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Video: Packers fans confident in first-round choice

Apr. 26, 2012
 
Packers fans react to draft pick
Packers fans react to draft pick: Packers fans at Curly's Pub in the Lambeau Field Atrium react after Green Bay selected Nick Perry in the first round of Thursday night's draft.

It was standing room only Thursday evening at Curly’s Pub in the Lambeau Field Atrium as hundreds of people decked out in their finest green-and-gold ensembles waited patiently for the Green Bay Packers to make their first 2012 draft pick.

Coach Mike McCarthy, offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga and fullback John Kuhn were on hand to greet fans before Round 1 of the draft, in which the Packers chose outside linebacker Nick Perry of the University of Southern California.

Fans started cheering before Perry’s name was announced and continued to cheer after the 28th pick of the first round was announced.

The fans seemed to like the choice.

Tony Davenporte of Menomonee Falls was pleased with the pick of Perry. “He’s going to be a big help. He’s just what we needed.”

Seth Peter of Green Bay said he correctly predicted the Packers’ choice. “That’s who I had them picking,” Peter said. “He should be a good fit” because he has an ability to play outside linebacker.

Justin Ryan of Green Bay also thought Perry was a sound choice. “I think he’s probably the best player (left) in the draft that we needed,” Ryan said. “He may not be a big-ticket player like a running back or a wide receiver, but he’s just what we need.”

Without taking the newest man on the roster into account, fans are confident the team this year has another shot at the Lombardi Trophy.

“I think they’re going to go all the way,” said Kenny Lee of Milwaukee. “Their mistake last year was they took two weeks off in the playoffs.”

Lee predicts the Packers will go 14-2 this year, but need to work on defense.

Davenporte also predicts the Packers will win 14 games this year, and he said the team has a good chance of making it through the playoffs.

“Based on last season, surprising everyone because we thought they were going to go all the way, I think they’re going to do well,” he said. “There are a couple issues they need to work on.”

Those issues include filling holes left after offensive tackle Chad Clifton and safety Nick Collins were released this week by the Packers.

“They’re not going to win 15 games again, that’s for sure. It’s hard to do that two years in a row,” said Paul Briski of Omro, who expects 12 or 13 wins. “They’ve got to really want it. They didn’t seem to want it last year in the playoffs.”

Gary Boes of Oconto thinks the Packers’ schedule will help the team to 12 or 13 wins this year.

“The hardest games are at home, which is nice,” he said. “The first three games are tough, but those are the ones you want at home.”

Kay Kohlman of Fond du Lac, who predicted the Packers will go 13-3 this season, has complete faith in the people calling the shots on draft day.

“We’ve got coaches that know talent when they see it,” she said. “Ted (Thompson) is a big draft man. I’m hoping he gets what he wants.”

— hobrien@greenbaypressgazette|.com and follow her on Twitter @HannOBrien.

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