The Packers are now on the clock. I put a lot of thought into making this pick, and after deliberating for awhile, looking at players that had already been taken and the players that were available, I came to my decision:
With the ninth pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers select:
***Brian Orakpo, DE/OLB, Texas***
With the new 3-4 scheme in town, the Packers desperately need a good outside pass rusher to play opposite Aaron Kampman. Orakpo provides that strong force from the outside to succeed. All of the great 3-4 defenses in the NFL have “that guy” that can make plays, from James Harrison in Pittsburgh to Terrell Suggs in Baltimore. Orakpo will be able to help anchor the Packers linebacking corps for a long, long time.
Most people have the Packers picking Ohio State corner Malcolm Jenkins with this pick, including most “experts.” While that makes sense given the age of starters Charles Woodson and Al Harris, there is still youth behind them. Tramon Williams (despite his contract situation) filled in admirably when Harris was out with the spleen injury in 2008 and the Packers drafted Pat Lee in the third round in 2008 as well. If they pick a corner, they’ll do it in the second, third, or fourth rounds. We don’t want another Ahmad Carroll on our hands.
The player I feel the Packers need the most is B.J. Raji from Boston College. Raji is big and strong, and can move decently. I feel he would provide a great anchor to the 3-4 scheme. None of the tackles the Packers have on the roster currently are the right type for Dom Capers‘ defense, and Raji could provide a Casey Hampton-like presence in the middle and be the nucleus of that defensive line and defense for years to come. However, I will take a terror from the outside in Orakpo as well.
The San Francisco 49ers are on the clock.
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Tags: Aaron Kampman. James Harrison Ahmad Carroll Al Harris B.J. Raji Brian Orakpo Casey Hampton Charles Woodson Dom Capers Green Bay Packers Malcolm Jenkins NFL Draft Pat Lee San Francisco 49ers Terrell Suggs Tramon Williams