First off, we want to thank everyone for staying with us for our first round coverage. We hoped you enjoyed reading it as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you.
Now then, it’s time to talk about day two. The picks made on this day, while you might not know their names at the time, usually end up determining whether or not a team had a successful draft.
The Packers have made three picks thus far today…and here they are:
- T.J. Lang, OT, Eastern Michigan (fourth round, 109th overall pick)
As great as the Clay Matthews trade was, it left the Packers a little light on day two picks. So, with the picks they had left, it was important to find some help along the offensive line, particularly at the tackle spots.
Lang played at left tackle for the Eagles for the last two seasons, although he apparently has the versatility to play numerous positions along the line. He’s not a monster, at 6-feet, 4-inches and 307 pounds, but it sounds like he plays with a mean streak – something the Packers very much needed at the position. A very solid pick.
- Quinn Johnson, FB, LSU (fifth round, 145th overall pick)
Johnson’s career numbers at LSU – 16 carries and five receptions – would suggest he is more of a pure blocking fullback.
One thing’s for sure: Johnson is already the Packers’ biggest fullback, weighing in at a whopping 262 pounds. That’s three pounds more than John Kuhn and 19 more than Korey Hall.
On the surface, the pick is sort of a surprise. But, really, neither Kuhn or Hall has done enough to say they own the starting spot, so adding another player to the mix isn’t a bad idea.
- Jamon Meredith, OT, South Carolina (fifth round, 162nd overall pick obtained from New England in Clay Matthews trade)
Meredith is very similar to Lang in that he’s not overly big at just 6-feet, 4-inches and 304 pounds. Again, much like Lang, Meredith has a great deal of versatility. He played at both tackle spots and right guard in his time at South Carolina.
Another solid pick by Thompson. Outside of the defensive front seven, offensive line was the biggest area of need for the Packers and by taking Lang and Meredith, they’ve addressed that.
Five picks in and I can’t say I dislike anything Teddy’s done so far. By going away from his “best player available, trade down and acquire picks” philosophy of years past, he’s really been able to add some big-time talent onto the team’s roster.
Well, that’s all for me for now. Adam will be back at the conclusion of the draft to give his thoughts on the Packers’ remaining three picks.