Post-Draft Outlook:BEST PICK: Boston College NT B.J. Raji was a no-brainer for the Packers' top selection when he was available at No. 9 overall, although dynamic wideout Michael Crabtree of Texas Tech had general manager Ted Thompson mulling his enviable options. Addressing glaring needs in the revamped 3-4 defensive front took precedence, and landing Raji was a coup for fortifying the trenches. Raji is a beast at 6-foot-2 and 337 pounds. The Packers haven't possessed such a feared, game-changing nose tackle since Gilbert Brown was digging graves in the backfield for upended opponents during the team's dominant run in the 1990s. Raji's uncanny ability to take on double teams and shed blockers should pay immediate dividends for a defense that ranked 26th against the run, allowing an average of 131.6 yards per game, and generated only 27 sacks last season. A closer look at the Packers' picks: Round 1/9 -- B.J. Raji, DT, 6-2, 337, Boston College...Pound for pound, the Packers might have acquired the best defensive player in the draft. Raji is extraordinarily gifted and athletic for his size. The every-down enforcer solidifies the interior of the defensive line for Green Bay, which had only aging starter Ryan Pickett to anchor the critical nose tackle position in its big switch to a 3-4 alignment up front. Work ethic and yo-yo weight control exhibited by Raji in college are blemishes that can't be brushed aside, however. - by The Sports Xchange
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03/08/15 - DT B.J. Raji, unrestricted FA update, is likely to get a second chance to prove his worth on a modest one-year contract after that tactic never materialized when he sustained a season-ending torn biceps late in the preseason. McCarthy recently expressed interest in having the 2009 first-round draft pick and one-time Pro Bowl selection back with the team. Depending on what the team decides with Guion in the wake of his legal issue, Raji could quickly reclaim the starting job at nose tackle as he turns 29 before the start of training camp.
08/26/14 - NT B.J. Raji has officially been ruled out for the entire 2014 season. The veteran starter and former top-10 draft pick, who re-signed with Green Bay on a one-year deal as a free agent in the offseason, was placed on injured reserve Tuesday as the team trimmed the roster to the mandatory 75 players. Raji suffered a torn biceps in the preseason win over the Oakland Raiders on Friday and is due to undergo surgery in the coming days.
08/24/14 - NT B.J. Raji suffered an injury to his right arm in the first quarter of the Packers' 31-21 win over the Oakland Raiders on Friday night. Head coach Mike McCarthy said after the game that Raji felt "pretty confident" that the injury wouldn't keep him out long. "We'll see what the tests say (Saturday)," McCarthy said. The team had the day off Saturday, so more on Raji's status won't be known until Sunday. Multiple reports Saturday, not confirmed by the team, said Raji suffered a torn biceps that could sideline him for the entire season.
08/24/14 - NT B.J. Raji is expected to miss the entire season after suffering a torn right biceps early in the preseason win over the Oakland Raiders on Friday. Without coming out and saying Raji won't play this season, McCarthy answered "no" when asked Sunday whether the veteran starter is a candidate to be placed on the temporary injured-reserve list that would allow him to play during the second half of the season. Raji, who attended practice Sunday with his right arm in a sling, is due to undergo surgery for the injury in the coming days.
08/05/14 - NT B.J. Raji participated in practice Monday night, two days after he dropped out of the team's Family Night practice at Lambeau Field when he twisted his right ankle. The Packers were off Sunday.