So I decided to compare how our roster looked after the draft to Green Bay since they are the Viqueens main competition as favorites to win the division. All of the media guys get raging clues about the Packnerds and I have to admit they are my most hated team by far. Therefore it will be rather hard to remain objective but I will try.
Players added: None
Players lost: DE Michael Montgomery
Major Needs: LB, OT, CB
Round 1, Pick 23 (23), Bryan Bulaga, OT, 6'5", 314, Iowa, NFL.com Grade 8.5
NFL.com Pick Analysis: The Packers add a quality offensive tackle prospect with the selection of Bryan Bulaga. Although the team has a pair of veterans in Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher in place to start in 2010, Bulaga gives the team much-needed depth and an eventual successor to develop for the future.
Round 2, Pick 24 (56), Mike Neal, DT, 6'3", 294, Purdue, NFL.com Grade 6.4
NFL.com Pick Analysis: The Packers add a talented big man in Mike Neal. As a stout defensive lineman with outstanding strength and power, Neal gives the Packers another body to rotate in at end. Though his motor occasionally tails off due to his conditioning, he flashes outstanding talent when fresh, and could develop into a key contributor in their scheme.
NFL.com Pick Analysis: The Packers nab a ball hawk in Morgan Burnett. As an instinctive defender with outstanding range, Burnett has the ability to get over the top on deep throws. With Atari Bigby underperforming at safety, Burnett could be a surprising rookie starter in Week 1.
Round 5, Pick 23 (154), Andrew Quarless, TE, 6'4", 254, Penn State, NFL.com Grade 4.8
NFL.com Pick Analysis: The Packers add Andrew Quarless to their deep tight end corps. The Penn State product has intriguing skills, and could blossom into a solid player in Green Bay's system. If he can manage his off-field issues, he may turn out to be a good value pick for the Packers at this point.
Round 5, Pick 38 (169) (Compensatory selection), Marshall Newhouse, OT, 6'4", 319, TCU, NFL.com Grade 2.0
NFL.com Pick Analysis: The Packers continue to add developmental offensive tackles. With starters Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher aging, Green Bay clearly wants to groom some young players as eventual replacements. Newhouse has outstanding measurables, and possesses impressive athleticism given his size, but needs improvement in recognizing blitzes and finishing his blocks.
Round 6, Pick 24 (193), James Starks, RB, 6'2", 218, Buffalo, NFL.com Grade 2.0
NFL.com Pick Analysis: The talented tailback from Buffalo got injured and missed his entire senior season. Some teams thought he had a chance with a powerful senior season to move into the second or third round. With Green Bay, he'll have an opportunity to be core special teams player and have a chance to compete at running back as well.
Round 7, Pick 23 (230), C.J. Wilson, DE, 6'3", 290, East Carolina, NFL.com Grade 3.6
NFL.com Pick Analysis: A solid prospect, with good size and strength, Wilson will likely play the 5-technique in the Packers' 3-4 defensive scheme. He has a chance to contribute in a few years as a powerful end with pass rushing potential.
Summary: Let me start off by saying that CB and LB needs were ignored which is not a good thing for the Packnerds. They certainly shored up their tackles by not only getting a great value pick in Brian Bulaga but also picking up Marshall Newhouse who is more of a developmental project and depth. Mike Neal will likely rotate in on the defensive line and while helping to add depth and pass rush was not a major need. Morgan Burnett was a nice pick and will likely take the starting job from the underachieving Atari Bigsby, providing an upgrade to an already stellar secondary. The other selections are value pick, depth, and special teams players that add little or no impact this season. The lack of picking up a solid OLB to play opposite Clay Matthews and some much needed youth at CB may come back to haunt them.
If either of the aging cornerbacks has a drop off in play or an injury the Packnerds seconday will be exposed in a pass happy league. Since Aaron Rogers is so good outside of the pocket, and is really elusive, I don't rate the upgrades there as all that much of a factor. If they stay healthy and perform up to expectations the Packnerds should be improved this year. Upgrades on the offensive line, pass rush, and safety should make them tough to play again this year. We lost both games to the Packnerds last season, Oct 18th DET 0 @ GB 26 and Nov 26th GB 34 @ DET 12. That was a margin of -26 and -22. Yes the kicked our teeth in the ground last year. I really don't see us winning up in Limburger field, and even to win later in the year at home it would take some luck. Though wins are not likely upsets do happen. We can always hope fellas. If either of the cornerbacks lose a step or happen to be injured it will give us a fighting chance. Also we were pathetic in the games against the Packnerds last year in terms of defensive line pressure. If we can get some pressure on the QB it will make things much closer. I fully expect to lose by a touchdown or two on the away game and think it will be more like a touchdown or a field goal loss in the House of Spears. All signs point to the Viqueens and Packnerds fighting it our for number one in the division again this year.
Lets take a look component by component so you all can digest this:
QB = Packnerds, RB = Even, FB = Even, WR = Lions, TE = Even, O-Line = Packnerds, Packnerds +1
D-Line = Even, LB = Even, CB = Packnerds, S = Lions, Packnerds +1
K = Even, KR = Even, +0