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Packers have 10 picks entering Saturday

Ted Thompson, Mike McCarthy AP

The Packers will begin the final day of the 2013 NFL Draft with 10 selections — at least two in each round — after three trades Friday evening.

Each time, Green Bay moved back in the order and collected at least one extra choice.

The Packers made a pair of deals with NFC rivals San Francisco. In Round Two, the 49ers acquired the Packers’ No. 55 pick in exchange for selection Nos. 61 (Round Two) and 173 (Round Six). The 49ers took Rice tight end Vance McDonald, while the Packers stayed put at No. 61 and took Alabama running back Eddie Lacy — the only rookie Green Bay added on Friday.

In Round Three, the 49ers moved up again, sending their third-round pick (No. 93) and a seventh-round choice (No. 216) for Green Bay’s third-rounder (No. 88). San Francisco used the choice to add Auburn defensive lineman Corey Lemonier.

The Packers didn’t have the No. 93 pick long, sending it to Miami for fourth-, fifth- and seventh-round choices (Nos. 109, 146, 224). The Dolphins took Utah State cornerback Will Davis.

The Packers? They were done for the evening, a new running back on the roster and a lot of work to do Saturday.

Here are Green Bay’s Day Three picks:

Round Four: Nos. 109, 122

Round Five: Nos. 146, 159, 167

Round Six: Nos. 173, 193

Round Seven: Nos. 216, 224, 232.

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  1. myasylum11 says: Apr 26, 2013 11:12 PM

    That Teddy is something else alright…

    The dude is a Draft pick madman.

  2. packmangamble says: Apr 26, 2013 11:13 PM

    Lot of talent in this draft that is slipping. Ted is doing what he does best!

  3. axespray says: Apr 26, 2013 11:14 PM

    Got us an Interior Pass Rusher – Trades back – still gets Lacy, acquires a ton of draft picks post 3rd round…

    Ted Thompson pulling some Smooth Moves.

  4. hansenbrothers says: Apr 26, 2013 11:16 PM

    I was irritated at first, but when I saw some of the guys that are still out there, I think there’s still some value sitting out there that they can get their hands on.

  5. coltzfan166 says: Apr 26, 2013 11:17 PM

    ….as the quality of players goes down. How many 4th-7th round guys make the final roster anyway? Half?

  6. tokyosandblaster says: Apr 26, 2013 11:19 PM

    Round 7 picks probably won’t amount to much, but you never know. Out of the 10 picks I’m betting 6 are O-Linemen.

  7. deathonwings410 says: Apr 26, 2013 11:19 PM

    Good idea, this has been a DEEP draft and a lot of talent slide down to rounds 4-5

  8. mjjoe76 says: Apr 26, 2013 11:20 PM

    At this rate, the Packers will trade down enough to have the entire seventh round all to themselves.

  9. packfaninchitown says: Apr 26, 2013 11:21 PM

    Get us some great picks Teddy!

  10. firestarter0728 says: Apr 26, 2013 11:23 PM

    The Pack is gonna have an awesome practice squad in 2013.

  11. seatownfaithful says: Apr 26, 2013 11:25 PM

    so do the hawks, but let’s talk about the packers :)

  12. majikwen says: Apr 26, 2013 11:26 PM

    packers just traded round 4,5 and 6 picks to get all 32 picks in the 7th round……

  13. packerswin96 says: Apr 26, 2013 11:28 PM

    Lemonier would have looked damn good as a Packer, not very amused with TT this draft.

  14. garyman1 says: Apr 26, 2013 11:29 PM

    Can the Packers use all 10 picks to draft QB’s to give Rodgers some much needed competition ?

  15. ddjesus says: Apr 26, 2013 11:34 PM

    Nice. Add a safety or two, a tight end, maybe a receiver, then go for depth. Maybe take a 4th round look at one of these tumbling qb’s? I still am not sold on Graham Harrell.

  16. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 26, 2013 11:38 PM

    Ahh yes, a typical and classic play to hord a monopoly of kickers and punters.

  17. purpleguy says: Apr 26, 2013 11:38 PM

    The kickoff coverage team ought to be well stocked.

  18. theskolbandit says: Apr 26, 2013 11:40 PM

    Seriously? It was packer fans (not saying all of u posts) that said the vikings have a bunch of picks in a weak draft. Not enough depth.. Blah blah blah but suddenly TT is genius for aquiring a bunch of LATE picks. C’MON GUYS. The pick of Lacy was a good one though but quit flip floppin people. Both the vikings and packers can have good drafts without all the back in forth crap
    BANDIT

  19. taintedsaints2009 says: Apr 26, 2013 11:40 PM

    It would be smart to trade a bundle of these for second and third rounders for next year. That’s a lot of picks.

