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Curse of the first round pick

It’s not quite the curse of the “Madden Cover,” but, recently, being a first round pick of the Green Bay Packers hasn’t come with great success. 

It starts with Bryan Bulaga in 2010.  After being part of a Super Bowl winning offensive line as a rookie, Bulaga was on the path to be one of the better tackles in the league.  However, his 2012 season was cut short with a hip injury and 2013 was lost on Family Night when he tore his ACL.  After a grueling rehab, Bulaga is ready to get back at it:

“It’s difficult, obviously,” Bulaga said when asked about missing so much time.  “Especially, a year and a half of something that you love doing taken away.  It mentally wears on you a little bit.  It was good to have my wife and family around a bunch to help me kinda get through it.  In the end, its gotta be you that has to kinda mentally push through it want to get better and want to get back.”

In 2011, the Packers took tackle Derek Sherrod.  Coming off their Super Bowl Championship, Sherrod was viewed as a possible successor to the aging Chad Clifton.  Late in the season, Sherrod got his chance but broke his leg and subsequently missed nearly 2-years of action.  Head Coach Mike McCarthy happy with how Sherrod is progressing in camp:

“(He’s) Fully recovered. I would say that,” McCarthy answered when asked about Sherrod’s progress.  “You can see that in his balance.  That was the one thing that stood out to me when I watched him workout and move and go through the padded work last year.  (He’s) Much stronger, just needs to play.  He needs to  practice; he needs the full training camp which he hasn’t had.  I think he’s comeback very strong.”

Needing some help opposite Clay Matthews, the Packers invested their 2012 first round pick in LB Nick Perry.  Perry has made some plays when he has been on the field.  Unfortunately, he has only seen 17-games in 2-seasons.  Perry started this year’s camp on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list, but returned to action Thursday.  He feels he has a lot to prove:

“There’s always that notion that goes back that I think, if I could have been healthy, things would have been better for me,” Perry said.  “I haven’t the season I wanted due to that.  The main goal for me every year is staying healthy and playing the best of my ability and helping my teammates anyway I can.”

Datone Jones was the Packers first rounder in 2013.  He was banged up a bit his rookie year but suited up for all 16-games.  Still, with a first round tag attached to him, people want to see more than his 3 ½ sacks as a rookie.
“I feel leaps and bounds ahead of what I was last year,” Jones answered about his feelings of camp so far. 

“My only goal is that I keep progressing every day and not get complacent and try to outwork my borthers on the d-line cause I know they’re gonna try to outwork me.”

This past draft, the team took safety Haha Clinton-Dix out of Alabama.  The jury is still out on if he will be the curse buster or just another name on what has been a growing list.

After Friday’s morning practice, the team will turn its eyes to Family Night Saturday.  The Packers will be practicing in front of a sold-out crowd at Lambeau Field.

posted : August, 1st by WSCO


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