Mike McCarthy spoke to the media today briefly after rookie orientation, fielding questions about the new draft choices and undrafted free agents that Green Bay has brought on board. Here’s the straight skinny from my point of view.
In his usual no-nonsense demeanor, McCarthy answered questions as well as can be expected this early on in the process, saying that the goal of this orientation is to evaluate body movement, communication and the ability to process information in a practice environment. Then, the coaches look for something to “jump out at them”. Guys who tick all those boxes have a chance to make it to training camp even if they were not drafted. McCarthy made it clear that all the rookies the Packers bring to this orientation are here for a reason and all of them have a chance to make the team. The Packers are one of the best teams in the league at developing undrafted free agents into starters. But the evaluation process has just begun.
In particular, McCarthy said that Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is “off to a good start”. This should be good news for Packers fans who expect Clinton-Dix to be an immdiate upgrade at safety. The learning process has begun and the speed of the pro game should be something the Packers first round draft choice can excel in which bodes well for the Packers’ coming season.
All in all, Mike McCarthy had high praise for this young group of talent saying that he is not sure he’s ever had a group as talented from a pure evaluation standpoint. Exciting…but just wait until these guys start taking the field. It’s all coming fast Packernation. A retooled team, a new opportunity, another season…