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Ted Thompson leads Packers into another draft

Posted Apr 22, 2013

2013 NFL Draft Dope Sheet

Jim Taylor, WR Randall Cobb and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

Two years after he co-founded the Packers with Curly Lambeau, George Calhoun began writing a piece called The Dope Sheet, which served as the official press release and game program from 1921-24.

Honoring Calhoun, the first publicity director, the Packers are running this weekly feature as their release, which is being made available to fans exclusively on Packers.com. This is an abbreviated version of the 2013 NFL Draft Dope Sheet. To read the full version, download the PDF by clicking here.

Here are some highlights from the 2013 NFL Draft Dope Sheet:

GREEN BAY ENTERS DRAFT WITH EIGHT SELECTIONS

  • This weekend, the Green Bay Packers will welcome another rookie class to their roster through the NFL Draft, held April 25-27 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
  • Armed with seven of their own selections - plus one compensatory pick - the Packers will have plenty of opportunities to add more talent and depth to their roster. All picks are eligible to be traded except for the compensatory choice. 
  • Green Bay enters the draft with eight selections for the third time in the past six years (also 2008 and 2010).
  • For the third straight year, the event will begin in prime time on Thursday night, with Round 1 on April 25 beginning at 7:00 p.m. CT.
  • Rounds 2-3 also will be held in prime time, beginning on Friday, April 26, at 5:30 p.m. CT. Rounds 4-7 will complete the draft on Saturday, April 27, starting at 11 a.m. CT.
  • The time allotted in between picks will remain the same. Teams will have 10 minutes in between selections in the first round and seven minutes between each choice for Round 2. Each subsequent round will allow up to five minutes in between picks. A look at where Green Bay currently stands in the draft order:


Round, Round # (Overall #)

  • 1, 26 (26)
  • 2, 25 (55)
  • 3, 26 (88)
  • 4, 25 (122)
  • 5, 26 (159)
  • 5, 34 (167, compensatory)
  • 6, 25 (193)
  • 7, 26 (232)

 

T Bryan Bulaga

THOMPSON LEADS PACKERS INTO ANOTHER DRAFT

  • General Manager Ted Thompson enters his ninth draft with the Green Bay Packers, and Thompson has long viewed the draft as the most important aspect of player acquisition.
  • Thompson first employed this strategy in Seattle, where he spent five seasons (2000-04) running the Seahawks’ draft room as vice president of football operations. Nine starters on Seattle’s Super Bowl XL team, along with kicker Josh Brown, were drafted by the Seahawks on Thompson’s watch.
  • Thompson entered his first draft with Green Bay in 2005 armed with seven picks. Through draft-day trades, he wound up with 11 selections, highlighted by a pair of Pro Bowlers in QB Aaron Rodgers (first round) and S Nick Collins (second).   
  • Similarly in 2006, Thompson began draft day with seven selections, this time turning those seven picks into 12. The class included another pair of Pro Bowlers in LB A.J. Hawk (first) and WR Greg Jennings (second).
  • In 2007, Thompson again used draft-day trades to acquire more selections and increase the competition for roster spots. That class included significant current contributors such as WR James Jones (third) and LB Desmond Bishop and K Mason Crosby (consecutive picks in the sixth round).
  • That strategy was also implemented in 2008, as Thompson turned eight choices into 10 draft picks (nine players and a future pick). Selections such as WR Jordy Nelson (second), TE Jermichael Finley (third) and Pro Bowl G Josh Sitton (fourth) have made a significant impact in Green Bay.
  • In 2009, the Packers entered the draft with nine selections but made one of the most dramatic moves over the course of the weekend when they traded back into the first round. After selecting NT B.J. Raji with the No. 9 pick, Thompson moved back into the first round to select LB Clay Matthews at No. 26. Though the Packers surrendered a second-round pick and two third-round choices to New England for the opportunity to draft Matthews plus a fifth-round pick, the USC linebacker has proven to be well worth it, becoming the first Packer to make the Pro Bowl in each of his first four seasons.
  • In 2010, Green Bay selected T Bryan Bulaga (photographed to the right) in the first round at No. 23, and he has gone on to start 33 games in 2010-12. Thompson moved up in the third round to select S Morgan Burnett (No. 71 overall), who has started all 32 contests over the past two seasons.
  • In 2011, the Packers selected another tackle in the first round, Derek Sherrod, at No. 32. Seven of the 10 players in the 2011 draft class went on to appear in a game for Green Bay in their first season, highlighted by WR Randall Cobb (see photo at top of article) (second round), who was named to the All-Rookie Team by Pro Football Weekly/PFWA as a kickoff returner.
  • The Packers entered last year’s draft with 12 picks and traded up three times, highlighted by a second-round selection obtained from New England in exchange for the Packers' third-round choice and their fifth-round pick. Green Bay used the second-round pick to select CB Casey Hayward, who led all NFL rookies with six INTs in 2012 and became the first Packers CB to be named to the All-Rookie Team by Pro Football Weekly/PFWA since the team was first selected in 1974.
  • Today’s roster has Thompson’s fingerprints all over it. Of his 76 draft selections in Green Bay (2005-2012), 35 remain on the roster entering the 2013 draft, with 22 of 25 selections from 2010-12 still on the roster.


