Coach Mike McCarthy hired Dom Capers to bring the 3-4 to Green Bay, but that doesn’t mean the 4-3 is history. In fact, after what happened over the weekend, expect to see a lot more of the traditional defense in 2009. “McCarthy will talk about the 3-4 ad neauseam between now and the start of the regular season, but when push comes to shove, I think you’ll see quite a bit of the 4-3,” said a former scout. “That would allow Aaron Kampman to keep his hand on the ground more often. It would also allow both Ryan Pickett and B.J. Raji to be on the field at the same time. That’s the beauty of what GM Ted Thompson did on Saturday. He selected two players who can function in either scheme.”
Here are the scout's comments on the second and final day of the draft:
“T.J. Lang is already the best right tackle on Green Bay’s roster. I’m not saying that he’ll definitely be the starter when the season opens in September, but it wouldn’t surprise me. Jamone Meredith could also compete for that job, but I think he'll wind up on the other side. Along with Josh Sitton, the Packers have added some pretty good offensive line prospects in the middle rounds of the past two drafts.”
“We talked about the Packers needing a more physical fullback in last week’s position-by-position analysis. Well, now they have that player. Quinn Johnson, is a dominating lead blocker. This is yet another move aimed at making the running game a lot more consistent.”
“Thompson hit just about every need this team had going into the weekend. The Packers added two defensive linemen, two offensive linemen, two outside linebackers and a fullback. If a GM was ever going to draft for need, this was the year to do it. After the top 50 guys, you could bunch the next 100 together and get similar value in the fifth round that another team got in the third. I have a feeling that’s why Thompson was willing to give up both of his 3s to move up.”
“Only a fool would grade a draft now, but I certainly like what Thompson did over the weekend. It wouldn’t surprise me to see six or seven of these kids make the final roster, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see three or four earn starting jobs. Raji and Matthews will be given every opportunity to start, and Johnson, Lang and Meredith all play positions where there’s likely to be plenty of competition in training camp. From top to bottom, I like this draft better than last year’s.”
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