Will Toby Gerheart be the guy on TT’s draft board?

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It’s interesting – neither a former 1 Heisman winner nor last year’s Heisman runner-up are projected to go in the first round of the NFL draft. Tim Tebow in one mock I just checked out was projected to go deep in the 3rd round. And RB Toby Gerhart is projected to go in the 2nd or 3rd rounds.

But as I read through this article today by Michael Silver at Yahoo, I developed a sneaking suspicion that TT may have Toby Gerhart rated reasonably high. And, if he sticks to his “taking the best player available” draft strategy that he contends he follows, I wouldn’t be surprised if come pick #23 (if he doesn’t trade the pick), Gerhart might be a consideration.

I’m not saying he should be or shouldn’t be. I’ve never actually seen the guy play and RB isn’t a major need position. But based on a few articles I’ve read, sounds like he at least merits consideration for a 1st or 2nd round pick. While many Wisconsinites might worry that he seems to have Ron Dayne-like qualities – we loved Dayne at UW but we all saw his NFL fizzle-out – there is a solid group of scouts and personnel dudes who think that Gerhart could be a really, really good RB in the NFL. And, it doesn’t seem like a bad thing that he’s coming into the NFL with an obvious chip on his shoulder. One concern I’d have would be his pass catching abilities. On the packers, he wouldn’t start over Ryan Grant and would need to be good at catching the ball out of the backfield and blitz pick-up.

Again, I’m not writing this to say we need to pick this guy, I’m just writing this because there is something about this guy that makes me think he’s on TT’s radar.

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7 Responses to “Will Toby Gerheart be the guy on TT’s draft board?”

  1. Ron La Canne Says:

    Running Back? Low, very low, on the needs list. OT, OT, OT, S, CB and whatever!

  2. RayMidge Says:

    I’ve seen him play a few times and I think Gerhart is very good and will be a quality RB in the NFL . . . but Ron is right RB is simply not a priority for this team. If he were still available in the 3rd round and we already filled two needs I would say go for it, but otherwise he is going to have to be someone else’s steal.

  3. Daybreak Doppler: I’ll Have a Draft Please « PocketDoppler.com - A Wisconsin Sports Blog Says:

    [...] Packer Geeks on a perhaps surprise target for the Packers, RB Toby Gerheart. [...]

  4. sam Says:

    “Shots” are NOT a breakfast beverage…put the pen DOWN. Gerhart in the first ? Your kidding rite ?

  5. awhayes Says:

    Sam – not sure where you’re from (welcome to Packergeeks by the way), but shots are popular at breakfast in these parts. Also, just to clarify, I am not advocating that we take Gerhart in the first round necessarily. All I am saying here is that for some reason, he seems like a TT kind of guy…

  6. Nick Says:

    The guy is a beast. I watched him play a few times and he took over games against highly ranked teams (USC, anyone?).

    Not a first rounder, but as a versatile FB (I dont think RB) that would be a fantastic 2 or 3.

  7. sam Says:

    If we could get him in the 3erd rd or later ..Then Hell yes take him.

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