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GREEN BAY ENTERS THE DRAFT WITH NINE SELECTIONS
- This weekend, the Green Bay Packers will welcome another rookie class to their roster through the NFL Draft, held April 30-May 2 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago.
- Armed with seven of their own selections – plus two compensatory picks – the Packers will have plenty of opportunities to add more talent and depth to their roster. All picks are eligible to be traded except for the compensatory choices.
- Green Bay enters the draft with a pick in every round, including three selections in the sixth round.
- For the third straight year, the event will begin in prime time on Thursday night, with Round 1 on April 30 beginning at 7 p.m. CT.
- Rounds 2-3 also will be held in prime time, beginning on Friday, May 1, at 6 p.m. CT. Rounds 4-7 will complete the draft on Saturday, May 2, starting at 11 a.m. CT.
- Teams will have 10 minutes in between selections in the first round and seven minutes between each choice for Round 2. Rounds 3-6 will allow up to five minutes in between picks and Round 7 will allow four minutes. All compensatory selections in Rounds 3-7 will be four minutes each. A look at where Green Bay currently stands in the draft order:
THOMPSON LEADS PACKERS INTO ANOTHER DRAFT
- GM Ted Thompson enters his 11th draft with the Packers, and he has long viewed the draft as the most important aspect of player acquisition.
- Thompson entered his first draft with Green Bay in 2005 armed with seven picks. Through draft-day trades, he wound up with 11 selections, highlighted by a pair of Pro Bowlers in QB Aaron Rodgers (first round) and S Nick Collins (second).
- In 2006, Thompson began draft day with seven selections, this time turning those seven picks into 12. The class included another pair of Pro Bowlers in LB A.J. Hawk (first) and WR Greg Jennings (second).
- In 2007, Thompson again used draft-day trades to acquire more selections and increase the competition for roster spots. That class included significant contributors such as WR James Jones (third), LB Desmond Bishop and K Mason Crosby (consecutive picks in the sixth round).
- That strategy was also implemented in 2008, as Thompson turned eight choices into 10 draft picks (nine players and a future pick). Selections such as Pro Bowl WR Jordy Nelson (second), TE Jermichael Finley (third) and Pro Bowl G Josh Sitton (fourth) made a significant impact.
- In 2009, the Packers entered the draft with nine selections but made one of the most dramatic moves over the course of the weekend when they traded back into the first round. After selecting DT B.J. Raji with the No. 9 pick, Thompson moved back into the first round to select LB Clay Matthews at No. 26. Though the Packers surrendered a second-round pick and two third-round choices to New England for the opportunity to draft Matthews plus a fifth-round pick, the Southern California linebacker has proven to be well worth it, earning the five selections to the Pro Bowl in his first six years. He passed Bill Forester (1959-62) for the most selections for a Packers linebacker.
- In 2010, Green Bay selected T Bryan Bulaga in the first round at No. 23. He started 33 games from 2010-12 and 15 of 16 last season after missing 2013 due to injury. Thompson moved up in the third round to select S Morgan Burnett (No. 71 overall), who has started 60 contests over the past four seasons.
- Seven of the 10 players in the 2011 draft class went on to appear in a game for Green Bay in their first season, highlighted by WR Randall Cobb (second round), who was named to the All-Rookie Team by Pro Football Weekly/PFWA as a kickoff returner and earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl this past season.
- The Packers entered the 2012 NFL Draft with 12 picks and traded up three times, highlighted by a second-round selection obtained from New England in exchange for the Packers' third-round choice and their fifth-round pick. Green Bay used the second-round pick to select CB Casey Hayward, who led all NFL rookies with six INTs in 2012 and became the first Packers CB to be named to the All-Rookie Team by Pro Football Weekly/PFWA since the team was first selected in 1974.
- In 2013, Thompson entered the draft with eight choices and turned that into 11 picks through draft-day trades, highlighted by RB Eddie Lacy (second), who was named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year by The Associated Press, and T David Bakhtiari (fourth), who became the first Green Bay rookie to start every game at LT since the league went to a 16-game slate in 1978.
- In last year's draft, Thompson used four of his first six picks to draft players who all made starts as rookies: S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (10), WR Davante Adams (11), TE Richard Rodgers (five) and C Corey Linsley (16).
- Today’s roster consists of 64 players, with 33 being drafted by Thompson. Of the 21 players to start 10 or more games for the Packers in 2014, 18 of them were drafted by Thompson.
A LOOK INTO THE DRAFT ROOM
- General Manager Ted Thompson heads up the football operations, and he and Green Bay’s coaches are well known to Packers fans. But working with Thompson is a talented and experienced football operations staff.
- Members of the personnel staff have spent months, if not years with some prospects, studying for the 2015 NFL Draft. They visit schools throughout the season, attending practices, dozens of games and pro days in the spring. In each area, they have formed relationships with high school and college coaches, trying to get a better idea of who the person is, not just the football prospect.
