With the 16th pick of the NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers select Justin Harrell, DT, Tennessee. Mike Tanier of Football Outsiders tells you all about it.
Hey, Ted Thompson: did you trade for Randy Moss yet? No? How about now? Still no? Okay, well let's talk about your running back situation and ... NOW? Rats. Thought I could trick you.
I'll stop picking on Thompson now. Last year's Packers draft was a 30-pack of deep-fried goodness. A.J. Hawk and Abdul Hodge are gonna be great defenders. They picked up three offensive linemen who can play. Greg Jennings had a great year as a rookie receiver. They have so much young talent that we're predicting a big bounce back for the Packers in Football Prospectus 2007. Brett Favre will go out a winner, assuming he decides to go out.
Harrell was a fine run defender as a junior, and the Packers ranked 21st in run defense last year according to DVOA. The ankle and shoulder injuries are a concern, especially since linemen often need a year or two to return to full strength after serious shoulder injuries. If he's healthy, Harrell is a little like Cleditus Hunt, and every team in the NFL could use a couple of Cledituses.
Oh, and everyone is yapping about Brady Quinn, but where is Alan Branch. Some smart GM is going to trade down and get both.