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Packers G.M. on tonight’s first pick: Come and get it

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Packers General Manager Ted Thompson bailed out of the first round last night, and he wants to make sure everyone knows the top pick of the second round is available.

Via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, Thompson made it clear tonight’s first choice (the 33rd overall) is very much for sale.

“Oh yeah, you can put that down,” Thompson said. “That will save us a couple of phone calls. We’re taking calls.”

The Packers bypassed the chance to pick 29th last night when the Browns had to have tight end David Njoku. For their troubles, they got the 33rd and 108th picks, giving Thompson the first picks tonight and tomorrow (when the fourth round begins).

What he’s hoping for is a bidding war to develop today. Whether quarterback DeShone Kizer, running back Dalvin Cook, left tackle Cam Robinson or others could trigger one remains to be seen.

“I think it’s very good strategy-wise,” Thompson said. “We know where we’re at and what we’re going to do. There’s a couple of different ways of looking at it in terms of being helpful to us. It could be that we highlight a player that we know we can get, and they can’t take him away from us, so we sit there and pick him. It could be that a team sees an opportunity to maybe trade up and get a player they didn’t think they could get and maybe it’s again a trade that works well for us. There’s a couple of different ways to look at it. . . .

“We wanted to add a little meat to shoring up the roster.”

If they don’t trade it, they could still address their need at cornerback, with Sidney Jones, Kevin King, Chidobe Awuzie, and others still available there.

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  1. ishallcomment says: Apr 28, 2017 10:49 AM

    Ted really hates having an enjoyable draft day for the fans

  2. jimmysee says: Apr 28, 2017 10:54 AM

    Ted’s first round picks, historically, have not really outperformed his second, third, and even fourth round picks. Both Jordy and Randall Cobb were seconds, David Baktieri a fourth or fifth!

    So this strategy makes perfect sense in Titletown.

    “Come and get it” indeed!

  3. dietrich43 says: Apr 28, 2017 10:56 AM

    They’re taking Cook.

  4. j972 says: Apr 28, 2017 10:57 AM

    I think Ted wants to keep trading down until he has every pick in the 7th round,

  5. teal379 says: Apr 28, 2017 11:00 AM

    My biggest problem was –
    You have needs at MLB and OL. A top 10 talent was available at that pick for MLB (lets you move Clay back outside) and you had what will probably be the best interior lineman available in the entire draft. You just replaced Lang for the next 10 years.

    You ended up with neither.

    Whatever CB they pick will not be as good at his job as Foster and the Wisco kid will have been at theirs on this team.

  6. th3cheesestandsalone says: Apr 28, 2017 11:01 AM

    I’m still sore over giving up TJ to the Steelers. What’s the point of being able to draft 10 guys if it means you have to cut other players with experience.

  7. 4sacroc says: Apr 28, 2017 11:02 AM

    No defense since 2010.

    Yeah. Take your time, Ted.

  8. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 28, 2017 11:04 AM

    That’s one way to avoid drafting another first round bust.

  9. itsnotforme says: Apr 28, 2017 11:10 AM

    I thought TJ went to the Lions?

  10. immafubared says: Apr 28, 2017 11:10 AM

    Ted is a tight ass. He doesn’t want to pony up for those early tow and one picks. Hey he fd up giving 66% of the salary to two guys Rogers and Mathews and only one panned out. He has no money and needs to fill a lot of holes: pass rushers, inside linebackers, defense backs, running backs, oline. This team is decimated and he is joking he knows what he is doing. Ya passing on talent and game changing guys for bodies.
    He sure has the pack fans fooled big time.

  11. northcomblog says: Apr 28, 2017 11:11 AM

    Teddy’s defensive early round genius since 09′: Jones, Rollins, Thornton, Randall, Neal, Hayward, Worthy, Raji with his one good year, and maybe even Clark if he doesn’t get his act together soon. The million dollar Ted question: Is there a corner from UCLA available in the draft?

  12. gtodriver says: Apr 28, 2017 11:14 AM

    For a change, I think some of the Packer fans understand that TT is not as smart as he thinks he is.

