Rating the Packers' 2002 draft

Here's how national football experts rated Green Bay's draft this year:<p>

Peter King, CNN/SI:

King placed the Packers under "I really Don't Like What They Did" list of teams. King says, "I do like Javon Walker. I do not like him enough to pay a first- and second-round pick for him. That deal, moving up in the first round to get Walker, meant the Packers, who have their share of age on the roster, had one pick in the top 90."

Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com:

Mike Sherman, who wears both the coach and the general manager hats, paid a steep price to move up eight spots and land wide receiver Javon Walker in the first round. In a draft deep in second-round picks, the Packers sacrificed their No. 2 as part of the ransom to deal up in the first round. So here's hoping Walker, who has had some problems with the cerebral side of the game in the past, is better than 2001 No. 2 wide receiver Robert Ferguson was as a rookie. Personally scouted by Sherman, and mightily endorsed by the head coach, Ferguson played in one game as a rookie and had zero catches. Third-round safety Marques Anderson was a solid, if unspectacular, pick. Defensive end Aaron Kampman was a very nice choice in the fifth round but quarterback Craig Nall was a real stretch in the same stanza. Grade: C-minus

Dan Pompei, The Sporting News:

WR Javon Walker is an ideal combination of height and speed. The Packers were able to address all of their significant needs. The Packers gave up their second-round pick to move up for Walker, who had a lot of drops and not enough catches in college. They probably could have stayed put and drafted Walker, then added another solid player in Round 2. Grade: C

Jarrett Bell, USA Today:

Moved up eight spots to get fast WR Javon Walker to team with Terry Glenn in revamped group of targets for Brett Favre. Hard-hitting S Marques Anderson will be groomed to replace LeRoy Butler. Grade: 3 stars (On scale of 1 to 5 stars, with 5 stars being a draft wizard).

Pete Prisco, CBS.SportsLine.com:

Best pick: Taking Javon Walker in the first round was a good move, but giving up a second-round pick was a little much to move up and get him.

Worst pick: The Packers used a fifth-round pick on quarterback Craig Nall. He's a project who is very raw.

Interesting pick: The Packers have a solid fullback in William Henderson, but they couldn't pass up Najeh Davenport in the fourth round. He can also play running back.

Overall grade: B-. Walker is a good pick but not worth the price.

Mel Kiper, Jr., ESPN.com:

Javon Walker had been moving up as the draft approached. A gliding runner, he caught people's attention with a 4.39 in the 40 at the combine. To go with his speed, Walker also has the ideal size at 6-foot-2 1/2, 210 pounds. Walker is coming off a great season at Florida State, where he was the go-to guy, had a 21-yard-per-catch average adn turned in a spectacular Gator Bowl performance. Walker was a little inconsistent in that he tends to drop balls. But if he can deal with the NFL's tight coverage, he could have a great career.

Although the Packers have added the controversial Terry Glenn in the off-season, they also lost Bill Schroeder and Corey Bradford to free agency, and Antonio Freeman is not likely to return. Walker gives Brett Favre another much-needed receiving weapon.

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