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Aaron Rodgers “surprised” Packers went offense with first three picks

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The rich seemed to get richer in the NFL Draft, as Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense added three players in the first three rounds: tackle Derek Sherrod, wide receiver Randall Cobb, and running back Alex Green.

The strategy caught Rodgers off guard.

“I was surprised. I was definitely surprised we went offense, offense, offense with the first three picks,” said Rodgers, via Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “I was actually in Kentucky and I probably heard from 50 people what kind of player Randall Cobb was. Very nice young man. Hopefully he can help us out. But I was surprised.”

It was a little surprising when you consider the team’s needs, but less so when you consider G.M. Ted Thompson has made a career of targeting value and a certain type of player.  Sherrod, Cobb, and Green appear to fit what the Packers do.  (And there was plenty of need at tackle.)

While Green Bay could still use help at outside linebacker and the defensive line, the offense hardly led the way in 2010.  The Packers defense allowed the second fewest points in the league; the offense scored the ten most.

Rodgers spoke Tuesday at a charity event for the MACC Fund, which raises money for childhood cancer research.  The event drew 670 people, roughly four times the number of the people there last year.

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  1. jbythebay says: May 18, 2011 9:05 AM

    I love what TT is doing. Ron Wolf’s biggest mistake was not providing Favre with enough weapons.

    As pointed out in this article, the defense was actually stronger and more reliable than the offense last year.

    It’s going to be Green Bay and Detroit at the top of the NFC North for the next 10 years

  2. krow101 says: May 18, 2011 9:09 AM

    Their offense really got rolling, and any football fan knows that makes the defense’s job way easier. So it’s hard to objectively say how good their D actually was/is.

  3. ted1sheckler says: May 18, 2011 9:25 AM

    This guy is a dope. He’s. also surprised to know his GM likes men. You’d think he’d figure it out when TT walks around the locker room with his eyes glazed over. Eyes that don’t make it above waist level. TT drafts ” certain types of guys” alright. He’s very partial to the Taboo looking ones and he likes his QB to have that androgynous look. It helps too if you skip like a girl when you score too. That makes TT feel funny in his pants.

  4. ted1sheckler says: May 18, 2011 9:26 AM

    *Fabio, not taboo

  5. mvp43 says: May 18, 2011 9:31 AM

    I love their picks. Sherrod will be a 10 year player for them, and you have to protect the franchise. Teams like the Packers and Patriots who have a wealth of talent can afford a luxury pick like Cobb every so often. He will be a game changer, no doubt. Green is the wild card. He’ll be in mix, which means Brandon Jackson is probably gone. Decent 3rd down back.

  6. alpine75 says: May 18, 2011 9:31 AM

    Wolf not providing Favre with enough weapons? You mean like Brooks, Bennett, Rison, Beebe, Freeman, Chumara, Keith Jackson, Driver…etc etc.

    Granted the offense got thin in the late 90′s

    I think you might really be thinking of Mike Sherman who was the GM after the 2001 draft.

  7. phinfan says: May 18, 2011 9:39 AM

    Maybe Ted reviewed the Dolphins/GreenBay game reels. When Cam Wake destroyed their oline?

  8. carlgerbschmidt says: May 18, 2011 9:41 AM

    It’s a beatiful thing. The rich just keep getting richer. Meanwhile the T-Wolves have the highest chance of all teams to get the #1 overall draft pick…and come in 2nd.

    It’s like MN sports are cursed or something…

  9. terminalsd says: May 18, 2011 9:46 AM

    You have to get the best players on the Board in your eyes. Great Move!

    A. Rodgers is Nasty! He reaks of confidence and you could see it last year. I’m a Steeler fan from Pittsburgh and I pretty much knew we were going to get smoked when he was asked do you have the Superbowl chitters and he said: Bring it on!

    If it wasn’t for a few dropped balls they would have blew us out! Much props!

  10. danimalk82 says: May 18, 2011 9:52 AM

    LOL nice typo @ted1sheckler. A gay blast. Really original, mature, & relevant….. If you are over the age of 22 you might want to step back and think about if you are getting the most out of life or if your existence on this earth is even noticed.

