Day 2: Thumbs up, thumbs down

Assessment of Green Bay's seven selections on second day of NFL draft

Packers general manager Ted Thompson picked up where he left off after the first day of the NFL draft today by trading down and stockpiling more picks. The Packers opened Day 2 of the draft by trading with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth round, acquiring the Steelers' 119th and 192nd overall selections for the 112th overall pick.

The Packers began the day by selecting offensive lineman Allen Barbre of Missouri Southern State and finished it by taking tight end/long snapper Clark Harris of Rutgers. The Packers wound up with seven second-day picks for a total of 11 in the draft, two more than they began with when the draft began Saturday morning, and a total of 34 in the last three drafts.

Whether or not the Packers became a better team is up for debate, but Thompson said he was pleased with his selections, despite getting beat out by New England to acquire wide receiver Randy Moss from the Oakland Raiders. The Packers also watched as their NFC North opponents loaded up with some offensive weapons.

"The target keeps getting farther away," said Thompson. "Like somebody said yesterday, our divisional opponents drafted pretty well. The bar is always raising higher. We think we added some people in our efforts to do that, but it's an all-the-time thing. I thought overall the draft went pretty well."

That would be up for heavy debate among most Packers fans. Here is a knee jerk thumbs-up/thumbs-down ranking of the Packers' final seven picks of the draft:

Allen Barbre, T/G, Missouri Southern State, fourth round – thumbs up
He appears to have all the intangibles of a good offensive lineman – good size with room to grow, versatility, and solid work ethic. Fortunately for Barbre, he will have time to adjust to blocking NFL defensive linemen behind starters Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher.

David Clowney, WR, Virginia Tech, fifth round – thumbs up
Clowney has excellent speed and will push for a No. 4 or 5 spot at wide receiver. He is tough with an ability to catch passes over the middle, or go deep. Runs well after the catch. Robert Ferguson's days in Green Bay will quickly come to an end if Clowney performs well in the upcoming May minicamps.

Korey Hall, FB, Boise State, sixth round – thumbs down
Hall played linebacker at Boise State the last four seasons, but the Packers feel he can convert to a fullback. If the Packers wanted a fullback, why not select UCONN's Deon Anderson, who went four spots after Hall?

Desmond Bishop, LB, California, sixth round – thumbs up
Bishop is the type of hard-nosed football player that the Packers are trying to accumulate. However, he has played mainly middle linebacker at California, though, he can convert to strong-side linebacker with the Packers. The Packers have solid depth at middle linebacker with Nick Barnett and Abdul Hodge.

Mason Crosby, K, Colorado, sixth round – thumbs down
This pick makes as much sense as the Packers taking Justin Harrell in the first round. Why not build depth at cornerback? Auburn's David Irons was selected by Atlanta one spot after Crosby was taken by the Packers.

DeShawn Wynn, RB, Florida, seventh round – thumbs down
This guy seems like trouble already. He was suspended on two different occasions at Florida for disciplinary reasons, but Thompson has looked the other way. Besides his off-field issues, Wynn had a rash of injury problems that limited his playing time last season.

Clark Harris, TE, Rutgers, seventh round – thumbs up
Harris has great size at 6-foot-5, 261, and decent hands. He ranks sixth in school history with 143 catches. What may ultimately land him a roster spot is his ability to be a long snap. If he can perform up to the level of veteran Rob Davis, or even close, he may be suiting up for the Packers in the season opener against Philadelphia.

Todd Korth

Todd Korth is managing editor of and Packer Report magazine. E-mail him at

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