BREAKING: Green Bay Packers select Kyle Murphy, OT, Stanford, 200

Analysis (Taylor O’Neill): The Packers grab another PAC-12 player. Murphy was first-team all conference during his senior year, having moved over from playing right tackle his junior year, where he was second-team all conference. At 6’6″ and 305 lbs he definitely has the size to play tackle in the NFL. He also has good arm length at 33.5″.

Murphy has good lateral movement and consistently picks up blitzes. He’s a reliable player that looks relatively polished at the tackle position, especially for a late-round pick. He does lack elite strength (he put up only 23 reps at the bench press) and can struggle with stronger, bull-rushing defensive linemen, however.
While Murphy’s better in pass protection than run-blocking, he can hold his own in the run game. While strength isn’t his strong suit, he gets low and drives his opponent back. He’s not extremely athletic but can be expected to make blocks at the second level on running plays.
Scouts have him playing everywhere in the NFL from left tackle, to right tackle, to guard. That being said, if he can bulk up and add some strength to his game, many see him as capable of being a potential starter someday at the professional level.

Team Fit (Ross Uglem): Most of who produced Packers draft content these past few months indicated the need for Green Bay to take two offensive linemen because of the contract situations of Sitton, Lang, Tretter and Bakhtiari.  Murphy is the second of those players.  Murphy, like Spriggs before him, is a college tackle that Thompson will have McCarthy and Campen move around the offensive line.

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BREAKING: Green Bay Packers select Trevor Davis, WR, Cal, 163

Analysis (Andrew Mertig): After a very frustrating season, the Green Bay Packers seemed likely to address the Wide Receiver position at some point in the draft. They picked Trevor Davis out of California in the 5th round. Davis finds himself in the mix with Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Davonte Adams, Ty Montgomery, Jeff Janis, and Jared Abbrederris.

Davis is 6’1” and 188 lbs and ran a 4.42 40 yard dash. Davis spent two years at Hawaii before transferring to Cal. In 2015, he had 40 catches for 672 yards and 2 touchdowns. Davis also showed serious skills as both a kick and punt returner.

Davis has the kind of deep speed the Packers were sorely missing last season. He had decent hands and can use his 38.5 inch vertical to compete for deep balls. He will need work on his route running, as he tends to round off his routes, and improve his burst on routes over the middle.

Davis provides another option for the Packers on kick returns. He will need to show a major improvement in route running before Aaron Rodgers will trust him enough to be on the field on offense. The Packers will likely have a major competition for the 6th receiver during the preseason, with Davis going up against Adams, Abbrederris, Janis, and Montgomery to make the team.

Team fit (Ross Uglem): Ted Thompson is adding athleticism to the team this year, and his round 5 pick was no different.  Despite being seemingly well stocked at the wide receiver position, Trevor Davis provides track speed that none of Green Bay’s other options do (even Jordy Nelson).

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BREAKING: Green Bay Packers select Blake Martinez, ILB, Stanford, 131

Analysis (Andrew Mertig): The Packers acquired two fourth round compensatory picks for losing Tramon Williams and Davon House. They used the first of those selections on ILB Blake Martinez of Stanford. He will factor into the rotation at Inside Linebacker with Sam Barrington, Jake Ryan, and Joe Thomas.

Martinez is 6‘2” and 237 lbs. He ran a 4.71 second 40 yard dash. He was named First Team All Pac 12 selection in 2015.

Martinez is a powerful tackler with great instincts. He will maintain gap discipline and make quick, decisive moves to close running lanes. He has some ability in man coverage and will make contributions on Special Teams right away. He has below average speed for a NFL Linebacker and has struggled at times biting on play action fakes.

Blake will likely turn into one of the better kick coverage players right away and contribute on defense on first and second down.

Team Fit (Ross Uglem): Martinez is just what the doctor ordered for this draft class, a linebacker who can cover.  Martinez had Pro Football Focus’ highest coverage grade at inside linebacker, and should fit right into a defense that is desperately trying to move Clay Matthews back to the edge.

Ted Thompson continues to show his love for the Pac 12 conference, drafting his second one in this draft class and joining Rodgers, Matthews, Randall and other Packers stars from the country’s left-coast conference.  Expect Martinez to compete immediately with Sam Barrington and Jake Ryan for snaps in the Packers defense.

