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Packers invest in Cal tight end Richard Rodgers

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on May 9, 2014 – 10:16 pm

140509-rodgers-blog-300GREEN BAY–Richard Rodgers is a tight end loaded with upside, and he’ll have a chance to develop his talents in an offense famous for developing tight ends.

Rodgers, 6-4, 257, made a position switch from tight end to wide receiver while at California. He made the move seamlessly enough to vault into the third round of the NFL draft, but as a tight end. Rodgers was selected by the Packers on Thursday night with the 98th overall pick, the Packers’ second of two third-round picks and the team’s final pick of the second day of the draft.

“His father is the special teams coach of the Carolina Panthers. Played wide receiver at 245 pounds last season. Was a 270-pound blocking tight end the year before. Shows flashes but he’s green as grass. Has skill but needs time,” packers.com draft analyst Tony Pauline said of Rodgers.

Packers.com has provided a full report on the third round.

 


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120 Responses to “Packers invest in Cal tight end Richard Rodgers”

  1. By JK on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Rodgers….nice summary here:

    Routes are sloppy and lazy—almost always rounded off and takes a lot of wasted steps, which can throw off the timing of the route.
    •Struggles to fight through press coverage against stronger linebackers and lacks the elite speed to scare coverage linebackers away from getting physical with him off the snap.
    •Inconsistent hands and had quite a few bad drops due to a lack of focus.
    •Extremely limited as a blocker.
    •Lacks the lower body strength to hold his ground against more physical defensive ends and linebackers in the blocking game.
    •Relies heavily on the chop block technique, potentially to make up for his lack of ability to keep defenders engaged.
    •Slow to get out of his stance on the line of scrimmage at times and is often late to react to blitzing linebackers.
    •Lack of agility limits his catch radius and he is very inconsistent adjusting to poorly placed balls.
    •Limited experience—only started 11 career games.

  2. By mazovoid on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Pretty sorry draft so far other than Clinton-Dix. Oh well. Don’t know what I expected.

  3. By bhaas on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    This draft seems funny to me. I understand why we picked these guys but the 3rd round picks could have been picked one or two rounds later? That DT was a horrible pick. Go up two spots and get Nix.

  4. By Asteron on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    First 2 picks were great. Those last 2 were unimpressive.

  5. By JK on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Spend months preparing for the draft and we pick guys that no one would have touched for at least two rounds

  6. By JK on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    HA….remember BJ Sander in the third round!!!! Compare this draft to that one and it’s one of the best ever!

  7. By Tim McCarthy on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Defense was the priority. Was being the key word.

  8. By wiguyinmn on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    6th round to undrafted free agent grade. I realize TT and his staff know more about this stuff than I do, but today is the day I was ecxited for and I almost feel sick to my stomach after watching it go down.

  9. By Sean on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    In ted we trust

  10. By JK on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    What’s this in ted we trust dope smoking?

  11. By AA on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Great Pick! Go Bears! Looking for Rodgers to Rodgers!

  12. By JK on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Roger Rodger What’s your vector Victor?

  13. By Daniel on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Someone has been drinking too much Vic Kool-aid with all this “In Ted we trust” nonsense. The only thing I trust Ted to do is pick lineman who won’t be in the league in 5 years.

  14. By jeff binder on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    In Ted we are losing trust. Absolutely horrible day. May as well have forfeited the picks.

  15. By Ryan Olen on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Ted, you have a lot of explaining to do on this Rodgers pick. Talk about a reach!

  16. By Dennis on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    TT needs to take a nap or something do they allow drinking in the draft room ? Draft started out good but only 1 good pick out of three not Ted Thompson style what is he drafting for special teams ?. Hope he gets a nap or stops drinking and makes some picks that make sense in the later rds because he wasted 2 3rd rd picks that were bad

  17. By JK on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    In Ted we’re hosed

  18. By JK on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    “Packers reach in Cal tight end Richard Rodgers”

  19. By jeff binder on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Why are we taking players who otherwise would probably go undrafted in the third round?

