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Mike Lucas has more than 38 years under his belt covering Badgers sports for the Madison Capitol Times. Along with national, regional and local writing awards, Lucas has been twice named the Sportswriter of the Year in Wisconsin. He also has more than 15 years as color analyst on Wisconsin Radio Network for Badger football and basketball. You can see Mike hosts his weekly television show, Sidelines on WISC TV (Ch.3-Ch.14). Lucas has authored five books: Barry's Badgers, the chronicleof the 1993 Rose Bowl Season; Five Golden Rings; the Saga of Wisconsin Hockey; The 25 Greatest Moments in Camp Randall History; Don't Flinch, the Barry Alvarez autobiography; and Another Hill to Climb, the Bo Ryan autobiography.
Matt Lepay is a native of Dayton, Ohio and is a graduate of Ohio State University (degree in journalism). He is the radio voice of Wisconsin Badgers Football and Basketball(football since 1994 and basketball since 1988-89) and a five-time Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year (as selected by state media members). You may have seen him on TV as the host of the Badgers Sports Report with UW coaches Bret Bielema and Bo Ryan. He also co-hosts Badgers Sportstalk radio shows with Mike Lucas.
Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel joined the show to give a final analysis of the Green Bay Packers draft.
How does he think the Packers did overall in the draft?
“Well, you know, on paper it looks okay. It looks like they went for a certain kind of a player. They went for a lot of physicality, big strong guys. The Eddie Lacy pick I think is really gonna be the one that defines this draft... Eddie Lacy’s the one who can kinda determine whether this is an average draft, good draft, or great draft, and there’s a lot of question marks with him.” When later asked about Cedric Benson, Silverstein added that ““I think that ship is sailed. I don’t think he’ll be back. I think Eddie Lacy is their guy.”
On their 1st pick Datone Jones:
“Jones is a solid guy. He’s enormously strong. He’s quick. He’s versatile. He’s played all over the place so, I mean, there’s a lot of positives there. But the question is, can he play in this 3-4 defense, and can he be more than just a guy?”
How does he think we will look at Nick Perry and Datone Jones in 5 years?
“5 years from now you would hope that they’re lynchpins in the defense. Clay Matthews is probably still around, but you don’t know if he’s kind of worn down given his style of play… Perry’s a first-round pick, and so a lot is expected of him. Now Jones, same thing. You would hope he would anchor one of those tackle spots and possibly be a guy who gets 7, 8 sacks a year.”
On Montee Ball not being drafted by Green Bay:
“If he had landed with someone like Jacksonville, then I would’ve said ‘No, he’d have been better off in Green Bay’, but Denver, he couldn’t go to a better place. They’re a successful team, a successful offense… and I think he’ll fit in there really nicely.”