Well the Packers first and second round picks in this draft were real crowd pleasers. Ha Ha Clinton Dix was a fan favorite for a long time but one that few thought would be available for the Packers at pick 21. When his name was called out…many in packernation were totally stoked. Then in the second round the Packers got Davante Adams and Aaron Rodgers was totally stoked (along with most of packernation).
Then came round three and when the Packers took Khyri Thornton at 85. The high-motor DT from Southern Miss was met with less enthusiasm. First of all, it was a surprise that Thornton would be considered the Packers best player available at this pick, and secondly, DT was not seen as a position of high need. Khyri has a lot to learn to become an effective NFL defensive tackle but his quickness off the ball and his high energy play on a team that struggled to win one game caught Ted Thompson’s eye. Khyri could be a good player with some development, and he definitely will be playing with a chip on his shoulder as he had to fight to get into college and get his chance. And learning from guys like Julius Peppers can’t hurt.
At pick 98 the Packers selected Cal Bears tight end Richard Rodgers. This guy may need some development but at 6’4″ 257 pounds, he provides a big body that will be difficult for tight ends to cover. And like Davante Adams, pair him up with Aaron Rodgers and he could be a threat. If he does develop, however, he could be a great pick for a team that will be without Jermichael Finley.
Well rounds 4-7 will yield perhaps another gem or two for the Packers but we will have to wait and see. Up to this point though, the Packers have done a good job filling needs even though they just happened to be the “best player” on Ted Thompson’s board. But day three will be critical, if the Packers can hit a double or a triple on a couple players here, it could make the difference between a Packers defense that looks like…well…the Packers defense, or a Seahawks-style top of the line defense. We have taken some serious steps in that direction, let’s hope the last day goes as well as the first two.