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Jerry Gilbert 4/24/2009


This high in Round One, the player has to be able to start from day one. You want a player who is more than an accomplished college player. He should be blessed with the talent to be a future all-pro, and hopefully, he occupies a position of immediate need. Provided he is still available, the pick is Andre Smith OT Alabama 6-4 330. Endowed with unusual strength and agility, Smith could step right in at right tackle. Time will tell if he can excel at his college position on the left side, but, unless he eats himself out of the league, Andre Smith could become great offensive lineman for the Packers very quickly.
Alternatives: Trade Down, Brian Orapko OLB Texas, Tyson Jackson DE Louisiana State


Round 2 should also produce a player ready to step in and contribute. Some would consider this a reach, but the Packers need defensive lineman suitable for the 3-4 and not many prime candidates for defensive end will be available later in the draft. The choice is Fili Moala DT/DE 6-4 305 Southern California. A defensive end in the 3-4 defense basically absorbs blockers so that linebackers can make the tackle. Moala filled that role in the USC defense, and his efforts contributed to the high draft status of the USC linebackers. He also has some quickness, as shown by the statistic that ten of his 30 tackles in 2008 resulted in a loss. Moala is especially valuable because he can probably spend some time at NT right away, and with added weight, he could become a fixture in the middle.
Alternatives Jamon Meredith OT Tennessee, Connor Barwin OLB Cincinnati, Jaron Gilbert DE San Jose State


The first round of the second day produces the scramble to grab players who unexpectedly slipped through without being selected. Cody Brown OLB 6-3 248 Connecticut is the selection. His 11 sacks and 5 forced fumbles in 2008 demonstrate some of the skills needed for the position. Another important statistic is 16.5 tackles for loss in each of his last two seasons. A down lineman in college, the 3-4 should work to his strengths.
Alternatives: Cornelius Ingram TE Florida, Marcus Freeman OLB Ohio State


Travis Beckum TE 6-3 243 Wisconsin. Based on the past, Ted Thompson will not draft this type of player, a pure pass catching tight end. But having seen what an elusive sure handed bigger receiver can mean to a passing offense, perhaps he will see what a difference such a player can make on third down and in the red zone. Beckum was the focus of the Badger passing attack, and the only time he was stopped was by ending his season. He certainly has the strength and athleticism to be blocker as well, He was number one at the combine in the bench press.
Alternatives: Richard Quinn TE North Carolina , Mike Mickens CB Cincinnati, Ramses Barden WR Cal Poly.


If he is still available, the value pick here is Kevin Barnes 6-1 187 Maryland. Barnes would be rated higher had he not been injured last season He has the height and aggressive approach that will fit well in the Packer secondary.
Alternatives Glen Coffee RB Alabama, Richard Quinn TE North Carolina, Xavier Fulton OT Illinois.


Michigan provides a viable nose tackle prospect in Terrence Taylor 6-0 306 Michigan. Although he is a bit small for the position at present, Taylor consistently handled double teams in the Big Ten and totaled 114 tackle in his career. In high school he was state champion in wrestling and power-lifting. More recently, he hoisted the bar 37 times at the Combine. Taylor is the type of player who will eat blockers and love the process.
Alternatives: Bradley Fletcher CB Iowa, Johnny Knox WR Abilene Christian, Lydon Murtha OT Nebraska, Mike Wallace WR Mississippi


The Packers scout small colleges and should have discovered Lee Robinson 6-3 249 Alcorn State. Part of a diminishing group in the NCAA, Robinson is a big linebacker who has played both inside an out. He projects as ready to go in pass coverage or filling the gaps. Small school players need to dominate the competition to be noticed.. Robinson registered 111 tackles last season and has 20 career sacks.. He stood out at the Texas vs The Nation all-star event.
Alternatives: Vaughn Martin NT Western Ontario, Bear Pascoe TE Fresno State, Robert Brewster OT, Ball State


The Packers appear to lack players to play defensive end in the 3-4. A candidate is Pannel Egboh 6-6 276 Stanford. After adding a few pounds, Egboh, as some scouts have said, could become a prototype defensive end in the 3-4. His strength is stacking up the run, and that is what he will be asked to do, but a 4.95 forty shows a potential to chase the passer as well, A tight end in high school, Egboh may help the offense near the goal line.
Alternatives: Don Cary CB Norfolk State; Courtney Greene FS Rutgers


Jabir Perkins FS 5-11 200 Texas A&M Kingsville. Perkins offers more than another Kingsville graduate to go with Al Harris. He runs a sub 4.4 forty as a safety and demonstrated the ability to cover and tackle anybody at the Cactus Bowl. Perkins also provides return skills.
Alternatives: Brian Mandeville TE Northeastern, Everette Pedescleaux DE Northern Iowa, Tyrone McKenzie OLB South Florida

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