  20. jimmysee says: Apr 26, 2013 11:45 PM

    Ted Thompson is one smooth operator. This Packers team is getting restocked and reloaded for the long haul.

    The 2013 draft is deep and rich in talent. Green Bay will take home a load of talent.

    Can’t wait for the first mini-camp!

    Go Pack Go!

  21. bobnelsonjr says: Apr 26, 2013 11:47 PM

    In a very deep draft there is a lot of talent out there. Ted Thompson again demonstrates why he is the best drafting GM in all the NFL.

    If he hits success with only 60% of his picks the Packers will have 7 excellent players. We all know his success rate is higher than that.

    The Packers coaching staff is great at training up young players and the Packers already have an incredibly deep roster.

    Great talent in competition for roster spots makes every player better.

    It is wonderful the way a genius like Ted Thompson drafts and builds great teams.

  22. mvp43 says: Apr 26, 2013 11:55 PM

    Classic Ted. Great 2 picks so far. Now he will find a few diamonds in the rough…..

  23. avr29 says: Apr 26, 2013 11:57 PM

    @coltzfan166

    Well, if half the guys make the roster, wouldn’t you want more guys making the roster? If 5 of their 10 make the team, it’s better than a team like the Panthers who might have 1 or 2 guys make the team.

    Also, the Seahawks have 10 picks heading into the weekend, including 3 in the 5th round, where they have shown a propensity to hit big on players (Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman).

  24. canadapackers says: Apr 26, 2013 11:58 PM

    I do not know why we traded down to acquire that many picks. I can see moving down to get Lacey as it means that you pay him less and you got your man. If this draft is as weak as they say it is – why do you want a bunch of 5th and 7th rounders.
    The thing is that for every one you pick you have to cut somebody off of last years roster.

    Is not quality better than quantity? Not in TT’s mind I guess – he is looking for the 7th rounder that is going to be a probowler. Hope he takes one of those highly ranked QB’s – might as well as DDjesus just said – Harrell may not be the guy.

  25. chi01town says: Apr 27, 2013 12:17 AM

    What are the packers going to pay
    these 10 draft picks with? Cheese!
    because they dont have any money
    left. With Rodgers taking 35% of the
    cap. 40 million dollars for one season.

  26. nomoreseasontix says: Apr 27, 2013 12:20 AM

    With the lack of sure fire prospects this year, it’s a good strategy.
    Go for volume in the later rounds and hope for a diamond in the rough.

  27. Logicalvoice says: Apr 27, 2013 12:20 AM

    I look for the Packers to use one of those picks on a backup QB. Harrell is a bum and several good QB’s have fallen. Don’t overlook the kid from Oklahoma.

    I’m not sure how many quality offensive linemen are still available but solid backups should be out there.

    Past that the need another WR. Ryan Swopes from Tx A&M is tough and fast and has good hands. Hopefully he’ll find his way into a Vikings uniform and not a Packers.

    I do wonder how the Packers are doing salary cap wise with the new deal Rodgers signed. Might have to bundle some of those lower round picks to make it all work. But it’s a nice problem to have.

  28. ddjesus says: Apr 27, 2013 12:22 AM

    I don’t mind the boat load of picks, honestly. More camp competition. If you find some keepers here late… Well, do the math. Would you rather have CJ Wilson for 1 mil, or a younger, equally capable player for 500k?

  29. greenngold says: Apr 27, 2013 12:26 AM

    Don’t overlook the cap management aspect of this. Just paid a gazillion for mathews and rodgers and are looking to lock up raji. teddy has acquired a lot of options for relatively few available spots. It’s competion. Also much easier to cut a couple six rounders than a 3 or 4.. and the talent level isn’t that much different if you draft well. Another point is whether you think that packers have been soft or not (and I do think they have been) this creates real competion between not only rookies but those vets who all of a sudden see A LOT of kids hungry for jobs. If I’m Mike Neal, AJ Hawk, Tramon Williams, TJ Lang, Marshall Newhouse, J-Mike (well maybe not J-Mike) I’m going to be a little more likely to do that extra work out every day rather than going do the Olive Garden.

