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Potential Late Round Picks and Undrafted Free Agent Targets for the Packers

Green Bay Packer Late Round Picks

While the first round of the NFL draft gets most of the hype and attention, and the second day picks are highly sought after, late round picks and undrafted free agents can play a huge role in a team’s success.

The Packers in particular are known for getting great value out of their late round picks and undrafted players. Sam Shields went undrafted out of Miami and is now one of the better young cornerbacks in the league, Frank Zombo was a key contributor during the Packers Super Bowl run, and most recently, Jarrett Boykin has emerged as a solid number three receiver for the Packers.

Even with 4 premium picks in the upcoming draft, and a fairly deep roster, I would still expect some late round picks and undrafted free agents to make an impact on the Packers’ roster this season.

Here are 8 late round prospects to keep an eye on as the draft approaches.

Jerry “Boo Boo” Gates – Bowling Green, S, 5’11”, 203

A 3 year starter, Gates has 7 career interceptions to go along with 5 forced fumbles. He is also a dangerous return man, and has returned both punts and kickoffs for touchdowns.

Gates should probably be getting more attention than he leading up to the draft and currently projects as a 7th round pick, or a priority free agent, but with his play making ability on defense and special teams prowess, I think Gates has an excellent chance to make an impact on an NFL roster.

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Green Bay Packers Seven-Round Mock Draft

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The NFL Draft should be fast approaching, but unfortunately we have to wait until May so that the NFL can dominate the news every month of the season. The wait is torturing me, so I decided to put together a seven round mock draft for the Packers.

Round 1 (21)- C.J. Mosley ILB Alabama

The Packers had great success with Eddie Lacy from Alabama last season and will be looking to do the same here with Mosley. A similarity between the two is that Lacy fell to Green Bay because of durability concerns, and Mosley might fall due to the similar concerns. Mosley is a three-down inside linebacker and would be a great compliment to A.J. Hawk because of his fantastic coverage skills. Finally, the Packers would have somebody to cover the middle of the field. He is equally good against the run with great instincts and sideline to sideline speed. His high football IQ is needed on a defense that often times seems confused.

Other options: Ha-Ha Clinton Dix, Ryan Shazier, Odell Beckham Jr., Calvin Pryor

Round 2 (53)- Terrence Brooks S Florida St.

It’s no secret that safety is a huge need for the Packers and they still have done nothing to address it. Brooks ran a 4.42 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, which is not quite as fast as Nick Collins, but not too far behind. The Packers have missed Collins’ speed greatly, as they have not had guys with the athletic ability at safety to make up for mistakes and make plays on the ball. Brooks has great coverage ability and was a former cornerback. He will be able to play as a single-high free safety and cover guys in the slot. Despite being a little short, Brooks is more physical than he is given credit for.

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The Week in Review at Packers Talk Radio Network

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This week at Packers Talk Radio Network:

Ross gave the Packers a full scale audit following their plunge into free agency.

Ian gives everyone an appreciation of Jermichael Finley.

John wonders whether there are reasons to be concerned about the Packers passing game.

John also says there are still plenty of question marks surrounding the Packers.

Are the Packers better off leaving Micah Hyde at cornerback? Perhaps.

Matt takes a trip around the NFC North looking at every team’s gains and losses.

This week’s player profile series focuses on the reigning AP Offensive Rookie of the Year Eddie Lacy.

No Huddle Radio returned with special guest Dan Shonka in a info packed NFL Draft preview podcast.

And From the Benches was back with special guest host Jason Perone talking all things Packers in this week’s episode.

Be sure to head over to AllGBP.com and check out this week’s edition of Surviving Sunday: Packers News, Notes and Links for the Football Deprived. It is a must read every Sunday during the far too long NFL off season.

Follow Packers Talk Radio Network on Twitter @packerstalknet and visit the PTRN Facebook page. Check it out, and give it a LIKE today!

 

 

Packers Talk Radio Network

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John Rehor is a writer at PackersTalk.com.

He can also be heard as one of the Co-Hosts of Cheesehead Radio.

You can follow John on twitter at jrehor or email him at johnrehor@yahoo.com.

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Question Marks Still Surround the Green Bay Packers

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Following the 2013 season, one thing was certain as far as the Green Bay Packers were concerned.

Changes needed to take place.

After a third consecutive season of post season disappointment, it had become painfully obvious that the Packers had been passed in the NFC by Seattle and San Francisco. They were no longer the favorites, no longer the team everyone was chasing. Instead, they had become one of the teams doing the chasing.