    “A top 10 talent was available at that pick for MLB (lets you move Clay back outside) and you had what will probably be the best interior lineman available in the entire draft.”

    “I’m still sore over giving up TJ to the Steelers.”

    Then there’s jimmysee – who is still drinking Ted’s kool-aid…

  13. teal379 says: Apr 28, 2017 11:14 AM

    itsnotforme says:
    Apr 28, 2017 11:10 AM
    I thought TJ went to the Lions?

    ——————

    He’s talking about Watt. Not a guy I wanted GB to draft unless it was round 3 and he wasn’t going to make it there anyway.

  14. mnrasslinggovjesse says: Apr 28, 2017 11:18 AM

    Trading down a little more is okay, but they need to get Wilson or King or Cunningham tonight. I’d feel a lot better about trading the first pick on Saturday. Today they need at least one immediate impact player.

  15. fartweasel says: Apr 28, 2017 11:19 AM

    Lots of wide receivers left for Ted to continue stockpiling. Can never have enough. Keep trading back and get 9 of them in round seven!!! Hahahaha

  16. jimmysee says: Apr 28, 2017 11:28 AM

    teal379 says:
    Apr 28, 2017 11:00 AM

    My biggest problem was –
    You have needs at MLB and OL. A top 10 talent was available at that pick for MLB (lets you move Clay back outside) and you had what will probably be the best interior lineman available in the entire draft. You just replaced Lang for the next 10 years.

    You ended up with neither.

    ———————————————————–

    The problem with this analysis, Mr. teal379 and other many fans griping is you and they have not done the player analysis that goes on by a professional scouting department — you rely on hucksters on ESPN and the papers.

    Those guys have no credibility. They get it wrong year in and year our but somehow hold onto their jobs.

    Relying on those guys and getting in a huff where your team does not take some media-proclaimed top prospect is like relying on Fox News for what’s going on in the world.

    Tell me you’re personally reviewed and compared thousands of hours of tape and scouted players coast to coast in person and maybe all the griping will resonate.

    Otherwise, the time to grade a draft is five years out.

  17. brettfavreisapacker4ever says: Apr 28, 2017 11:28 AM

    dietrich43 says:
    Apr 28, 2017 10:56 AM
    They’re taking Cook.
    *************************************
    Nope. Delvin has some baggage – character issues.
    Ted and Mike don’t pick character issue guys.
    They will trade with the Jets down to pick #39 where the Jets will pick Deshone Kizer. Packers will get the Jets #39 and #70. That gives GB 5 picks in next 76 selections.
    I like it ! It’s a deep defensive draft.
    Packers will take King or Awuzie at #39.

  18. pkrlvr says: Apr 28, 2017 11:39 AM

    Why are Viking fans more worried about the Packers draft than GB fans? Worry about your team fellas.

  19. pkrlvr says: Apr 28, 2017 11:40 AM

    No defense since 2010.

    Yeah. Take your time, Ted.
    ———-
    No playoff wins since 2009. Keep talking.

  20. cribbage12 says: Apr 28, 2017 11:40 AM

    It’s clear there are still Packers fans who come out of the woodwork this time of year and do nothing but bash. This is the same fan who would cheer TT if he’d given up his next 3 1st-rounders to get Garrett.

    They say there are 10-12 game-changers in this draft. Too bad (for those Packers fans who expect studs with every pick) the Packers keep winning and picking late.

    Instead, Ted sees the value of having the 1st pick on Day 2 and Day 3. Since round 1 ended, every team went through a “who’s left?” exercise, making “wow, we had him going in round 1!” comments. So now Ted is sitting with an extra 4th by moving 4 spots down, and he has nearly 24 hours (not 10 minutes) to entertain offers overnight and shop the pick for the best offer. I call it brilliance (well, almost).

    Every one of your (and my) “boards” are different than Ted’s. And every one of us thinks we know what’s best for the Packers over Ted and his staff (wonder how you’d feel if he called you and told you he knows more about your job than you do?)