  30. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Apr 27, 2013 12:36 AM

    I’m confused. When the Vikings traded 2nd and 3rd round picks for a first rounder, Packer fans said that you don’t want to give up those valuable early picks. Now most of you are talking about how great it is to have a bunch of picks in the seventh round. How good are those late picks going to look when they’re getting cut in training camp? I guess if you’re not that good at identifying talent, you just pick as many players as you can and hope somebody sticks.

  31. golforepar says: Apr 27, 2013 12:53 AM

    Vikings questioning the Packers?? Now thats funny!!!

  32. ummdoyouevenwatchfootball says: Apr 27, 2013 12:54 AM

    Oh great we have 10 picks that are insignificant.

  33. tokyosanbblaster says: Apr 27, 2013 12:55 AM

    People who knock Ted are foolish. The idea, people, is to accumulate as many picks as possible at the very bottom of the draft. Before it’s over Saturday Ted will have worked over a couple more clubs by trading down and getting even more numbers in the 6th and 7th rounds. Deal with it. We will own round 7. And, you gotta admit – you didn’t see it coming.

  34. mobuccsfan says: Apr 27, 2013 12:55 AM

    I agree on the Harrell thing. I think they definitely take a QB–at this rate too many good, raw but good projects are there and it couldn’t hurt–just in case. Wouldn’t want Rodgers to get seriously hurt but never can know these things.

    Also, I agree, what if it ammunition for some more of the desperate teams needing to get some more talent and they turn some of these into 2 and 3 rounders next year. Or, here is a scenario–they can’t sign all of them, surely they know this. Why not package some (traded back to get them) but package some of them now to move even further up in the fourth to totally get a player they want/still on their board.

    Lastly, some players getting cut wouldn’t be a bad thing. This will happen with many teams and I sure hope Tampa looks hard and long at some of those guys–especially from the upper etchelon of teams like the Pack, 9ers, Patriots and Ravens. Could find a gem or two and Tampa needs some. Especially after that wasted pick on Glennon. Ugh.

  35. aiden80 says: Apr 27, 2013 12:56 AM

    So far, so good Ted. Please find a Safety!
    Welcome Datone and Eddie to Titletown!

  36. contra74 says: Apr 27, 2013 12:56 AM

    10 picks huh? Thats great. How are you going to pay them? IOU’s?

  37. wludford says: Apr 27, 2013 12:58 AM

    Packers sure are good at collecting garbage picks. I guess this is what you have to do when one third of your salary cap goes to two guys.

    I understand looking for value in the late rounds, but trading in good picks to feast on leftovers is a waste.

  38. rgledz says: Apr 27, 2013 1:04 AM

    Woohooo! How awesome is this!! Let’s all get a glass of green Kool Aid laced with vodka and whatever else they might put in there and party like a Packer fan! This is just brilliant…..let’s trade back and pick up an a$$load of late rounders and get praised for doing it! Ya!! Who needs top end talent. We got quantity, don’t need quality……..I’m gonna puke now. Really, it’s not that impressive…..unless you’re drinking the green Kool Aid….in which case than it’s very impressive.

  39. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Apr 27, 2013 1:05 AM

    Love it. Other teams spent stupid money in March on FAs. TT knows that it’s a numbers game and draft picks are much cheaper.

  40. shaggytoodle says: Apr 27, 2013 1:16 AM

    I believe in TT.

    I think patience goes a long ways in drafts. Having a lot of 1st round picks and potential “talent” makes fans happy.

    TT drafts players that can work in the system and develop into good players.

    Morgan Burnett. Nick Collins, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, or Finley if he had the mindset.

    Everyone gets excited when their teams draft great talent, but that talent doesn’t mean squat, if the coaches can’t progress them as players.

  41. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 27, 2013 1:32 AM

    This was a classic day for a guy that has a Lombardi Trophy and 2 Executive of the Year awards on his resume.

    And now the Packers can embark upon the upcoming season as a serious contender, and the only team with a realistic chance at winning their league record 14th World Championship.

  42. si1m says: Apr 27, 2013 1:42 AM

    Pack has a lockdown on round 7.

    Want a Punter? forget it, unless you make TT an offer he can’t refuse, on this, the day of his daughter’s wedding, er draft.

    Want Mr. Irrelevant? That’ll cost you many 7th rounders in 2014. MANY

  43. mazblast says: Apr 27, 2013 1:52 AM

    If you have a long list of guys who can help and a short list of guys who can HELP, this is a good strategy. It’s certainly a sign of confidence in yourself and your staff. As always, time will tell.