  20. By Dave Strom on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Gosh JK, if only Ted Thompson was as smart as you! I’ll bet he could find regular work then.

  21. By JK on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Ted, get married and have some fun….it will help you think better….I appreciate how dedicated you are but you need some days off! Take them before you have to step to the podium.

  22. By tlvince on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    But remember everyone, Ted doesn’t draft for need, what a JOKE

  23. By Bob on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Do not forget the lalent we have coming off I.R.

  24. By JK on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Hey DS….are you saying Ted’s out of a job or he only worked part time getting ready for day two of the draft? Either way, you’d be right

  25. By tlvince on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Pierre Desir or Bruce Ellington but my god, I wouldn’t have drafted this guy until round 7

  26. By Brent on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Are you people really not paying attention? He’s a little green but he has hands like a wide receiver, can run in the middle, and is raw which means he can be taught and won think he knows it all. Let’s see how all of the people questioning this pick are talking three years from now since it’ll take him that long to start showing an impact

  27. By SG on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Oh my…lotsa’ casual amateur GM’s in here. Let’s see…we are now pre-judging the talent before they play a down. Call me in a year after we see production, or none at all. TT has a proven record. Some picks will work, some won’t. Get over it. Spoiled little girls, grow up.

  28. By JK on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    TlVince….ha ha! That’s great Love it….Now that was spot on!

  29. By tlvince on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Adams was the only real player that has any chance at being an actual NFL starter some day. Hard to beat the 49ers when they kill GB in the draft like today

  30. By JK on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    A lecture from SG…thanks Dad

  31. By Scott 1956 on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    I’ll roast Ted as fast as anyone, but he did well for the first 2 picks. H2 was a no brainer. And we all know that as bad as Ted is picking linemen, he’s money picking WR’s in the second round! I don’t know much about the D-Tackle, but the TE pick looks like someone who could be a player, especially in the Red Zone.

  32. By JK on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Ed Gein had a proven record too

  33. By TK on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Thankfully, the bears signed “Curler” to an expensive extension. We have that to look forward to. This draft…not so much.

  34. By RichardSRussell on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Trying to corner the market on guys from Cal named Rodgers, eh?

  35. By Raphael on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    I’m fairly upset… looked at EVERY 7 round mock draft for the past four months and this is fairly upsetting… For a team with a great line up and NINE picks, you think we could have traded down a few times and even gotten Kyle Van Noy or at least Nix! I absolutely LOVE the Adams pick, really went down hill in the 3rd, the pick after us was Crocket Gilmore who is a far better TE than this guy… I’m a little shocked to be honest… Would love to hear the press conferences after this. Maybe 2 Rodgers from Cal is a good thing…

  36. By Jim Murphy on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    JK….are you really Brett Favre??????

  37. By axespray on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Can we trade/or cut some of these “fans” here?
    They clearly can’t behave like adults.

  38. By tlvince on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Ellington could have been our full time return guy and Cobb’s backup in the slot, This guy won’t beat out StoneBanger in a fair contest

  39. By Matthew Webber on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Its great listening to all you whine on here. I don’t entirely agree with these picks, but at the same time TT has proven he knows what he is doing. Since everyone likes to bash him though please go become a GM and show him how its done. Oh wait you cant do that? Then shut up and wait until the season before you judge. In Ted I trust, GO PACK GO!

  40. By Raphael on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Desir anyone?!?! Ellington!?!? Anyone but Davone House!!

  41. By Vince on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    I find it funny that a bunch of couch scouts/GM’s seem to know what’s best for GB or any other team. Trust in Ted.

  42. By Ryan Olen on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    I once thought BPA was a thing that Ted used, but I guess not.

  43. By tlvince on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Can I trade Ted for Balke?

  44. By Tom on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    I think TT fell asleep in the war rrom and woke up thinking it was the 6th round??? WTF!!!

  45. By jeff on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Its to bad the fans are not making the picks maybe they could pick their way right out of the NFC North Champs 4 years an counting smfh. TT knows his stuff people he knows who is who an when they should be picked so stop acting like you can do his job an enjoy who we get!!!