  11. billsfan1 says: May 18, 2011 9:56 AM

    I was gonna say favre had plenty of weapons from wolf

  12. smoothjimmyapollo says: May 18, 2011 10:06 AM

    “You mean like Brooks, Bennett, Rison, Beebe, Freeman, Chumara, Keith Jackson, Driver…etc etc.”

    You forgot Ahman Green who only holds the franchise record for rushing yards. Plus, Wolf got them Clifton, Tauscher, Rivera, Wahle, and Flanigan giving them one of the best offensive lines over a several year period. That offense was pretty stacked for much of Favre’s career in GB.

    The problem with Favre was the gambling. You put up with the bad plays because he would make 10 other good plays to make up for it. In all of those famed “4th quarter comebacks” how many were necessitated because of an earlier Favre mistake? I’d be willing to bet quite a few. At the end of the day, the good would outweigh the bad and the Packers would end up with 10-12 wins per season. The problem with that is that often the bad Favre plays came in the playoffs when you don’t get a chance to say, “We’ll get it next time.”

    As much as he’s angered me over the past 3 years, there’s no doubt that Favre is the greatest regular season QB of all time. As we like to remind Viking fans, they don’t hand out Lombardi trophies for good regular seasons which is why you can’t put Favre ahead of Starr, Montana, Brady, and all the guys that got multiple rings. Rodgers will never catch Favre’s regular season numbers. His legacy will depend on the post season. So far, so good.

  13. renaissanceman87 says: May 18, 2011 10:08 AM

    Is it just me, or is that picture with Mr. Chuck Liddell kind of creepy?

  14. gregjennings85 says: May 18, 2011 10:20 AM

    THE MAN

  15. meso0rnery says: May 18, 2011 10:21 AM

    Rodgers spoke Tuesday at a charity event for the MACC Fund, which raises money for childhood cancer research.
    ——————————————————–
    Did he ignore the kids after he was done with his speech?

  16. gregjennings85 says: May 18, 2011 10:24 AM

    JUDAS was given plenty of weapons.

    He consistently threw his WRs and TEs into danger throughout his career.

    He was always one to draw a play out, so he could showcase his arm strength. If it resulted in a receiver being led into traffic, well that was just, “JUDAS bein’ JUDAS…”

    Guys like Brees, Manning and Rodgers are more interested in getting the ball to their guy in a position to make a play.

  17. thephantomstranger says: May 18, 2011 10:28 AM

    carlgerbschmidt says:
    May 18, 2011 9:41 AM
    It’s a beatiful thing. The rich just keep getting richer. Meanwhile the T-Wolves have the highest chance of all teams to get the #1 overall draft pick…and come in 2nd.

    It’s like MN sports are cursed or something…
    ___________________

    Yes, Carl. They are cursed. But we still love them. I only hope that tackle the Packers picked in the first round can keep Jared Allen off A-Rodg or his career is going to end early due to all the concussions.

  18. ted1sheckler says: May 18, 2011 10:32 AM

    dani: it certainly got a reaction out of you didn’t it? turds like you can’t help but respond to it.

    shooting fish in a barrel.

    by the way, its not a slam on TT if its true. didn’t you see his tent pants in the locker room vids this past year?

  19. tjrubleysaudible says: May 18, 2011 10:32 AM

    Seemed like since that unbelievable Rams loss, Favre just kept costing the Pack at the absolute worst moments during the absolutely most important games.

    After the Rams game, I would watch games just waiting for when he would do something completely bone headed. I always felt like the Pack were more likely to lose any game they got into than win. It was like not being able to depend on him anymore.
    Favre did wonderful things for the Pack. I’m not trying to be hateful toward him.

    I agree with the Pittsburgh poster, classy posting by the way. I don’t fear Rodgers making stupid mistakes, and yet he can make huge plays. He’s a playmaker but he’s smart about it. Hopefully he starts being smarter about when to slide when he’s running. He makes mistakes, sure, but overall I feel like the Pack can win any game they get into.

