Johnnie Gray

Now that the draft is over the preparation to play for the Super Bowl crown has begun. While young men try to figure out how to manage their instant millions, there are fans, owners and coaches trying figure them out in hopes that they can help their team win the coveted trophy.<p>

Let's take a look at whom the Pack drafted. With the 20th pick the Green Bay Packers selected WR Javon Walker, Florida State (6-2, 210, 4.4 40-yard dash on turf). Some scouts had him as the third best receiver behind Donte Stallworth of Tennessee and Ashley Lelie of Hawaii. He's big and fast and has been compared to Arizona Cardinal wide receiver David Boston.

Walker was drafted and played two years in the Florida Marlins baseball organization. He progressed as high as AA so you would think his maturity and the ability to play at a professional level is high. I like the pick especially with the absence of Corey Bradford and Bill Schroeder. The Packers lacked a deep threat. This is a very young and talented receiving corp with a newcomer in Terry Glenn to the locker room. I still like the idea of Antonio Freeman coming back for some leadership in that group.

Second pick, No. 92 overall, safety Marques Anderson, UCLA (5-11, 213). Very strong, physical and tough. His size is my concern in that the tight ends are getting so big and wide bodied that a much taller safety would have been a better choice but there were none available. I mentioned this the other day and was told I played at 5'11 and did all right. So I compared Pro Bowl Paul Coffman to Pro Bowler Bubba Franks and the conversation was over.

Third pick, No. 135 overall, fullback Najeh Davenport, Miami (Fla.) (6-1, 248, 4.55). He has a history of ailments but when healthy this young man is a stud. He's big and fast and has extremely soft hands. In the West Coast offense the more your fullback can catch the ball the more open the offense will be. Ahman Green should like this pick.

Fifth pick, No. 156 overall, defensive tackle Aaron Kampman, Iowa (6-4, 285). He's a former linebacker with a temper. With Vonnie Holliday, Cletidus Hunt and Gilbert Brown becoming free agents next year a young body was needed.

Sixth pick, No. 164 overall, quarterback Craig Nall, Northwestern Louisiana (6-2, 230). He's been compared to Brett Favre because of his attitude and toughness. Big, strong and plays with a lot of confidence. Coaches like his composure in the pocket and his strong ability to read and diagnose the defense.

Seventh pick, No. 200 overall, guard/tackle Mike Houghton, San Diego State (6-5, 313, 5.42). A big man with a lot of athletic ability. With Barry Stokes gone, nice pick.

A very athletic draft. By that I mean every position is big, fast and talented. There are no exceptions here. When you start sacrificing athleticism for talent you start having exceptions and the next thing you know you have a team full of exceptions. Mr. Wolf brought that to my attention once.


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