2014 NFL Offseason: Green Bay Packers

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Veteran Additions:
DE Julius Peppers, DT Letroy Guion.
Early Draft Picks:
S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, WR Davante Adams, DE/DT Khyri Thornton, TE Richard Rodgers, ILB Carl Bradford, C Corey Linsley, WR Jared Abbrederis. Packers Rookie Forecast
Offseason Losses:
WR James Jones, OT Marshall Newhouse, C Evan Dietrich-Smith, DE/DT C.J. Wilson, S M.D. Jennings.

2014 Green Bay Packers Offense:
If there was any doubt prior to the 2013 season that Aaron Rodgers should be considered to be an MVP candidate every single year, there shouldn't be anymore. The Packers were rolling along pretty well, holding a 5-2 record after seven games, when Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone in the first quarter of a Monday night affair against the Bears. Things completely fell apart for the Packers after that, as they failed to win again until Week 14, when they barely beat the woeful Falcons at home. However, they somehow hung on and managed to defeat Chicago in a rematch when Rodgers returned. Rodgers wasn't 100 percent, however, though the Packers still nearly upset the 49ers in the playoffs.

Rodgers just means so much to the Packers that they need to make sure they protect him as best as possible. That's why it was shocking when general manager Ted Thompson failed to re-sign center Evan Dietrich-Smith this offseason despite Rodgers' pleas to do so. Dietrich-Smith ventured to Tampa, while Green Bay didn't find a potential replacement until they spent a fifth-round selection on Corey Linsley. That, perhaps, is an indication that they have faith in J.C. Tretter, who was chosen in the fourth round the previous spring. Tretter has yet to play, so he's a complete enigma.

The rest of the front line is solid, and it'll get a boost from Bryan Bulaga's return. Bulaga tore his ACL last August, but even if he's not at 100 percent this upcoming season, he'll still be a big upgrade over Don Barclay, who was the weakest link up front this past season. Bulaga will be stationed at right tackle across from 2013 fourth-rounder David Bakhtiari, who performed admirably as a rookie. He surrendered eight sacks in 2013, but four of them came in the first four weeks of the season. Meanwhile, guards Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang are both studs. Neither has hit 30 yet, so they'll both continue to thrive.

The Packers also lost James Jones in free agency, but his departure isn't as big of a deal. Rodgers made Jones, just as he and Brett Favre did with Greg Jennings, who predictably struggled in Minnesota. Besides, Rodgers has plenty of other talented receivers to throw to, including Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson. Second-rounder Davante Adams could contribute soon, while Jarrett Boykin came out of nowhere last year to accumulate 681 receiving yards despite not catching a single pass prior to Week 6. If Boykin improves and Adams emerges quicker than expected, that'll help mitigate the loss of Jermichael Finley, who was just too injured to keep around. Finley may actually return - he has yet to sign with a team - but he probably won't do much in 2014.

Rodgers will also be able to heavily lean on the running game. The Packers spent a 2013 second-round choice on Eddie Lacy, who turned out to be well worth the selection. Lacy was dominant at times as a rookie, gaining 1,178 rushing yards, catching 35 passes and scoring 11 touchdowns. Lacy did this despite barely playing the first three weeks and also missing Rodgers for half the year. His numbers should explode if he has Rodgers by his side for a full 16-game slate.

2014 Green Bay Packers Defense:
The Packers seldom make big splashes in free agency. They prefer to draft and grow their own talent. However, they made headlines this spring when they brought in a player who starred for years for their most hated rival. That, of course, is Julius Peppers.

It'll be interesting to see how the Packers utilize Peppers, who has never been in a 3-4 scheme before. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers told the media that he plans to use Peppers in a variety of spots. He began by putting him at outside linebacker in OTAs. Peppers in his prime would have formed a tremendous tandem with Clay Matthews, who mustered 13 sacks back in 2012. The problem, however, is that Peppers, now 34, struggled with the Bears this past season. He was a mere shadow of his former self, collecting just 7.5 sacks and playing the run poorly. Perhaps he'll be extra motivated after being released, but it's more likely that he just doesn't have much left in the tank.

Peppers could also be used on the defensive line. The Packers are trying to get quicker as a whole defensively, so he would make sense there instead of the 330-pound mammoths that Green Bay used to start up front. Without Peppers, the starting front appears to be B.J. Raji, Datone Jones and Mike Daniels. Raji is a big name, but he has been a huge disappointment since the Packers' Super Bowl campaign. His performance has inexplicably dropped off at such an alarming rate that he was offered just a 1-year, $4 million contract to return to the team. The plan is to use him at nose tackle again, where he's at his best, but it may not matter. Meanwhile, Jones was a 2013 first-rounder, but didn't do much last year, so he could be challenged by third-round rookie Khyri Thornton. Daniels was Green Bay's top defensive lineman this past season in every regard.

