NFL Draft: Packers Balance Out Need and Value

April 27, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Round One: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
Bulaga’s stock was all over the board, but Ted Thompson stuck to his draft board and went with who he hopes will be the team’s future left tackle. They could have gone with the instant upgrade at outside linebacker or safety, but instead chose Bulaga. He has excellent size and can play three positions on the line. The Packers say he will have a chance to compete for the starting left tackle position this year.
Round Two: Michael Neal, DE, Purdue
Neal was a real head-scratcher among many experts, but his production and size made him a good fit in Green Bay. With Justin Harrell’s future in serious doubt and Johnny Jolly’s status still up in the air, Neal made sense as a potential starter on the line. Many predicted Neal would last until the fourth or fifth round, but the Packers clearly wanted their man and got him.
Round Three: Morgan Burnett, S, Georgia Tech
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