Packers get inside linebacker in fourth round: Stanford’s Blake Martinez

Posted by Mike Spofford on April 30, 2016 – 12:43 pm

Blake MartinezGREEN BAY — The Packers wasted no time on Saturday addressing inside linebacker, drafting Stanford’s Blake Martinez with the first of two fourth-round compensatory draft picks, No. 131 overall.

The Packers have another pick coming up shortly, at No. 137.

Martinez started for Stanford, one of the top defenses in the Pac-12, each of the last two years, and led the team in tackles both seasons. In 2015, he earned All-America honors from a couple of publications and posted 141 tackles, leading the Pac-12. The next-highest total on Stanford’s defense was 57.

Martinez also intercepted one pass and broke up six passes. For his career (51 games), he had six sacks, five interceptions and four forced fumbles.



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Packers trade up in second round for Indiana OT Jason Spriggs

Posted by Mike Spofford on April 29, 2016 – 7:29 pm

Jason SpriggsGREEN BAY — The Packers traded up nine spots in the second round, from No. 57 to No. 48, to select Indiana offensive tackle Jason Spriggs on Friday night.

The Packers traded with Indianapolis. Green Bay gave up a fourth-round pick (No. 125) and a seventh-round pick (No. 248), in addition to the second-rounder at No. 57 to move up.

Spriggs was a four-year starter at left tackle for the Hoosiers, starting 47 games at the position. He earned second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2015 and was a semifinalist for the Outland Trophy.

According to some draft analyst reports, Spriggs gave up just two sacks in each of the last two seasons. He gives the Packers depth at offensive tackle that was missing last season when the pass protection struggled late in the year during left tackle David Bakhtiari’s absence to injury.


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Packers draft UCLA defensive lineman Kenny Clark in first round

Posted by Mike Spofford on April 28, 2016 – 10:12 pm

Kenny ClarkGREEN BAY — The Packers addressed their primary need on Thursday night in the first round of the 2016 NFL draft, selecting UCLA defensive tackle Kenny Clark with the No. 27 overall pick.

Clark played in 39 career games for the Bruins, starting 29 straight to end his career. He finished second on his team in tackles (75), tackles for loss (11) and sacks (six) in 2015. The TFLs and sacks are particularly impressive numbers for an interior lineman who lined up either over the center or between the center and guard most of the time.

Clark was an early entry in this draft, playing three seasons for the Bruins. He earned first-team all-Pac-12 honors last season, moving up from second-team all-conference honors in 2014. His three-year career totals are 164 tackles, 20 1/2 tackles for loss and seven sacks.

The Packers’ need on the defensive line became more significant this past offseason when B.J. Raji decided to step away from football despite having a contract offer on the table from Green Bay.

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NFC North rivals make different first-round moves

Posted by Mike Spofford on April 30, 2015 – 9:35 pm

GREEN BAY — With the Packers about an hour away from going on the clock, their three NFC North rivals all went different directions in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday. Chicago went for offense, Minnesota went with defense, and Detroit traded back.

At No. 7 overall, the Bears replaced departed WR Brandon Marshall by selecting West Virginia WR Kevin White. He will be paired with Alshon Jeffery for Chicago’s new receiving tandem. White was the second receiver taken in the draft, after Alabama’s Amari Cooper.

To see’s Prospect Primer on White, click here.

Four picks later, at No. 11, the Vikings addressed their secondary by taking Michigan State CB Trae Waynes, the first defensive back selected. A Wisconsin native and former high school teammate of Badgers RB Melvin Gordon, Waynes clocked the fastest 40 time at the scouting combine of all cornerbacks.

To see Waynes’ Prospect Primer, click here.

Detroit came into the draft with the No. 23 overall pick but traded it to the Denver Broncos, moving back five spots to the No. 28 overall pick.



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Donald Driver to announce Packers’ second-round draft pick

Posted by Mike Spofford on April 23, 2015 – 12:17 pm

WR Donald DriverFormer Packers WR Donald Driver will announce the Packers’ second-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft in prime time on Friday, May 1.

The league’s annual tradition of using NFL alumni to announce teams’ picks in the second round is continuing this year. Driver, the Packers’ all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards, will be Green Bay’s representative at the Auditorium Theater of Roosevelt University in Chicago. The second round begins at 6 p.m. CT next Friday.

Past Packers alumni to be tabbed for the honor have included RB Jim Taylor, S LeRoy Butler, LB Dave Robinson and WR James Lofton. Last year, Lofton announced the selection of WR Davante Adams in the second round.