2013 NFL DRAFT NOTES

  • 78th Annual NFL Player Selection Meeting, Radio City Music Hall, New York City
  • 254 total picks, including 32 compensatory choices awarded to 16 teams

 
Thursday, April 25, 7 p.m. CT                  

  • Round 1 (3:00 in 2012)                                     

 
Friday, April 26, 5:30 p.m. CT
                            

  • Rounds 2 & 3 (3:48 in 2012)                      

                                                                      
Saturday, April 27, 11 a.m. CT
                  

  • Rounds 4-7 (7:17 in 2012)

 
Time Limits

  • Round 1: 10 minutes
  • Round 2: Seven minutes
  • Rounds 3-7: Five minutes

 
Television coverage

  • NFL Network, ESPN/ESPN2

 
Internet coverage

  • Packers.com, NFL.com

 

Jon-Eric Sullivan, Eliot Wolf and Ted ThompsonA LOOK INTO THE DRAFT ROOM

  • General Manager Ted Thompson heads up the football operations, and he and Green Bay’s coaches are well known to Packers fans. But working with Thompson is a talented and experienced football operations staff. 
  • Members of the personnel staff have spent months, if not years with some prospects, studying for the 2013 NFL Draft. They visit schools throughout the season, attending practices, dozens of games and pro days in the spring. In each area, they have formulated relationships with high school and college coaches, trying to get a better idea of who the person is, not just the football prospect. 
  • Working closely with Thompson year round is Director of Pro Personnel Eliot Wolf (10th NFL season), Director of College Scouting Brian Gutekunst (15th NFL season), Senior Personnel Executive Alonzo Highsmith (15th NFL season), West Regional Scout Sam Seale (18th NFL season) and Assistant Director of Pro Personnel Tim Terry (10th NFL season).
  • Members of the scouting department include area scouts Lee Gissendaner (16th NFL season),  (10th NFL season), John Wojciechowski (18th NFL season) and Richmond Williams (Sixth NFL season), pro scouts Chad Brinker (Fourth NFL season) and Glenn Cook (Third NFL season), college scouts Mike Owen (Second NFL season) and Alonzo Dotson (First NFL season),  and college scouting coordinator Danny Mock (26th NFL season).

 
ANALYZING THE PICKS UNDER THOMPSON

  • Total Picks: 76   
  • Offense: 40     
  • Defense: 35   
  • Specialists: 1

 

