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.
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