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Packers focus on offense with fifth round picks

Day two of the 2010 NFL Draft was all about defense for the Green Bay Packers.

With their first two picks of day three – both coming in the fifth round – the Packers shifted to the other side of the ball, selecting Penn State tight end Andrew Quarless and TCU guard Marshall Newhouse.

Quarless was the first of those two picks (No. 154 overall). For now, here’s what we know about him:

  • At 6-feet, 4-inches and 254 pounds, with a 4.57 40-yard dash time, 32-inch vertical jump and 23 bench press reps, Quarless certainly has the physical tools to make a mark at the next level.
  • Last season, he put up 41 receptions for 536 yards and three scores. He saved his best for last, too, recording eight grabs for 88 yards against LSU in the Capital One Bowl.
  • So then why was he still available in round five? You guessed it: Character issues. Quarless was suspended three different times in college (underage drinking, DUI and marijuana possession). There are also concerns about his overall effort level.
  • Following the pick, Mel Kiper said Quarless had “first round talent” and Todd McShay said, “He can be as good as he wants to be.” Clearly, he’s got some skills. It will be up to the coaches to make sure he keeps his head on straight.

Now to the second of Green Bay’s picks, Newhouse (No. 169 overall):

  • He’s listed at 6-feet, 4-inches, 319 pounds. He played tackle in college, but is thought by many to be guard material in the pros. He was a standout performer during East-West Shrine Game practices at multiple positions along the line.
  • Three-year starter for TCU. Earned third team All American and first team All MWC honors in 2009.
  • Ran a 5.00 40-yard dash and did 25 bench press reps at the combine.
  • Positives: Fundamentally sound. Quick enough feet and decent strength. Versatile (shocking, I know).
  • Negatives: Has difficulty understanding complicated defensive sets. Needs to play faster.

So there is some quick-hit information on Green Bay’s two picks. Adam will be back later on to wrap up the Pack’s sixth-and-seventh round selections. After that, we’ll fully wrap up day three and tell you what it all means for the Packers.

-Chris Lempesis

2 comments to Packers focus on offense with fifth round picks

  • Scott

    A pot smoking, DUI driving TE. A position of dire need. And another O-lineman, how many do we have now 20-25? I hope someone asks Mr.Murphy, a former safety, if he really thinks we can now stop a good QB after this draft. We got 1 safety, no CB’S, I guess Bush is still back there. No OLB’S. Lets try this, GET A FREEKING PASS RUSH!!! Sorry, I don’t want to confuse the issue with facts.

  • Scott

    Everyone keeps talking about Harris, Lee and Blackmon. Harris will never be the same. It takes a lot longer than a year to get over ACL surgery. And don’t tell me about Tausher. He played with a huge brace and he didn’t have radical change of direction issues. And at times, he still had problems. Lee is the same as Harrell, hasn’t played. Blackmon has played 1 full season. We are counting on them to all be healthy for the whole year. Whatever people are smoking, they should share. And Ted actually believes they will be healthy. How sad. There goes a real shot at the Super Bowl. The offence is ready, the run defence is ready, the pass defence still stinks outloud!!! Thanks Ted

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