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.
Because 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?