*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 2011 NFL Draft Dope Sheet. To read the full version, download the PDF by clicking here. *
Here are some highlights from the2011 NFL Draft Dope Sheet:
GREEN BAY ENTERS DRAFT WITH NINE SELECTIONS
- Next weekend, the Green Bay Packers will welcome another rookie class to their roster through the NFL Draft, held April 28-30 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
- Armed with seven of their own selections - plus a fourth-round compensatory selection and a seventh-round choice from Carolina - 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 selection.
- For the second straight year, the event will begin in prime time on Thursday night, with Round 1 on April 28 beginning at 7:00 p.m. CT.
- Rounds 2-3 also will be held in prime time, beginning on Friday, April 29, at 5 p.m. CT. Rounds 4-7 will complete the draft on Saturday, beginning 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: 32 (32)
2: 32 (64)
3: 32 (96)
4: 32 (129)
4: 34 (131 (compensatory)
5: 32 (163)
6: 32 (197)
7: 1 (204 (from Carolina)
7: 30 (233)
THOMPSON LEADS PACKERS INTO ANOTHER DRAFT
- General Manager Ted Thompson enters his seventh 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.
- That same strategy has provided the Packers with one of the youngest and most talented teams in the NFL, the core of which has been brought to Green Bay by Thompson through the draft.
- 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 '06 class included selections like LB A.J. Hawk (first), G/T Daryn Colledge (second) 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 contributors such as RB Brandon Jackson (second), WR James Jones (third), and FB Korey Hall, LB Desmond Bishop and K Mason Crosby (consecutive picks in the sixth round).
- That strategy was implemented again 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), G Josh Sitton (fourth) and QB Matt Flynn (seventh) have made their mark on offense.
- So four drafts in, draft pundits thought it would be safe to predict Green Bay's strategy: trade back, acquire more players and picks, and let everything sort itself out in training camp.
- 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. Though the Packers surrendered a second-round pick and two third-round selections to New England for the opportunity to draft Matthews plus a fifth-round choice, the USC linebacker proved well worth it, becoming the first Packer to make the Pro Bowl in each of his first two seasons since RB John Brockington (1971-72).
- Last year, Green Bay selected T Bryan Bulaga in the first round at No. 23, and he went on to start the final 12 games and all four postseason contests at RT. Thompson moved up in the third round to select S Morgan Burnett (71st overall), and the rookie started the first four games before sustaining a season-ending knee injury. The Packers also got notable contributions from TE Andrew Quarless (fifth), RB James Starks (sixth) and DE C.J. Wilson (seventh) in 2010.
- Today's roster has Thompson's fingerprints all over it. Of his 58 draft selections (2005-2010), 33 remain on the roster entering the 2011 draft. Only two players (LB Nick Barnett and C Scott Wells) remain from the four drafts prior to Thompson's arrival (2001-04).
2011 NFL DRAFT NOTES
76th Annual NFL Player Selection Meeting, Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY
254 total picks, including 32 compensatory choices awarded to 16 teams
Thursday, April 28, 7 p.m. CT
Round 1 (3:28 in 2010)
Friday, April 29, 5 p.m. CT
Rounds 2 & 3 (4:06 in 2010)
Saturday, April 30, 11 a.m. CT
Rounds 4-7 (7:08 in 2010)
Round 1: 10 minutes
Round 2: Seven minutes
Rounds 3-7: Five minutes
NFL Network, ESPN/ESPN2
A 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 2011 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 College Scouting John Dorsey (21st NFL season), Director - Football Operations Reggie McKenzie (18th NFL season), Assistant Director of Pro Personnel Tim Terry (Seventh NFL season) and Assistant Director of Pro Personnel Eliot Wolf (Eighth NFL season).
- Members of the scouting department include Assistant Director of College Scouting Shaun Herock (19th NFL season - Midwest) and scouts Lee Gissendaner (14th NFL season - Northeast), Brian Gutekunst (13th NFL season - Southeast), Alonzo Highsmith (13th NFL season - Southwest), Sam Seale (16th NFL season - West Coast), Jon-Eric Sullivan (Eighth NFL season - Mid-South) and Richmond Williams (Third NFL season - National Football Scouting). Danny Mock (24th NFL season) serves as the college scouting coordinator, while Chad Brinker (Second NFL season) is the scouting assistant.
