Reviewing the 2007 draft: Part 2

In this second of a two-part series,'s Steve Lawrence reviews the Green Bay Packers' 2007 NFL draft and offers his "hindsight is 20/20" alternative draft choices. Today, it's Rounds 4 through 7.

Packers general manager Ted Thompson drafted two full-time starters in the second day of the draft. What more needs to be said?

Here's a review of the Packers' Day 2 draft haul, with a look at other prospects who were available in the picks immediately after the Packers made their choice.

4th round (No. 119): Allen Barbre

The Packers traded down seven spots with Pittsburgh to draft the small-school offensive lineman. He played sparingly at left guard but did nothing to dissuade the Packers from saying he's a legitimate prospect to challenge for a spot at guard next season or possibly replace left tackle Chad Clifton down the road.

Hindsight is 20/20 pick: At No. 123, Houston took cornerback Fred Bennett, who played in 14 games, started eight of them and picked off three passes. If you go way down to pick No. 138, the first pick of the fifth round, Oakland defensive end Jay Richardson started 11 games, tallied 33 tackles and one sack, and made a few all-rookie teams. If the Packers had stayed at No. 112, they could have taken linebacker Zak DeOssie, who, at pick No. 116, is a superb long snapper and special-teams performer for the Giants.

5th round (No. 157): David Clowney

The Packers hoped Clowney's 4.36-second speed in the 40 would translate into being a big-play wide receiver. Instead, Clowney lacked polished route-running skills, showed inconsistent hands and failed to make the final roster. He latched on with the Jets but didn't play a single snap.

Hindsight is 20/20 pick: At No. 162, Philadelphia tight end Brent Celek caught 16 passes for 178 yards and a touchdown. At No. 168, the Bears took cornerback Corey Graham. If the name rings he a bell, he's the one who scored on a blocked punt against the Packers at Chicago.

6th round (No. 191): Korey Hall

This pick, along with a third-rounder that became Aaron Rouse, was acquired when the Packers and Jets swapped second-round picks. It's doubtful the second-round pick, Brandon Jackson, will develop into an impact player, but getting Rouse and Hall makes this a great trade.

Hall, a college linebacker, started 10 of 14 games at fullback, and was a decent lead blocker and a demon on special teams. He was named to the Dallas Morning News' all-rookie team as a fullback and tied for third on the team with 12 special-teams tackles. Given another offseason to adapt to life on the offensive side of the line of scrimmage, it will be interesting to see if he takes a big step forward next season.

Hindsight is 20/20 pick: This is the first of three consecutive picks.

6th round (No. 192): Desmond Bishop

Bishop, the backup to Nick Barnett at middle linebacker, played in 10 games, primarily on special teams. He finished with 12 special-teams tackles — tied for third on the team — and made six tackles while playing about three quarters in place of Barnett against Detroit in the regular-season finale. He could be shifted to the strong side to challenge incumbent starter Brady Poppinga next season.

Hindsight is 20/20 pick: This is the second of three consecutive picks, and was acquired when the Packers swapped fourth-round picks with Pittsburgh.

6th round (No. 193): Mason Crosby

Crosby was the clear winner of his training camp showdown with incumbent Dave Rayner, and was a big reason why the Packers reached the NFC championship game. An all-rookie kicker in some publications, Crosby led the NFL in scoring while making 31-of-39 field goals. His deep kickoffs — he finished sixth in the NFL with 14 touchbacks — was a big reason for the team's improved coverage unit.

Hindsight is 20/20 pick: No players picked in the sixth round after this trio had more than a minimal impact on their teams. The best general managers manage to find players in the latter rounds, and Thompson — like his mentor, Ron Wolf — did that with these three picks.

7th round (No. 228): DeShawn Wynn

With four touchdowns, including a 38-yarder that clinched the Week 2 win at the Giants, Wynn looked like a sleeper pick by giving a little life to a moribund running game early in the season. But the reason the starting running back for Florida's national championship team sank so low in the draft — his knack for getting injured — was a continual problem. Unless he suddenly gets a lot tougher, he'll have a hard time making the 2008 roster.

Hindsight is 20/20 pick: The Packers could have picked another Florida Gator, linebacker Brandon Siler, at No. 240. He led the Chargers with 21 special-teams tackles.

7th round (No. 243): Clark Harris

Harris was a receiving machine at Rutgers and was expected to contend for a spot at tight end, which looked like one of the Packers' weakest positions. Instead, Harris was practically invisible in training camp. He spent the season on Detroit's practice squad.

Hindsight is 20/20 pick: There are few potential stars taken in the seventh round, but the Giants might have one with running back Ahmad Bradshaw, who was taken at No. 250. The 198-pound bowling ball carried 48 times for 203 yards in the playoffs, including 16 for 63 and a touchdown at Green Bay.

Or, the Packers could have plucked one of two high-impact free agents. Texas' Selvin Young rushed for a team-high 729 yards for the Broncos. Penn State's Ed Johnson started all 16 games at defensive tackle for the Colts.

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