ASK THE EXPERT
Packers beat writer Ryan Wood of USA TODAY NETWORK Wisconsin answered questions during a chat at JSOnline.com on Monday. To read the complete transcript, visit jsonline.com/packers.
Q: Of all the players Green Bay drafted, do you see any one of them potentially becoming a star?
A: This is a good place to start, because it’s what everybody wants to know, right? Will any of the players the Packers drafted become All-Pros in this league. Here’s the problem: there’s zero chance to know that before their first professional football practice. There’s usually no way to know after their first season. Remember, it took 2009 fourth-round pick T.J. Lang eight years for his career to be stamped as Pro Bowl caliber. Of this class, you’d have to look at the first two picks as the best bets. Kevin King (6-3, 4.43) and Josh Jones (6-1, 220, 4.40) have the size-speed attributes you usually see on Pro Bowl lists. But they have to play the game. We probably won’t know how good any of these players are until three years from now.
Q: I thought Biegel was a great college player. I don’t see him as an impact player in the NFL. Am I wrong? NFL.com compared him to Frank Zombo... yikes
A: He ran an identical 40 (4.67) and has same height (6-3) as Clay Matthews. Now, to say Vince Biegel is the same athlete, or even a similar athlete, as Clay Matthews is wrong. I don’t care much about a pass rusher’s 40. I want to know their 10yard split, which shows their “get-off” the line of scrimmage. Matthews’ was an otherworldly 1.49 10-yard split. Biegel’s 1.64, while certainly not slow, was not in the same neighborhood as Matthews. What Biegel should bring is some technique with his athleticism after playing four seasons at Wisconsin. He’s a mature player, turning 24 years old later this year, and will be counted on to factor into their edge rush rotation as a rookie.
Q: Ryan, do you think there was a sort of bidding war to move up to San Fran’s 2nd pick, leading to the large price the Bears paid for the pick ?
A: Read Peter King’s terrific behind-thescenes story on the 49ers draft today, and he mentioned another possible team in contention (didn’t report who). But it didn’t seem like a real bidding war. The 49ers were able to pull that fourth-round pick to seal the deal. If Trubisky turns into a franchise QB, it was the best move made in the entire draft. If not, it was the worst move made in the entire draft. Other than that, not much riding on the line for Bears GM Ryan Pace.
Q: Which of our new rb's will make the greatest impact in your opinion?
A: I think you'd have to start with Jamaal Williams. Call it whatever you want — a lead running back, a power runner, a workhorse — but the Packers had to find one in this draft. They think Williams' style fits that role, and complements Ty Montgomery nicely. The Packers would like to maintain Montgomery's versatility and still move him around some, because he's a matchup problem all over the field. They needed a downhill, between-thetackles running back, and they expect Williams to give them that.
Q: Why did Malachi Dupre fall? One of the last guys picked.
A: I don't know the answer, but that surprised me a little bit too. Could end up being a nice seventh-round pick.