- Working closely with Thompson year round is Director of Player Personnel Eliot Wolf (12th NFL season), Director of College Scouting Brian Gutekunst (17th NFL season), Senior Personnel Executive Alonzo Highsmith (17th NFL season), West Regional Scout Sam Seale (20th NFL season) and Assistant Director of Pro Personnel Tim Terry (12th NFL season).
- Members of the scouting department include area scouts Lee Gissendaner (18th NFL season), Jon-Eric Sullivan (12th NFL season), John Wojciechowski (20th NFL season) and Richmond Williams (eighth NFL season), pro scouts Chad Brinker (sixth NFL season) and Glenn Cook (fifth NFL season), college scouts Mike Owen (fourth NFL season) and Alonzo Dotson (third NFL season), scouting assistant Charles Walls (third NFL season) and college scouting coordinator Danny Mock (28th NFL season).
ANALYZING THE PICKS UNDER THOMPSON
- Total Picks: 96
- Offense: 51
- Defense: 44
- Specialists: 1
- Quarterback (5): Aaron Rodgers (2005-1), Ingle Martin (2006-5a), Brian Brohm (2008-2b), Matt Flynn (2008-7a), B.J. Coleman (2012-7b)
- Running Back (6): Brandon Jackson (2007-2), DeShawn Wynn (2007-7a), James Starks (2010-6), Alex Green (2011-3), Eddie Lacy (2013-2), Johnathan Franklin (2013-4c)
- Fullback (2): Korey Hall (2007-6a), Quinn Johnson (2009-5a)
- Tight End (6): Clark Harris (2007-7), Jermichael Finley (2008-3), Andrew Quarless (2010-5a), D.J. Williams (2011-5), Ryan Taylor (2011-7a), Richard Rodgers (2014-3b)
- Wide Receiver (14): Terrence Murphy (2005-2b), Craig Bragg (2005-6b), Greg Jennings (2006-2b), Cory Rodgers (2006-4a), James Jones (2007-3a), David Clowney (2007-5), Jordy Nelson (2008-2a), Brett Swain (2008-7b), Randall Cobb (2011-2), Charles Johnson (2013-7a), Kevin Dorsey (2013-7b), Davante Adams (2014-2), Jared Abbrederis (2014-5b), Jeff Janis (2014-7)
- Tackle (10): Tony Moll (2006-5b), Breno Giacomini (2008-5), T.J. Lang (2009-4), Jamon Meredith (2009-5b), Bryan Bulaga (2010-1), Marshall Newhouse (2010-5b), Derek Sherrod (2011-1), Andrew Datko (2012-7a), David Bakhtiari (2013-4a), JC Tretter (2013-4b)
- Guard (6): William Whitticker (2005-7b), Daryn Colledge (2006-2a), Jason Spitz (2006-3b), Allen Barbre (2007-4), Josh Sitton (2008-4b), Caleb Schlauderaff (2011-6a)
- Center (2): Junius Coston (2005-5a), Corey Linsley (2014-5a)
- Defensive End (11): Michael Montgomery (2005-6a), Dave Tollefson (2006-7), Jeremy Thompson (2008-4a), Jarius Wynn (2009-6a), Mike Neal (2010-2), C.J. Wilson (2010-7), Lawrence Guy (2011-7b), Jerel Worthy (2012-2a), Datone Jones (2013-1), Josh Boyd (2013-5b), Khyri Thornton (2014-3a)
- Defensive Tackle (4): Johnny Jolly (2006-6a), Justin Harrell (2007-1), B.J. Raji (2009-1a), Mike Daniels (2012-4a)
- Linebacker (14): Brady Poppinga (2005-4b), Kurt Campbell (2005-7a), A.J. Hawk (2006-1), Abdul Hodge (2006-3a), Desmond Bishop (2007-6b), Clay Matthews (2009-1b), Brad Jones (2009-7), D.J. Smith (2011-6b), Ricky Elmore (2011-6c), Nick Perry (2012-1), Terrell Manning (2012-5), Nate Palmer (2013-6), Sam Barrington (2013-7c), Carl Bradford (2014-4)
- Cornerback (8): Mike Hawkins (2005-5b), Will Blackmon (2006-4b), Pat Lee (2008-2c), Brandon Underwood (2009-6b), Davon House (2011-4), Casey Hayward (2012-2b), Micah Hyde (2013-5a), Demetri Goodson (2014-6)
- Safety (7): Nick Collins (2005-2a), Marviel Underwood (2005-4a), Tyrone Culver (2006-6b), Aaron Rouse (2007-3b), Morgan Burnett (2010-3), Jerron McMillian (2012-4b), Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (2014-1)
- Kicker (1): Mason Crosby (2007-6c)
DRAFT PICKS BY SCHOOL
- Where have the 96 Packers draft picks gone to school? Note: BCS schools are those in the ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC.