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PACKERS FOOTBALL FRIDAY: Draft Theory

In what would seem to be the ultimate show of arrogance, I’m going to try and tell you how to watch the NFL Draft.  I’m not going to describe to you the ultimate draft party or even the ultimate guide to watching the draft (though I know what that is, and it’s right here at CheeseheadTV).  I just want to introduce you to three ways of thinking about that draft that you might not already use when your ass hits the couch and the first cold beverage is opened on draft weekend.

In the first round especially, pay attention to the number of players that should go before Green Bay picks that are not at positions of need.  I post mock drafts that I put together at Fanspeak from time to time.  The app uses big boards from various experts around the internet and cross references them with the draft order and pre-determined team needs.  One of the main criticisms of my (and other Fanspeakers) is “that guy won’t be there”.

I always say that first of all, you have to draft what’s on the board, and second of all, you just don’t know.  The best way to look at things, especially in the first round, is to make a smaller big board.  I’ll explain:

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The Packers’ Mike Daniels Is Wisconsin’s Top Pro Athlete in 2016

The Wisconsin Sports Awards have the organization’s award for the top professional athlete of the year to Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Mike Daniels. This came as a relative surprise but Daniels is one of the top reasons why so many people pick the Packers when making their NFL football picks. The tough defense that he plays and the strong focus on leadership that he uses has helped him to become a popular figure on the team.

Daniels was on a listing of nominees that also included teammate and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Daniels did not expect to win, what with Rodgers being a huge star and icon in his own right. However, the big upset was made at the Sheboygan County Memorial Airport corporate hangar, the place where the award ceremony was held. Daniels’ victory proved to be a surprise to many but to those who know how well he leads, it is not much of a surprise to begin with.

Daniels also beat out fellow Packers Clay Matthews and Josh Sitton as well as the Milwaukee Bucks’ Khris Middleton. Members of the state’s sports media were responsible for voting for players.

Daniels’ award was the only one for the Pack during the event. Much of the evening was in celebration of the University of Wisconsin, a team that has done well this year with Greg Gard replacing Bo Ryan as the team’s coach.

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Pulse of the Pack: Preseason Prognostications

Ross Uglem (@RossUglem) of From the Benches joins Jacob and Jason to talk about the Jared Cook signing, B.J. Raji’s retirement, the release of Nate Palmer and the suspension of Demetri Goodson.  The guys discuss how these moves will impact the draft.  The preseason schedule was announced so what can we expect from Mike McCarthy after Jordy Nelson’s injury last year?  The Pro Football Draft Guide is out!  Get a preview of the guide and hear some of the insight that went into the 2016 content.  It’s a jam-packed slate for this latest installment of Pulse of the Pack!

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PACKERS FOOTBALL FRIDAY: Be Prepared

Last year, Packers fans felt like they were “pretty sure” about a few things.  They were pretty sure that Ted Thompson was going to have inside linebacker, tight end and cornerback as a priority.  Green Bay had to use Clay Matthews out of position at inside linebacker in 2015.  Richard Rodgers had a fine rookie season, but a field-stretching tight end in the mold of Jermichael Finley was almost certainly not on the roster.  Cornerbacks Tramon Williams and Davon House left for more money (on worse teams).

Packers fans also felt “pretty sure” that Green Bay was set at a few positions.  The wide receiver group featured Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Davante Adams and the promising duo of Jeff Janis and Jared Abbrederis.  No early round pick there.  With HaHa Clinton-Dix, Morgan Burnett, Sean Richardson and Micah Hyde on the roster, it didn’t seem like safety was a place to go, either.  Running back seemed like a stay-away as well.

The silver-haired assassin then proceeded to select Arizona State safety Damarious Randall in the first round.  Panicking Packers fans quickly talked themselves in to the idea that Randall was going to be a safety/cornerback hybrid with an emphasis on the slot cornerback position.

“TT” followed up that nonsense by selecting a second consecutive cornerback with experience questions in Quentin Rollins and WR/KR Ty Montgomery of standard.  My point? Do not let Teddy surprise you.

Here’s a few things that might happen on draft weekend that I’d prepare yourself for:

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