Having Raji and Jones play better would give some protection to the inside linebackers, who were pretty pedestrian this past season. A.J. Hawk was particularly bad, as he was eaten alive in run support. Brad Jones wasn't much better, prompting the front office to spend a fourth-round choice on Arizona State's Carl Bradford, who could challenge for a starting job sometime in the near future.

The Packers actually addressed their secondary with their initial selection, acquiring Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix at No. 21 overall. Clinton-Dix was viewed by most as the top safety in the class, though some were pessimistic, thinking he could fall toward the end of Round 1. Despite this, Clinton-Dix will be a clear upgrade over the anemic M.D. Jennings, who signed with Chicago this offseason. Clinton-Dix will start next to Morgan Burnett, a talented safety who had a down year because of a troublesome hamstring.

Burnett wasn't the only injured Green Bay defensive back in 2013. Casey Hayward missed some time, and his absence really hurt the team. Hayward had a dynamic rookie campaign, but was limited to just three games because of a hamstring problem of his own. Hayward will be stationed at the important slot position, with Tramon Williams and Sam Shields starting outside. Both were solid this past season, and should continue to be in 2014.

2014 Green Bay Packers Schedule and Intangibles:
Green Bay is 119-42-1 at home since 1992 - the year Brett Favre first became a Green Bay Packer. Aaron Rodgers is continuing the tradition; he's 31-6 as a host the past five years, though he did lose to San Francisco in the postseason.

Mason Crosby was once considered extremely unreliable - he went 21-of-33 in 2012 - but he improved this past season, hitting 33-of-37 tries, including 5-of-7 from 50-plus.

Punter Tim Masthay was just 21st in net average for the second-straight season. He also failed to get many kicks inside the 20.

Micah Hyde was great on returns this past season, but the team was woeful when it came to covering punts and kickoffs. Green Bay desperately needs to improve in this area.

The Packers have a mixed schedule. On one hand, they have to deal with the Patriots, Saints, Seahawks, Eagles, Bears twice and Lions twice. On the other hand, they get to beat up on the Jets, Bills, Dolphins, Buccaneers, Panthers and Vikings twice.

2014 Green Bay Packers Rookies:
Go here for the Packers Rookie Forecast, a page with predictions like which rookie will bust and which rookie will become a solid starter.

2014 Green Bay Packers Positional Rankings (1-5 stars):
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Running Backs
Defensive Line
Special Teams

2014 Green Bay Packers Analysis: The Packers won the NFC North in 2013 despite not having Aaron Rodgers around for half the year. It's difficult to see them squandering the division title if Rodgers manages to play the whole slate. Green Bay is easily one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl.

Projection: 12-4 (1st in NFC North)

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NFL Draft Team Grade: B+ Grade

Goals Entering the 2014 NFL Draft: The Packers' primary objective is to get faster on defense. They are tired of losing to Colin Kaepernick, so they have to be able to defend scrambling quarterbacks. Look for them to use multiple selections on quick defenders. They also have to give Aaron Rodgers some help in terms of a new center and a replacement for Jermichael Finley at tight end.

2014 NFL Draft Accomplishments: This was a pretty solid draft for the Packers. I wrote that their primary objective was to find speedy defenders to help against mobile quarterbacks, and they obtained three such players in the first four rounds. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was the headliner, and he was a minor steal at No. 21. Carl Bradford, who can play either linebacker position, provided even more value in the fourth frame. He should have been chosen two rounds earlier.

Ted Thompson also addressed the offense. Davante Adams was a good value selection in the second round, as he could eventually be an upgrade over James Jones. Richard Rodgers may improve the tight end position, though I feel like the Packers reached for him a bit. Corey Linsley was also taken slightly early, but he fills a huge need.

A couple of reaches will keep the Packers out of the A/A- range, but they still deserve a high mark for their class.

NFL Draft Individual Grades:

21. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama: A- Grade
The talented prospects just have a knack of falling to the smart teams. That's what happened here, as Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was projected to go as high as No. 10 to Detroit or No. 13 to St. Louis. Clinton-Dix was one of the better players available, and he will undoubtedly improve an abysmal secondary that gave up giant passing performances to nearly every team they battled this past year.

53. Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State: B+ Grade
The Packers lost James Jones, who ruined his career by leaving Aaron Rodgers and signing with the Raiders, so they had to find a new receiver. Davante Adams was a solid second-round prospect heading into the draft, so this pick makes sense from a need and a range perspective. Aaron Rodgers should be happy.

85. Khyri Thornton, DE/DT, Southern Miss: C Grade
The Packers wanted to get quicker on the defensive line to put more pressure on Colin Kaepernick and the other mobile quarterbacks. Khyri Thornton should help them, though he's a bit of a reach (I had him as a Round 4-5 player). The other issue is that Thornton has some off-the-field concerns, so it's a bit surprising to see Green Bay take him.

98. Richard Rodgers, TE, California: C+ Grade
A Rodgers out of California worked the first time, so why not try it again? There were mixed reviews on this Rodgers, as there were on the previous one. Some thought Richard would be a mid-round prospect, while others had him in the late rounds. The Packers obviously fell into the former category, but there's no doubt that their new tight end will compete for a starting job at a big position of need.

121. Carl Bradford, ILB, Arizona State: A+ Grade
Another steal, and it's not a surprise that the perennial winners are making them. Carl Bradford could have easily been chosen in the second round, and I'm not sure why he fell this far. Bradford can play either outside or inside linebacker in the 3-4, though he'll probably be stationed at the latter position in Green Bay, given what the team has on its roster. He fills a big need inside.

161. Corey Linsley, C, Ohio State: C+ Grade
The Packers had to find a center after allowing Evan Dietrich-Smith to walk in free agency. This is a bit high for Corey Linsley, but I wouldn't call it a huge reach. Considering the need, I can't blame the Packers too much for taking Linsley earlier than expected.

176. Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin: A Grade
I had a tip that the Packers liked Jared Abbrederis, but I actually thought they'd choose him earlier than this. They picked Davante Adams instead, and didn't need a receiver. The value was too much to pass up on him at this juncture though. Green Bay is getting great value.

197. Demetri Goodson, CB, Baylor: B Grade
It's odd to see the Packers taking a cornerback shorter than six feet tall, but Demetri Goodson is a solid choice. He fills a need for corner depth and fits the range as a sixth-round prospect.

236. Jeff Janis, WR, Saginaw Valley State: B Grade
A third receiver for the Packers may seem strange. Well, it is, but they're getting good value with Jeff Janis, who could have gone in the fifth round. Janis is one of the most athletic players in this draft, so Green Bay must like his potential.

Season Summary:
The Packers had major defensive problems throughout the season, but even though they didn't have Aaron Rodgers for eight games, they still managed to make the playoffs. They were quickly bounced, but if Micah Hyde could have just held on to an interception at the very end of the contest, they would have triumphed over San Francisco.

Offseason Moves:
  • Packers re-sign QB Matt Flynn
  • Packers re-sign FB John Kuhn
  • Raiders sign DE/DT C.J. Wilson
  • Packers re-sign RB James Starks
  • Bengals sign OT Marshall Newhouse
  • Raiders sign WR James Jones
  • Packers sign DT Letroy Guion
  • Packers sign DE Julius Peppers
  • Packers re-sign NT B.J. Raji
  • Buccaneers sign C Evan Dietrich-Smith
  • Packers re-sign TE Andrew Quarless
  • Packers re-sign DE/DT Mike Neal
  • Bears sign S M.D. Jennings
  • Packers re-sign CB Sam Shields

    Team Needs:
    1. Safety: The safety position was a disaster area for the Packers. There were so many blown coverages throughout the season that the fans simply expected it to happen multiple times per week. An early draft choice will have to be used to fill this hole.

    2. Defensive End/Nose Tackle: B.J. Raji will be hitting free agency this March. Coming off two sluggish campaigns, Raji isn't expected back. The Packers need to add another defensive lineman, and they could use their first-round pick on one. Re-signed B.J. Raji and Mike Neal; signed Letroy Guion

    3. Inside Linebacker: The Packers currently need depth behind Brad Jones and A.J. Hawk. They'll need a replacement for the latter soon enough as well. A Round 2-3 choice can be used to fill this need.

