NEW YORK - he 2013 NFL Draft is in the books for the Green Bay Packers. Ted Thompson and his staff went with some expected picks early on, but went on to make some more unconventional project players in the later rounds of the draft. We'll spend some time evaluating what Thompson did in the coming needs, but it looks like he did a good job of filling needs without reaching.
Datone Jones should compete for a starting job at 3-4 end right away, while the running back position has been completely overhauled. The current backs on the roster have been put on notice with the selections of power back Eddie Lacy and shifty pass-catcher Johnathan Franklin. Thompson also filled needs on the o-line in the 4th round, picking tackle David Bakhtiari and J.C. Tretter, who can play any of the five positions on the line.
A number of the players picked later have yet to have their positions defined, or will change positions at the next level. Micah Hyde played corner in college, but could potentially play safety in the pros. Josh Boyd could be a nose tackle or a three-technique in packages that call for one. Nate Palmer is a college DE that will play OLB, while college OLB Sam Barrington will almost certainly move inside.
The two wide receivers picked are very different players. Charles Johnson is a small-school workout warrior who played at three different colleges, while Kevin Dorsey saw his stock fall thanks to the decreased production that came with Maryland's disastrous QB situation.
TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk High School sporting events got an attendance boost this winter. At the same time, local charities benefited from the community's generosity.
The school's Varsity Club sponsored six nights of special events, one for each winter sport. The Varsity Club gave out T-shirts printed with team rosters. Meanwhile, fans brought donations for local charities.
"Each kid would walk in and they'd put on their T-shirt," said Varsity Club member Jackie Elliott. "When we got our student section going, they were all together, and you just had this block of white. It was awesome."
RHINELANDER - People lived through detours, dust, and demolition throughout most of 2016 in downtown Rhinelander. Residents won't see that kind of work in 2017, but the city is planning more closures and road work to finish up the Streetscape Project.
Crews will start with the Davenport Street Bridge shutting down for a month in starting April 17. Public Works Director Tim Kingman says some sections of concrete, sidewalk, and asphalt pavement shifted, settled and cracked over the winter.
RHINELANDER - Cracked concrete, twisted rebar, and overgrown trees and bushes don't paint the most ideal picture for a park. But a Rhinelander alderman sees the perfect chance for a peaceful place to enjoy nature.
Alderman Alex Young hopes to turn an old snow dumping dock site into a "pocket park." The site sits where Norway Street runs into the Wisconsin River behind Ripco Credit Union and the DNR Service Center building.
WAUSAU - A contractor fell from a ladder and died at the construction site of the new Hilton Garden Inn in Wausau last week. Now, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death.
Marathon County Sheriff's Captain Dale Wisnewski said Shane J. Cash, 45, of Wisconsin Rapids was drilling holes in the ceiling on Thursday when he fell from his ladder and died on scene.
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