Bleacher Report’s Andrew Garda REALLY Loves the Green Bay Packers Draft
Bleacher Report's Andrew Garda joined Jeff Thurn on Monday’s edition of Overtime.
Garda discusses the Green Bay Packers and the needs they filled in the 2014 NFL Draft:
"I think they did really well. I really love what they did with the draft. You start at the top with Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix. Last year, you had M.D. Jennings, who was not very good. He's moved on now (signed by Chicago). You have Micah Hyde, who was able to step in and looked like he was going to be the overall starter next to Morgan Burnett (at safety). But I don't think that was going to be a really great solution. I don't think it would have been a disaster, but think it would have been tough. I love Clinton-Dix. I grew up a Jets fan, and was very interested to see what they were going to do, and picked up Calvin Pryor instead. I really thought Ha-Ha would be the pick there if they went safety. I think it makes a ton of sense for the Packers. So, this is a guy who has tremendous range, plays much faster than his 40 time at the Combine, and gives Burnett the opportunity to step up and watch things from the box a bit more. Last year, Burnett was having to cover and contain people. He was happening to maybe picking up his tight end, or someone crossing the middle, but at same time, to have an eye to see if the corner's need some help because Jennings was so useless in coverage. Clinton-Dix can assist in coverage and sit back and be centerfielder. If needs to move to the right, he can move to the right, and if he needs to move to left, he can move to the left. He can help either Sam Shields or Tramon Williams, or if he's healthy, Casey Hayward on either side. I think he's a tremendous pick. I like Davante Adams at wide receiver. I think it's always smart for the Packers, considering the injuries they've had and eventually, their guys leave because they don't want to pay them above market rate. You want to continue to developing these guys. A lot of people make for a James Jones sort of equivalent with Adams, but while he is a big, physical wide receiver, I think he's a little bit raw in his route running, but more dynamic, and get there quicker than Jones. Everyone else they came up, Khyri Thornton, defensive tackle, can play inside and move him along the line of scrimmage. I love Richard Rodgers, the tight end from California, and I feel like they really attacked the depth, getting more wide receiver with (Jared) Abbrederis and (Jeff) Janis. I think the both of them have a shot to make the team, if not the practice squad maybe as the Packers keep developing guys. I like Dmetri Goodson (cornerback from Baylor), who is going to be a good depth pick down the road, and they need a center really badly with J.C. Tretter in there, and losing Evan Dietrich-Smith, which two years nobody would have said this, but I think he carried the situation. Aaron Rodgers wanted him back. He wanted a very smart guy and you have to the experience in this offense to know how to lead it and not sure Tretter does and right behind him is rookie Corey Linsley (Ohio State). I like Linsley a lot, but at the end of the day, it will take him a few years. So, overall I really like the draft process and feel like they addressed a lot of different needs and the first two picks knocked it out of the park. Ted Thompson did a really good job this year, but I'm always happy when the Packers pick someone who plays the position they want him to play. Not changing Nick Perry, Jerel Worthy, all these guys they kept picking up and had to transition and then it's two years before you know if they can do the job. They have Clinton-Dix at safety and aren't going to try to move him to tight end or something, and I think that to me is progress."
The Packers took Clinton-Dix out of Alabama at No. 21 in the first round. In the second round, they selected Fresno State wide receiver Davante Adams. For further in-depth analysis on the Packers draft, read the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinal scouting reports.
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