OTA Underdogs: John Crockett

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John CrockettThere are always some guys that come into OTA’s as long shots, but some of their stories are so compelling that you just can’t help but root for them. Sometimes we even want one of these long shots to win out over a vet…for example a Carl Bradford (excited to see if Bradford makes a leap this year) over a Brad Jones last season. But this year, there is a guy that I really want to see make the team does not come from the draft class but is un-drafted North Dakota State rookie running back John Crockett.

Having played his High School football in Minnesota and College play at North Dakota State, Crockett will definitely be a weather-ready runningback for the Pack. But to me, I just want to see a small school kid who did nothing but win. Four straight FCS titles is an accomplishment. The call him TAZ and I truly want to see if this kid can unseat James Starks (no disrespect) behind Eddie Lacy in the Green Bay backfield. John is charismatic, fun-loving, and seems to be a really great character guy. I think he is a stud in the stable, kicking at the doors to just be given a chance. Well John, your chance starts right now! Check out the clip below from Draft Academy…when John’s Mom hears that he was finally invited to the Scouting Combine, her response is priceless. Check it out and be sure to give Joe Perovich a sub.

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Jeffery Hayes

Jeffery Hayes is a contributor to www.greenbaypackernation.com. Jeff was born and raised in Kenosha Wisconsin Currently resides in Brooklyn Wisconsin. Been a Packer fan since the 70's

10 Comments

  1.   January 18, 2016, 12:32 pm

    Tough year but it did on a great season ending game despite the loss. My one question that will haunt me all off season is what happened to the team after the first loss to Denver? After that game they were not a team anymore . Arguments on the sidelines, throwing I-pads, and total confusion. Then at Washington it all changed. Why?
    Anyway I’m Green and Gold forever! Next year we will return to greatness

  2.   January 18, 2016, 11:33 am

    I agree that they did better than they probably should have with the receiving core they had and that they needed the speed of Janes but his hands and routes will cost us too many interceptions in key moments. Even in his biggest play of his career in Arizona (yes I was there in person so did not get to see all the replays) he managed to drop it and get lucky to have a second chance before it hit the ground. Nelson and Montgomery should be ahead of him on the depth chart as should Abredaris (sp?)….my concerns were why Cobb can’t get open without Nelson and Janis in general!! If we could trade Janes and get something for him I would do it in a heartbeat….by the time you look at a WR depth chart where is Janes in your mind?
    Nelson
    Cobb
    Jones
    Adams
    Montgomery
    Abredaris
    Janis
    ???

    •   January 18, 2016, 12:11 pm

      Jones probably won’t be re-signed so you go with your list, in that order, minus Jones.

  3.   January 18, 2016, 11:32 am

    If Sam Shields catches that ball for an INT, we win the game…..

    •   January 18, 2016, 7:51 pm

      Yes, for me that was the biggest frustration of this game. His two drops cost us 10 points. To take that a step further, on the AZ tipped pass for a touchdown, Randall and Heyward were blanketing their receivers. Shields was so far off Michael Floyd that he wasn’t even in the TV shot when Floyd caught it. Had he been covering like the rest of his defensive backfield, there wouldn’t be a catch off the tip. My biggest rant: Big contract money and failure in the big moment from our veteran defensive back.

    •   January 18, 2016, 12:09 pm

      He dropped two that resulted in 10 points for the Cards.

  4.   January 18, 2016, 10:55 am

    Couple of things. I think Mathews might have a valid point. In golf s “sudden death” playoff goes until someone actually wins, in basketball they play until someone wins, hockey the same. Why only in football does a team not get a chance to play? Nest, I think the Coach is maybe a little conservative in his decisions. OK that is it. Have a great off year.

    •   January 18, 2016, 6:29 pm

      Ya agree they should have to play the whole over time so each team gets a chance to win the rule suck and they need to change that rule at least it would be fair to all teams.

  5.   January 18, 2016, 10:36 am

    So, yes, we had many injuries – Jordy, Sam B., Andrew Q., Morgan B, Sam Shields, Ty M., DaVante A., each O-Lineman, Eddie’s rib, and likely a few that don’t come immediately to mind.
    Yes, big names. But, every team has injuries, and those we relied on (when they were healthy) didn’t deliver at a level we needed.
    I think when we talk injuries as a driver of our shorter-than-desired playoff run, or in regard to the season in total, we have to talk about execution, or lack thereof, by those that did play when healthy. Drops, sacks, missed tackles, dropped INT’s, fumbles, missed blocks and many a penalty. Keep these in mind for next year too, please – as we may have been “hurt” more by poor execution than by injuries. That said, we played better than expected vs. AZ, so yes, there is a lot of optimism for next year, provided we execute. That’s on both the players and the coaches, so all involved have something to work on and build on.

  6.   January 18, 2016, 9:55 am

    Well said on all points. The Pack will be back on top next season of that I have NO DOUBT!!!

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