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Day 2 chat transcript

Posted by Duke Bobber on April 27, 2012 – 11:45 pm

Click here to read the transcript of the Day 2 live chat on packers.com.


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Thompson discusses Clifton, Collins

Posted by Mike Spofford on April 27, 2012 – 9:56 pm

During his remarks to the media on Friday evening, GM Ted Thompson was asked to comment on the what veteran players Chad Clifton and Nick Collins, who were released this past week, meant to the Packers. Here’s what Thompson said:

“They are the epitome of our franchise. Chad Clifton came in as a second-round pick and has played for a very long time at a position that’s of premium value in the National Football League, the left tackle position. He’s battled through some injuries but rarely did he really miss time up until this past year. You can’t know how comforting it is to know that you have your left tackle and you don’t have to worry about him.

“Nick Collins came from a small college, Bethune-Cookman, (small) by NCAA standards. There were people that doubted him when he came in. He did nothing but impress us. He started from Day 1. In a very shortened career, I think he went to three Pro Bowls. It would have been many, many more. Both are good men. Both are good family men. They’re what we’re looking for. That’s what we’d like these young men that we drafted today to be.”


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Packers trade up, again, pick defensive back

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on April 27, 2012 – 8:14 pm

It’ll be remembered as a draft for defense.

The Packers turned to defense for a third consecutive pick in the 2012 NFL Draft by trading back into the bottom of the second round on Friday and selecting Vanderbilt defensive back Casey Hayward.

Hayward, 5-11, 188, was a cornerback at Vanderbilt. He is said to be skilled in zone coverage, which would fit into Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers’ 3-4, zone-blitz defensive scheme.

The Packers gave up their third-round pick, No. 90, and their fifth-rounder, No. 163, to move up to No. 62 near the bottom of the second round to draft Hayward.

Hayward intercepted 13 passes over the last two seasons and finished his college career with 15 picks. He returned one INT for a TD and also had 18 tackles for loss.


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Packers go defense again with Worthy pick

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on April 27, 2012 – 7:25 pm

The Packers addressed their need for a young defensive end by targeting, trading up and selecting Michigan State’s Jerel Worthy in the second round of Friday’s NFL Draft. Worthy, 6-2, 308, was ranked by several draft services as a potential first-round pick. The Packers selected him with the 19th pick of the second round, following a trade with the Eagles.

The Packers surrendered their fourth-round pick, No 123 overall, to the Eagles to move up eight slots from 59 to 51 and nab Worthy.

Worthy became the second consecutive defensive player picked by the Packers in this draft. The Packers, of course, are trying to repair a defense that finished last in the league in 2011.

Worthy started 38 games in three seasons for the Spartans, all at left defensive tackle. He recorded 12 sacks and 27 1/2 tackles for loss. He was a first-team All-America selection by a number of publications last season, the first MSU defensive lineman to be named first-team All-America by The Associated Press since “Bubba” Smith in 1966.

A native of Dayton, Ohio, Worthy most likely projects as a defensive end in the Packers’ 3-4 defensive scheme.


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Packers trade up to 51

Posted by Mike Spofford on April 27, 2012 – 7:19 pm

The Packers are about to go on the clock after trading up from pick 59 to 51 in a swap with the Eagles.

More details to follow.


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Packers 10 picks away

Posted by Mike Spofford on April 27, 2012 – 7:16 pm

We’re approaching pick 50, so the Packers at 59 are only 10 slots away. Wisconsin C Peter Konz is still on the board, thought to be the only center with a first-round grade in this draft. It was thought he’d be long gone by now.

On the defensive side, linemen Devon Still of Penn State, Jerel Worthy of Michigan State and Kendall Reyes of UConn are all still on the board as well.  Looks like a really good player could fall to the Packers at 59.

Update: There goes Reyes. The Chargers took Reyes at 49. He might have been a good fit on the D-line for the Packers, but so it goes.


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Bears trade up, add another WR

Posted by Mike Spofford on April 27, 2012 – 7:02 pm

NFC North rival Chicago pulled off a trade with St. Louis to move up five spots, from 50 to 45, and the Bears selected South Carolina WR Alshon Jeffery.

The Bears already added WR Brandon Marshall in the offseason, and now just picked up Jeffery. They’re clearly intent on upgrading QB Jay Cutler’s weapons in the passing game, and they certainly appear to have done so. The Bears gave up a fifth-round pick to make the trade, but they obviously targeted Jeffery and wanted to make sure they got him.

That makes Devin Hester probably the No. 4 WR in Chicago’s offense, behind Marshall, Jeffery and Johnny Knox.


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Offensive tackles disappearing

Posted by Mike Spofford on April 27, 2012 – 6:49 pm

Beginning with Cal’s Mitchell Schwartz at 37, four of the last six picks now have been offensive tackles. Midwestern State’s Amini Silatolu, Georgia’s Cordy Glenn and Stanford’s Jonathan Martin have been the last three picks in succession (40 through 42).

This draft was said to be thin at offensive tackle, so you wonder how many more have grades high enough to be drafted tonight. The Packers certainly could use a tackle with the release of Chad Clifton this week, but the Packers are 16 picks away and that’s a ways to trade up.

Update: With the Chiefs taken Illinois’ Jeff Allen at 44, that makes five of the last eight picks at offensive tackle.


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CB Jenkins goes at 39 to St. Louis

Posted by Mike Spofford on April 27, 2012 – 6:38 pm

The first cornerback of the second round, Janoris Jenkins of North Alabama, has been taken by the Rams at No. 39. Jenkins, who was dismissed from Florida’s program for off-the-field issues, was considered a first-round talent but a character risk. The Rams finally thought, at 39, he was worth the risk.

It would have been remarkable had Jenkins lasted until pick 59, when the Packers are on the clock, but if he had, you wonder if a player with Jenkins’ checkered past was even on the Packers’ draft board.


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Upshaw finally goes, to Ravens at 35

Posted by Mike Spofford on April 27, 2012 – 6:17 pm

Alabama OLB Courtney Upshaw, thought by many to be a first-round pick, finally came off the board early in the second round at No. 35 overall. The Baltimore Ravens took him.

Upshaw was a candidate for the Packers in the first round at No. 28 when the Packers took Nick Perry, who is the faster and more athletic player. Now we’ll see if the selection of Upshaw starts a possible run on those other defensive front-seven players who were thought to go in the first round.

Update: Denver just took Cincinnati DT Derek Wolfe at 36. He’s one of those front seven guys who was talked about a lot. Is Kendall Reyes or Vinny Curry next?


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