ANALYZING THE PICKS UNDER THOMPSON
- Total Picks: 58
- Offense: 32
- Defense: 25
- Specialists: 1
- Quarterback(4): Aaron Rodgers (2005-1), Ingle Martin (2006-5a), Brian Brohm (2008-2b), Matt Flynn (2008-7a)
- Running Back(3): Brandon Jackson (2007-2), DeShawn Wynn (2007-7a), James Starks (2010-6)
- Fullback(2): Korey Hall (2007-6a), Quinn Johnson (2009-5a)
- Tight End(3): Clark Harris (2007-7), Jermichael Finley (2008-3), Andrew Quarless (2010-5a)
- Wide Receiver (8): 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)
- Tackle(6): 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)
- Guard(5): William Whitticker (2005-7b), Daryn Colledge (2006-2a), Jason Spitz (2006-3b), Allen Barbre (2007-4), Josh Sitton (2008-4b)
- Center(1): Junius Coston (2005-5a)
- Defensive End (6): 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)
- Defensive Tackle (3): Johnny Jolly (2006-6a), Justin Harrell (2007-1), B.J. Raji (2009-1a)
- Linebacker(7): 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)
- Cornerback(4): Mike Hawkins (2005-5b), Will Blackmon (2006-4b), Pat Lee (2008-2c), Brandon Underwood (2009-6b)
- Safety(5): Nick Collins (2005-2a), Marviel Underwood (2005-4a), Tyrone Culver (2006-6b), Aaron Rouse (2007-3b), Morgan Burnett (2010-3)
- Kicker(1): Mason Crosby (2007-6c)
DRAFT PICKS BY SCHOOLS
Just where have the 58 Packers draft picks gone to school? Note: BCS schools are those in the ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Pac-10 and SEC.
Louisville 3, Texas A&M 3, Boston College 2, California 2, Colorado 2, Iowa 2, LSU 2, Virginia Tech 2, Auburn, Cincinnati, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, UCLA, USC, Wake Forest
Boise State 2, San Diego State 2, Texas Christian 2, Albany, Bethune-Cookman, Brigham Young, Buffalo, Central Florida, East Carolina, Eastern Michigan, Fresno State, Furman, Missouri Southern State, Nevada, North Carolina AT&T, Northwest Missouri State, San Jose State, Western Michigan
- First Round (6): Defensive tackle (2), linebacker (2), quarterback, tackle
- Second Round (9): Wide receiver (3), cornerback, defensive end, guard, quarterback, running back, safety
- Third Round(6): Safety (2), guard, linebacker, tight end, wide receiver
- Fourth Round (8): Guard (2), cornerback, defensive end, linebacker, safety, tackle, wide receiver
- Fifth Round (10): Tackle (4), cornerback, fullback, guard, quarterback, tight end, wide receiver
- Sixth Round (10): Defensive end (2), cornerback, defensive tackle, fullback, kicker, linebacker, running back, safety, wide receiver
- Seventh Round (9): Defensive end (2), linebacker (2), guard, quarterback, running back, tight end, 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.
- Want to see more than just a 15-second snippet on the nightly news? 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 via Flash video and also archived for later viewing.
- Thanks to offseason improvements at 1265 Lombardi Avenue, fans will now get more value out of the live and archived press conferences at Lambeau Field. Improved audio equipment will help fans follow along more closely with press conferences, and fans will get to hear each draft pick meet and greet the media through conference calls shortly after each pick.
- Packers.com also is pleased to provide an exclusive peek into the Packers' Draft Room with the 2011 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 2011 NFL Draft.
- Watch exclusive behind-the-scenes videos with insight from Packers.com's writers.
WHO'S BEEN THERE AT NO. 32?
- Thanks to a Super Bowl title, the team's 13th world championship, Green Bay will have to wait until the end of the first round before its name appears "on the clock" at pick No. 32.
- So when was the last time the Packers chose at No. 32? It was 1995, when Green Bay selected cornerback Craig Newsome from Arizona State. Newsome started all 46 games he played in during his four-year career with the Packers (1995-98).
- The Packers actually were slated to pick 22nd overall in '95, but moved back to the final pick of the first round in a trade with the Carolina Panthers, who along with the Jacksonville Jaguars, were granted an extra selection at the end of each of the first two rounds as expansion franchises.
- So what has been at No. 32 in the first round in recent years? Teams have looked to the defensive side of the ball in recent years, as CB Patrick Robinson (NO, 2010), DT Ziggy Hood (PIT, 2009) and DE Mathias Kiwanuka (NYG, 2006) all were drafted at the slot in recent years. The lone offensive selection in the past five years was WR Anthony Gonzalez (IND-2007). New England forfeited the 31st selection in 2008, so there were just 31 picks in Round 1 that year.
