Packers talk defensive draft

April 28th, 2012 at 2:04 pm by under Uncategorized

Hanging out at Lambeau as the Packers defensive draft rolls on … five picks, all defense.  Ted Thompson said last night, this is still the ‘best player available’ approach in action … but the Packers had needs on defense, and they’re being addressed.

Maine safety Jerron McMillian was excited and engaging in his phone conference with media here.  Sounded really enthusiastic about getting drafted, and admitted he was surprised to be drafted as high as he was.  McMillian also talked about Nick Collins, said he’d always followed Collins’ career since he came from a small school (Bethune-Cookman).

Dom Capers described defensive tackle Mike Daniels out of Iowa as a football guy.  In his phone conference, that came through.  My favorite part, by far, was when he was asked about his favorite ‘move’ to get to the quarterback.  His answer: ‘hustle.’  Good answer.  At 5’11, Daniels also said he’s been overcoming doubts about his height as a defensive lineman his whole career.  In his pre-draft press conference, Ted Thompson pointed to linebacker DJ Smith as a guy who wasn’t ideal height, but has worked out in the NFL so far.  Thompson may have found another one.

Packers have some time (barring a trade) until their next pick, late in the sixth round.

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