Green Bay Packers Final Draft Report Card

The Packers begin 2009 with no projected starters from the 2008 draft. Guard Josh Sitton, OT Breno Giacomini, QB Matt Flynn, and LB Jeremy Thompson (4) are listed as back ups while WR Jordy Nelson, QB Brian Brohm, DC Patrick Lee, have disappointed. Wideout Brett Swain needs to show quickly.

Green Bay Packers Grade - B+ NO RD Name Pos School HT WT 40 Grade
9 1 Raji, B.J. DT Boston College 6014v 337v 5.13v 1.140
26 1 Matthews, Clay OB USC 6031v 240v 4.67v 1.180
109 4 Lang, Thomas OG E Michigan 6037v 316v 5.24v 1.421
145 5 Johnson, Quinn FB LSU 6006v 246v 4.84v 1.796
162 5 Meredith, Jamon OT So Carolina 6045v 304v 5.03v 1.262
182 6 Wynn, Jarius DE Georgia 6025v 275v 5.03v 1.900
187 6 Underwood, Brandon DC Cincinnati 6010v 198v 4.47v 1.492
218 7 Jones, Brad LB Colorado 6027v 232v 4.64v 1.800

The Packers have an experienced respected scouting staff and I really liked what they did throughout the two day draft. I have absolutely no problems with their top selection B.J. Raji between the lines, but quite frankly due to a number of indiscretions, he is going to need to be monitored closely off the field. Clay Mathews is an true football successful story. Virtually un-recruited, he made himself an excellent football player through great determination and hard work. Thomas Lang was another good get for the Pack; not highly rated, I really liked what I saw from this college tackle in 2008. Johnson is an under appreciated fullback who will contribute as a developing back up and special teams player. Jamon Maredith did not play particularly well in 2008, but this guy is a good athlete with feet, bend and playing range. He is going to have to improve hand placement and improve his mental toughness, but I like this guy, particularly in round number five. Underwood is an Ohio State transfer who is a very good athlete and ran a lot better than I had originally anticipated. I didn't think he was particularly tough and was in my mind an ankle grabber as a tackler.

FRANCHISE PICK: N/A
QUICKEST TO START: B.J. Raji
FASTEST TO PRO BOWL: Clay Matthews
BEST IN 3 YEARS: Clay Matthews
OVERRATED: N/A
UNDERRATED: Thomas Lang
PROJECT: Brandon Underwood
BEST COLLEGE F.A.: Carson Butler (TE)
TOP TALENT SCOUT: Alonzo Highsmith
HUH?: Jarius Wynn

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