As long as Aaron Rodgers was on the field, the offense was in more than capable hands. This was never more apparent than during the 7 games he missed during the 2013 season. If Rodgers is on the field, the Packers are never truly out of a game. Having Eddie Lacy around to literally carry the load on offense just makes the offense that much more dangerous. Loaded with skill at WR and a RB depth chart that was the envy of most teams, the Packers were one of if not the most talented offensive teams in the league at the end of last season.

The main problem was obvious for anyone who had seen the Packers play even one snap in 2013. The defense was in dire need of a makeover. Problems at safety (and that is putting it mildly) were just the beginning of what was wrong with this much maligned unit. Issues up front getting to the QB meant too much time was spent trying to cover opposing receivers running downfield, while almost simultaneously the middle of the field was far too often left wide open (again). Dom Capers’ scheme was broken, and it needed fixing-fast.

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Getting to Know: Eddie Lacy

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Packers Talk Radio Network continues its player profile series for our sponsor Mayfield Sports Marketing with a look at Running Back Eddie Lacy.

Eddie Lacy was born on June 2, 1990 in the Gretna, LA. His high school career did not get off to a good start, as he as forced to transfer schools as a result of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. Once settled in at  Dutchtown High School in Geismar, La, his football career took off.

Lacy lettered all four years of high school, becoming one of the most sought after running back recruits in the country. Having his choice of colleges to attend, he chose Alabama, and his journey to the NFL would begin in earnest.

A member of three (!) national championship teams during his time at Alabama, Lacy tore through the record books, becoming one of the best players to have ever played for the Crimson Tide during their long, storied history.

The stats speak for themselves.

  • Was a member of three national championship teams during his four years on campus, during which time the program posted a 49-5 record (.907).
  • Followed in the footsteps of Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram (2009) and finalist Trent Richardson (2011) as the starter in the backfield for the Crimson Tide, opening all 14 games in 2012 and earning first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors after finishing with 204 carries for 1,322 yards (6.5 avg.) and 17 TDs.
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From the Benches: Hyde Your Kids

From the Benches Packers Podcast

The guys are back with special guest Jason Perone, who is pinch hitting in place of Ryan for this week. They start off the show by discussing the news that friend of the show, North Dakota State QB Brock Jensen has a private workout lined up with the Packers. After Ross gets through that discussion, the boys move on to discuss John Kuhn’s situation, and why the Packers did not go after a veteran safety.

The big discussion of the night involves the new role of Packers CB/S Micah Hyde and what his role could be in the defense going forward and whether or not that is something the Packers should be interested in going forward.

There is a discussion that follows as the boys adopt a Packer for the upcoming season, continue their draft series discussing some cornerbacks, and go through the draft class that was brought in with PTRN’s first mock draft of the year.

Finally, the boys end the show with Jacob talking about the criticism of Mike McCarthy in the show’s signature segment of “You’re gonna want to cut that.”

Listen using the player below or download the podcast from the Packers Talk Radio Network on Itunes.

 

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From The Benches is one of the family of podcasts from the Packers Talk Radio Network, featuring hosts Jacob WestendorfRoss Uglum, and Ryan Hillesland.

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In Appreciation of Jermichael Finley

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Since being drafted by the Packers in 2008, Jermichael Finley has been one of the most divisive players on the Packers roster.  Finley has shown flashes of potential greatness, but he has never been able to put together a full season that would put him in the upper echelon of NFL tight ends.

After playing only 88 snaps his rookie year, Finley had a solid, but unspectacular season in 2009, during which he split playing time with Donald Lee.  But during the Packers wild card round match up against the Cardinals, Finley displayed the talent that the Packers were hoping for when they drafted him in the 3rd round out of Texas, catching 6 passes for 159 yards.

After his breakout playoff game, the Packers made Finley the centerpiece of their offense for the 2010 season, but unfortunately for the Packers and Finley, he suffered a season ending knee injury the fifth game of the season.

Finley remained healthy in 2011 and 2012, but put up just average numbers, 10 touchdowns, 82 receptions and 1,434 yards between the 2 seasons, to go along with a woeful 23 drops.

Before the 2013 season there was speculation that the Packers would be cutting Finley rather than pay him the $8 million plus he would be owed, but the Packers stuck with Finley, and it looked like he would reward them for their patience. Finley had 25 receptions, 300 yards, and 3 touchdowns through 6 games. But it wasn’t just the numbers. Finley wasn’t having the drop issues he had in previous years, he looked more explosive in his route running, and he was breaking tackles to gain extra yards after the catch.  Finley appeared to be heading for a big pay day in free agency at the end of the season.

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