    Having an awesome defense helps a lot, too. I think they live up to the stats and rep as a great defense. They played behind the 8-ball at times last year and came up big.
    ]
    This d@mn lockout mess screws everything up. I was really looking forward to watching what these guys can do to follow up last year’s amazing season.

  20. bluestree says: May 18, 2011 10:41 AM

    The Packer’s team needs were not outside linebacker, not defensive end. While Ted could have and would have drafted those positions if the board fell the right way, he drafted need at tackle, return man, and change of pace back to replace Brandon Jackson.
    The media’s contention that there was great need at linebacker was not shared by Thompson. He let Kampy go at a time when he only had Brady Popinga as an experienced replacement.
    They were never focused on a pass rushing linebacker, and one didn’t fall to them.

  21. edsbay says: May 18, 2011 10:49 AM

    Another factor to consider as to how good the D was is that the Pack did not lose a game by more than 6 points all of last year….I would be curious to know what was the biggest margin they were down by last year.

    I think 2 loses were last second field goals and another 2 on overtime field goals.

    Given the fact as to how banged up the Offense was and that we had no run game I would say good draft TT.

    When you take into otehr factors their Defense was fricking ridiculous last year.

  22. edsbay says: May 18, 2011 10:52 AM

    Can’t wait to watch Rodgers roll out and pick and choose where to throw a rope about 25 yards down the field that is almost unstoppable with a healthy Offense.

    Whenever the season starts should be enjoyable to watch.

    Oh and the Lions wills still not make the playoffs!

  23. imjinbrdgr says: May 18, 2011 10:52 AM

    It was Wolf himself that said he didn’t give Favre enough weapons. Early in his career Favre made average receivers better then they were. He never had the big time guy like a Jerry Rice. Later he just threw the ball up and didn’t really give a crap who caught it.

    I think Rodgers has that now with Jennings and/or Finley.

  24. kidwithhelmet says: May 18, 2011 10:53 AM

    @alpine I agree with you, but Favre really made players like Freeman and Chmura. Those are average talents at best on other teams, but became household names because of Favre. Sharpe and Jennings are the only 2 premier WRs he got to play with, with Brooks and Freeman both being good not great.

    @ted1sheckler Thanks for taking the time to clarify it was meant to be Fabio and not Taboo. Because THAT’s why your post made no sense.

  25. kidwithhelmet says: May 18, 2011 10:54 AM

    @edsbay I’m pretty sure it was never by more than 7 points all year long.

  26. tjrubleysaudible says: May 18, 2011 10:56 AM

    Yeah think about the HORRIBLE position “special” teams would leave the defense in. Why is Slocum still the “special” teams coach?

  27. alpine75 says: May 18, 2011 11:26 AM

    imjinbrdgr says: May 18, 2011 10:52 AM
    It was Wolf himself that said he didn’t give Favre enough weapons. Early in his career Favre made average receivers better then they were. He never had the big time guy like a Jerry Rice. Later he just threw the ball up and didn’t really give a crap who caught it.
    ————————-

    You remember Sterling Sharpe? He was one of the top 3 recievers in the league before his career ending injury. Favre never made Sharpe look better than he played. He had excellent years prior to Favre. The only difference is Favre would throw ONLY to Sharpe before his injury. Ironically, the injury forced Favre to become a better QB – in ’95 he actually started throwing to all the receivers rather than just the #1 or the RB

  28. ted1sheckler says: May 18, 2011 12:03 PM

    kid: Another in the long line of ass hats that can’t skim by a bait post.

    The Packers are about 2 more Rodgers concussions from going down the drain. Not to mention the SB hangover.

    Any truth to the rumor that TT installed a glory hole in the showers @ Lambeau?

  29. tjrubleysaudible says: May 18, 2011 12:42 PM

    ted1sheckler says: May 18, 2011 12:03 PM

    kid: Another in the long line of ass hats that can’t skim by a bait post.

    The Packers are about 2 more Rodgers concussions from going down the drain. Not to mention the SB hangover.

    Any truth to the rumor that TT installed a glory hole in the showers @ Lambeau?

    ————–

    Why would he? Oh yeah, to sell tickets to you and your “boys”.

