Green Bay Packers Rookies: How Will They Do in 2014?

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Every year we see a few hundred new players joining the NFL - and the Green Bay Packers - all with aspirations of carving out a career for themselves in our favorite league.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Ha Ha Clinton-DixAdam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

These players are the future, and if things go well they become some of our favorites on our teams and across the league. This first year, their rookie year, is where it all begins. This is where they give the world a strong sample of the abilities and talents they will be showcasing in earnest to successfully accomplish their dreams of playing professional football.

Every team has brought in their rookies and done their pre-training camp work with them to this point – the Packers being no exception. Green Bay GM Ted Thompson picked nine players in the draft this year (surprisingly without any trades being made along the way), all of whom will have the belief and expectation of making contributions, not just for this coming year, but the future.

For now I’m going to focus on this coming season, with some predictions on how well I believe they will be able to perform.

I’ll start with our first pick …

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  • Peter Maiz

    I don’t see the hoop la with HHCD. I think Sha , Mosley or Pryor as more effective picks

    • Guest

      All of those players were off the board by the Packers’ pick at 21, so I don’t see the sense of your argument here..

      In truth, I personally wanted either Shazier or Mosley back before the draft (not Pryor as much; I thought Clinton-Dix looked to be a better prospect who would work better against the pass than him and I also read of a tendency for leading with his head on hits, a la Brandon Meriweather, which would limit his effectiveness) and was highly disappointed to see both off the board before Green Bay could pick.

      As the draft got closer I more and more began to see the lack of ILB speed and playmaking to be a larger issue than safety, especially with rumors starting way back in April that Hyde could be used at S and researching in some later prospects more.

      When it comes down to it though, Green Bay got the player that a majority of people listed as the #1 safety prospect on the board.This article was not written to lament or compare who the Packers did get with who they could’ve or should’ve hopefully gotten; it was to evaluate the players they selected and share how I predict them to do in this upcoming season.

      I’ve come to trust in the moves Ted Thompson and Co. make and the players they pick – and you should too – because with them at the team’s helm we’ve continued to be a highly successful team that is consistently one of the league’s best. I’m not saying blindly follow their choices – far from it – but realize they get paid for what they do for a reason, they’ve stayed employed in GB as long as they have for a reason, and they have been discussed with the hope of future extensions for a reason: they do their job well and GB succeeds because of it.

      • Peter Maiz

        Leading with his head on hits could have been corrected by coaching as far as Pryor. I understand your article. What I’m suggesting only is that if Mosley or Shazier would have been available, Ted might have pulled the plug on either. I understand why Ted picked Ha Ha and am perplexed why at 21 he may not be the starter. Which suggests to me that they want to coach him up before releasing him. But I, like you, think a lot of these rooks, with the possible exception of Davante, may not see the field all too often.
        What I think Ted tries to do is pick people of good character and a high motor By avoiding the prima donna types we are more likely to pick people more focused on a career and motivated to strive for excellence.

    • Kenn Korb

      The reason players get drafted is because of that potential they have. If they weren’t going to have a good chance at making an impact in some way while still improving, why bring them on your team at all? Actually, that can be moved on to any player ever. For any potential signing, there must be a weighing of pros & cons because no player is perfect.

      For each of the draft picks in this slideshow, there was a combination of the pros and cons within the individual slides. It doesn’t make sense to only talk about the good these players bring and ignore their flaws and other issues, or vice-versa.

      The Goodson pick was a bit perplexing, but as mentioned in his slide he could be seen as a developmental guy for the practice squad this year. If he develops he is future insurance in case something happens with any of the other CBs in the next year.

      Also, when you reach the later rounds you cannot be planning on picking for need anyway; it is strictly for depth and potential. Any GM picking for his team’s needs in the late 6th round better get some resumes printed because he is already on his way out the door.

      • Peter Maiz

        I see your point and see players as developmental, too. For example, R. Rodgers is being praised already and who would have thought. Apparently, he catches really well. As far as Goodson, his former basketball career might have made the right people think that it would translate well into being a cornerback. My main confusion is with HHCD. More talented than the 2013 safeties but may be overlooked because of Hyde, who is a cornerback. At pick 21, you should be able to field the rook instead of possibly placing him as back up.

        • Kenn Korb

          If Clinton-Dix isn’t the starter, that shouldn’t be taken as an indictment on his abilities, but moreso a strong compliment to just how much Hyde has been able to step up and take over at the position. And don’t pigeonhole Hyde as only a CB; the coaching staff has consistently stated all offseason he has versatility and they want him on the field as often as possible. There have been plenty of CBs who’ve shown talent at CB that move to S and show effectiveness in doing so; McCourtey in NE for one, and then Woodson was used in multiple positions during his last season with Green Bay, with other examples out there

  • David Hofstedt

    I read that Adams was having a issue with drops in OTA’s which is a little concerning considering his hands were supposed to be what was his best asset. As far as HHCD go’s I think it was a excellent pick. He’s a smart player who doesn’t get caught out of position, is a sound tackler, and improves the Packers backend big time. I’m so tired of hearing about 40 times. This might sound foolish but take a stopwatch, click it on & off as fast as you can, and you basically have a difference between 4.39 an 4.50. I also seem to remember a 5th rounder taken last year that was said to be “To Slow”. Personally I like this draft, a lot. Janis and Abby aren’t going on the PS, they’ll make the 53.