After the first day of the 2008 NFL draft Packers fans didn’t know exactly what to expect. General Manager Ted Thompson traded out of the first round and added a wide receiver that has the size/speed the Packers look for in Jordy Nelson.
Green Bay Packers 2008 Draft NFL Wrap-Up
Written by Joe Arrigo – PackerChatters.com Staff
After the first day of the 2008 NFL draft Packers fans didn’t know exactly what to expect. General Manager Ted Thompson traded out of the first round and added a wide receiver that has the size/speed the Packers look for in Jordy Nelson. Nelson had 122 receptions for over 1,600 yards and 11 touchdowns last year at Kansas St. The Packers then selected their back-up quarterback (and a possible future starter if Aaron Rodgers can’t sat healthy) in Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm in the second round and later in round 2 he added a player the Packers think is a good fit in their defensive scheme in Auburn cornerback Patrick Lee.
Day two started off with the Packers picking late in the third round (ninety first) and adding a player that I have been saying was linked to them since the scouting combine in Texas tight end Jermichael Finley. Finley is an athletic tight end that has soft hands and the frame to add more weight and will continue to improve as a blocker. The Packers then added defensive end help 9 picks later (#102), in round 4, with the addition of Jeremy Thompson out of Wake Forrest. Thompson traded up for him with the Jets giving up picks #113 and 162.
Also in round four the Packers added some “needed” offensive line help by selecting Josh Sitton of Central Florida. Sitton will play guard for the Packers. In round 5 the Packers did something I never thought I would ever see in my lifetime, trade back with the Minnesota Vikings to add picks #150 and #209. AT #150 the Packers selected Brohm’s teammate, Breno Giacomini, who played left tackle and Thompson says can play 4 offensive line position (both tackle and guard spots).
The Packers didn’t pick again until the seventh round and they had 3 picks there selecting another quarterback in LSU signal caller Matt Flynn and San Diego St. wide receiver Brett Swain. The packers traded their third seventh rounder to the Saints for the Saints sixth round pick next year in 2009.
I don’t like to give out a “grade” on drafts because you never know how any of these players will transition to the pro level. There are some big name players from big name programs, but also there are some players from smaller programs that caught the Packers fans by surprise. I know that the Packers were disappointed that some of the players they targeted in the forth and fifth round were taken before they had an opportunity to select them. The scouts are know working hard to sign some undrafted rookie free agents to try and compete for a roster spot and the list of players that were not drafted has some pretty good names on it. That list includes Erin Henderson (LB-Maryland), Tommy Blake (DE-TCU), Ali Highsmith (LB- LSU), Wesley Woodyard (LB- Kentucky), Devon Bess (WR- Hawaii) and Jaime Silva (S- B.C.).
Since I feel forced to give a grade I will say a solid B+ with the possibility for this draft to be an A-. All in all it was a draft that may not have been as sexy as the Chiefs or to the Packers fans because it lacked some big names and players that were linked to the Packers for weeks, but the players picked added depth and competition to the Packers players that are already on the roster, something Ted Thompson made no bones about doing when he had his pre draft news conference and he has been preaching since he first came to Green Bay.