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Green Bay Packers Draft – BJ Raji

The Packers took BJ Raji with their first pick in the draft.  The best player on the board at the time was probably Crabtree, but Ted Thompson made the smart move and grabbed the best player available at a position of need for the Packers.  BJ Raji was the player I had pegged for the Packers first round selection, so when my buddy called me (I was in Hawaii on my honeymoon) and told me who they picked I was ecstatic.

Raji should provide a space eater/ run stopper that they have been missing since the departure of my favorite all time Packer, Gilbert Brown.  He will immediately step into a time share with Ryan Pickett as the nose tackle in our new 3-4 defense, and will likely see some time at end in this scheme also.

Ask Ray Lewis or Brian Urlacher who the most important players are on the defense, and they will likely tell you it is the guy lined up right in front of them.  Both Lewis and Urlacher had subpar seasons when their defensive tackles had injury problems or bad years.  Linebackers rely on the D linemen to eat up offensive linemen, allowing them to make plays.  Barnette and Hawk will make decent inside backers in the 3-4 scheme assuming our nose tackles can control the line of scrimmage.

Games are won and lost in the trenches.  The best linebackers in the game will get chewed up by 300+ pound offensive linemen.  The top cover corners can’t cover a wide receiver all day, the D line has to apply pressure on the QB to shorten the time that a receiver has to get open.  It is a trickle down effect.  If you have a top talent D Line, the rest of the defense will benefit.

Just ask the NY Giants corners and linebackers.

-Lee Speakin

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