  46. By Josh on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Wow. I really think that I would prefer Quarless over this guy. Talk about reaching…

  47. By Chris Dorsey on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    I love all the geniuses on this board. You guys know nothing. Let it shake out.
    I laugh at the thought that any of you have any idea. Will be the same guys cheering these guys and talking about how you knew all along how great he was.

  48. By tlvince on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    The DL he drafted had half a sack last year…lol in college ball, he will fit right in with our DL group

  49. By Corky on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    TT has a lot of Pro bowlers to his credit. How many do you have?

  50. By Vince on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Seems like there are a lot of people of low self esteem trying to puff themselves up with all the smack talk of Ted.

  51. By Pete Taff on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Every scouting report I have read says the DT could be a stud. He is a one Gap DT that will fit great in our scheme, and he fell only because of off the field issues, so he will fit right in with our D-line. As far as the TE goes, i remember all of the same things said about Finley when he was drafted right around the same spot.

  52. By Ryan Olen on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    I’m sorry, but without Aaron Rodgers the true worth of Ted’s picks would show over the years. His picks are mediocre at best.

  53. By John on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Richard Rodgers is a great pick. Watch his game video.

  54. By Tarlam on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    The critism of the last two picks reminds me if what I read from fans over Nick Collins. I find it interesting that fans and draftniks want to know more than TT and the Packers scouts.

  55. By Ryan Olen on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Without Rodgers for most of this past year, it just shows you what TT has put together, and it isn’t that great.

  56. By tlvince on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Looks like the extra time before the draft, NOT GOOD FOR THE PACKERS, please move back to April I’m scared to watch tomorrow I might get drafted

  57. By Ryan Olen on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Richard Rodgers is a great pick? Are you nuts? He’s slower than most D lineman in this draft!

  58. By SG on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    @JK. You are welcome…sonny. Put a smile on your face…it might feel better. Your inexperience and lack of football IQ is apparent and amusing. I doubt you have ever been to a game at Lambeau…keep shouting at your TV.

    All humor aside, I am confident in the Packers’ chance to succeed this year, despite JK’s inability to “not so much” enjoy the draft.

  59. By mazovoid on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    If nothing else, this guy makes Quarless look a whole lot better.

  60. By reason1265 on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    WOW, this could down as the worst 3rd round picks in ALONG time ! When you have 4 picks in the top 100 players, why waste two on thorton and rogers 5th or 6th round picks at best…..
    TT needs to retire, Ha Ha was no brainers falling to 21 and the WR pick in ok, we will see.
    These last two picks just sucked the life out of this draft, whats TT gonna do in rounds 4 – 7. maybe draft some punters and deep snappers…..
    I think TT is getting old and possibly ill, and he seems to be slurring his speech and sounds half asleep.

  61. By John on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Speed doesn’t matter when you can catch the ball in traffic over the middle like this guy can.

  62. By JParr on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    I am not saying that these players will not develop into good players some day, but this is the 2ND & 3RD ROUND…NOT THE 7TH or 8TH!! Certainly there were better players available. Certainly these guys would have been available 2 rounds later or more. I think TT might have stepped out of the draft room and some intern must have made the selection. I can just here it, “Hey! How cool would it sound?…Rodgers to Rodgers for the TOUCHDOWN!”
    Why go with Khyri Thornton DT 6’3″ 304lbs from Southern Miss who was picked to go in the 5th or 6th round and Graded a 5.1 when you could have went with Daniel McCullers DT 6’7″ 352lbs from Tennessee who was Graded at 5.6? Seems like there is a big difference in quality of player between those two.

    Sorry TT not good picks for your #3 and #4 of the draft

  63. By whooyagirl on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    TT knows what he is doing!! I doubt any of you were nay sayers were out there watching and studying these players.. I like the draft so far.. just remember to look back, there were and will be many hall of fame players that were drafted in later rounds.. and many top picks that busted. Its the name of the game… Have faith. The Packers always prevail. How many years in a row have The Pack won the division and made the playoffs…Is it 5 or 6!!!

