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 GREEN BAY PACKERS

2011 Record: 15-1 (6-0) NFC North Champions

  • Lost in the NFC Divisional Finals to the New York Giants, 37-20.

 

Passing Offense – 307.8 (3rd)

QB Aaron Rodgers: 4,643; 45 / 6

WR Jordy Nelson: 68 – 1,263 / 15TDs

WR Greg Jennings: 69 – 949 / 9TDs

 

Passing Defense – 299.8 (32nd)

CB Charles Woodson: 8 INTs

OLB Clay Matthew: 6 Sacks

 

Rushing Offense – 97.4 (27th)

HB James Starks: 133 – 578 / 1 TD

HB Ryan Grant: 134 – 559 / 2TDs

 

Rushing Defense – 111.8 (14th)

OLB Desmond Bishop: 115 Tackles

FS Morgan Burnett: 107 Tackles

 

Notable Arrivals:

C Jeff Saturday (Colts, Signed – 2 yr / undisclosed contract)

DT Daniel Muir (Colts, Signed – undisclosed contract)

DB Jarrett Bush (Re-signed, 3 yr / 5.25$ million)

 

Notable Departures:

QB Matt Flynn (Seahawks, Signed – 3 yr / 19.5$ million)

CB Pat Lee (Raiders, Signed – 1 yr / undisclosed contract)

C Scott Wells (Rams, Signed – 4 yr / 24$ million)

 

Draft Order

  • 1st Rd Pick – 28th
  • 2nd Rd Pick – 28th
  • 3rd Rd Pick – 28th
  • 4th Rd Pick – 28th
  • 4th Rd Pick – 37th (COMPENSATORY PICK)
  • 4th Rd Pick – 38th (COMPENSATORY PICK)
  • 5th Rd Pick – 28th
  • 6th Rd Pick – 28th
  • 7th Rd Pick – 17th (from NYJ)
  • 7th Rd Pick – 28th
  • 7th Rd Pick – 34th (COMPENSATORY PICK)
  • 7th Rd Pick – 36th (COMPENSATORY PICK)

 

Last Five First Round Picks:

  • 2007 Justin Harrell DT (16th Overall) – Coming out of Tennessee, he had plenty of promise, but with back issues through 2007-09, and now coming off a torn ACL, Harrell would garner much attention in the open market.
  • 2008 – NO FIRST ROUND PICK – The Packers traded the 30th pick to the New York Jets (TE Dustin Keller) for a second round pick (WR Jordy Nelson) and a fourth round pick (CB Dwight Lowery).
  • 2009 B.J. Raji DT (9th Overall) – Was a backup his first season, but took over the starting NT position and never let go on his way to the pro bowl. Considered one of the better young DT in the league, with power and leverage.
  • 2009 Clay Matthew III OLB (26th Overall) – The Packers traded back into the first round to acquire Matthews with the Patriots’ pick and the their fifth round pick (OT Jamon Meredith) for  pick to the Packers’ second round pick (CB Darius Butler) and two third round picks (CB Derek Cox, pick was then traded to the Jaguars, WR Brandon Tate). Matthews busted onto the scene with 10 sacks his rookie season and then followed it up with a 16.5 in his sophomore season. He has also been a Pro Bowler every season, an All Pro in 2010, while picking up the Defensive Player of the year as well in 2010. One of the premium pass rushers in the league.
  • 2010 Bryan Bulaga OT (23rd Overall) – Quickly took over Chad Clifton’s spot at RT after an injury and never let go, but with injuries he will be asked to play LT this season after grading out as the 2nd best RT by Pro Football Focus.
  • 2011 Derek Sherrod OT (32nd Overall) – Sherrod’s rookie season looked promising as a learning experience, but it was quickly derailed with a severe injury (Broken tibia & fibula). No guarantee he will play his sophomore season.

 

TEAM NEEDS:

HB– With Ryan Grant leaving via free agency and James Starks and Alex Green left on the roster, the position which the Packers haven’t had an elite running back since Ahmad Green need to fill their stable. James Starks has been solid for the packers when he has been available, which isn’t often due to hampering injuries and Alex Green looked promising, but at mid-season he suffered a torn ACL and might be back in time for training came.

  • Possible PickDavid Wilson, Virginia Tech – Is an explosive player with impressive quickness, agility and body strength, making guys miss or running through them. He piled up 1, 709 yards rushing along with 9 TDs and was a threat out of the back field which Green Bay needs.

 

OLB– The defence hasn’t found a capable pass rusher opposite of Clay Matthews and only put up 30 sacks in 17 games last season. Where the Packers are solid in the middle, injuries caught the team heavily on the outside linebacker position and need someone to press opposing tackles.

  • Possible Pick – Zach Brown, North Carolina – Brown possesses the ability to rush the passer (11.5 sacks, and 91 tackles) that Green Bay has been missing. With his best asset being his athleticism, his straight line speed is track quality, but lacks the size to stand up to the abuse, but can be a very good passing down specialist.

 

S – Even with the transition of Charles Woodson moving to safety, and even if it works out, the Packers still need to address this position with the growing uncertainly of three-time Pro Bowler Nick Collins, suffering the season-ending neck injury last season. The other safeties on the team are good, but not great due to the lack of playing time, in Morgan Burnett and Charlie Peprah.

  • Possible Pick – Mark Barron, Alabama – With a weak draft class for safeties, it might be important for the Packers to use their first rounder on a talent such as Barron. Blessed with the rare combination of size, strength and instincts he possesses everything the Packers really need.

 

 

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