  44. gbmickey says: Apr 27, 2013 1:54 AM

    I hope he pulls the trigger on Barret Jones. Cannot believe he has fallen this far and we need a center badly.

  45. packmangamble says: Apr 27, 2013 1:57 AM

    Well, the idea of trading down for a bunch of picks is easy. Now he has the ammunition to trade up to get a player he wants plus have some extra picks to get some position players that he needs. Sounds like a win-win situation to me.

  46. tangysizzl says: Apr 27, 2013 2:24 AM

    Last year Thompson actuallty traded up 3 times turning 12 picks into 8, I guess this is his way of getting those picks back. Now hes whole again.

    Id really like to see TT try and sneak up a few spots in the 4th round from 109 and/or 122 to land a guy they like not just wait for someone to fall into their lap. Certainly someone will want our 7th round picks to do a little moving around in the 4th round.

  47. dwhitehurst says: Apr 27, 2013 2:37 AM

    Day 3 is when a GM like TT shines. No one is better at unearthing diamonds in the rough, if for no other reason the fact that he’s unmarried = lots more time to hunt for gems via visits to lesser known programs and just by watching a lot of tape till midnight. For sure, you’re very unlikely future all-pro blue chippers on Day 3, but given the salary cap, no team can afford to have more than 3 or 4 of them on the roster anyways. No, it’s having a great core of 40 players where success lies, and those are the players you obtain on Day 3 and with undraftees immediately after the draft. Lastly, the Packers did need a “mini-rebuild” in order to be a legitimate contender again, hence all the trade-downs for extra picks to replenish/rejuvenate that core, not to mention simply creating a lot of competition which is crucial for an organization like Green Bay which is so draft-and-development reliant. Yes, it’s not pretty or immediately gratifying to watch such trade-downs by “Trader Ted”, but it was necessary and down the road we will look back and realize he was right, wise to do what he did. So let fans of other teams (e.g., Vikings) enjoy their Christmas and crown themselves now before the season has even started. At a later time we’ll see who gets the last laugh.

  48. wiguy25 says: Apr 27, 2013 2:44 AM

    Thompsons a nut job. gives up high round picks for 6 and 7 rounder and helps the 49ers get stronger doesn’t he remember the 49ers rolled his team last year. Then he drafts Lacy who’s a injury waiting to happen. Also he doesn’t even have enough roster spots for everybody.

  49. ososrule says: Apr 27, 2013 2:53 AM

    myasylum11 says:
    Apr 26, 2013 11:12 PM
    That Teddy is something else alright…

    The dude is a Draft pick madman.

    You’re an idiot! LoL!

  50. brewdogg says: Apr 27, 2013 2:55 AM

    bobnelsonjr says: Apr 26, 2013 11:47 PM

    If he hits success with only 60% of his picks the Packers will have 7 excellent players. We all know his success rate is higher than that.

    **********

    Really? better than 60%, huh? Well, tell me, which 10 of the last 3 drafts 4th-7th round picks do you consider hits? I’ll make it easy and give you the list…..

    DT Mike Daniels
    S Jerron McMillan
    LB Terrell Manning
    T Andrew Datko
    QB B.J. Coleman
    CB Davon House
    TE D.J. Williams
    OL Caleb Schlauderaff
    LB D.J. Smith
    DL Ricky Elmore
    TE Ryan Taylor
    DL Lawrence Guy
    TE Andrew Quarless
    G Marshall Newhouse
    RB James Starks
    DE C.J. Wilson

    What exactly is your definition of a hit? According to you, there are 10 excellent players here.

    A couple years ago, Sam Shields was going to be a pro bowler. You were all so excited to get Vic So’oto on the field. And do you remember when Packers fans were saying that they were cutting WRs that would start for half the other teams in the league? Tori Gurley, Shaky Smithson, Diondre Borel, Chastin West…… and where are all these guys now?

    Incredibly deep…..so deep old TT thinks he needs 10 day 3 picks to fill out the roster.

  51. dobberdubinsky says: Apr 27, 2013 3:09 AM

    “Ted Thompson is a genius, Ted is the best GM in the league”, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH. The reason all you Fudge Packer fans think he’s a genius, is cuz you all have IQs of a hamster. Ted is nothing more than a muppet. The draft is deep ya, deep with future used car salesman and CFLers, worst draft class ever. Atta stock pile picks Ted, sheer genius, lol, MUPPET!