  64. By reason1265 on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Ted, Please retire, you 3rd round picks have Justin Harrel written all over them. Thl

  65. By tlvince on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    kool aid drinkers come on. SF 3rd round Chris Borland and Marcus Martin and Brandon Thomas, 3 really good players. GB Khyri Thornton and Richard Rodgers. NUFF SAID

  66. By Kris on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    5 straight playoff appearances. Best streak in the NFL. You guys bashing these picks are the reason why you are posting on a blog and are not in the War room evaluating talent. Stop bashing TT and stop complaining. When Rodgers is making himself an endzone threat I’m curious to see what you will be posting then?

  67. By tlvince on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    so no they don’t prevail against SF man

  68. By Alan Goldberg on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    It seems only Packer fans are “experts” Let’s see what develops instead of immediate judgments. TT does things right and knows who is who by hard work and insight. Forget second guessing–at least for now.

  69. By Peter on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Jk writes, “Ted get married and have some fun.” Now we can all be thankful JK is not drafting.

  70. By lee on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    A lot of dumb packer fans

  71. By JParr on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    All I am saying is why use your 2nd and 3rd Round picks for 5th and 6th Round Draft Players at best?! They may develop, but there are other players available that do not need as much time to develop and can make an impact much sooner. NO ONE was going to snatch these guys up before the 5th or 6th Rounds.

  72. By reason1265 on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Hey tlvince, remember TT can do no wrong in the kool-aid drinkers eyes, the 3rd round picks by the 49ers vs GB clearly shows TT needs to retire. Hire John Schneider and put TT out to pasture, they will never catch SF with this kind of nonsense drafting

  73. By Bacardi Lombardi on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    What happened to “Trader Ted”? Like most, I question the value in round 3 with the potential to trade back for some additional picks with glaring holes on this team for speed on defense at the linebacker position, return question marks, and depth at key positions across the board. Thompson has had his fair share of wins, but in recent years he has also had his fair share of misses. I hope he proves everyone wrong, but they can’t let the window with an MVP quarterback close while Thompson is trying to show everyone how deep he scouted the field. Compensatory picks are great, but missing free agency every year for a couple extra swings does not guarantee championships either.

    Most disappointing 3rd round in terms of gut feeling since the BJ Sander fiasco… Hitting on a WR in round 2 and one or two other marginal starters each year is not enough if you don’t sign any players each year with free agency. This isn’t the same scouting group or organization that found the players of those claiming “In Ted We Trust”… I hope he has a better plan for tomorrow than finding 3 UDFA’S who make the team, never play, and are replaced the following year.

  74. By Jonathan on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    A couple of these comments amaze me. Like the guy that said the first 2 picks were good but the last 2 were not. Was there a pick I did not know of? The third rounder was a solid pick whether you like it or not. Next selections will be WR and OL. Go Pack.

  75. By gbpackersfan on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    For those complaining about TE Richard Rodgers, watch the highlight video. I found it on the Patriots website. I love the potential we have here especially when we have the best QB in the league in Aaron Rodgers.

    http://www.patriots.com/media-center/videos/2014-Draft-Prospect—Richard-Rodgers-TE-Calif/bcfb4092-30da-4b85-96d8-eef7f54f3317

  76. By Ryan Olen on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Johnathan….There were four picks so far by the Packers. Are you even a fan?

  77. By SG on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Jparr…how do you know “NO ONE” would pick the players before rounds 5 or 6? Or for that matter, who cares? TT is a scouting GM and covers the player’s games. I am confident he has some basis to draft them, based on his analysis and draft board. One thing he has done over the years is stay true to his board based on a player’s NFL potential. It’s not an exact science, which is why even some “can’t miss” prospects falter.

    Should TT base the picks on what Mel Kiper, Todd McShae, Gil Brandt, etc. believe? TT’s history tells us that is never the case when he picks.

  78. By Max on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    “And Rodgers connects with Rogers! Touchdown, GB.”

  79. By reason1265 on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    headline should have read: TT invests in Cal TE in 3rd round who likely would have been available in the 6th or 7th round, way to do teddy boy….

