NFL Draft Countdown

Pack welcomes Walker

While Mike Sherman was named GM back in February 2001, the 2002 NFL Draft marked his first true solo effort. Last April, the Packers' War Room did not include Ron Wolf for the first time since 1991; that means that Sherman had experienced the 2000 draft as a coach alongside the veteran GM Wolf, and experienced 2001 as the new GM with Wolf as his mentor. <p>

So how did Sherman fare on his first venture alone at the helm? Time will be the judge, but so far that initial effort looks pretty good.

Green Bay traded up to get wide receiver Javon Walker from Florida State with the 20th pick of the first round. That deal meant that their original pick, No. 28, as well as their second-round pick (60) went to the Seahawks.

Walker was fourth among receivers with 23 receptions for 319 yards (13.9 avg.), one TD 14 first downs and 91 yards after catch. He also handled most of the Packers' kickoff returns (35), for 769 yards (22.0-yard average) and a long of 55.

With their third rounder (92), Green Bay looks to have gotten a steal. The Packers selected safety Marques Anderson out of UCLA. Anderson stepped up early and often, becoming a starter first due to injury, then due to his own stellar performances. Anderson had four interceptions for 114 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also forced two fumbles and broke up 7 passes. He was a three-time defensive player of the week.

The fourth round pick went to New England in the Terry Glenn trade, but just nine slots later (135) the Packers had a free agency compensation pick. They used that to select FB Najeh Davenport out of Miami. It could have been considered a gamble due to some "criminal mischief" charges against the Hurricane standout, but Davenport ended up with a productive season for the Pack despite being hampered by injury.

In the fifth round, the Packers may have found one of those gems that saves late rounds from being a total waste of time. Their first of two fifth rounds picks, this one from Seattle, was spent on defensie lineman Aaron Kampman of Iowa. Pressed in to duty after injury decimated the Packers' line, Kampman proved a valuable asset in 2002. He played in nine games, starting 6. With their own 5th rounder (164), the Packers selected QB Craig Nall out of Northwestern (La.) State. There was initial speculation in the preseason that Nall could be the next Favre and was being groomed as such. But all the QB talk before this draft could mean that the most Nall and Favre have in common is their Cajun drawl.

The Packers' sixth-round pick was G/T Mike Houghton out of San Diego Sttae (200), while the 7th round pick was dealt to the Titans for Rod Walker.

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