The upcoming 2008 football season is only a few months away, and its about time for me put on my Cheesehead. As an avid Packers fan, I relish this time of year. Every off-season there is the NFL Draft, OTA's, and training camps all getting ready for the regular season.
With some fans, the summer is just way too long until the season comes. Not me. I wonder how the players interact with the coaches and which new players from the draft is going to make a significant impact.
This year, the draft class of 2008, which includes second-round picks WR Jordy Nelson, QB Brian Brohm, and CB Patrick Lee, will all play important roles in 2008.
The Packers have a bunch of quality WRs on their roster. The role that Nelson will compete for this year is third-string WR and kick returner. With the departure of Koren Robinson that leaves the kick return duties square on the shoulders of Nelson if he wins the job.
QB Brian Brohm is an intriguing pickup for the Packers. The TV pundits during the NFL Draft has said that Brian Brohm was the most "ready QB" to play in the NFL in the 2008 draft class.
While he winds up here in Green Bay, indicates to me that the "injury prone" Aaron Rodgers is a concern. Does this mean a QB controversy to begin the year? I highly doubt it.
Aaron Rodgers has been groomed for this job since he was drafted 24th overall in 2005. However it does raise some eyebrows and well-needed insurance if something happens to Aaron.
Patrick Lee, a CB from Auburn, is a good pick. His physical style of play has impressed the Packers coaching staff, including head coach Mike McCarthy. He can be a physical, in-your-face, bump-and-run style corner like starting CBs Al Harris and Charles Woodson.
I will be keeping an eye on these players this coming season. If everything goes according to plan, we should see the Packers in the playoffs at the end of the year.