  80. By Chen on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Please just let TT do his job, you think you know more than him?

  81. By SG on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    One other thought…the 49ers picked a dude with the last pick in the third round who will be on the PUP all season, and will not play until 2015.

    Was this based on where another team would have drafted him, or perhaps…now get this…long term potential?

  82. By Patrick on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Thornton will be a force next to BJ. He was well under rated and moving up on many team’s boards over the past couple weeks.

  83. By SG on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    I guess TT’s record is why he has a job as the Packers’ GM and JK is relegated to JK spend(ing) the last two months preparing for the draft. I’ll bet that was “neat” research, skippy.

  84. By kiefer (new jersey) on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    After i saw C.J go the first pick of the second i though TT should of traded up to get either get Noy or Seferian-Jenkins

  85. By reason1265 on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    To be fair, the 3rd round could not have fallen much worse for GB, and it sounds like ted was trying to make some trades but no takers.

    When those two big TE’s went right away and then Borland got nabbed by SF I was thinking..&@#!###, I think TT should have been more aggressive to move up, having 4 or 5 impact players makes a lot more sense than a bunch of camp bodies

    Lets HOPE rounds 4 – 7 go a lot better because round 3 looks really bad. A kick returner and an ILB are badly needed

  86. By reason1265 on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    Hey Kiefer, You are Spot On !

  87. By reason1265 on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    I truly thought GB would have been able to nab one of the 4 or 5 highly regarded TE’s who most thought GB had an excellent chance of nabbing.

  88. By Jim broche on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    Great Picks by the Pack. Everyone questions TT but year after year he puts a quality product on the field. Everyone needs to relax and remember we have guys already in GB and these guys will only improve what we have. Great picks by the Pack, every hater will eat their words in 2 years.

  89. By reason1265 on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    Hey Bacardi Lombardi, Your entire post is SPOT ON….

  90. By reason1265 on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    The reason 80% of the posters are complaining about the two 3rd round picks is because, they look like bad picks and reaches…This does NOT MEAN everybody thinks they know more than TT. BUT, TT makes mistakes in the draft and this is OUR forum to express OUR opinions ! I was at GB in the auditorium when the fan’s were booing TT after the Justin Harrell pick, and guess what, we were right ! That does not mean that TT does not make some great picks, he does, and most everyone was quite pleased with the Clinton Dix pick, and for the most part the Adams pick from what I’ve read. but it seems most fans on here including me, don’t like the 3rd round picks, and it is our right to express our dissatisfaction. This does not make anyone stating there displeasure here any less a fan than those who support the picks, If you like the picks, great that’s your right. But not everybody subscribes to the In Ted we Trust mantra. If you do, that is your right. This is a public forum for all to voice there opinions.

  91. By Jim on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    Yeah, he’s a stud. 2 career touchdowns. Wow.

  92. By Jim on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    Vic, Where did Tony have Mr. Rodgers slotted? Undrafted free agent? By the way, why do you feel he is loaded with upside? Maybe because he’s not very good so he can only get better. This was a wasted pick. No point in collecting compensatory picks if this is what you are going to get with them.

  93. By Jim on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    End zone threat? He had 2 career touchdowns in college.

  94. By Michael on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    The jury is out on this pick, he looks like a project, perhaps 2 or 3 years before he becomes productive. If he does make the team, most likely a special teams player for awhile.

  95. By ulcnetwork on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    It is amazing, nearly every year we have a group of so called fans that attack Ted Thompson over his selections. But as it turns out nearly every year, the man with Mike McCarthy et al usually get it right.

  96. By Larry on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    Don’t know why everybody is on Ted’s back. He gets input from coaches. I’m sure he isn’t sitting at home on his laptop drafting players by himself. These guys look at film,stats, and who knows what else.

  97. By northerner on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    If Rodgers doesn’t workout at TE maybe convert him to LB he is 6’4″ and weighs close to 260. The Pack is always looking to experimnent……. I really don’t know much about these two so hope that they are secretively great.

