 5, and the third, Cutler, played quarterback, a position Thompson addressed in the first round of the previous years draft when he selected Aaron Rodgers.

The top 15 picks in 06 rate similarly to 05, which also had four difference-maker-type players: halfback Ronnie Brown (No. 2), receiver Braylon Edwards (No. 3), defensive end DeMarcus Ware (No. 11) and linebacker Shawne Merriman (No. 12).

But both drafts are a disaster compared to 2004, which was flush with eight quality picks among the top 15 selections: quarterback Eli Manning (No. 1), receiver Larry Fitzgerald (No. 3), quarterback Philip Rivers (No. 4), safety Sean Taylor (No. 5), tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. (No. 6), quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (No. 11), receiver Lee Evans (No. 13) and defensive tackle Tommie Harris (No. 14).

There was at least an outside chance the Packers could have ended up with one of the impact players in 06 if the drama leading up to draft day had turned out differently. Houston had the No. 1 pick and opened contract talks with Bush and Williams the week before the draft. The Texans signed Williams the day before the draft, but if theyd gone with Bush instead, two of the scouts said New Orleans appeared ready to take Hawk at No. 2 overall. Tennessee still would have selected Young at No. 3, and the New York Jets probably still would have taken left tackle DBrickashaw Ferguson at No. 4.

That would have left Williams for the Packers at No. 5.
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#2 Posted : Saturday, November 1, 2008 8:01:57 PM(UTC)
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Huh? I must be really biased towards our players or something, because I thought Hawk has been great so far, apart from maybe when he played with the injury. He might not be a Nitschke, but you can't possibly expect all your picks to turn out that way. He's a good LB, and has proven to me that he's worth the pick we spent on him.

I don't think Reggie Bush is Nr. 2 pick worthy tbh, I don't see how he's on the list of succeeded ones, and Hawk isn't. It's not like he's not doing anything, but so far he's been pretty much an expensive and slightly better Kevin Faulk.

To be honest, I haven't heared alot from Ngata. He might be doing well. There was no way that Mario Williams was gonna drop to us anyway, so we didn't even have the chance to pick him, you can rule that one out imo. Cutler, like the journalist said, is a QB, wich we didn't need. We took the right pick there if you ask me.

EDIT : Ok, re-read it abit better, looks like I missed the last segment. Ye, it would've been good if we could've gotten Williams, but at that point, we had a KGB who was playing as good as ever and Kampman on the other side. I don't think we really needed a DE.

So who would we have taken then? Huff? He hasn't done a thing. Vernon Davis? He's a huge underachiever. Or Ernie Sims instead of Hawk?... I still think we did the right thing, and this turned out good for us.
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#3 Posted : Saturday, November 1, 2008 8:18:34 PM(UTC)
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What is the writer's point??

He wants to find fault with Thompson but can't yet? Is he ignoring Hawks nagging injuries?

That was a good draft. Hawk, Colledge, Jennings, Spitz, and Jolly are all starters. 5 starters in a draft is very good.

Moll and Blackmon are still on the roster.

Only Cory Rodgers is out of the NFL. 7th rounder Dave Tollefson is solid in the rotation with the Giants. Ingle Martin is on the Chiefs roster. Tyrone Culver is active with the Dolphins. Abdul Hodge on the Bengals roster.

That is a good draft!!

Hawk isn't a Pro Bowl player Boo Hoo. Not a good premise for an article.
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#4 Posted : Saturday, November 1, 2008 8:20:15 PM(UTC)
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I think he was more so gauging the top picks of '06 including ours.
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#5 Posted : Saturday, November 1, 2008 8:43:58 PM(UTC)
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Thats the one year Ted Thompson didn't draft like his usual self. He didn't draft best available player. To me the best player in that draft was Cutler, ya ya i know we had Rodgers from the year before but big deal i mean cmon we are becoming the detroit lions with all the wrs we draft. Hawk hasn't played up to a top 5 pick in my opinion, hes an average lb no where near the likes of urlacher or briggs. Well i hope next year is different in tired of the average players we get with our 1st picks. Also next years draft is going to be a very deep draft. As far as the one post that said 5 starters from one draft is good well duh he got rid of all the other players he didnt draft who is going to start lol, he dosen't do anything in the free agent market.