  30. magnusthe1st says: May 18, 2011 12:44 PM

    thephantomstranger says:
    Yes, Carl. They are cursed. But we still love them. I only hope that tackle the Packers picked in the first round can keep Jared Allen off A-Rodg or his career is going to end early due to all the concussions.

    _____________________________

    Dude, I live in MN. Nobody love the T-wolves.

  31. ilpackerbacker says: May 18, 2011 1:17 PM

    “The Packers are about 2 more Rodgers concussions from going down the drain. Not to mention the SB hangover”.

    tedspeckersucker1 – Judging by how many thumbs-down you get, you’re the most hated loser on this board, LOL.

    Two more Rodgers concussions? You mean like 15 more players on IR? Hahaha – you desperate Packers haters are the funniest people. So like, did you keep the Steelers hat and shirt that you bought to wear during the Super Bowl, LOL? Worked out great for ya, I see. Four middle fingers at you – Ted, Mike, Aaron, and mine.

    Please send me a video of you and your desperate Packer-hating friends watching the Packers win the Super Bowl – I’d love to see your sad, disappointed faces. Send to: yourteamsucks@fu*kyou.com, LOL.

  32. thephantomstranger says: May 18, 2011 2:43 PM

    magnusthe1st says:
    May 18, 2011 12:44 PM
    thephantomstranger says:
    Yes, Carl. They are cursed. But we still love them. I only hope that tackle the Packers picked in the first round can keep Jared Allen off A-Rodg or his career is going to end early due to all the concussions.

    _____________________________

    Dude, I live in MN. Nobody love the T-wolves.
    __________________

    It’s a love-hate relationship. I loved them last night until the kid with the nerve disease was given the #1 pick to replace Lebron James. I loved them when they drafted Ricky Rubio but I’ll hate them when he says he isn’t going to play for them next year. I’ll love them when they draft Derrick Williams but I’ll hate them when I see him play.

  33. ted1sheckler says: May 18, 2011 2:46 PM

    kid: That’s your comeback? Go fall in a puddle of aids.

    ilpacker: Thumbs down? Who cares? Are you validating yourself by how many thumbs up you get?
    I’m not sure why I’d buy Steelers regalia, but good one……
    I’m pretty sure Ted,Mike, and Aaron could care less what I think, It’s quite odd that you do. Many of my friends are Packer fans, I was happy for them. It’s you over the top imbeciles on Here that I can’t stomach. Bunch of know nothing homerism.
    P.S. That website doesn’t work.

  34. shaggytoodle says: May 18, 2011 3:07 PM

    @ted1sheckler

    TT doesn’t give a crap who your in bed with.

    Why are you so obsessed about his perosnal matters?

  35. stavreafavre says: May 18, 2011 4:19 PM

    Phantomstranger – is Jared Allen still playing? Didn’t hear his name last year.
    Mesoornery – Packers continue to do good works around the country, which is why there are so many Packer fans everywhere. When the Packer Tailgate Tour came through Eau Claire, the players not only went to the event they were compensated for attending – which raised money for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, they also visited cancer patients at a hospital and then stopped at a high school in a nearby small town to talk about stopping bullying. Maybe those kids will grow up and not make fun of the Vikings. Anyway, couldn’t be prouder of 98% of the guys on this team. (Underwood…nooo.)

  36. packerbacker12 says: May 18, 2011 4:49 PM

    “But we still love them. I only hope that tackle the Packers picked in the first round can keep Jared Allen off A-Rodg”

    They did last year and will again this year. Sorry but Jared Allen is one of the most overrated players in the league today. He was nothing last year until the final weeks. He is only good against backup offensive lineman and two years ago half of his sacks came in two games against the same backup offensive tackle and only got 7 sacks in the 14 other games.

  37. stellarperformance says: May 18, 2011 9:17 PM

    ted1sheckler says: May 18, 2011 2:46 PM
    I’m pretty sure Ted,Mike, and Aaron could care less what I think.
    ——————————————————————–

    Hey ted1…what is a “sheckler?”

  38. 29packer says: May 19, 2011 3:07 AM

    Aaron Rodgers is the man and now with Cobbs Versatile offense Rodgers will be even more unstoppable!

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