    Time to calm down, Packers fans, and let this process play out. Let’s fill some holes, add some depth, watch the coaches develop these guys, enjoy OTAs and training camp, and see what happens next season and 2-3 years down the line.

    Hallelujiah, where’s the Tylenol?

    Don’t mean to preach, but the complainers are out in force already and I’m not looking forward to hearing all these “Fire Ted!” comments.

  21. nyneal says: Apr 28, 2017 11:47 AM

    Ted Thompson is very smart, yet he does very peculiar things, too. The Packers defense stinks. Everyone who follows football knows that. Thompson re-signed Mike Daniels, and that was fine. Daniels is the Packers best defensive lineman. He also re-signed Nick Perry, and that one was a gamble. Perry has had one good year since he has been with the Packers — last year.
    He also brought back Davon House, who was with the Packers before. House is certainly better than what they have now at CB, but he’s no Deion Sanders.
    They let Micah Hyde go, and though he was not great at anything, he did a lot of things pretty well. They also let Datone Jones go, and that was no loss.
    They signed DE Ricky Jean Francois, who is nothing more than a run stuffer.
    In short, TT has gambled that he can improve this defense through the draft. And now he’s looking for quantity as opposed to quality.
    The truth is, this defense is the Packers Achilles heel. It will once again be the reason the Packers will not win the Super Bowl. The Packers schedule has them playing the following QB’s this year: Russell Wilson, Matt Ryan, Andy Dalton, Dak Prescott, Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford twice,
    Joe Flacco, Ben Roethlisberger, Jameis Winston, and Cam Newton.
    Each one of those QB’s is capable of putting up lots of points against the Packers defense. It’s why it is imperative that Ted Thompson do something to improve his defense. But to this minute, he’s really done nothing. And now he wants to trade down from this 2nd round pick. It makes Packers fans just shake their heads. The result will be the Packers will have a lot of average guys coming in from the draft.
    Aaron Rodgers and Co will have to be prepared to put up 40 points every week if they expect to make the playoffs.
    Finally, to show how bad they are on defense, Letroy Guion will be suspended for the second time for drugs, and the Packers still won’t cut him. Mind you, he’s nothing special at DT anyway. He’s stops the run okay, but he never gets near a QB. But they are so weak, they can’t afford to part ways with him.
    Ted Thompson won a Super Bowl with the Packers and they’ve made the playoffs more than most teams during his tenure. But when all is said and done, Thompson’s legacy in GB will be more about what might have been.

  22. ariani1985 says: Apr 28, 2017 11:49 AM

    I am sure Frankie Booth and fecal performance will have some excuse on why drafting 25, 5th round picks will work out good for the pack!!!

  23. 400marios says: Apr 28, 2017 12:00 PM

    As a Packer fan, the year they drafted BJ Raji and traded up for Clay Matthews was a rare, once-in-a-lifetime event.

    Usually it’s trading down for 22 7th round picks

  24. dawoger says: Apr 28, 2017 12:15 PM

    Frankly, all the trolling by the empty trophy case clan from the west is to their own peril.

    It shows how stupid they are if the believe that their credibility is based on what their idea is of what someone else should do.

    They lead the league in “wait until next year.”

  25. jimair1 says: Apr 28, 2017 12:17 PM

    teal379 says:
    Apr 28, 2017 11:00 AM
    My biggest problem was –
    You have needs at MLB and OL. A top 10 talent was available at that pick for MLB (lets you move Clay back outside) and you had what will probably be the best interior lineman available in the entire draft. You just replaced Lang for the next 10 years.
    You ended up with neither
    ***********************************************
    WRONG. I guess the secondary is golden huh? Clay can’t play outside anymore IMO. Unless Lamp or Watt or HOFers, TT has got the 33rd and 61st picks to get that done. The defense blew last year due to a bad secondary and there are a ton options left there

  26. 440Barracuda says: Apr 28, 2017 12:18 PM

    pkrlvr says:
    Apr 28, 2017 11:39 AM
    Why are Viking fans more worried about the Packers draft than GB fans? Worry about your team fellas.

    ———————–

    Viking fans should be paying tons of attention to what the Bears, Lions and Packers are doing in the draft, along with the Vikings.

