Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Draft Breakdown: Green Bay Packers
With the 9th overall pick the Packers took B.J. Raji, defensive tackle from Boston College. Raji is a run stuffer, he tipped the scales at 337lbs and benched 225lbs 33 times. Simply put Raji is a big dude. He will bring immediate help to the Green Bay front line. The packers need help on defense, so I like what they did here getting Raji. Raji will be getting time early on in Green Bay, so we will be able to see what he can do right away. I can definitively see B.J. making an immediate impact for the Packers.
With their second pick they took Clay Matthews LB out of USC. Clay Matthews was one of the three highly touted LB's coming out of USC this year along with Brian Cushing, and Rey Maualuga. Matthews ran an impressive 4.67 second 40 yard dash and benched 225lbs 23 times(with the help of Chuck Berry). He is a hard working player and really gets after it in the weight room. Matthews speed could really help the Packers on the outside and be a good compliment to A.J. Hawk in the middle. I think they had to go defense with this pick and Matthews should fit in nicely.
Overall Draft Grade: B+
(Shouts to Draft Party for the video)