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Fixing Everything In The Draft Is Unlikely
RSS Comments (2) | Posted by Bill on April 12, 2017

We are 2 weeks away from the 2017 NFL Draft.  The Green Bay Packers will soon be on the clock and the angst of every Packers fan will be running high.

Why?

USATSI_7904598_168381909_lowresBecause without an upgraded defense, there’s only so much Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense can do in regards to getting Green Bay to another Super Bowl.

How much, realistically, can the defense be upgraded through the draft?  A little but not as much as is actually needed.

GM Ted Thompson will have to hit on at least 3 defenders, 2 if which have to be pass rushers, and by hit I mean these rookies will have to play at nearly a pro bowl level.  In addition, Thompson has to add quality depth at the running back position and the offensive line.  That’s 5 “must hits” the Packers need out of this draft class.

Is that realistic?  Most likely NOT.

What has to happen is the Packers need to have an unreal scoring offense and a defense that simply creeps into the top 15 and maybe, just maybe that will be enough for the Green & Gold and their fans to make it to Minneapolis in February of 2018.

When it comes to the draft, Thompson has had only 4 draft classes where he was able to pull more than 2 quality players from that select group.  (By quality I mean above average and/or pro bowl type caliber players)

2014 (Ha Ha Clinton Dix, Devante Adams, Corey Linsley)
2013 (Eddie Lacy, David Bakhtiari, J.C. Tretter)
2009 (B.J. Raji, Clay Matthews, T.J. Lang)
2008 (Jordy Nelson, Jermichael Finley, Josh Sitton)

He has never landed a draft class that developed more than 3 of those players…..so what makes you think that he’s going to find 5?

2 Comments to Fixing Everything In The Draft Is Unlikely

  1. by steve On April 13, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    i get your point, but one thing you’re forgetting too to emphisize the point is how many of these players you listed from 2014-2008 were impact players THEIR ROOKIE YEAR like we’d be expecting from this year’s rookies to be drafted a few weeks from now. if i recall, adams played as a rookie but certainly wasn’t impact or near probowl level. same with jordy. he took years to develop. linsley wasn’t an impact player. i think he started by default after tretter was injured. and tretter i’d argue was an impact player at all ever and shouldn’t be on your list. how can he impact a game if he’s always on the bench or injured. he’s good and i wish ted would have kept him but i don’t know if he’s an impact player. but my point is maybe 1/3 of your list weren’t impact players as rookies if ever they were.

  2. by John Dhein On April 14, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Ted does not see the same holes that “we” see.

    Ted sees 3 young CBs, 2 recovering from groin injuries that limited their last year, all improving with another year of coaching, being reinforced with a proven vet.
    Ted sees a young and skilled safety group, that will continue to improve.
    Ted sees a returning starting RB backed up by a veteran former 2nd round pick.
    Ted sees an O-Line returning all but one of its starters, with a likely replacement guard already on the roster, or available in the mid to late rounds.
    Ted sees a fully stocked WR and TE core, which could use some late round speed.
    Ted sees a fully, if not over staffed QB position.
    I do think Ted sees a Defensive front seven that need improvement, both in pass rush and run stopping. And I think the draft will reflect this “vision”

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