Favre's days as a Packer are numbered

Grading the draft: Green Bay After more then a decade of successfully leading the franchise, Brett Favre's days as a Green Bay Packer are numbered and the team must prepare to move on.

And though the Packers have been a playoff team in recent years they have looked far from dominant. After rebuilding the defensive backfield in last year's draft, the Packers finally got the opportunity to draft a quarterback to succeed Brett Favre this April.

Fortune favored Green Bay on draft day as Cal quarterback Aaron Rodgers experienced a major slide into the late part of round one. One of seven players invited to the draft, most people expected Rodgers to be off the board by the tenth selection. Yet Rodgers slide may actually prove to be a blessing in disguise for both player and team. Behind Favre the strong armed quarterback will be in a better position to succeed immediately when he eventually comes on the field as a starter. Bethune Cookman cornerback Nick Collins was the teams surprise second round selection. A year after the Packers added several talented defensive backs they were not expected to address the position this early in the draft, if at all. Collins will be no better than the teams fourth cornerback and though he does possess upside for the future, his overall game needs a lot of work. Texas A&M receiver Terrence Murphy gives the Packers another future playmaker at wide out. Displaying the size and speed NFL teams covet, Murphy is another who offers terrific upside yet a prospect that must polish his game and bring it to a higher level. San Diego State defensive back Marvel Underwood has played both cornerback and safety and is a fundamentally sound backup for the team that can flourish in dime packages. Brady Poppinga provides the Packers with another edge rusher. The BYU standout could also possibly play outside linebacker for the team in a pinch. North Carolina A&T center Junius Coston offers nice upside at center for the Packers and also has the ability to be used at guard. He has starting potential down the road. Oklahoma defensive back Michael Hawkins will be a practice squad player. The speedy corner spent a year in the AFL before wooing scouts in pre-draft workouts. Mike Montgomery will immediately fit into the teams defensive line rotation. The former Texas A&M Aggie can be a force off the edge and also stop the run. UCLA receiver Craig Bragg will fight for the teams return specialist job. Albany defensive back Kurt Campbell will join Hawkins on the practice squad and more than anything else, must show special skills on coverage units. William Whitticker is a big bodied guard that has a nasty streak. The former Michigan State Spartan sustained a major knee injury during a post-season All Star game and was good value late in the draft.

Aaron Rodgers aside, one must wonder why the Packers took four defensive backs, most who were questionable picks. Terrence Murphy was good value as were Mike Montgomery and Will Whiticker. It is difficult to see how this draft will help the Packers in 2005 and ultimately this could be a one player draft whose success hinges on the future play of Aaron Rogers.

RD Pick Player Pos School
1 24(24) Aaron Rodgers QB California
2 19(51) Nick Collins CB Bethune Cookman
2 26(58) Terrence Murphy WR Texas A&M
4 14(115) Marviel Underwood S San Diego State
4 24(125) Brady Poppinga OLB BYU
5 7(143) Junius Coston C North Carolina A&T
5 31(167) Michael Hawkins CB Oklahoma
6 6(180) Mike Montgomery DE Texas A&M
6 21(195) Craig Bragg WR UCLA
7 31(245) Kurt Campbell S Albany State (N.Y.)
7 32(246) William Whitticker OG Michigan State

UDFA Signings: WR Chris Samp, P Bryce Benekos, LB Roy Manning, RB Chaz Williams, TE Garrett Cross, LB Zac Woodfin, WR Vince Butler, OG Chris White, DT A.J. Lindsay, CB Leigh Torrence

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