WR Jordy Nelson and QB Aaron Rodgers

POSITION-BY-POSITION

  • Quarterback (5): Aaron Rodgers (2005-1), Ingle Martin (2006-5a), Brian Brohm (2008-2b), Matt Flynn (2008-7a), B.J. Coleman (2012-7b)
  • Running Back (4): Brandon Jackson (2007-2), DeShawn Wynn (2007-7a), James Starks (2010-6), Alex Green (2011-3)
  • Fullback (2): Korey Hall (2007-6a), Quinn Johnson (2009-5a)
  • Tight End (5): Clark Harris (2007-7), Jermichael Finley (2008-3), Andrew Quarless (2010-5a), D.J. Williams (2011-5), Ryan Taylor (2011-7a)
  • Wide Receiver (9): Terrence Murphy (2005-2b), Craig Bragg (2005-6b), Greg Jennings (2006-2b), Cory Rodgers (2006-4a), James Jones (2007-3a), David Clowney (2007-5), Jordy Nelson (2008-2a), Brett Swain (2008-7b), Randall Cobb (2011-2)
  • Tackle (8): Tony Moll (2006-5b), Breno Giacomini (2008-5), T.J. Lang (2009-4), Jamon Meredith (2009-5b), Bryan Bulaga (2010-1), Marshall Newhouse (2010-5b), Derek Sherrod (2011-1), Andrew Datko (2012-7a)
  • Guard (6): William Whitticker (2005-7b), Daryn Colledge (2006-2a), Jason Spitz (2006-3b), Allen Barbre (2007-4), Josh Sitton (2008-4b), Caleb Schlauderaff (2011-6a)
  • Center (1): Junius Coston (2005-5a)
  • Defensive End (8): Michael Montgomery (2005-6a), Dave Tollefson (2006-7), Jeremy Thompson (2008-4a), Jarius Wynn (2009-6a), Mike Neal (2010-2), C.J. Wilson (2010-7), Lawrence Guy (2011-7b), Jerel Worthy (2012-2a)
  • Defensive Tackle (4): Johnny Jolly (2006-6a), Justin Harrell (2007-1), B.J. Raji (2009-1a), Mike Daniels (2012-4a)
  • Linebacker (11): Brady Poppinga (2005-4b), Kurt Campbell (2005-7a), A.J. Hawk (2006-1), Abdul Hodge (2006-3a), Desmond Bishop (2007-6b), Clay Matthews (2009-1b), Brad Jones (2009-7), D.J. Smith (2011-6b), Ricky Elmore (2011-6c), Nick Perry (2012-1), Terrell Manning (2012-5)
  • Cornerback (6): Mike Hawkins (2005-5b), Will Blackmon (2006-4b), Pat Lee (2008-2c), Brandon Underwood (2009-6b), Davon House (2011-4), Casey Hayward (2012-2b)
  • Safety (6): Nick Collins (2005-2a), Marviel Underwood (2005-4a), Tyrone Culver (2006-6b), Aaron Rouse (2007-3b), Morgan Burnett (2010-3), Jerron McMillian (2012-4b)
  • Kicker (1): Mason Crosby (2007-6c)

 
DRAFT PICKS BY SCHOOL

  • Just where have the 76 Packers draft picks gone to school? Note: BCS schools are those in the ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC.

 
BCS: 50

  • Iowa 3, Louisville 3, Texas A&M 3, Boston College 2, California 2, Colorado 2, LSU 2, Michigan State 2, Southern California 2, Virginia Tech 2, Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Cincinnati, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, UCLA, Utah, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest

 
Non-BCS:
26

  • Boise State 2, San Diego State 2, Texas Christian 2, Albany, Appalachian State, Bethune-Cookman, Brigham Young, Buffalo, Central Florida, East Carolina, Eastern Michigan, Fresno State, Furman, Hawaii, Maine, Missouri Southern State, Nevada, New Mexico State, North Carolina AT&T, Northwest Missouri State, San Jose State, Tennessee-Chattanooga, Western Michigan


*BCS/non-BCS is based on school’s conference at time of player’s graduation


ROUND-BY-ROUND

  • First Round (8): Linebacker (3), defensive tackle (2), tackle (2), quarterback
  • Second Round (12): Wide receiver (4), cornerback (2), defensive end (2), guard, quarterback, running back, safety
  • Third Round (7): Safety (2), guard, linebacker, tight end, running back, wide receiver
  • Fourth Round (11): Cornerback (2), guard (2), safety (2), defensive end, defensive tackle, linebacker, tackle, wide receiver
  • Fifth Round (12): Tackle (4), tight end (2), cornerback, fullback, guard, linebacker, quarterback, wide receiver
  • Sixth Round (13): Linebacker (3), defensive end (2), cornerback, defensive tackle, fullback, guard, kicker, running back, safety, wide receiver
  • Seventh Round (13): Defensive end (3), linebacker (2), quarterback (2), tight end (2), guard, running back, tackle, wide receiver


