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Let’s give Ted Thompson and his crew another pat on the back as the Green Bay Packers fan-dangled a highly regarded draft class once again.
The Packers traded for more picks, took advantage of sliding prospects and took the necessary chances on unknown players.
Here’s what I thought of each and every one of Green Bay’s eleven picks in the 2013 NFL Draft:
#1 (26th 0verall) – UCLA DE Datone Jones (6-4/285)
Datone spent most of his youth ballin on the basketball court, so he brings above average athleticism to the defensive end position. This was a fantastic pick for Green Bay because he played a similar defense at UCLA and he’s a defensive end who can play linebacker, opposed to last year’s first round pick, Nick Perry, who’s a linebacker who can play defensive end. The plan is for Jones to be the remedy to what Colin Kaepernick (read-option offense) did to the Packers’ defense in the 2012 playoffs.
#2 (61st 0verall ) – Alabama RB Eddie Lacy (5-11/230)
The Packers’ scouting departmen...
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Ted Thompson just presided over his ninth draft as Packer GM
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Ted Thompson believes the key to late-round draft success is having as many picks as possible. The Green Bay Packers' general manager likens it to baseball in that the more swings at the plate available, the more likely one of them will be a hit.
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