  98. By Donjuaaan on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    You fair weather fans question the way he drafts every year. When we are in the playoffs moving towards the Super Bowl this year, remember how you all scouted this talent they picked. because you obviously have seen more than Packers scouts have seen. And the draft isn’t even over so calm down.

  99. By Jeff on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    I think JK should be our GM maybe then we can stay at the bottom of the NFC central or the entire nfl actually smfh

  100. By Melgar on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    I remember when we drafted Nick Collins in the 2nd round. Everybody went nuts because we “could have gotten him in the fourth.” We find out a few days after the draft that there was another team that wanted him in the 2nd (it only takes one). We don’t know where other teams are going to select players. Draft who you want to draft.

  101. By WesternWisconsinCheese on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    I think this draft has a ton of underdeveloped players anyways.Big named college players don’t win the super bowl.I am a die hard Packer Backer and i’ll say the draft is going awsome. These youg players will have the chance to play in the best stage in the NFL. Give them a chance to prove you guys there worth the picks. If not the pack will get rid of them.I do HAVE TO say the last one was a bit odd. I looked him up and he is very slow and clutzy like. Wonder when we will pick a center or OL guys. Man we need them too.

  102. By DarwinsMyth on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    When I saw Richard Rodgers on film, he wasn’t that much of a blocker… beware Aaron Rodgers! Holding a block for a second is not blocking.

    We need a LB next, and Khairi Fortt (Cal.) is fast (4.70), strong (30 reps), and a very good run stopper. This guy will fill a big need.

    I didn’t get the LB (Attaochu). WR (Jordan Matthews), or KR (Archer) I wanted yesterday, but, we can still get the LB we need in Fortt. He’s fast enough to get to the QB and better than Attaochu at stopping the run.

  103. By DarwinsMyth on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    Maybe, Joe Don Duncan (6-3, 268 lbs), TE, can still be had by the Packers. This guy can do it all, even though he’s from a small school. He had some injuries… I think, a fracture in his leg, but that will heal. Duncan is a very reliable receiver, finishes off runs, and I can’t imagine him not being a great blocker, since he can do 35 reps. All I can say is “wow!”.

  104. By Al Neubauer on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    All you people out there let’r give the players a chance before we judge on how good they are.

  105. By DarwinsMyth on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    I know, I’m only an armchair QB and a nobody in the grand scheme of things, but send this memo to Thompson’s desk anyway…

    SELECT LB Khairi Fortt (Cal.). This guy has a WOW! factor about him, and he will be a pro-bowler. I don’t know how this guy went under the radar, and slipped to the 4th round.

    I was watching video on this guy, and Fortt has a motor that doesn’t stop, he reads offenses very well, and is great at stopping the run. Kaepernick will have no chance with Fortt on the field. This is our 49er killer.

    There is just 3 hours before the start of Round 4, so Ted, please don’t ignore this. Please, consider it… Fortt is a 1st rounder that can be picked in the 4th round.

    Alright… I’ve done be armchair QB duty, and now you know.

  106. By Shaunna B-elieve on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    It’s kinda interesting that there are those ripping on TT. Just because you haven’t heard of a player or, the players stats may not overwhelm you… you’ve already tossed these new players in the dumps.
    TT doesn’t pick winners all of the time, but the packers are number one when it comes to having the most number of drafter players on their team. Not any of the GM’s in the NFL can pick a winner 100% of the time, but TT is seeing talent in these guys, and they need some coaching to bring out the best in them.
    Did anyone ever hear of Jordy Nelson before he got drafted? How about Sam Shields? If your honest you probably didn’t!
    Let’s see how the players look in the pre-season first before we start to judge these guys along with TT.
    I hate couch GM’s… lol

  107. By DarwinsMyth on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    Actually.. I did hear of Jordy Nelson before the Packers picked him, and he was the go-to receiver on his team, and I really liked him… honestly. I don’t remember what I thought about Shields, though.

    Last year, I wanted the Pack to pick Lacy in the first round. It was just fortunate, that we still got him in the 2nd. Sometimes, we get lucky, and we’re still able to get a certain player… like this year, we got Clinton-Dix.

