The Electric Commentary

Sunday, April 30, 2006

The Packer Draft And More

Going into this draft, I thought that the Packers needed to address offensive line, defensive line, WR,and LB, and after it was all said and done, they had:

2 LB
3 OL
2 DL (both selected in the later rounds)
2 WR
2 DB
1 QB

Most of the players taken near the front of the draft will fill very specific needs right away. Taking a flyer on a QB can be a good idea and has worked for the Packers in past drafts, but if you're going to do it why not wait until the 7th round? Perhaps Ingle Martin will be outstanding someday, but QB is not a position of need for the Pack, and in the 5th round, there is still value to be had.

All in all, I'm pretty happy with this draft. If nothing else it shows that the front office is aware of the team's deficiencies and it has attempted to correct them. There are no obvious catastrophes (that's right B.J. Sander, I'm talking about you), and these players all seem to have potential. It will give us something to look forward to after the Brewers finish with their playoff run.

I'm feeling overly optimistic about the Brew Crew right now, having watched them batter every Cub pitcher not named Maddux to the tune of 25 runs in two days. On Saturday, Prince Fielder hit one of his two HRs just a few feet from me into the right field bleachers. I'm sorry to say that the bathrooms on that side of Wrigley no longer have troughs, so feats like this are no longer possible. Alas.

Kudos to all Milwaukee fans who drove down for the game. We had a strong presence in the bleachers on Saturday, and only three of the six HRs hit by the Crew were thrown back onto the field. One Cub fan in my party was heard to remark,

It's like the frickin' Cardinals are in town.


It wasn't quite Miller Park South, but it was a much better showing than usual.

Finally, thanks to the NBA for throwing my Bucks a bone. They're still going to lose the series, of course, but at least they got to look good for one night. Michael Redd was outstanding, and the interior defense played as well as they have all year.

Saturday was a fun day all around. It was one of those days where everything just comes together beautifully. Good times, good drinks, good people.

Good weekend.

2 Comments:

  • Prince Fielder was pretty impressive yesterday. In his first two at bats he drove one off the wall and the other was a deep liner. As long as he fights the pudge better than his dad, the kid is awesome. His only downside I see is he isn't a threat on the basepaths.

    By Anonymous Mike, at 10:08 AM  

  • He'll never be a big threat, but he's not as slow as he looks. He already has 2 steals on the year, which doubles his dad's career total, if I'm not mistaken.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 11:20 AM  

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