- Going further back, G Logan Mankins, a three-time Pro Bowl selection for New England, was selected by the Patriots with the No. 32 pick in 2005.
- 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 and Clay Matthews (2009) as well as NT B.J. Raji (2009), second-round selections can prove to be just as valuable. That's where Thompson drafted smaller-school players like Nick Collins (2005) and Greg Jennings (2006), who both have earned Pro Bowl recognition during their careers.
- Also in the second round, Thompson has added G Daryn Colledge (2006), RB Brandon Jackson (2007) and WR Jordy Nelson (2008), each of whom has contributed since their respective rookie seasons. Green Bay owns pick No. 64 in Round 2 this year.
- With 22 starters and a 53-man roster, selections in the third round often turn into significant contributors for a team. Current Packers 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. 96 in Round 3.
- In addition to their own fourth-round pick (No. 129), the Packers also have a compensatory selection in the round just two picks later (No. 131) for the loss of free agent DE Aaron Kampman to Jacksonville in 2010. A pair of starters on Green Bay's offensive line, C Scott Wells (2004/seventh round) and G Josh Sitton (2008/fourth round) were once compensatory selections by the Packers.
2011 SCHEDULE RELEASED
- The Green Bay Packers' 91st NFL regular-season schedule – headlined by four prime-time games as well as a nationally televised Thanksgiving contest – was released Tuesday by the National Football League.
- Green Bay will begin the defense of its Super Bowl XLV title at home against the New Orleans Saints in a Thursday night contest on Sept. 8. The matchup of the last two Super Bowl winners will mark the first time in franchise history that the Packers will open the season on a Thursday night. It will also be just the third Thursday night game in Lambeau Field history.
- The Packers will head out on the road in Week 2 to take on Carolina, the first of back-to-back road games for Green Bay. It is the second straight season that Green Bay has played two contests away from Lambeau Field in the first three weeks.
- For the second straight season, the Packers will visit Soldier Field in Week 3 to take on the Chicago Bears, a rematch of the 2010 NFC Championship Game.
- Green Bay will face another 2010 playoff foe in Week 5 when it travels to Atlanta for a Sunday night contest against the Falcons on NBC. It will be the Packers' third game against an NFC South opponent in the first five weeks.
- The Packers will host Minnesota in Week 10 on ESPN's Monday Night Football. 2011 marks the 19th consecutive season the Packers have appeared on MNF, the NFC's longest streak (Denver, 20).
- For the third time in Head Coach Mike McCarthy's tenure, the Packers will travel to Detroit for a Thanksgiving Day matchup. Green Bay won the previous two Thanksgiving meetings (2007, 2009) under McCarthy.
- With the MNF game against Minnesota and the Thanksgiving game at Detroit, the Packers will have three games in an 11-day span. Green Bay has some recent experience with a stretch similar to that, having played three contests in 12 days in 2009 (Nov. 15-26).
- Both of the Packers' December road games will be played outdoors in potential cold-weather conditions with visits to the N.Y. Giants (Week 13) and the Kansas City Chiefs (Week 15).
- Green Bay finishes the regular season with back-to-back home contests (Chicago, Detroit) for the second straight season. The only other time the Packers have finished with two home games in consecutive seasons was 1922-23.
- For just the second time in franchise annals, the Packers will play on Christmas. Green Bay will host Chicago in prime time on NBC. The only other Christmas game in Packers history also came against the Bears (2005) at Lambeau Field.
- The Packers will be the first NFL team to play on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day in the same season, with all three games coming against divisional foes.
- Green Bay closes against an NFC North opponent for the fifth time in the past six seasons, this time against Detroit.
- The Packers' bye week arrives in Week 8, the second time Green Bay has had their bye that week under McCarthy (2008).
- Thirteen games are slated for Sunday this season, with two Thursday night contests and one on Monday night. Only six games are scheduled for noon (CT) starts with five games currently slated for 3:15 p.m. (CT).
- The Packers have five games on the schedule against 2010 playoff teams, beginning right away in Week 1 vs. New Orleans. The other matchups come against Chicago (Weeks 3 and 16), Atlanta (Week 5), and Kansas City (Week 15).
- Green Bay (No. 9 offense, No. 5 defense) was one of just four NFL teams to finish in the top 10 in both total offense and defense in 2010. The Packers play all three of the other teams in 2011, hosting New Orleans (No. 6/No. 4) in Week 1 and traveling to take on San Diego (No. 1/No. 1) in Week 9 and the N.Y. Giants (No. 5/No. 7) in Week 13.