NFL Draft Countdown

The NFL Draft is just 9 days away; to help speed the countdown along, will keep Packer Draft Facts at fans' fingertips.<P> Today: Mike Sherman's first draft class. Next: 2002 Draft - Sherman flies solo<P> Since given the title Executive Vice President/General Manager to wear along with his Head Coach hat on Feb. 1, 2001, Mike Sherman has crafted two draft classes and is about to embark on a third.<P>

In a gesture of trust and transition, the recently-retired GM extraordinaire Ron Wolf played co-pilot for Sherman's first draft, April 21-22,2001.

Two full seasons later, the jury is still out on that crew -- including a relatively-high first round pick and four picks in the first 72.

With the 10th overall pick in that draft (from Seattle in the Matt Hassselbeck trade), Green Bay selected DE Jamal Reynolds from Florida State. While Reynolds has been written off as a bust by more than a few folks, the Packers are cautiously sticking with their investment. His chance to shine amidst injury-induced adversity last year passed by with extremely limited success.

Green Bay swapped with San Fran to move up six slots in the second round and nab receiver Robert Ferguson out of Texas A&M with the 41st overall pick. Ferguson accomplished next to nothing his rookie year with zero catches and just a couple of kick returns.

Of the rest of the picks, it looks like sixth-rounder TE David Martin was a steal. Here's the run-down, including back-to-back picks early in the third round.:

3a. CB Bwahoh Jue, Penn State (71st overall, pick from SF in pre-draft trade).

3b. LB Torrance Marshall, Oklahoma (72nd, from Seattle in Hasselbeck trade).

4. G Bill Ferrario, Wisconsin(105, from San Francisco in pre-draft trade)

6. TE David Martin, Tennessee (198, free agent compensatory pick).

Not one of the Packers' picks in this draft was their own original pick. They gained another third-rounders from the Saints in the Aaron Brooks/Lamont Hall/K.D. Williams trade, but later sent it to San Fran. The fourth-round spot (113) went to Denver for LB Nate WAyne, the fifth-rounder to Philly for Allen Rossum and their original sixth-round pick also went to San Francisco. The seventh round spit went to Denver for David Bowens (not to be confused with Matt Bowen). Even an additional seventh round pick, gained from St. Louis in the 1999 Mike Morton, went to the 49ers.

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