Packers Draft: Meet the new crop
The Green Bay Packers entered the 2013 NFL draft with eight picks. Packers General Manager Ted Thompson orchestrated several trades, both up and down, to end up with eleven total selections. Below is a snapshot of the Packers draft and what scouts had to say about each player.
RD1 (26): Datone Jones, DE UCLA
He is a natural fit at DE in a 3-4 defense. While his hot and cold motor is a concern, the reality is that he has the talent to be an impact player in the NFL...displays excellent quickness off the ball...very proficient and violent with his hands.
RD2 (61): Eddie Lacy, RB Alabama
Lacy displays better than expected short area quicks for a back his size, and excellent power once he gets his momentum moving downhill. He has the strength to carry tacklers for extra yards and consistently breaks arm tackle attempts in space. He is an outstanding pass blocker. Although he had 22 receptions in 2012, he lacks natural hands and consistently fights balls he has to pluck away from his frame.
RD4 (109): David Bakhtiari, T Colorado
Bakhtiari shows the strength and smarts to play at the next level and showed signs that he can be physical and can be explosive and he will need to utilize those consistently to have success at the next level. He will need to put on some weight as well as he is vulnerable to the bigger DL. He played LT at Colorado, however due to his tendency to get beat off the edges and his size he may struggle at that position and could be shifted.
RD4 (122): J.C. Tretter, T Cornell
Signed with Cornell to play tight end, but ended up a tackle after gaining mass without sacrificing athleticism...intriguing prospect...developmental...hard-nosed kid who gives max effort. Lacks foot speed to be an NFL tackel...better suited for the interior. Ascending talent who will only get better.
RD4 (125): Jonathan Franklin, RB UCLA
Franklin is a smooth athlete that can make precise cuts and flashes good short area quickness once out in space. He does a good job of plucking the ball away from his frame and is quick to turn up-field and attack after the catch. He's a highly competitive blocker. He struggles to run through contact and does not break tackles if not at full speed.
RD5 (159): Micah Hyde, CB Iowa
With his height, long arms and athleticism Hyde does a good job of covering possession type receivers in man coverage...a "tweener"...has the natural feel for coverage and ball skills of a cornerback, but lacks the playing speed to stay with receiver on deep route and does not have the burst to catch up when he allows separation.
RD5 (167): Josh Boyd, DT Mississippi State
Instinctive and quick footed...quickness off the ball combined with quick hands and long arms enable him to consistently get his hands on the OL first...lack of explosiveness hinders his ability to consistently finish plays behind the LOS when he get good initial backfield penetration. His effort rushing the pass is always excellent, but he lacks a variety of pass rush moves
RD6 (193): Nathan Palmer, OLB Illinois State
Good frame and good runner, but needs to prove he can cover a back or tight end, and display ability to get to the quarterback...a special teamer who has a chance. to become more.
RD7 (216): Charles Johnson, WR Grand Valley State
Great size (6'2"/215) and ran a 4.38 40-yard-dash at the combine....size and speed to drool over, but concerns over level of competition having played at a division two school. Will have a shot because of his raw athleticism.
RD7 (224): Kevin Dorsey, WR Maryland
Dorsey has the initial quickness off the line to get down the field quickly, but is not a guy that can gain much separation both down the field and over the middle...showed very good awareness and reacted well to poorly thrown balls...needs to become a crisper route runner and his footwork needs to become smoother
RD7 (232): Samuel Barrington, OLB South Florida
Barrington has ideal upper and lower body thickness for an ILB...has the strength to take on and shed blockers inside that many of today's smaller, more athletic LBs do not possess...will likely need to play on special teams in order to make an active roster, but he should enjoy a solid career as a two-down run defender.