Packers XLV

Let's All Do The Safety Dance

Posted May 9th, 2014 @ 03:05am

You know the mantra: you don't draft for need in the first round; you draft the best player on the board. The reality is, need figures into it and for the Packers those two converged when they picked at #21.

The Packers' defense has not been the same since Nick Collins' career-ending injury and after a few years of trying small school guys and undrafted guys, Ted Thompson saw a big time talent from a big time program fall into his lap at #21. You have to believe the Browns called the Packabout trading up to grab Manziell, but when Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was still on the board, Ted no doubt politely hung up.

In Clinton-Dix, the Packers get an opening day starter, a sure tackler and a guy with good enough coverage skills to match up with the big time tight ends the Pack will face this season like Gronk, Graham and the Lions' rookie Ebron.

He has a couple of red flags: he missed two games via a suspension last season, after allegedly accepting a loan from an assistant coach. His numbers were stronger in '12 than they were in '13, which is surprising and a bit concerning. Not to mention that a number of 'Bama defenders have disappointed in recent years.

But Clinton-Dix is stepping into an ideal situation and will no doubt be comfortable hanging with former teammate Eddie Lacy. Hopefully he'll have a similar impact that Kenny Vaccaro had with the Saints last season. Gotta believe most draft graders will give the Pack an 'A' on this pick, as silly as that is before he even takes the field.

Seems like a natural to wear #36, don't you think? Check that, word is out that he'll wear #21. That works too.

As for Friday's gameplan, I'd be surprised if the Pack doesn't end up with a WR and a TE among the three picks Thompson currently has.

 

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Comments (5):

well we got the Ha Ha, but now I'm with Ossg, we need MY guy Attochua from GT, or Van Noy from BYU. they may have taken my guy cooks if saints didn't move up ahead of us., I did tell THC, that ward would be gone and jenkins maybe there in rd 2 for us. cody lattimore will be gone at 53 I think now. how about them vikings, they Got T-Jack back again, not because he is black either, he is same size, same size school, arm strength, and plays a lot like him, they were calling him terry bathwater on 1500 espn today, I couldn't believe they were having that much fun with it. go pack.

on May 9th, 2014 at 05:14pm

This looks like Ted Thompson's best first round pick since Aaron Rodgers or the trade for a second first rounder that landed Clay Matthews. If he plays out anything like those two the Packers have finally solved their Nick Collins void. The Packers and Lions came out with the best first rounders yesterday in Clinton-Dix and te Eric Ebron in the NFC North. I'm surprised and, frankly, relieved that the Bears and Vikings didn't take lb C.J. Mosley, s Calvin Pryor or Clinton-Dix when they had the chances. Any of those players on a divison rival would have made them more challenging for the Pack than what those clubs did. Now we go to the second round where TT has almost always excelled with his picks. Will this be where the Packers get their next Randall Cobb or Greg Jennings?

on May 9th, 2014 at 06:54am

Yeah, Yeah, TT got his HA, HA. Great and logical choice. TT now go get us some athletic LB's and a nice tight end and a wideout and lets go !1 GO PACK GO !!

on May 9th, 2014 at 07:03am

BPA, need, fit and value all came together for this pick. The last guy the Pack picked from Alabama seemed to work out OK...:-)

on May 9th, 2014 at 09:33am

Mr Capers is now on the clock....the Pack devoted the whole 2012 draft, the first rounder last yr and again this year.....with several picks yet to be made. As the Chambers Brothers sang, "now the time has come" for him to field a D that does not get blown away in big games.

on May 9th, 2014 at 11:15am

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