The NFL Draft is far from an exact science, but the Green Bay Packers more often than not get picks that don’t generate a lot of press on draft day, but fill needs and play well in the team’s system. Coming into the draft, the team was looking to bolster an inconsistent offensive line and find some impact players on defense. I think they accomplished both of these goals.
GM Ted Thompson was excited about this draft class and can’t wait to see these young players in uniform on the practice field. Let’s look at a run down of the 2010 Green Bay Packers draft.
Bryan Bulaga OT, Iowa – I remember a Hall of Fame coach saying that you can never have enough offensive linemen, and the way the Packer’s line played in 2009, Bulaga will be a welcome addition. Bulaga will play tackle, either right or left. Here’s what he Packers liked about him, he doesn’t give up sacks and he doesn’t get penalized. Aaron Rodgers will be happy to have this guy in front of him. He should be an anchor of the Green Bay line for years to come.
Mike Neal DE, Purdue – Neal possesses all the talent in the world and Packer fans are looking for him to make an immediate impact. Neal was a bit inconsistent in college, but with some proper coaching and motivation the sky is the limit. he’s big, quick, and athletic. He was drafted to help put pressure on opposing teams quarterbacks.
Morgan Burnett S, Georgia Tech – A third-round steal. Burnett had 14 interceptions in his college career. In 2009, he led Georgia Tech in tackles with 93. He will add some fresh legs to the Packer’s secondary. He will play both safety positions and nickel-back.
Andrew Quarless TE, Penn St. – An excellent athlete, but has some off the field issues. If he can avoid any additional problems like that he should be a good pass catching tight end. Needs to work on his blocking skills. He was a star at the combine.
Marshall Newhouse OL, TCU – He was a
James Starks RB, Buffalo – Slipped this far due to injuries. Packers like him because he is a good pass catcher. Has a good burst and decent vision to hit the open holes. He might be a bit of a project, but worth a 6th round pick.
C.J. Wilson DL, E. Carolina – A late bloomer who had a superb 2009. Needs to improve his strength and technique. Was an all-conference performer in 2009, and can help contribute right away on special teams.
Overall a typical Packer’s draft. Safe choices with some projects thrown in. The defense should improve in 2010 because of this draft. My grade is a B+All-Mountain West Conference first-teamer in 2009 and played well in the all-star games. He has good size, speed and technique. He has room for improvement with his pass blocking and his lateral movement.