  52. veence69 says: Apr 27, 2013 3:23 AM

    Ted Thompson is a genius (if you forget that he also drafted that entire defense..).

  53. dobberdubinsky says: Apr 27, 2013 3:25 AM

    canadapackers says:

    I do not know why we traded down to acquire that many picks. I can see moving down to get Lacey as it means that you pay him less and you got your man. If this draft is as weak as they say it is – why do you want a bunch of 5th and 7th rounders.
    The thing is that for every one you pick you have to cut somebody off of last years roster.

    Is not quality better than quantity? Not in TT’s mind I guess – he is looking for the 7th rounder that is going to be a probowler. Hope he takes one of those highly ranked QB’s – might as well as DDjesus just said – Harrell may not be the guy.

    ———————————————————

    Wow, finally a Fudge fan that gets it, what a miracle. Obviously this guy isn’t from Wisconsin, where the people are about as smart as bag of rocks. Buddy, make sure you never travel to Lamblow to take in a game, I went to Wisconsin once and felt dumber as soon as crossed the border. If you enter that stadium, I guarantee you will lose a minimum 25 IQ points that you will NEVER be able to recover. Just a piece of advice. KEEP YOUR INTELLIGENCE AND STAY AWAY FROM WI!

  54. botchedextrapoint says: Apr 27, 2013 5:21 AM

    Packers all time leading receiver was a 7th rounder. TT will load up on cheap talent to fill out roster now big chunk of salary cap locked into two guys. It might only be two or three picks out of ten but he will find the value.

  55. foosball11 says: Apr 27, 2013 6:35 AM

    canadapackers says:
    Apr 26, 2013 11:58 PM
    I do not know why we traded down to acquire that many picks. I can see moving down to get Lacey as it means that you pay him less and you got your man. If this draft is as weak as they say it is – why do you want a bunch of 5th and 7th rounders.
    The thing is that for every one you pick you have to cut somebody off of last years roster.

    Is not quality better than quantity? Not in TT’s mind I guess – he is looking for the 7th rounder that is going to be a probowler. Hope he takes one of those highly ranked QB’s – might as well as DDjesus just said – Harrell may not be the guy.
    ————————-
    Donald Driver was a seventh round pick.

  56. majikwen says: Apr 27, 2013 7:43 AM

    TT works his magic in the late rounds, it’s why he’s the best GM in the NFL.

  57. lovemd68 says: Apr 27, 2013 7:52 AM

    To clear up this drafts talent makeup, its weak in elite talent but deep overall. The early first round players arent as plentiful or ripe with gamechangers as compared to other Drafts. But this is a good draft for talent a notch or two below that…..which is probably why teds loading up. The talent difference from guys taken end of first through third and fourth rounds isnt grossly different as is usually the case.

  58. chi01town says: Apr 27, 2013 8:13 AM

    10 picks! With what money? How are the packers gone PAY for these
    guys? cheese aint enough, they just
    paid out a 5 year 110 million dollar
    contract with 40 million to be paid this season. Thats about 35% of the cap. Rodgers thinks he can win football games BY HIS SELF. cant wait for this season

  59. otis52gsh says: Apr 27, 2013 8:31 AM

    Any picks after number 20 in the first round till the end of the fifth are so close, this was a great move in a really weak draft class. Hate the packers, but I wish Ted was the GM in Chicago. This is why they own the NFC north people.

  60. gbmickey says: Apr 27, 2013 8:53 AM

    This primarily has been the m.o. For Thompson since he has been here. The results speak for themselves. In an analysis by pro football reference over the past five years the Packers have been the no. 1 drafting team in the NFL and by a decent margin.

    By giving up a 3rd Thompson was able to turn that into 5 additional picks. Pretty good maneuvering if you ask me. This will bring a starter or two and the all important depth which the Packers usually have.

  61. vikescry1 says: Apr 27, 2013 9:06 AM

    coltzfan166 says:
    Apr 26, 2013 11:17 PM
    ….as the quality of players goes down. How many 4th-7th round guys make the final roster anyway? Half?

    ————————————————————————————————————————————– the packers have 9 players on there roster now that were 7th round or undrafted players. ted isn’t perfect in the first round but he somehow finds raw talented kids in the later rounds. that’s his way, i must say i wish they would’ve found different trade partner.