    You don’t think everyone in the Packer war room agrees with Ted Thompson, with every pick, do you? And I don’t think they are called,”Ted Thompson bashers”, if they do disagree with him. Maybe, they’re called “fired!”… I don’t know.

    If you look at the Packers draft picks, in any draft, most are failures. If our Defensive Line picks were any good, we wouldn’t need Peppers, and other linemen to bail us out. Our TEs haven’t been the best, either, except for Findley, but he was constantly hurt. I’m not saying, it’s completely Thompson’s fault… it’s the nature of the game. Players can be great in college, and stink in the pros.

    Let us have our fun.. that’s what the NFL draft is all about… giving our opinions, and THINKING, we are a part of the process. That’s why Vic was making us, the fans, think we had anything to do with the Clinton-Dix pick.

    Now… I reiterate, SELECT LB Khairi Fortt (Cal.), if he’s available in Round 4. The Pack won’t be sorry. I’m having fun saying that… don’t ruin my fun ;)

  108. By Fyreman235 on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    Ya know, every year fans whine about Ted’s picks, and every year there are one or two diamonds in the rough. Do you suppose he has a team of scouts who study these guys 24/7 while we just read the reviews of journalists who know nothing? Remember when he picked a quarterback in the first round when he already had a pro-bowler? What a horrible pick that was! I don’t understand the fourth pick either. Maybe a year on the PS with some good coaching and we will have a NFL tight end.

  109. By jim on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    I love the Packers win or lose. I just wish you could draft Defensive coordinators as well as players. Not living in the state and watching football with other team fans a lot feel that Dom capers is a big problem for the packers organization. last year, after a Packer score I would have $5 $10 dollars thrown down and the bet was “the other team will score” I lost some money last year.

  110. By Jim McCarthy on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    TT went into the “stupid bag on the last 2 picks! May be time for TT to call it a day!

  111. By Curly on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    I like all the players that they drafted just fine. The defense should be much much better. You have to realize the number of injuries we had last year, and who will be back. We even got better on offense than we were at the end of last year overall. However I am very concerned about the O-line as that is what protects the QB. Everyone is soooo worried about the defense, but there are guys coming back, the best retained, as well as some nice additions. Capers is an effective dc with the right guys. O Line is again the biggest concern. The team is as stacked overall with talent as any NFL team could ask for. Again, the offensive line has got to be much less offensive this year.

  112. By Eric on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    I like the DT from Southern Miss quick first step and huge. Watched a lot of Carl Bradford from ASU and he will make this team he is better than Barrington, Malumba, and maybe even Nick Perry. The WR is a stud and will be the fade route guy in the red zone and catches everything.

  113. By reason1265 on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    If TT would have traded up and grabbed TE Jace Amaro or CJ Fiedorowicz and the center Martin the highest rated center in the draft, (all taken in the 3rd round I can tell you people would have been posting very positive comments, but these two 3rd round picks are reaches and just plain bad picks (IOHO)
    We don’t just like to rip on TT, but when he takes 6 o 7 round prospects like thonrton and rogers, he makes it easy to rip him

    Or even ONE of those two badly needed positions

  114. By dunjav2013 on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    Reblogged this on dunjav.

  115. By bearhunter58 on May 11, 2014 | Reply

    many haters on here who are not as smart as they think nor are they as knowledgeable about football – isn’t that right reason1265, tlvince, ryan olen and JK?? you boys is what we call “know it alls” just wait 2 or 3 years and see what these draft picks do. until then stop crying … really its not very manly.

  116. By Adam Sorenson on May 11, 2014 | Reply

    This pick was just straight flushed down the toilet. He is slow, bad hands, poor route running….. what is the upside to this guy? F’n terrible pick!

  117. By Chuck klein on May 11, 2014 | Reply

    I can’t believe all the nevativity from people. Ted Thompson has proven that he does a good job at drafting. Be positive people.( go pack go)

  118. By longtimefanhtr on May 11, 2014 | Reply

    You don’t draft projects that high. Could have had him later.

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