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    The Green Bay Packers 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders will be held Thursday, July 24, at 11 a.m., at Lambeau Field. The meeting will take place rain or shine.

  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 6:00 PM CDT Packers 1K Kids Run

    Back to Football also includes the 1K Kids Run, presented by WPS Health Insurance. Kids 10 years old and younger will have the opportunity to run a Lambeau Lap on Friday, July 25, at 6 p.m. Registration for the Kids Run is $10 and all participants will receive a Packers 1K Run t-shirt, a logoed bag and a participant medal.

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    Movie Night at Lambeau Field will return this year on Friday, July 25, following the 1K Kids Run. The event is free and open to the public, and concessions will be available throughout the movie. More details will be announced at a later date.

    Time listed above is subject to change.

  • Sat., Jul. 26, 2014 6:30 PM CDT Packers 5K Run/Walk

    The fifth annual ‘5K Run/Walk at Lambeau Field,’ is set for Saturday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m.

    The computer-timed run is highlighted by a neighborhood route that ultimately takes participants into Lambeau Field and around the famed gridiron. The event has a special finish line – the Packers’ ‘G’ painted on turf located in the parking lot.

    All participants will receive a Packers 5K Run T-shirt, a logoed bag, and a bib number and timing chip. To celebrate the race’s fifth anniversary, all participants will receive a commemorative medal. In addition, photos will be taken on the course and will be available at no cost on the Packers 5K Run website.

    Packers-themed awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each age group. An awards ceremony will take place following the conclusion of the race.

    Registration, which is $25 for adults and $15 for children (12 and younger), will be available online beginning Friday, May 23, at www.packers.com/5k. Mail-in registration is also an option, with forms available online and in person at Lambeau Field. Runners can also register at the Bellin Run Expo on Friday, June 13, at Astor Park in Green Bay. Early registration is encouraged. After July 13, registration fees will increase to $30 and $20, respectively.

  • Thu., Jul. 31, 2014 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT PPCC Annual Reception

    The Packers Partners Annual Reception is set for Thursday, July 31, 2014 in the Lambeau Field Atrium from 4:00 PM- 7:00 PM.

    Packers Jarrett Boykin, Eddie Lacy, Datone Jones and DuJuan Harris will appear at the reception. The event will include a Player Guest Q&A, a Meet & Greet with a Packers Alumni and a Raffle Drawing.

    This is a member’s only event. Invitations will be mailed the week of June 23rd, and online registration will open at 9 am CDT on June 25th and will close on July 11th at 5 pm CDT. 

    Invitations will include all of this information and additional details.

    To sign up to become a member of the Packers Partners Club of Champions and receive an invitation to the reception, fans can go to www.packers.com/ppcc.

     

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You want draft facts? Here are the facts

Posted Apr 24, 2012

There’s supposition, and then there’s fact. Mel Kiper is supposition; Tony Villiotti is fact.

Everybody knows who Kiper is. He’s the star of ESPN’s draft coverage. He’s the father of it. In some ways, Kiper is the very identity of the NFL draft.

So who is Villiotti?

Well, once upon a time, he tried to be Kiper, which is to say another draftnik offering another value board and another mock draft in a sea of meaningless opinion. Villiotti quickly discovered the draft hype had enough Kipper wannabes, so Villiotti, a former corporate bean counter and numbers cruncher, came up with a new idea: Instead of looking forward, he’d turn his attention backward.

Villiotti is the creator of Draftmetrics.com, and NFL teams are far more interested in what Villiotti has to say than they are in what Kiper says because Villiotti, you see, provides teams with information they can trust.

For example, Villiotti crunched the numbers and came up with an intriguing flow chart on what draft positions in the first round have produced the most success between 2002-2011. He ranked the picks according to career starts, draftees in the Pro Bowl at least once, total Pro Bowl appearances and rookie starters.

The Kansas City Chiefs are no doubt happy to know that draft position No. 11, the position the Chiefs hold in this draft, is No. 1 on Villiotti’s flow chart: 707 career starts, six draftees in the Pro Bowl at least once, 21 total Pro Bowl appearances and seven rookie starters.

Draft position 24 (Steelers) is No. 2, position three (Vikings) is No. 3, position eight (Dolphins) is No. 4 and position two (Redskins) is No. 5. The Packers hold the 28th overall pick, which is No. 22 in the success rankings. Alas, the poor Browns, who hold the 22nd overall pick, which is the worst position in the first round at producing success.

Another piece of Villiotti research: The Panthers lead the league over the last 10 years in retention of first-round picks, 88.9 percent of them still being with the team. The Packers are at 60 percent.

Here’s some information on quarterbacks: Of the starters on the 19 teams Villiotti judges to be set at quarterback, the Packers being one of those teams, 14 of the quarterbacks were first-round picks, two were second-round picks, one was taken in each of the third and sixth rounds, and one was undrafted. Quarterbacks selected in the first five picks of the draft account for more than 30 percent of the overall starts at the position leaguewide.

So what good is that kind of information? Well, it might help a team shape its value board. It might help “weight” certain positions, such as quarterback, so that the need to find that player at a certain point in the order is reflected in the process’ scoring system.

Villiotti showed his work to an old-time personnel boss who’s long been in retirement, and the old guy quickly replied that he wished Villiotti’s information had been available to the personnel man when he was making the picks.

The look-ahead game is certainly more fun because it introduces debate, but Villiotti’s research is unimpeachable. It truly is what it is.

Here’s one that would interest any GM: Villiotti’s research led him to create eight picks value groups. Leading the way is picks 1-13. Then comes 14-28, 29-44, 45-66, 67-100, 101-141, 142-181, and 182 and later.

It’s a fact.

 
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