  62. mobuccsfan says: Apr 27, 2013 9:07 AM

    Really getting sick of this crap PFT. And you know what I’m talking about. A guy can’t comment–merely on football and weigh in? You deem my comments offensive because I put out two or three theories on why TT gained so many picks?

    Not once, not twice, but thrice yesterday, you did something very similar when I commented on McClain article. I know we are moving closer to Nazi Germany everyday in this country, but really, give me a break. I don’t ever call out people, make fun of people’s teams, use bad words, etc, etc. This is ProFootballTalk. I come to talk football. My opinions might not be popular but they are mine. Kind of like my beliefs, values, and dreams are mine. This blocking people’s comments that aren’t even offensive–yet letting people’s through that are offensive and don’t have any place on this site…is getting downright old.

    Let’s see if this comment makes it.

  63. mobuccsfan says: Apr 27, 2013 9:10 AM

    Thompson could be wanting to package this picks to really target a player who is high on their board who is still sitting there in the fourth; could package and turn into trades for more desperate teams wanting players now for a 2nd and/or 3rd round picks next year; or yes, even if they do draft all ten (which is doubtful), and people have to be cut in other places of the team–this isn’t necessarily a bad thing for other teams. I hope teams like my Buccaneers are paying attention when the time comes for teams to make cuts in preparation of the second round of free agency. Might find some real gems from teams like the Packers, 49ers, Ravens, Patriots who make cuts to sign picks.

  64. vikescry1 says: Apr 27, 2013 9:12 AM

    chi01town says:
    Apr 27, 2013 8:13 AM
    10 picks! With what money? How are the packers gone PAY for these
    guys? cheese aint enough, they just
    paid out a 5 year 110 million dollar
    contract with 40 million to be paid this season. Thats about 35% of the cap. Rodgers thinks he can win football games BY HIS SELF. cant wait for this season

    ——————————————————————————————————————————– actually your wrong again chitown rodgers took a cap friendly but i’m gonna get paid contract. you should spend more time worrying about why the bears are reaching for projected 3rd and 4th round picks rather than what the packer’s are doing. i’m not saying your picks won’t amount to anything but long was supposed to be a 3rd rounder and boist was supposed to be a 4th. look’s jerry’s still in chitown

  65. shinedown37 says: Apr 27, 2013 9:24 AM

    If the Packers draft Lattimore to team up with Lacy they will be set for the next 7 years at RB,That would remind me of the years we had Dorsey Levens, and Edgar Bennett.

  66. thatswhatimsayin says: Apr 27, 2013 9:31 AM

    @dwhitehurst

    So let fans of other teams (e.g., Vikings) enjoy their Christmas and crown themselves now before the season has even started. At a later time we’ll see who gets the last laugh.

    ————————————————————
    Ok, I usually don’t post but when i read this statement i actually spit my coffee through my nose on my laptop screen. Damn. Please name me another fanbase in the NFL that crowns themselves before the season starts more than Packer fans. Helloooo Pot.

  67. cusoman says: Apr 27, 2013 9:43 AM

    Lots of armchair scouts on this site today… no surprise that they are mostly Pack fans.

  68. atthemurph says: Apr 27, 2013 9:57 AM

    brewdogg says:
    Really? better than 60%, huh? Well, tell me, which 10 of the last 3 drafts 4th-7th round picks do you consider hits? I’ll make it easy and give you the list…..
    ————————————————————–

    Why limit it to the last three drafts? I’d go back to when McCarthy was hired because TT has been drafting since then for MM’s system.

    You can’t tell anything yet about the last draft. Not enough time, same for the two before although you can get a better idea.

    Davon House*
    DJ Williams
    Ryan Taylor
    Lawrence Guy

    Quarless*
    Newhouse*
    Starks *
    Wilson*

    Lang*
    Johnson*
    Meridith*
    Wynn
    Jones*

    Thompson (hurt)
    Flynn
    Giacomini*
    Sitton*

    Hall*
    Bishop*
    Crosby*
    Wynn

    Blackmon (injuries)
    Moll*
    Jolly*
    Culver
    Tollefson

    That’s 36 picks from round 4 – 7. Thompson found NFL players 26 times. 19 of these have started NFL games, 16 have became full time starters based on play or because of injuries.

    Not all with the Packers of course but it shows you the guy is drafting an inordinate number of NFL quality players.

    All he can do is keep priming the pump with quality players and it is apparent that his success rate at doing that is probably better than any other GM in the business.