Iowa 4, California 3, Colorado 3, Louisville 3, Texas A&M 3, UCLA 3, Alabama 2, Arizona State 2, Boston College 2, LSU 2, Michigan State 2, Mississippi State 2, Ohio State 2, Southern California 2, Virginia Tech 2, Arizona, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Cincinnati, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Kentucky, Maryland, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers, South Carolina, South Florida, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Wisconsin
Boise State 2, Fresno State 2, San Diego State 2, Texas Christian 2, Albany, Appalachian State, Bethune-Cookman, Brigham Young, Buffalo, Central Florida, Cornell, East Carolina, Eastern Michigan, Furman, Grand Valley State, Hawaii, Illinois State, Maine, Missouri Southern State, Nevada, New Mexico State, North Carolina A&T, Northwest Missouri State, Saginaw Valley State, San Jose State, Southern Mississippi, Tennessee-Chattanooga, Western Michigan
*BCS/non-BCS is based on school’s conference at time of player’s graduation
- First Round (10): Linebacker (3), defensive tackle (2), tackle (2), defensive end, quarterback, safety
- Second Round (14): Wide receiver (5), cornerback (2), defensive end (2), running back (2), guard, quarterback, safety
- Third Round (9): Safety (2), tight end (2), defensive end, guard, linebacker, running back, wide receiver
- Fourth Round (15): Tackle (3), cornerback (2), guard (2), linebacker (2), safety (2), defensive end, defensive tackle, running back, wide receiver
- Fifth Round (16): Tackle (4), cornerback (2), tight end (2), wide receiver (2), center, defensive end, fullback, guard, linebacker, quarterback
- Sixth Round (15): Linebacker (4), cornerback (2), defensive end (2), defensive tackle, fullback, guard, kicker, running back, safety, wide receiver
- Seventh Round (17): Wide receiver (4), defensive end (3), linebacker (3), quarterback (2), tight end (2), guard, running back, tackle
2015 SCHEDULE RELEASED
- The Green Bay Packers’ 95th NFL regular-season schedule – highlighted by the Thanksgiving night game at Lambeau Field against the Chicago Bears, the first home Thanksgiving game since 1923, and four other prime-time contests (subject to flexible scheduling) – was released April 21 by the National Football League.
- Green Bay’s schedule includes seven games against 2014 playoff teams. Three of those games (Dallas, Detroit, Seattle) will be at Lambeau Field, while four (Arizona, Carolina, Denver, Detroit) will come on the road.
- The Packers have three scheduled prime-time contests at home (Seattle on Sunday night in Week 2, Kansas City on Monday Night Football in Week 3, Chicago on Thanksgiving night in Week 12) and two on the road (Denver on Sunday night in Week 8, Detroit on Thursday night in Week 13).
- Green Bay will appear on MNF for the 23rd consecutive season (1993-2015), the second-longest streak behind the Broncos’ 24 seasons (1992-2015).
- Green Bay has 13 games on Sunday, two on Thursday and one on Monday. The Packers’ bye arrives in Week 7, the first time they have had their open date that week since 2007.
- The Packers will kick off their season on the road for the third consecutive year. Green Bay will travel to Chicago, opening the season at the Bears for the first time since 1981 and on the road against a division opponent for the first time since playing at Detroit in 2005.
- After primetime games in Weeks 2 and 3, Green Bay plays at San Francisco in Week 4, the fifth time the Packers and 49ers will meet in the regular or postseason since 2012.
- Green Bay returns home prior to the Week 7 bye, taking on the St. Louis Rams in Week 5, and hosting the San Diego Chargers for the first time since 2007 and only the fifth time overall in Week 6.
- After the bye the Packers travel to play the Broncos in Denver for the first time on a Sunday night and then stay on the road to play Carolina in Week 9. The Packers have won six of the last eight meetings versus the Panthers, including a 38-17 victory last season at Lambeau Field.
- The second half of the regular season will see Green Bay face division opponents in four consecutive weeks. The Packers will face the Lions at home in Week 10, travel to play Minnesota in Week 11, come home to play the Bears on Thanksgiving in Week 12 and play at Detroit in another Thursday night game in Week 13. It will be the first time Green Bay has played division opponents in four consecutive weeks since 2000 (Weeks 14-17) and the first time the Packers have played on consecutive Thursdays since 2007 (Weeks 12-13).
- The Packers’ final four regular-season games will be bookended by two home contests, starting with Dallas returning to Green Bay in Week 14. Including the postseason, the Packers have won four consecutive games against the Cowboys. In Weeks 15-16, Green Bay travels west to play the Oakland Raiders and Arizona Cardinals. The Packers have won six consecutive games against the Raiders, including two on the road, and seven of the last eight regular-season matchups against the Cardinals, including each of the past three.
- Green Bay will host the Vikings at Lambeau to close out the regular season, marking the sixth time the two have met in the regular-season finale. It will be only the second time the Vikings have played at Green Bay to close out the regular season (1996).