Here is the full list of alumni announcing second-round picks this year:

Arizona Cardinals: S Adrian Wilson
Atlanta Falcons: C Todd McClure
Baltimore Ravens: CB Duane Starks
Buffalo Bills: QB Jim Kelly
Carolina Panthers: S Pat Terrell
Chicago Bears: LB Dick Butkus
Cincinnati Bengals: FB Ickey Woods
Cleveland Browns: CB Hanford Dixon
Dallas Cowboys: S Darren Woodson
Denver Broncos: WR Rick Upchurch
Detroit Lions: LB Chris Spielman
Green Bay Packers: WR Donald Driver
Houston Texans: S Eric Brown
Indianapolis Colts: WR Bill Brooks
Jacksonville Jaguars: FB Greg Jones
Kansas City Chiefs: CB Gary Green
Miami Dolphins: C Dwight Stephenson
Minnesota Vikings: LB EJ Henderson
New England Patriots: CB Ty Law
New Orleans Saints: T Jon Stinchcomb
New York Giants: S Shaun Williams
New York Jets: RB Emerson Boozer
Oakland Raiders: CB Willie Brown
Philadelphia Eagles: T Jon Runyan
Pittsburgh Steelers: CB Mel Blount
St. Louis Rams: LB Pisa Tinoisamoa
San Diego Chargers: WR Anthony Miller
San Francisco 49ers: LB/DE Charles Haley
Seattle Seahawks: S Kenny Easley
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: FB Mike Alstott
Tennessee Titans: T Michael Roos
Washington Redskins: S Brig Owens


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Packers cap draft with Jeff Janis, third wide receiver

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on May 10, 2014 – 5:26 pm

140510-janis-300GREEN BAY–The Packers capped their 2014 draft with another wide receiver, Jeff Janis of Sagnaw Valley State. Janis, 6-3, 219, is a big-body pass catcher and the last of three wide receivers selected by the Packers in this draft,

Janis turned a 4.42 40 at the combine and was projected by most draftniks to be drafted earlier than the final round. The lower level of competition in which Janis played, combined with the wealth of wide receiver talent in this draft, likely dropped Janis’ stock.

He caught 189 passes for more than 3,000 yards and including 31 touchdowns the past two seasons.

“Physical specimen. Looks the part. Can dominate but needs to improve his consistency,” draft analyst Tony Pauline said of Janis. has posted a more complete version of this story.




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Baylor cornerback Packers’ sixth-round pick

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on May 10, 2014 – 3:45 pm

140510-goodson-demetri-300GREEN BAY–Baylor cornerback Demetri Goodson is the Packers’ sixth-round draft choice.

Goodson, 5-11, 194, twice suffered season-ending injuries. The most recent was in 2012.

He made 43 tackles (38 solo), 19 passes defensed and four interceptions in 19 career games played. He’s a former basketball player that transferred to Baylor from Gonzaga.

Goodson ran a 4.52 40 at the combine in Feb.

“Tough, athletic corner with nice size and speed and good mechanics. Fluid, quick and rangy. Special teams type,” draft analyst Tony Pauline said.

His older brother, Mike, has played running back with the Panthers, Raiders and Jets. has posted a more complete version of this story.

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Packers please fans with selection of Jared Abbrederis

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on May 10, 2014 – 2:51 pm

140510-abbrederis-jared-300GREEN BAY–The Packers’ second of two fifth-round picks will meet with a lot of fan popularity. Wisconsin wide receiver Jared Abbrederis was selected with the 176th overall pick, the final pick of the draft’s fifth round and the Packers’ second selection of a wide receiver in this draft. Abbrederis, 6-1, 195, is a favorite of Badgers fans.

He won the 2013 Burlsworth Trophy as the nation’s top player who began his career as a walk-on, and finished his career tied for the school record for receptions (202) and ranked No. 2 all-time at Wisconsin in receiving yards (3,140) and touchdown receptions (23). In 2013, Abbrederis had 78 catches, 1,081 yards and seven TDs. He was first-team All-Big 10 the last two years and had nine 100-yard games in his career, including one 200-yard game vs. Ohio State (Bradley Roby) last season. Abbrederis ran 4.50 at the combine this past February and would seem to fit best as a slot receiver.

“Smart, efficient and tough. Reads the defense, finds the seam and catches the ball. Destroyed Bradley Roby this season,” draft analyst Tony Pauline said of Abbrederis. has updated this story with a more complete version.

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Packers draft center from Ohio State in fifth round

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on May 10, 2014 – 2:09 pm

140510-linsley-corey-300GREEN BAY–Ohio State’s Corey Linsley addresses what some would say is a dire need for a center. The Packers selected Linsley, 6-2, 296, with their first of two picks in the fifth round, the 161st pick overall.

Linsley started all 26 games at center the last two years, after having been a reserve guard and tackle. He was a first team All-Big 10 selection and team captain.

The Packers lost starting center Evan Dietrich-Smith in free agency. JC Tretter, a fourth-round pick last year, is a likely challenger to replace Dietrich-Smith.

“Solid, workmanlike, tough and intelligent, but not really big or overly athletic,” draft analyst Tony Pauline said of Linsley. has posted a more complete version of this story.

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Packers pick linebacker with their first pick of third day

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on May 10, 2014 – 12:15 pm

140510-bradford-300GREEN BAY–The Packers addressed need at linebacker with their first pick of the third day of the draft. Arizona State linebacker Carl Bradford, 6-1, 250, joined the Packers on the 121st pick of the draft.

Bradford is a strong value pick. He was listed by several draftnik publications to be a second or third-round prospect. He recorded 21 1/2 sacks in his college career and was first team All-PAC 12 last year.

“Plays like his hair is on fire. Very good making plays up the field. Solid pass rusher,” draft analyst Tony Pauline said of Bradford. has provided a complete story.




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