DRAFT HEADQUARTERS AT PACKERS.COM

  • For Packers fans, the team’s official website is the best source for up-to-the-minute information on draft weekend and the only place to see live press conferences from Lambeau Field in their entirety, in addition to an exclusive sneak peek into the Packers’ Draft Room.
  • In a special weekend feature, Packers.com will provide biographical information on each Packers pick as it happens, with additional coverage by the Packers.com writers. 
  • Packers.com is the only place to see press conferences in their entirety, featuring General Manager Ted Thompson, Head Coach Mike McCarthy, Packers’ assistant coaches and members of the personnel and scouting staff. All press conferences on the site will be carried live and also posted for later viewing.
  • Packers.com also is pleased to provide an exclusive peek into the Packers’ Draft Room with the 2013 Draft Cam. This unique, behind-the-scenes camera will bring updated images every minute during the draft.
  • Fans can watch the draft unfold as it happens on NFL.com, which will stream NFL Network’s live telecast and have instant pick-by-pick analysis from the NFL.com team, as well as an up-to-the-minute draft tracker for all seven rounds.
  • Follow the Packers on Twitter (@packers) and become a fan on Facebook for live updates from Lambeau Field throughout the three days of the 2013 NFL Draft.
  • Watch exclusive behind-the-scenes videos with insight from Packers.com’s writers.
  • Live chat with Packers.com writers during the first two rounds (Thursday and Friday) until the Packers pick, with up-to-the-minute commentary on the draft as it unfolds.

 

LB Clay Matthews and DT B.J. Raji

WHO HAS BEEN THERE AT NO. 26?

  • With its 11-5 record and a loss in the NFC Divisional round, Green Bay will have to wait until near the end of the first round before its name appears “on the clock” at pick No. 26. 
  • So when was the last time the Packers chose at No. 26? It was 2009, when Green Bay traded its second-round selection and two third-round picks to New England for its first-round selection and a fifth-round choice. The Packers used the No. 26 pick that they acquired from the Patriots to draft LB Clay Matthews.
  • The last time Green Bay entered a draft with the No. 26 overall selection based on its record the previous season was in 1968, when it selected G Bill Lueck with that choice. The Packers also had the No. 26 pick in 1980 (LB George Cumby, pick acquired from San Diego in 1979 Willie Buchanon trade) and in 1978 (LB John Anderson, selection acquired from Oakland in 1977 Mike McCoy trade).
  • Here is a look at the players selected at No. 26 in the first round over the past 10 drafts (2003-12):


Year, Team, Player

  • 2012, Houston, LB Whitney Mercilus
  • 2011, Kansas City, WR Jon Baldwin
  • 2010, Arizona, DT Dan Williams
  • 2009, Green Bay, LB Clay Matthews
  • 2008, Houston, T Duane Brown
  • 2007, Dallas, DE Anthony Spencer
  • 2006, Buffalo, DT John McCargo
  • 2005, Seattle, C Chris Spencer
  • 2004, Cincinnati, RB Chris Perry
  • 2003, San Francisco, T Kwame Harris

  • While first-round choices certainly can be the cornerstone of a franchise, as Thompson has shown with Pro Bowl selections Aaron Rodgers (2005), A.J. Hawk (2006), Matthews (2009) and NT B.J. Raji (2009), second-round selections can prove to be just as valuable. That’s where Thompson drafted WR Jordy Nelson (2008), who ranked No. 2 in the NFL with 22 TD catches from 2011-12, WR Randall Cobb (2011), who set a franchise record in 2012 for the most combined net yards in a season, and CB Casey Hayward (2012), who became the first CB in franchise history (since 1967) to be named to the All-Rookie Team by Pro Football Weekly/PFWA.
  • With 22 starters and a 53-man roster, selections in the third round often turn into significant contributors for a team. WR James Jones (2007), TE Jermichael Finley (2008) and S Morgan Burnett (2010) were all third-round choices under Thompson. Green Bay heads into the draft with selection No. 88 in Round 3.
  • In addition to their own fifth-round pick (No. 159), the Packers also have a compensatory selection in the round (No. 167). G Josh Sitton (2008/fourth round), T Marshall Newhouse (2010/fifth), CB Davon House (2011/fourth), DE Mike Daniels (2012/fourth) and S Jerron McMillian (2012/fourth) were all compensatory selections by the Packers.
  • Green Bay has received contributions from several late-round picks still on the roster, including LB Desmond Bishop (2007/sixth round), K Mason Crosby (2007/sixth), LB Brad Jones (2009/seventh), RB James Starks (2010/sixth), DE C.J. Wilson (2010/seventh), LB D.J. Smith (2011/sixth) and TE Ryan Taylor (2011/seventh).


This is an abbreviated version of the 2013 NFL Draft Dope Sheet. To read the full version, download the PDF by clicking here.

 
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