Thompson “Goes Crazy,” Trades Up Twice To Help Defense

Those were his words, not mine. I got it wrong: I thought Ted Thompson might trade up in the second round if there was a guy there he liked. He ended up doing it twice.

First he jumped up eight spots to grab Michigan State defensive lineman Jerel Worthy, a guy many mock drafters thought the Pack might take in the first round. When he was still sitting there at #51, Thompson pounced. The team preferred him slightly over Penn State’s Devon Still (the Big Ten’s defensive player of the year), because he has more wiggle. Okay.

The knock on Worthy is that he had a penchant for taking some plays off. My guess is that will be coached out of him by Mike Trgovac and he will be the opening day starter next to BJ Raji. Adding Worthy and Perry to the front seven gives the Pack a whole new look and the chance to be a much stronger pass rushing unit.

Thompson struck again, moving up 28 spots and back into the second round to grab Vanderbilt corner Jason Hayward. I’ll be honest: I never heard of the dude before the draft. But after reading scouting reports and listening to him, it sounds like the Packers got a guy who will be a starting corner down the road. And if Charles Woodson moves to safety, that could happen sooner rather than later. Hayward was incredibly productive at Vandy, matched up against talented SEC receivers and seemed to play his best in the red zone. He should instantly be in the mix for the dime corner job, and though he played some safety in college, it looks like the Pack will play him exclusively at corner.

Despite trading its third, fourth and fifth round picks on Friday, Thompson still has a bunch of picks to make on Saturday, including two compensatory picks in the fourth round. Expect him to add a safety, running back, and an offensive lineman or two before he’s done.

There’s been a lot of speculation that he will add a QB as well, but late reports on Friday indicate the Pack is in trade talks with the Browns to acquire Colt McCoy, who is now expendable, after Cleveland drafted Brandon Weedon in the first round. I’d love to see this. I’m not comfortable with Graham Harrell as the backup. I’d love to see a guy with some starts under his belt backing up Rodgers. If he costs only a late round pick, it seems like an easy decision. Plus, give McCoy some time learning from McCarthy, Clements and Rodgers and he could develop into a future starter, a la Matt Flynn.

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    Heres some scouting reports on Casey (not Jason as Davy says above) Hayward:

    Here’s the scoop on Packers third-round draft pick Casey Hayward, a cornerback from Vanderbilt, according to Pete Dougherty’s scouting report:
    Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt, 5-11 3/8, 192
    Three-year starter tied the school record for career interceptions with 15, including seven last season. Showed quickness at the scouting combine with the best short shuttle (3.90 seconds) of cornerbacks. Ran the 40 in 4.57 seconds and a 34-inch vertical. “I went to his workout,” a scout said. “I could be wrong, but down the road he could be a starter in the NFL, a No. 2 corner depending on the right situation.I don’t think you’re going to want him someplace where you play a lot of man to man, and I think he’s going to struggle a little bit to stay on top, he’ll get beat by some of the faster receivers. But he’s a good player and his ball skills were better than I thought. I’d love for him to be a (third cornerback).”

    Hayward was one of the more experienced players in college football. The cornerback saw significant playing time as a freshman in 2008 then was a full-time starter the entire rest of the way at Vanderbilt. As a sophomore he led the team with 8.5 tackles for loss and had two interceptions. Hayward picked of six passes as a junior to go along with 70 total tackles (59) solo. He is coming off a strong senior campaign during which he had seven interceptions, which he turned into 107 yards including a 50-yard touchdown. Hayward made 62 total tackles (7.5 for loss). The Perry, GA native has decent size at 5’11” and 188 pounds. He generally runs in the 4.5s in the 40-yard dash and has been clocked as fast as 4.42 from that distance. Hayward contributed sparingly on special teams for the Commodores, returning one kickoff and one punt as a senior. He plays bigger than he is thanks to superior athleticism and he is an absolute ball-hawk. Hayward racks up interceptions on a consistent basis and he is capable in run defense as well, showing an uncanny ability to get into the backfield. The only real drawback is that he does not possess elite size nor elite speed. He is simply solid all round. Look for Hayward to go off the board in the third or fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft


    Davy: I think you were thinking of Jason Heyward of the Atlanta Braves. He actually is bigger than Casey and maybe if you get a bat and glove off him he would make a good outside linebacker.

  3. SchenySchen says:

    I love the new, aggressive TT. Patiently waiting for the Dlinemen to fall and then finding trading partners and giving up relatively little in order to get a guy they like. As for Heyward, sure he may have been available a little later, but sometimes you have to move where someone is willing to trade in order to get a guy you rate higher than others. –as for the rest of the weekend, I would be surprised if we don’t draft a C with one of our 4th rnd comp picks. Also believe Rb will be selected. Still not the biggest Perry fan but happy with TT thus far, addressing needs while getting good value. (he will be so relieved that I have given him my approval). GoPack!

  4. Al says:

    Very pleased with the defensive picks so far. Some rubes might get upset that offense isn’t being addressed at all, but when you’re statistically the worst defense, in NFL history, in terms of yardage surrendered, your draft had beter be defense heavy.

  5. larry says:

    WELL GUYS, i was waiting for one of u to say my God, larry was right. but no one did, funny, tt did what i said he should have done last year, we have the team to win now, use the picks to move up and get more quality players. we don’t need to be the youngest team every year. i just have fun on here but i do know these packers and what i would do if i was tt. it sure makes it fun to watch and see what happens, i wished we would have picked up polk, philly got em, they had a very nice draft. they are going to be tough next year with sf. see ya boys,

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