Round 2 is underway

Posted by Mike Spofford on April 27, 2012 – 6:09 pm

WR Brian Quick of Appalachian State is the first pick of the second round, going to the Rams at No. 33. Right after that, the Colts took TE Coby Fleener from Stanford, so the first two picks on Day 2 are offensive players.

There are still a number of attractive defensive players, particularly defensive linemen, on the board. Alabama’s Courtney Upshaw is an OLB candidate, while interior guys remaining include UConn’s Kendall Reyes, Michigan State’s Jerel Worthy, Penn State’s Devon Still, and a few others.

It will be interesting to see if the Packers have targeted one of those names and whether or not they’ll look into trading up if one of them hangs around for a few picks or toward the middle of the second round.

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Day 1 chat transcript

Posted by Mike Spofford on April 27, 2012 – 12:26 am

Click here to read the transcript of the Day 1 live chat on

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Packers get their pass rusher in Perry

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on April 26, 2012 – 9:41 pm

The Packers got their pass rusher and he’s from USC. Can Nick Perry do for the Packers’ defense what Clay Matthews did?

Perry, a blend of power and speed who lit up the scouting combine, was made the 28th pick of the draft on Thursday night. He immediately addresses the Packers’ desperate need for a pass rusher, following a season in which the Packers were last in the league in sacks per pass play.

The Packers selected Matthews out of USC in the 2009 draft and Matthews immediately became one of the pass-rush stars of the league. The hope is that Perry’s presence will help take the focus of offenses off Matthews and allow him to get back to his pass-rush form of 2010.

Perry led the Pac-12 in sacks last year with 9 1/2, and he had 21 1/2 sacks total in his three playing seasons.  An early entry in the draft, Perry redshirted as a freshman in 2008.  As a redshirt freshman in ’09, Perry led USC in sacks with eight. A native of Detroit, Perry is listed at 6-2 1/2, 271 pounds. will update this story shortly.

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Packers are on the clock

Posted by Mike Spofford on April 26, 2012 – 9:37 pm

Houston took Illinois DE Whitney Mercilus at 26, and Cincinnati took Wisconsin G Kevin Zeitler at 27.

Now it’s the Packers’ turn at 28. As for defensive players, both Alabama’s Courtney Upshaw and USC’s Nick Perry are on the board.

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Patriots move up for another first-rounder

Posted by Mike Spofford on April 26, 2012 – 9:24 pm

New England has moved back into the first round at No. 25 to take Alabama LB Dont’a Hightower.  That’s two picks, both on defense in the front seven, for the Patriots in the last five picks.

Remember, the Patriots were criticized for their defense last year, much like the Packers were.  They were clearly targeting upgrades, making trades up to 21 and to 25 to get two guys, Jones and Hightower.

Three picks away from GB now …

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Photos from the Packers draft room

Posted by Mike Spofford on April 26, 2012 – 9:22 pm

For a look at some photos from the Packers draft room at Lambeau Field, click here.

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Detroit takes Reiff for OL

Posted by Mike Spofford on April 26, 2012 – 9:21 pm

Another NFC North pick is in, and the Lions have taken Iowa T Riley Reiff at No. 23.

That’s the heir apparent to Jeff Backus at LT, to protect Matthew Stafford’s blind side.

The Patriots had traded up to 21 to take Chandler Jones, the DE from Syracuse, but now the offensive linemen are going. Pittsburgh has taken David DeCastro from Stanford, the top guard in this draft.  With those O-linemen going, more defensive players will be there for the Packers to choose from at 28.

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Bears take Shea McClellin

Posted by Mike Spofford on April 26, 2012 – 9:19 pm

The player many mock drafts had the Packers taking at No. 28 has been taken by a division rival at No. 19.  The Bears have chosen Boise State LB Shea McClellin, a bit higher than most projections for him.

McClellin is considered a complete player and a prototype OLB, able to rush, defend the run, and play pass coverage.  So much for all those mock drafts.

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Seahawks with a bit of a shocker

Posted by Mike Spofford on April 26, 2012 – 8:33 pm

The Seahawks at No. 15 have taken LB Bruce Irvin from West Virginia, a stunning move with OLB Melvin Ingram from South Carolina still on the board.  That’s Ted Thompson’s former right-hand man, John Schneider, making that pick as GM in Seattle.

Big surprise there.  Analysts will say Schneider could have traded out of the first round and gotten Irvin in the second.  Seahawks must have really, really liked him.  That’s the first real wave-making move in the first round.

Will Ingram get past the Jets at 16?  Seems doubtful, but at this point, who knows.

Update: The Jets have taken North Carolina DE Quinton Coples, leaving Ingram STILL on the board as we hit pick 17.

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Rams take Brockers, third D-lineman in last four picks

Posted by Mike Spofford on April 26, 2012 – 8:29 pm

LSU DT Michael Brockers goes to the Rams at No. 14, making it three big defensive linemen in the last four picks.

The top outside linebacker, Melvin Ingram, is still on the board. Are the Packers potentially talking to the Seahawks, where John Schneider is GM, about trading up to 15 to get Ingram?  It would be a bold move, but not out of the question.

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