Saturday, April 30, 2011

Packers Add a Fullback in Ryan Taylor


Ryan Taylor is the newest member of the Green Bay Packers, and even though he's listed as a tight end, it appears that the Packers are looking at him as a fullback. He played a bit of that H-back role at UNC, which seems to be the buzz word this year. Korey Hall and John Kuhn are both free agents, so Taylor may be the guy to fill in the void if one or either of them leave. The word is that he was getting a lot of interest late in the draft as a special teams player, so look for him to play that role should he make the roster. Nothing's guaranteed when you go this late in the draft, although the Packers have had success in this round - Adam Timmerman, Donald Driver, Mark Tauscher, Scott Wells, Matt Flynn, Brad Jones, and C.J. Wilson to name a few.

Keep in mind as we get further into this draft, things are a little different this year. I've seen the initial reaction over this pick as sort of a question as to why we'd select someone at this position, but as WisconsinRob on the CheeseheadTV live blog suggests - Posing this question: What would you have said if Green Bay had brought this Taylor kid into camp as an UDFA, and he made the team b/c of blocking and special teams? This is a different draft in these rounds than the past.

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