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April 28, 2009

Packers.com eNews: 2009 Draft Recap

Filed under: Sports — hypeplug @ 3:09 pm

Overall, Draft Fell Into Place For Packers

Green Bay Packers General Manager Ted Thompson always looks at a draft more as a long-term investment in the team’s future than a vehicle to fill short-term needs.

But no matter which perspective is preferred, the Packers appear to have made progress in both of those areas with this past weekend’s selection of eight new players.

With the major issues facing the team being the transition to a 3-4 defense and some uncertainty both immediately and long-term at the offensive tackle spot, the Packers directly addressed those with four of their first five selections. – More

Lang Proves He Can Adapt

Fourth-round draft choice T.J. Lang is more than likely going to be thrown into the mix to possibly start at right tackle this season for the Packers.

But if they decide to move him around to try some different spots, he’s already proven his ability to adjust.

Lang, whom the Packers selected with the 109th overall pick, originally came to Eastern Michigan as a defensive tackle, and he played his freshman season there. – More

Johnson Added To Mix At Fullback

General Manager Ted Thompson has talked about the the benefits of creating competition throughout the roster, and the Packers did that Sunday by adding Quinn Johnson of LSU to their fullback group.

Johnson, who was selected with the No. 145 overall pick, will be joining veterans John Kuhn and Korey Hall at the fullback position. Like Hall, who started four seasons at Boise State at linebacker before being converted to fullback with the Packers, Johnson came to LSU as a linebacker in 2005 before making the switch to fullback himself in 2006.

“Quinn Johnson is a player that the staff thought highly of, the scouting guys thought highly of as well,” offensive coordinator Joe Philbin said. “He’s a good football player. He comes from a great program. He plays hard and he is a physical guy. – More

Meredith Brings More Competition To O-Line

It was expected the Green Bay Packers would look for potential prospects at offensive tackle on the second day of this weekend’s draft, and they certainly did.

With their second fifth-round pick on Sunday, at No. 162 overall, the Packers took offensive lineman Jamon Meredith from South Carolina, the second offensive tackle taken in a span of three picks by Green Bay.

Whether Eastern Michigan’s T.J. Lang, who was taken in the fourth round, or Meredith, or last year’s fifth-round pick Breno Giacomini, or every one of them, emerges as a future NFL starter is long from determined. But there’s no question the Packers aren’t putting all their eggs in one basket, and they’re counting on the competition being created to push everyone involved to see who emerges. – More

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