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Was it wrong for a 7-9 team to add a punter in fifth round?

The three-day event known as the Na­tional Foot­ball League draft is fi­nally in the rear-view mir­ror.

Peo­ple from all across the U.S. of A. were be­ing treated af­ter they over­dosed on Mel Kiper Jr.

Mean­while, fans in Green Bay were still in a state of shock. OK, is it wrong for a 7-9 team to draft a punter in the fifth round? No. No. A thou­sand times no if you are plan­ning on Brett Hund­ley play­ing in half the games again.

What about a 7-9 team draft­ing a long snap­per? The an­swer to that is also the pre­vi­ous Hund­ley sen­tence.

Now a lot of peo­ple were up plenty of nights wor­ry­ing about whether the Pack­ers would draft a long snap­per. It’s bet­ter than be­ing up all night watch­ing Chuck Nor­ris in­fomer­cials.

Of course, Mike McCarthy had a per­fect ex­pla­na­tion for these de­vel­op­ments.

“I think it shows an em­pha­sis on spe­cial teams,” McCarthy said. “We need to be bet­ter on spe­cial teams.” No­body will ar­gue with that. OK, was the punter the best ath­lete avail­able when the Pack­ers picked in the fifth round?

But this JK Scott fel­low will prob­a­bly pass B.J. San­der’s punt­ing yardage by the third game any­way.

And the young man has cheese­head in his blood. He has at­tended a game at Lam­beau Field. So he’s got that go­ing for him.

There were no sur­prises in the top two picks. Lousiville’s Jaire Alexan­der and Iowa’s Josh Jack­son were adept at play­ing cor­ner­back in col­lege. Quite frankly, they can’t be any worse than the guys the Pack­ers were trot­ting out there last year. As a side note, these two fel­lows aren’t in their 30s, ei­ther. You know, the Pack­ers could have picked some forty-some­thing grad stu­dents.

Alexan­der is just 5-foot-10. Vi­sions of Ah­mad Car­roll danced through many heads. They weren’t good vi­sions.

But the Pack­ers say size doesn’t mat­ter.

“The kid can run,” said Pack­ers di­rec­tor of col­lege scout­ing Jon-Eric Sul­li­van. “He’s got re­ally good twitch and lat­eral agility.”

If you’re plan­ning on gain­ful em­ploy­ment as a cor­ner­back, you should be able to run. And you can never have enough guys with good twitch and lat­eral agility.

Jack­son had two pick-6s against Wis­con­sin last sea­son. Af­ter that, he was more pop­u­lar in Iowa than cream corn. That’s quite a feat.

So, young man, how did you do that to Bucky?

“A whole bunch of film study. A whole bunch of hard work,” Jack­son said.

On the other side of the ball, the Pack­ers grabbed a whole bunch of re­ceivers. These guys are big tar­gets, too. Upon fur­ther re­view of the tale of the tape, Mis­souri’s J’Mon Moore, South Florida’s Mar­quez Valdes-Scantling and Notre Dame’s Equanimeous St. Brown are all 6-3 to 6-5.

“I think you’re al­ways look­ing for big­ger tar­gets,” McCarthy said. “It makes sense, doesn’t it?”

Ap­par­ently Thon Maker wasn’t on Brian Gutenkust’s big board.

At least the Pack­ers will lead the league in guys named Equanimeous.

As far as be­ing big tar­gets goes, they should prob­a­bly stay away from archery ranges.

Gutenkust emerged from the war room pleased with what tran­spired.

“I think we helped the Pack­ers,” he said. He also helped him­self, too. Our man Gutey said he’d grab a few beers from his garage af­ter the sec­ond day of the draft.

In­quir­ing minds wanted to know what he had in there. He didn’t use the whole clock to an­swer.

He said, “Spot­ted Cow, what else would there be?”

Well, if these picks pan out he might need some cham­pagne in there come Fe­bru­ary.

VINELINES

Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tri­bune: “The Browns took Baker May­field first over­all and were sur­prised he was still avail­able.”...

Bill Plaschke of the Los An­ge­les Times: “The Cleve­land Browns blew it. They of­fered a hint as to why they are the most dys­func­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion in sports by tak­ing Ok­la­homa’s un­der­sized and rel­a­tively slow quar­ter­back Baker May­field with the first over­all pick. They were ap­par­ently en­am­ored with May­field’s game pres­ence, the same thing that once sold them on Johnny Manziel. They ap­par­ently over­looked May­field’s sec­ond-half flop in the na­tional semi­fi­nals against Ge­or­gia in the Rose Bowl.”...

Mike Bianchi of the Or­lando Sentinel: “Is it just co­in­ci­dence that Browns rhymes with Clowns?”...

Greg Cote of the Mi­ami Her­ald: “And I do sort of get why most Dol­fans seem pleased with Mi­ami se­lect­ing Alabama safety Minkah Fitz­patrick in the first round of the NFL Draft. Maybe they think it’s a pack­age deal that brings back Nick Sa­ban as coach. Maybe they have al­ways dreamed of cheer­ing for a player named Minkah.”...

San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny, the Seahawks’ first-round draft pick, on whether he’s fa­mil­iar with any of his fu­ture team­mates be­sides Rus­sell Wil­son: “Not re­ally, but I played with them on Mad­den.”...

Jim Barach, com­edy writer: “The Cleve­land Browns picked Baker May­field as the num­ber one draft choice. He went to Ok­la­homa, was ar­rested for pub­lic in­tox­i­ca­tion and had con­fronta­tions on the field. In other words, it’s Johnny Manziel Part 2.”...

Com­edy writer Alex Kase­berg, when in­jured Steeler Ryan Shazier made a dra­matic ap­pear­ance at the NFL draft: “It was so touching, NFL Com­mis­sioner Roger God­dell had to blow his nose in a mil­lion-dol­lar bill.”

GETTY IMAGES

Pack­ers sec­ond-round pick Josh Jack­son in­ter­cepts a pass in front of A.J. Tay­lor and re­turns it for a TD dur­ing Iowa’s game vs. Wis­con­sin last year.

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