Good riddance

Ferguson another clunker in Wolf's worst draft with Packers

Ron Wolf was a master at building the roster of the Green Bay Packers when he ran the Pack from November of 1991 to June of 2001. Wolf who traded for Brett Favre and got the great Reggie White to sign with the Packers. He traded for players like Keith Jackson, Eugene Robinson, Allen Rossum and Ahman Green. Over his term as GM, the Packers compiled a 92-52 record, good for a .639 winning percentage. The Packers also won Super Bowl XXXI under Wolf's supervision.

Wolf was also great in building the team through the draft. Wolf drafted players like Robert Brooks, Edgar Bennett, Mark Chmura, Wayne Simmons, Earl Dotson, Doug Evans, Aaron Taylor, Dorsey Levens, Craig Newsome, William Henderson, Brian Williams, Antonio Freeman, Adam Timmerman, Tyrone Williams, Ross Verba, Darren Sharper, Vonnie Holliday, Mike Wahle, Mike McKenzie, Donald Driver, Bubba Franks, Chad Clifton, Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila and Mark Tauscher.

Wolf also made some mistakes in the draft. He drafted players like Terrell Buckley and Jamal Reynolds in the first round, the same draft that he took Robert Ferguson in the second round. That 2001 draft was probably Wolf's worst as he headed the Packers. It was also his last.

For some reason Wolf didn't draft Wisconsin Badgers when he had the chance. When he drafted Buckley in 1992, Wolf had a chance to draft defensive back Troy Vincent who had a great NFL career. When he selected Ferguson, Wolf had a chance to select wide receiver Chris Chambers who has also had a great career in the NFL. When Wolf did take a Badger, he struck gold with Tauscher in the seventh round of the 2000 draft. Wolf also drafted guard Bill Ferrario from Wisconsin in his last draft. Ferrario didn't pan out.

Still, the Ferguson choice still burns Packer fans. Ferguson always flashed potential, but always seemed to be hurt. Ferguson finished with 116 catches in his Packer career with 12 TDs. Ferguson never had more than 38 catches in any one season. Ferguson also was only able to start 26 games throughout his career.

Compare that to Chambers. Chambers has had 374 catches with the Miami Dolphins with 43 TDs. Chambers has also been able to start 85 games for the Fins and catch over 50 passes five times in his career. Chambers is only 5-foot-11, but he plays like he is 6-4. Chambers would have been a PERFECT target for Favre with his great leaping ability.

Ferguson started slow and never got untracked. In his rookie season, Ferguson was criticized by Favre for not knowing the playbook. Favre was right as Ferguson didn't have a single reception in his rookie year. Ferguson did have some success on special teams throughout his career, but Ferguson just didn't have the same connection that Driver and Javon Walker had with Favre.

Favre would throw Ferguson the same type of throws that he would to any other receiver, but there always seemed to be negative outcomes. Ferguson is big at 6-1, 220 pounds, but he never played that way. Ferguson's biggest moment as a Packer was his two touchdown receptions in the playoff game against the Eagles, the 4th and 26 game.

The Packers decided to sever the relationship with Ferguson last week. The Packers had a log jam at the receiver position and Ferguson was expendable. The Packers already had Driver, Greg Jennings and rookie James Jones in the first three WR spots, and both Ruvell Martin and Carlyle Holiday were having great camps. Plus, Koren Robinson will possibly be eligible to return in late September.

The decision to release Ferguson is the right one. Time had run out during his tenure in Green Bay. Ferguson tried, but it just didn't work out. Maybe Ferguson will catch on with his home town Houston Texans with former coach Mike Sherman on the staff. Maybe Ferguson will become the receiver he never was in Green Bay. Judging by his track record, I wouldn't count on it.

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