    4. Outside Linebacker: As Green Bay found out, it doesn't have much behind Clay Matthews and Nick Perry. It had to use Mike Neal at outside linebacker, which was a disaster. Signed Julius Peppers

    5. Tight End: Jermichael Finley's contract expires in March. He's not expected back even though he had finally just began performing up to expectations. Green Bay may spend a second-day selection on a replacement. Re-signed Andrew Quarless

    6. Cornerback: Sam Shields is a talented free agent, while Tramon Williams may not be on the roster in 2014 because he'll be owed $7.5 million. Re-signed Sam Shields

    7. Center: Aaron Rodgers is begging Ted Thompson to re-sign center Evan Dietrich-Smith - and for good reason. Dietrich-Smith is talented and versatile.

    8. Fullback: You better believe Green Bay fans will be upset if John Kuhn doesn't re-sign.

    9. Backup Quarterback: The Packers struggled with Seneca Wallace and Scott Tolzien, but Matt Flynn held down the fort pretty effectively. He's a free agent, so the Packers should retain him. Re-signed Matt Flynn

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    2014 NFL Free Agent Signings:
    1. Julius Peppers, DE, Bears. Age: 34.
      Signed with Packers (3 years, $30 million; $7.5 million guaranteed)

      Julius Peppers did not look like the same player in 2013. He recorded 7.5 sacks, which isn't indicative of how poorly he played. He struggled to put pressure on the quarterback and was pushed around in run support. Peppers, who turned 34 in January, will never be dominant again, but there is some bounce-back potential if he's motivated enough.

    2. Letroy Guion, DT, Vikings. Age: 27. -- Signed with Packers

    Green Bay Packers Free Agents:

    Salary Cap: TBA.
    1. Sam Shields, CB, Packers. Age: 26.
      Re-signed with Packers (4 years, $39 million)

      The Packers have struggled to cover this year as a team, but Sam Shields hasn't been responsible for that. Shields was terrific in 2012 and solid this past season. He's an excellent starting cornerback.

    2. Evan Dietrich-Smith, C, Packers. Age: 28.
      Signed with Buccaneers

      Evan Dietrich-Smith has been a strong starting center for the Packers the past year and a half. He's solid in both pass protection and run blocking. He can also play guard.

    3. John Kuhn, FB, Packers. Age: 31.
      Re-signed with Packers

      John Kuhn is a stout blocker who can catch some passes out of the backfield. Unfortunately, he'll be turning 32 in early September.

    4. B.J. Raji, NT, Packers. Age: 28.
      Re-signed with Packers (1 year, $4 million)

      B.J. Raji was a dominant force in 2010 and 2011, but has since severely declined. Still though, the Packers think enough of him that they offered him a contract that would pay him an average of $8 million per year. The motivation just doesn't seem to be there with Raji though.

    5. James Jones, WR, Packers. Age: 30.
      Signed with Raiders

      James Jones is a talent receiver who struggled with drops early in his career. He fixed that problem while catching 14 touchdowns in 2012. However, teams better make sure they don't overpay a 30-year-old wideout who has never tallied more than 1,000 receiving yards in a season.

    6. Jermichael Finley, TE, Packers. Age: 27.
      Jermichael Finley always had great talent, but could never put it together on the field - until the first half of this past season. He was playing well, but unfortunately suffered a season-ending neck injury. It remains to be seen whether he can be 100 percent again.

    7. Mike Neal, DE/DT, Packers. Age: 27.
      Re-signed with Packers (2 years)

      Mike Neal is a quality situational pass-rusher on the defensive line, but he took one for the team and played some outside linebacker this year because of injuries. He didn't fare very well there.

    8. James Starks, RB, Packers. Age: 28.
      Re-signed with Packers (2 years)

      James Starks averaged 5.5 yards per carry this season behind Eddie Lacy. He can be used as a starter, but he's better off as a strong, chance-of-pace No. 2 back.

    9. M.D. Jennings (RFA), S, Packers. Age: 26. -- Signed with Bears
    10. Ryan Pickett, NT, Packers. Age: 34.
    11. Johnny Jolly, DE/DT, Packers. Age: 31.
    12. Andrew Quarless, TE, Packers. Age: 25. -- Re-signed with Packers
    13. Marshall Newhouse, OT, Packers. Age: 25. -- Signed with Bengals
    14. Jamari Lattimore (RFA), ILB, Packers. Age: 25. -- Tendered by Packers
    15. C.J. Wilson, DE/DT, Packers. Age: 27. -- Signed with Raiders
    16. Matt Flynn, QB, Packers. Age: 29. -- Re-signed with Packers
    17. Robert Francois, ILB, Packers. Age: 29.
    18. Kahlil Bell, RB, Packers. Age: 27.
    19. Seneca "The Backdoor Bandit" Wallace, QB, Packers. Age: 34.