  69. atthemurph says: Apr 27, 2013 9:59 AM

    thatswhatimsayin says:
    Ok, I usually don’t post but when i read this statement i actually spit my coffee through my nose on my laptop screen. Damn. Please name me another fanbase in the NFL that crowns themselves before the season starts more than Packer fans. Helloooo Pot.
    ————————————————————

    That’s easy. It’s the fans of the vikings who ever year tout the incredible talent on their roster. They are always the most talented team in the division, they’re always the cream of the crop until the actual games are played of course.

  70. gbjax says: Apr 27, 2013 10:06 AM

    Don’t know if TT is doing the correct thing or not. Time will tell. But it is really refreshing not to have to listen to crap about the Jets, Smith, Manti Teo and Honey Badger!

  71. thatswhatimsayin says: Apr 27, 2013 10:15 AM

    They want to pay us in what!? Leinenkukel’s? I don’t even know what a Leinenkugel is. I think it’s beer. Just shut up rook and be glad you’re in Green Bay.

  72. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 27, 2013 10:17 AM

    thatswhatimsayin says: Apr 27, 2013 9:31 AM

    Please name me another fanbase in the NFL that crowns themselves before the season starts more than Packer fans.

    **********************************************

    Vikings, Eagles, Seachickens and Redskins.

  73. ufullpj says: Apr 27, 2013 10:19 AM

    @Rick Speilman is a magician

    First, I believe the Vikes had a great first round…especially Floyd @ 23.

    Second – think of it this way – roughly half of first round players are mediocre to busts. But for those that hit, many are difference makers.

    The day three guys? Depth. Special teams. Think of all the injuries, the new (better) concussion rules, etc. Teams need low cost depth.

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute just released a GREAT study about value. Over the past 13 seasons, 2nd round picks produced 70% of the production of first round picks….but at 40% of the cost. That’s one of the reasons why teams like GB, Giants, Pats, Steelers, etc. constantly trade down to acquire multiple later picks.

    On paper, a very good round one for the Vikes. Very good.

  74. muskyhunter2542 says: Apr 27, 2013 10:20 AM

    I shall return to this post in 3 years and gloat about this draft, or curse it.
    It makes no sense to grade a draft till 3 years later.

  75. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 27, 2013 10:33 AM

    The commissioner may have to step in and suspend Ted’s awesomeness if he wants to restore competitive balance to the league.

  76. RedRuffensor says: Apr 27, 2013 11:08 AM

    The Vikings scored 3 top 1st-round prospects at positions of needs, and the sports media almost universally hailed them as winners of the first 2 days of the draft. So how did many Packers fans respond? By criticizing the picks and saying it is a “weak” draft. Clearly, their response was a lot of sour grapes and whistling while passing the graveyard, if you ask me.

    Now, TT keeps giving-up middle-round picks and accumulating lower-round picks in the same “weak” draft and he’s a brilliant genius.

    Packers fans are too funny!

  77. barroomhero80 says: Apr 27, 2013 11:21 AM

    And their defense will still be horrible and offensive line will blow. Blow pack blow

  78. shaggytoodle says: Apr 27, 2013 11:24 AM

    This draft class is weak, because of the lack of elite potential. Last year you had elite potential at the top.

    It was lacking this year and that’s why so many teams made what team’s would feel as “safer” picks. So tons of linemen went, and there were very few skillset players taken.

    There are still good players like Barrett Jones, and a pair of QBs that could develop behind Rodgers like Flynn did and probably pick two TEs one of which will place Finley when he’s gone after this year.

    While I don’t know how later round talent this year compares to last year, the weak class comment was geared towards the top of the class not worth trading up. Why do you think the Phins were able to move up so easy, in the 1st

  79. golforepar says: Apr 27, 2013 11:28 AM

    Good article, funny jealous Viking fans trying to down play the Packers success at drafting quality players. Viking fans can talk all they want but their EMPTY trophy cabinet says it all!

  80. dartwick says: Apr 27, 2013 11:48 AM

    I would be trying really hard to covert everything from 5-7 into more 4th round picks if I had all that.

  81. canadapackers says: Apr 27, 2013 11:53 AM

    foosball11 says: Apr 27, 2013 6:35 AM

    canadapackers says:
    Apr 26, 2013 11:58 PM
    I do not know why we traded down to acquire that many picks. I can see moving down to get Lacey as it means that you pay him less and you got your man. If this draft is as weak as they say it is – why do you want a bunch of 5th and 7th rounders.
    The thing is that for every one you pick you have to cut somebody off of last years roster.

