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This press conference shows Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy talk about the rookies in mini-camp. This is surprising to see these rookies get the nod of approval from a coach in my opinion the best one in the entire NFL.  These rookies have a lot of potential especially new defensive end Datone Jones and running back Eddie Lacy these two are possible starters for the first game against the San Francisco 49ers. When I first saw this draft class I had my doubts but I saw some potential and it is pretty surprising to see Mike McCarthy sees potential after only a month this is a great draft class.

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Word has spread that Eddie Lacy had a toe injury that may have cost a lot of his draft stock and falling below Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell who was the first running back drafted.(Bell was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers)  This was not a bad decision for the Packers to draft Eddie Lacy(The 49ers drafted injured running back Marcus Lattimore from South Carolina who will miss the entire 2013 season) But the difference between the 49ers and the Packers is Eddie Lacy can play this year. Also the Packers have Dujuan Harris and recently drafted UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin to play running back also. The Packers did not draft Eddie Lacy looking for an every down back they drafted him to help their struggling running game, give them an extra blacker and give another threat to their all ready dangerous passing game for quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The way the Packers plan to use Lacy reminds me of how the Patriots used Kevin Faulk and the Seahawks used fellow Alabama alum Shaun Alexander. Only time can tell how Eddie Lacy will pan out for the Green Bay Packers.

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In honor of the news of the Packers will be wearing the 1929 throwback jerseys this year against the Cleveland Browns for the October 20th game. I thought it would be funny to do a throwback Thursday post on the Green Bay Packers players.

Aaron Rodgers Cal

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Clay Matthews USC

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Jordy Nelson Kansas State

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TJ Lang Eastern Michigan

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BJ Raji Boston College

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Mike McCarthy

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Quarterback and Former Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers will appear on Thursday’s episode of The Office. This is the first time  Aaron has acted on a TV show.StateFarmII

Aaron does in fact have a little background in TV in he appeared in the widely popular State Farm (Discount Double Check)  commercials with teammates linebacker Clay Matthews and nose tackle BJ Raji so he has some experience with TV.  Check local listings to see when this episode airs in your area. 

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Here is a link to the 2013 schedule for the Green Bay Packers.

http://www.packers.com/gameday/schedule.html

Two that caught my attention were the rematch of the Fail Mary against Seattle when the Seahawks play Green Bay in the Preseason on Friday August 23rd.seahawks_packers--525x400

The second is when the Packers come to Ford Field in Detroit to play the Lions on Thanksgiving.

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Al Harris decided to make his retirement as a member of the Green Bay Packers.  Al Harris is known mainly for his game winning pick six against the Seattle Seahawks in the 2003 NFC Wildcard game and long hair under his helmet.  Harris thanked all the Packers fans who have supported him over the years. As a Packers fan I wish Al Harris the best in anything he does.

http://www.packers.com/media-center/videos/Al-Harris-playoff-pick-six-vs-Seahawks/581ce6dd-c0c4-46b6-8e94-37cb4a7a32d0  Al Harris 2003 NFC Wildcard Game vs Seattle Seahawks

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The Packers made some surprising picks in the draft. In my opinion, the most surprising was drafting both Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin only a couple rounds apart from each other. I personally thought the Packers were only gonna take one running back in this draft and have to choose either Lacy or Franklin. Both are fine running backs and should be good additions to the Packers hurting backfield.

Lacy comes from Alabama where he was the MVP of 2013 BCS National Championship Game and on the 2009 and 2011 National Champion teams for Alabama. Lacy was a hot commodity before the draft some thinking he would go in the first round and would be considered a steal by the Packers.(Lacy reminds me of fellow Alabama running back Shaun Alexander and Peyton Hillis)eddie_run  images (7)Peyton+Hillis+Arizona+Cardinals+v+Kansas+City+-4vGKeoWKUZl

Johnathan Franklin comes from a different football pedigree in UCLA. He did not have as much team success as Eddie Lacy but was able to put good enough numbers to be one of the best running backs in the draft.(Franklin reminds me of Warrick Dunn and Dujuan Harris)

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Round 1 Defensive End Datone Jones UCLAdatonejones_042613_blogcut

Round 2 Running Back Eddie Lacy Alabama 130107235806-eddie-lacy-p1-single-image-cut

Round 4 Tackle David Bhaktiari Colorado399787_10151454674750073_2060077279_n

Round 4 Guard/Tackle J.C. Tretter Cornelljc-tretter

Round 4 Running Back Johnathan Franklin UCLA266

Round 5 Defensive Back Micah Hyde Iowabilde (1)

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Round 6 Linebacker Nate Palmer Illinois State537970_10151350164972245_871792394_n

Round 7 Wide Receiver Charles Johnson Grand Valley Stateimages (10)

Round 7 Wide Receiver Kevin Dorsey Marylandbilde

Round 7 Linebacker Sam Barrington South FloridaLouisville Cardinals v South Florida Bulls

I would like to wish each of these men the best of luck with the Green Bay Packers.

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The Packers shocked everyone including myself when they passed on top running back prospect Eddie Lacy out of Alabama.

With their 26 pick they instead chose to help out their struggling defense by taking Datone Jones a defensive end from UCLA.  Lacy still remains on the board going into tonight. I wish the best of luck to both Eddie and Datone as they go on to the NFL.

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In honor of tonight draft(where the Packers pick at 26) I decided to post this link on the top draft bust in the last 20 years I hope everyone enjoys this. http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/lists/Top_draft_busts_of_last_20_years#tab=photo-title=Tim+Couch%252C+No.+1+pick+in+1999+%2528Browns%2529&photo=9520928

Lets hope the men in tonight’s draft pan out better.

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Also here is a link to NFL.com to keep track of the draft tonight. http://www.nfl.com/