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    Nick Perry (Anonymous Poster)
    7 month(s) 5 day(s) ago - hide
    @KLB Totally agree KLB. The oto be back next year. The only pick I didn't understand at first was taking Randell over Malcom Brown. After checking the kid out, looking at what happened in Free Agency, Randell was the perfect fit for the Packers. There's no promises the Packers will sign Hayward so I thought it was a excellent pick for the Packers. Rollins was a steal, so was Ryan. Montgomery is going to be the Jack of all trades in this offense. Montgomery could even sub for Lacy at times and will be used against teams like Seattle EXACTLY like New England used Vereen in the SB, they had no answer for those quick hitting passes in space. Montgomery is 6'1", 221 pounds so he's big enough to run the ball every once in a while if needed but he'll be a blast to watch McCarthy use. The Packers are far and away the most dangerous offense in the NFL this year. Oh and the ST grade the writer gave them will improve to at least 4 stars by next year. 
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    Just a guy (Anonymous Poster)
    9 month(s) 17 day(s) ago - hide
    @WINSB45 Um.. solid B's across the board, A+ for the QB, and C's for the late rounds. How is that NOT a very good draft. One would assume by your TT comment that you're biased against him, which IMO, invalidate anything you say about his draft.
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    KLB (Anonymous Poster)
    9 month(s) 17 day(s) ago - hide

    @Just a guy It's not a good draft because it isn't names he has seen repeatedly going to GB in mock drafts. Most fans will know the top prospects and the players at certain positions expected to be drafted where their favorite team is drafting.

    Damarious was unknowingly being considered a CB by most teams while the national media was unaware of this. Considering GB didn't need a safety, the top rated FS probably wasn't someone he knew. So it must be a bad pick because he was never in a mock he read.

    GB didn't draft one of the overdrafted ILB's that went in the first 2 rds which I'm thankful for. I've said for months that position is horribly weak in this draft and will be drafted a rd too early by teams that continuously draft for need every year.

    GB drafted the BPA on their board. Didn't reach for a certain position. I don't see how people can call it bad when they haven't done nearly enough research. Besides, the national media is wrong just as often as the fans are.

    I remember a couple years ago everyone was hating on the Seahawks draft. Those people now look stupid and hopefully WINSB45 does also in a couple years.

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    van115 16 Posts (7 )
    9 month(s) 15 day(s) ago - hide
    @KLB Yes.  My thoughts exactly.
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    WINSB45 (Anonymous Poster)
    9 month(s) 17 day(s) ago - hide
    NOT a very good draft at all for GB so far. It does not make sense at all to most people except those who are buried up TT's backside.
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    KLB (Anonymous Poster)
    9 month(s) 17 day(s) ago - hide
    I don't get why you're so stuck on GB drafting tall CB's.TT has a minimum height of around 5104 or so. I've said this numerous times. They drafted House years ago and he is the tallest CB that has actually seen playing time in a long time. Outside of that all their CB's are right around 5'11.  Goodson last year 5'11. Hyde 2 years ago 5'11. Hayward 3 years ago 5'11. House  4 years ago just short of 6'1. Not going into all UDFA's but 5 years ago Shields was one and he is 5'11. So 1 CB in the last 5 years was over 6'. If you include the 2 DB's drafted this year that is around 6 of 7 CB's that were 5'11.
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    awesome sauce (Anonymous Poster)
    1 years 7 month(s) ago - hide

    This is a very poorly researched review. Im sure everybody has complained about your mike daniels comments, and told you that bradford is currently stationed as an OLB not an ILB. 

    But i just wanted to bring it up again because its such a big mistake :)

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    I have no Name (Anonymous Poster)
    1 years 0 month(s) ago - hide
    @awesome sauce Dumb Fucking Shit. That's where he was lined up on the depth chart this year.
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    Fallschirmjager (Anonymous Poster)
    1 years 0 month(s) ago - hide

    Pretty much agree with everything listed, except I think we only need 1 ILB for now. Sam Barrington has played well enough to warrant a full season of him starting and Carl Bradford is suppose to be developing.

    Still. I think its clear to everyone the Packers first 3 picks have to be defense again.