    Is not quality better than quantity? Not in TT’s mind I guess – he is looking for the 7th rounder that is going to be a probowler. Hope he takes one of those highly ranked QB’s – might as well as DDjesus just said – Harrell may not be the guy.
    ————————-
    Donald Driver was a seventh round pic

    – I know we hit once in awhile on lower rounds – even with our O linemen. My point was if this was supposed to be a weak draft year according to the experts was this the time to trade down? Thought there might have been a better player up higher that we might need- guess not with all the Olineman coming off early and everybody else are pretty well equal. Still very happy we got a running back prospect.

  82. canadapackers says: Apr 27, 2013 11:58 AM

    dobberdubinksy -

    You can kiss my butt you vikings troll – Some people should be allowed to express opinions on these boards – others are just ignorant slobs posting drivel and insulting people – so here is back at you – you deserve it.

  83. wludford says: Apr 27, 2013 12:15 PM

    Well, with Desmond Bishop on the trade blocks, we know the truth behind the garbage collector strategy- the Packers are out of money and can’t afford to pay higher draft picks.

  84. shaggytoodle says: Apr 27, 2013 12:22 PM

    canadapackers says:
    Apr 26, 2013 11:58 PM
    I do not know why we traded down to acquire that many picks. I can see moving down to get Lacey as it means that you pay him less and you got your man. If this draft is as weak as they say it is – why do you want a bunch of 5th and 7th rounders.
    _______________

    Think of it as an at bat in baseball, sometimes you whiff sometimes you hit a HR, and doubles and singles help the team too.

    TT is giving himself as many chances as he can at the plate.

    He will probably draft two TEs that the coaches can develop. One will do better than the other.

    He will draft a couple Oline for competition and depth, based on and how many positions a person can play. Same with the LBs/DBs.

    I am also guessing with Cobb focusing more on the WR position he will be looking for a return specialist.

  85. RedRuffensor says: Apr 27, 2013 1:25 PM

    Packers fans put TT on a pedestal as some sort of omniscient personnel/draft genius.

    Well, I have a few serious questions for you: If Rodgers hadn’t fallen to them in the 2005 draft, would the Packers have won the SB in 2010? How good, average or bad would the Packers be with only an average QB at the helm? Is Rodgers falling to the Packers any different than, say, Moss falling to the Vikings in 1998? Please answer those questions honestly and objectively, if you can.

    I’m not saying that TT is not a very good personnel/draft man; I think he is. But, there is a lot of guesswork and blind luck involved in player selection (for example, who can tell if a player will be injury-prone?). Let’s acknowledge that.

  86. shaggytoodle says: Apr 27, 2013 2:17 PM

    @RedRuffensor

    As far as the questions on Rodgers I honestly don’t know how much luck has to do with it. I think they would find someone that could run the offense they desire probably not at that level.

    If the Pack had Matt Flynn instead of Rodgers, would they be a playoff team I don’t know. They can develop players to play the system they choose.

    Yes injuries happen and sometimes there is nothing you can do about it. I remember many years ago a young kid named Murphy at WR had a good pre-season going. Career was ended the first regular season game he played, or extremely early.

    Yes everyone whiffs occasionally, Harrell is everyone’s favorite choice to point at. He had an arm injury, but showed good strength in the bench press so GB thought he was healed. They took the highest guy on their board.

    He goes by who fits the system they bring in a bunch of different players to see who sticks. They get them in out find who sticks while spending less money cuz of late round picks. Then undrafted people afterwords.

  87. beerbratscheese says: Apr 27, 2013 4:06 PM

    RedRuffensor,

    It’s funny how some Packers haters say Rodgers is a system QB and we would be just as good with Flynn. Others say the Packers were lucky to have Rodgers fall to us. You can’t have it both ways.

    Truth is, Favre played an additional six years after Thompson drafted Rodgers. He could have passed on him just as easily as every other team did.

    As far as it being the same as Moss dropping in 1998, not really, except it was character issues that dropped Moss.

    And you are right about injuries. They happen and you can’t foresee them, but certainly, some GMs are better at finding developmental talent than others. That cannot be argued, and TT has a very high number of picks still playing in the NFL, whether it’s with the Packers or with other teams.

    There is a reason why former Packers front office personnel, and TT disciples are now drafting players for the Raiders, Seahawks and Chiefs. His philosophy is sound, logical and successful.

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