But all in all the writer is right it was a very weak draft.
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#6 Posted : Saturday, November 1, 2008 9:15:45 PM(UTC)
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To be honest, I haven't heared alot from Ngata. He might be doing well.


He's a DL in a 3-4 (which you usually don't hear about 3-4 DL unless there making noise off the field, they're horrible or great).

I think he would make a pretty good DT in a 4-3.


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So who would we have taken then? Huff? He hasn't done a thing. Vernon Davis? He's a huge underachiever. Or Ernie Sims instead of Hawk?... I still think we did the right thing, and this turned out good for us.


Haloti Ngata

There is Antonio Cromartie, but I think Cromartie is over rated because the Chargers at least did have a good pass rush. Don't get me wrong, I think Cromartie is very talented in what he can do, just think his cover skills are over rated.

Their were a couple of good MLB but I don't think Barnett wanted to move to OLB and the MLB were taken in the first four picks in the second round.

Greg Jennings would of been worth a top 5 :grin:

Maurice Jones-Drew isn't bad could be better if he got the chance to start.
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#7 Posted : Saturday, November 1, 2008 9:23:39 PM(UTC)
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i mean cmon we are becoming the detroit lions with all the wrs we draft.


No were not. Our top pick WRs are still in the NFL after 3 years. (Other than one career injury which can't be control)

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Hawk hasn't played up to a top 5 pick in my opinion


he's played better than the other guys picked in the first round after him other than maybe one. Also add in the system isn't made for big plays. Hawk has been great in the system. How many other OLB his size can play in the nickel defense? Heck the team doesn't even run dime anymore because of him and Barnett.

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hes an average lb no where near the likes of urlacher or briggs.


That's completely not true. Unless your talking about hype alone.
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#8 Posted : Saturday, November 1, 2008 9:25:42 PM(UTC)
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I guess I can agree on that Ngata pick. Haven't heared alot from him, but ye, a DT would've been nice. But like said before, Ted Thompson didn't draft the best player availabe, he drafted on what we needed at that time. Plus, AJ Hawk was considered the safest pick of the top 10.

Cromartie wasn't put down as a top 10 pick if I recall correctly, hence he was drafted 19th. Both Greg Jennings obviously weren't even close to a top 5 pick, as you stated yourself.

It's all pretty easy talking now though, 2,5 years after that draft.
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#9 Posted : Saturday, November 1, 2008 9:55:50 PM(UTC)
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This draft has been outstanding for the Packers. Hawk, Jennings, Colledge, and Spitz have all been starters since their rookie year. Blackmon and Jolly have contributed too with Jolly being a starter now.

Yes, Hawk might not be a Pro Bowl player right now. I think he will be some day, but I admit it's taking longer than expected, but Greg Jennings is. That more than makes up for Hawk being you know a solid starter instead of the Pro Bowler. So we got the Pro Bowler or soon to be Pro Bowler in round 2 instead of round 1.

I've always been one to look at an entire draft than just one pick. If you looked at Ron Wolf's first rounds only, you'd think he was a bad GM. Rounds 2-7, gives you a different story.

Simply put, the Packers 2006 draft has been great so far.
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#10 Posted : Saturday, November 1, 2008 11:14:51 PM(UTC)
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i mean cmon we are becoming the detroit lions with all the wrs we draft.


No were not. Our top pick WRs are still in the NFL after 3 years. (Other than one career injury which can't be control)


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Hawk hasn't played up to a top 5 pick in my opinion


he's played better than the other guys picked in the first round after him other than maybe one. Also add in the system isn't made for big plays. Hawk has been great in the system. How many other OLB his size can play in the nickel defense? Heck the team doesn't even run dime anymore because of him and Barnett.

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hes an average lb no where near the likes of urlacher or briggs.


That's completely not true. Unless your talking about hype alone.



I just checked Ted Thompson has drafted 8 wrs since 2005 including 2 last year even though many on here said we had the best wr corp. so 2 me thats 2 wasted picks.

people forget Jay Cutler was in the 2006 draft he could have been in green bay
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