GERy WOELFEL: Packers’ top choice a mystery

2010-04-19T23:12:00Z GERy WOELFEL: Packers’ top choice a mysteryGERY WOELFEL Journal Times

Let's be honest: Do you really think you know who the Green Bay Packers will select with the 23rd overall pick Thursday on the first day of the NFL Draft?

Of course, not.

When it comes to the draft, the only thing predictable about general manager Ted Thompson is his unpredictability.

Miss Cleo didn't have a clue that Thompson would select defensive tackle Justin Harrell in the 2007 draft. Harrell was injury prone and many teams projected him as a second-round pick.

Or how about when Thompson used a second-round pick on a quarterback - Brian Brohm - even though the Packers already had a franchise quarterback on their roster in Aaron Rodgers.

And, did anyone ever imagine Thompson trading up - yes, up - to choose outside linebacker Clay Matthews last year?

That's why it's almost an exercise in futility in trying to figure out what Thompson will do Thursday night.

Yet, that hasn't prevented countless scribes and mock-draft wizards from chiming in on the Packers' top pick.

Here is a small sampling:

-- Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News: outside linebacker Sergio Kindle of Texas.

n Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN: guard Mike Iupati of Idaho.

n The Sporting News: offensive tackle Bruce Campbell of Maryland.

n Don Banks of offensive tackle Anthony Davis of Rutgers.

-- Bucky Brooks of Sergio Kindle.

-- Dan Arkush of Pro Football Weekly: defensive end Brandon Graham of Michigan.

More crystal ball gazing

On the surface, the Packers' priority positions in the draft would be offensive linemen or defensive backs.

That's why Iupati, center-guard Maurkice Pouncey of Florida and offensive tackle Charles Brown of Southern California make sense as potential Packers picks.

It is also why defensive backs Kyle Wilson of Boise State, Devin McCourty of Rutgers, Patrick Robinson of Florida State and Kareem Jackson of Alabama are legitimate Packers draft candidates as well.

My pick for the Packers is Wilson, who is a big Charles Woodson fan and would love to play for the Packers.

But if the aggressive and talented Wilson is gone, I'd take Jackson, who has exceptional cover skills.

The only problem with Wilson or Jackson is that they don't fit one of Thompson's draft criterions: being 5-11 or taller.

I've been told after the misadventures of two first-rounders - Terrell Buckley and Ahmad Carroll - the Packers have vowed to never select another undersized corner.

Drawing attention

Former Park High School basketball standout P.J. Lockridge has drawn some interest from several quality Division I colleges.

Jason Niblett, Lockridge's coach at Heat Academy in Martinsville, Va., said the 6-foot-4 Lockridge has whittled his choices to Rhode Island, Texas El Paso, Louisville and Baylor.

-- Niblett also revealed Wisconsin is showing interest in Desmond Lee, a 6-3 combo guard, who he said can, "flat-out score."

Moving on up

As if acquiring John Salmons from the Chicago Bulls wasn't a coup on Milwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond's part, Hammonds also was able to persuade the Bulls into flip-flopping first-round selections in the June NBA draft.

That means the Bucks will have the 15th overall selection instead of the 17th.

Star-studded cast

The Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association boys All-Star games will be played June 19 at the UW Field House.

Four prime-time players from the area will partake in the event: Josh Cameron of Park and Beau Steffens of Waterford will play for the Division 1 South team. Reid Koenen of Prairie and Andy Thusius of Shoreland Lutheran will play for the Division 3 South team.

Case boys coach Steve Jaskulske will coach the boys Division 1 South team. He will be assisted by Bob Hayes, for whom Jaskulske served as an assistant before taking over Case's program in 2002. Money raised from the event will go to the MACC Fund.

Around the horn

Some NBA scouts project Marquette University forward Lazar Hayward as a middle second-round pick. ... A respected NFL scout told me he believes Stanford running back Toby Gerhart is every bit as good as the more highly-touted C.J. Spiller of Clemson and would fit in nicely with the Packers. ... The Bucks are seriously attempting to extend Salmons' contract before possibly losing him to free agency this summer. But I'm hearing Salmons wants to test the free-agent waters and have the choice of playing where he wants to play the next couple of seasons. ... While I prefer filet mignon, Bucks forward and Cameroon native Luc Mbah a Moute prefers "Viper. I like Boa constrictor, too. But viper is the best meat I‘ve ever had. It tastes like fish and chicken combined. It's very good."

Gery Woelfel is a sports reporter for The Journal Times. Gery can be reached by calling (262) 634-3322, Ext. 322, or by e-mail at

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