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April 26, 2012
By Todd VanderLoop of SPASH Softball

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CWS Sports Desk

April 26, 2012

Who will the Packers pick?

Wisconsin Rapids–Who are the Green Bay Packers going to select with the 28th pick in the first round of the NFL draft? Most draft experts believe the Packers are forced to draft defense. Most experts believe there will be a lot of trading to move up or down in the draft because from pick 3-50, the talent is about even. Will the Packers trade the pick?  Some of our local experts believe they have the next player to put on the green and gold.

Andre Branch, the DE out of Clemson. He is very athletic, can play different positions, and would fit in the Packer system well,” said Pat McDonald LHS golf/hockey coach.

“The Packers will select Devon Still from Penn State– an all American that comes from a program rich in linebackers and defensive tackles.  This fits a big need with a quality player.  The Packers sorely missed Cullen Jenkins last year and Mike Neal has turned out to be more of a dud than a stud.  You get a need with the best DE on the board,” said Tom Drohner, head SPASH softball coach.

Shea McClellin, the OLB from Boise State. The Packers needs are outside linebacker, d-line help, and help in the secondary,” John Fanta Assistant GM Wisconsin Rapids Rafters.

“I’d like to see us trade up a couple of picks in the first round.  I like this kid Shea McClellin or maybe Nick Perry.  Nice looking kids.  Upshaw would be acceptable.  The problem is I think to get some of these guys, we’re going to have to leapfrog New England to do it,” said Brad Mattot, instructor, Wisconsin Rapids.

Rueben Randle, the WR from LSU. The kid is 6 foot 3, weighs 210 pounds, and clocked a 4.42 at his pro day, and a 4.55 at the combine. He caught 53 passes for 917 yards, and 8TD’s despite not having a QB last year. This sticks with Ted T’s philosophy of drafting the best athlete,” said Dwayne Corry, CWS writer.

Devon Still, LB from Penn State. It fits a need, and Penn State has a good tradition at that position.” Troy Halbur/Insurance Guru w/Westland.

“I’ll go with Harrison Smith, the SS from Notre Dame. Just because Ted Thompson never does what you think he will.  Everyone’s assuming we’re going to take a pass rusher.  I’m not so sure Thompson doesn’t have something up his sleeve,” said Brian Kalish, CWS.

Shea McClellin (DE, Boise State) – There has been much buzz about the Packers’ interest in McClellin. His skill set could help ease the pressure on Clay Matthews. That, in turn, should help the pass rush. Getting to the quarterback was a major issue for the Packers last year and Ted Thompson will look to address it as soon as possible. The only question is: will McClellin still be on the board when the 28th pick rolls around?” Nate Woelfel, UWSP, CWS contributor.

“The Packers will have to trade up to get a safety worth his value, or focus on defensive line with the first pick.  If they go offense they should look for a great running back, but their pick is not in the position to get one of worth. Peter Konz could maybe slip to packers in the first round-my be good pick to solidify center spot.

“So with that said, maybe they should trade the pick if its not worth the value of the player and get a few more second or third round picks,” said David Hauser, SPASH head girls basketball coach.



The most popular picks for the Packers in round 1? OLB Nick Perry, OLB Shea McCellin, DT Jerel Worthy, Devon Still DT, SS Harrison Smith, and DT/DE Whitney Mercilus.

The Atlanta Falcons have acquired CB Asante Samuel from the Eagles for a late round draft pick. The Eagles did not want him, nor did they want anything in return for Samuel.

The Jets are attempting to move up and grab a premier running back.

14 Starting QB’s in the NFL last season were not first round picks.

Vegas odd’s to win the NFC North Divisional title. Green Bay is at 1/2 (that’s right 1/2),  Chicago is at 7/2, Detroit 5/2, and Minnesota at 15/1.

The Packers have the 28th, 59th, 90th, 123rd, 132nd, 133rd, 163rd, 197th, 224th, 235th, 241st, and 243rd picks in this years draft.

Who is the all time worst draft pick in Packer history? Many think it is Tony Mandarich, but I believe it to be Jamal Reynolds.

Nick Collins was released by the Packers after the top brass could not agree unanimously regarding his health. Collins still wants to play. What a tough situation for any team, and Collins.

I would take former Badger QB Russell Wilson with the 243rd pick. I also would take QB Ryan Lindley of San Diego State with the 197th pick.

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