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    Puncake (Anonymous Poster)
    1 years 0 month(s) ago - hide
    Sam Shield's signed a 4 year contract last spring. He still has 3 year's left on his contract (You gave that signing a B). But they do need someone to develop behind tramon william's
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    Eh, whatevs (Anonymous Poster)
    1 years 6 month(s) ago - hide
    Hey Walt, just wondering what your rationale was for rating Green Bay runningbacks with five stars and Chicago runningbacks with only four?
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    andrew (Anonymous Poster)
    1 years 6 month(s) ago - hide
    How could you give the packers 5 stars for running backs. Come on man evan i am a packers fan and think that is overrated.
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    KLB (Anonymous Poster)
    1 years 7 month(s) ago - hide

    I had a hard time reading after you said Mike Daniels underwhelmed. He was one of the Packers best players last season. Not only did his tape shine but PFF's grades and stats back up truly how good he was last season. I haven't really checked since the season ended but I know he was top 10 as a pass rusher and against the run at one point last season and was even as high as one of the top 3 3-4 DE pass rushers in the NFL last season. Then when you consider what he has been saying this offseason and he has done everything but underwhelm.

    According to PFF he was the sixth graded 3-4 DE even though he had half as many snaps as every single player ahead of him. If he had as many snaps as any of those players he would of been the 2nd graded 3-4 DE only behind JJ Watt. He also didn't have 1 red graded game which shows the consistency he brought last season. He is the 9th ranked 3-4 DE against the run while having the least amount of Missed tackles in the top 10, also was just ahead of Justin Smith. He is the 5th ranked 3-4 DE as a pass rusher in only his 2nd season. 7 sacks was a very solid season and we should expect another jump similar to his 2nd season

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    bob (Anonymous Poster)
    1 years 7 month(s) ago - hide
    How can you even call mike Daniels underwhelming?
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    KLB (Anonymous Poster)
    1 years 8 month(s) ago - hide

    Not sure why you say its odd to see GB draft a CB that is under 6' tall. Their 4 best CB's are all 5'11(Shields, Hayward, Williams, and Hyde) while the only 2 CB's im aware of currently on the roster that measured at least 6' at the combine is House and Bush and neither are starting or close to it. Actually depending on Hyde, it seems as if the best possible spot they could be on the depth chart is House being a dime CB if all CB's are healthy. We know for a fact he isn't starting over Shields and Hayward and if Williams continues at his pace from the end of last season, he won't have a chance to win a spot over him either.

    You also act like GB's secondary is atrocious when in reality they have a very good group of CB's but were horrible at Safety last season. If Clinton-Dix lives up to his billing as a top 15 player, they should have a very good secondary next season also. One of the big problems outside of injuries to Hayward for most of the season and Shields during the playoff game was the pass rush. If any pass rush is ineffective enough, it almost doesn't matter what you have in the secondary. GB's opposing QB's had way to long to throw and the CB's suffered because of this, even if they were locking down WR's for 3-4 seconds every snap.

    I'd go as far as saying that GB could have one of the better secondaries in the NFL next season and do have one of the best starting groups of CB's. Not sure if there are many teams in a nickel package that can match Shields, Hayward, and Williams. I guarantee there aren't 5 teams that can. Hayward being back maybe the biggest boost to this team. A bigger impact than any rookie will probably make. Hayward was one of the best rookie CB's in recent memory. It was amazing what he was able to do. Shields is still just reaching his peak and has all the potential in the world. Whitt Jr will say over and over that Shields is one of the best in the NFL and has the potential to be so.

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    KLB (Anonymous Poster)
    1 years 8 month(s) ago - hide
    <p>If we were to go over every pick TT, BB, and Schneider among a few others, every year, they would consistently be reaching. The 'talking heads' are consistently wrong while these GM's that reach every year seem to be among the best in the NFL. Every year people complain that TT reaches, then those same people 6 months later rave about how great he is. </p><p>I'm not one to ever say a GM reaches, We can't see their board. For all we know they did their scouting report on the player, placed them on their board, and got great value in their opinion. That's what I love about TT/Schneider, They don't ever seem to be influenced by outside sources and instead are consistently following their boards they worked on for months on end. Wish I could say the same about other GM's but it really seems like outside influences are influencing their picks.<br /></p>
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    BarnOWL4 (Anonymous Poster)
    1 years 9 month(s) ago - hide
    the 3rd round picks were gosh awful, if you could redux that round and make 2 better choices this draft would have been a solid A but both third round guys already duplicate players they have on the roster and aren't satisfied with, a guy that had 1/2 sack in college and a TE that runs 4.9, those are numbers worthy of the 7th round, not the 3rd.
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