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Thompson talks about his last two picks

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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When we last heard from Packers general manager Ted Thompson, the Packers still had their two seventh-round compensatory selections to make on Saturday. Thompson wanted to take care of his media obligations before making those two picks, so he could dive right into the undrafted free agent frenzy that immediately follows the draft. So on Tuesday, Thompson agreed to talk about his final two picks: Florida State tackle Andrew Datko and Tennessee-Chattanooga quarterback B.J. Coleman. Datko (6-foot-6 and 315 pounds) was the 241st overall pick. He was limited to just four starts last season because of a recurring shoulder injury that first was a problem in high school. He had surgery last November, which no doubt was a factor in why he was still available so late in the draft. Thats my guess, Thompson said. We had some concerns as well because the offensive line is a very physical place to play, but we felt like he was such a great person, a guy that really wants to be a good player and well liked by the people there at Florida State. We thought there was a risk there on the injury side, but we thought it was worth the risk. Coleman (6-3, 233) was taken two picks later at No. 243. He also had injury concerns. He made only seven starts last season because of an injured throwing shoulder. Hes an excellent physical specimen, Thompson said. We got to see him in an all-star game (the East-West Shrine game). Hes got prototypical size, arm strength and all that sort of stuff. And he wants to be good. When asked whether he feels better now about his backup quarterback position, which also includes two other unproven players (Graham Harrell and Nick Hill), Thompson said: I felt OK about it before.

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