    To reply to your question, with a question, why do you constantly post on Vikings news threads? Worry about your own team.

  27. milkcan44 says: Apr 28, 2017 12:21 PM

    Thompson’s the most tight-lipped guy in the league about his intentions. I assume what he means about “saving a few phone calls” is telling the media so they don’t need to call about whether he would trade. He talks to the media only when required – my guess is if he says he’ll trade – he won’t.

  28. 1265theavenue says: Apr 28, 2017 12:25 PM

    I’m fairly certain that Ted has a better feel for the needs of the Packers than all the armchair GM’s out there. There are 32 people on the entire planet that are NFL GM’s. Y’all are none of them. If you think you can do better – have at it. Talking is easy, doing – not so much.

  29. bumpybush says: Apr 28, 2017 12:25 PM

    I agree with dietrick43! Pack will not take Cook. And I also just love your trade with the Jets #39 for Packs #33. Makes all kinds of sense to also pick up there #70. Pack can still select Joe Mixon at 39 before the Bengals at #41. That’s right Joe Mixon even for his big mistake in 2014. This guy has all the potential to be another Adrian Peterson except he can catch the ball too. Green Bays lockerroom is the perfect fit for this kid. Teammates at Oklahoma says he’s a good kid and everyone deserves a second chance.

  30. conormacleod says: Apr 28, 2017 12:32 PM

    pkrlvr says:
    Apr 28, 2017 11:39 AM
    Why are Viking fans more worried about the Packers draft than GB fans? Worry about your team fellas.
    ————
    It’s an article about the Packers GM and drafting today. It seems pertinent to comment on the Packers on a Packer article.

    You and other Packer fans on the other hand, go to Vikings articles and comment on Packers.

    And, shouldn’t every fan pay attention to what their division rivals are doing? I hope you guys keep trading down until you get that coveted corner that used to be a wide receiver.

  31. brettfavreisapacker4ever says: Apr 28, 2017 12:33 PM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Apr 28, 2017 11:04 AM
    That’s one way to avoid drafting another first round bust.
    ****************************************
    If you go back in Teds draft history you would see he has had better success with picks from rounds #2 through #5.
    #1’s are great but when you can trade down and grab extra picks in rounds 2 through 5 at a lower cost and it’s in your wheelhouse of success, just do it ! This is a very deep defensive draft – VERY DEEP !

  32. johngaltwho says: Apr 28, 2017 12:34 PM

    Its really funny to see all the armchair experts, especially the skoltrolls, ripping on Ted Thompson’s strategy. They go on and on about all the different options the Packers had with the 29th pick in the first round. The point is they only get ONE player with that pick and if there are still several players available worthy of their first round pick, trading down makes sense. Most or all of the “other guys” will be gone before the second round selection. So he gets one of his top picks with his first selection and then gets two or three mid rounders to boot.

  33. 4sacroc says: Apr 28, 2017 12:35 PM

    Ted the Genius. Draft and Develop. Yada, yada, yada.

    Of the 29 players Thompson drafted from 2011 – 2013, just five are on the roster today: wide receiver Randall Cobb (second round, 2011); cornerback Davon House (fourth round, 2011); outside linebacker Nick Perry (first round, 2012); defensive tackle Mike Daniels (fourth round, 2012) and left tackle David Bakhtiari (fourth round, 2013).

    Keep defending him and his mediocre rosters.

  34. Rolo Tomassi says: Apr 28, 2017 12:37 PM

    j972 says:
    Apr 28, 2017 10:57 AM
    I think Ted wants to keep trading down until he has every pick in the 7th round

    You win the Internet today

  35. tedbundysson says: Apr 28, 2017 12:40 PM

    As someone who is not a Packer fan or hater here’s a thought. Has any GM ever made a living off one pick? Let’s say everything else happens the same for the last 10 years or however long it has been since Packers drafted Rodgers. But TT drafted someone else. What are the Packers w/out Rodgers to save their a** the last 10 years or so…

  36. Rolo Tomassi says: Apr 28, 2017 12:44 PM

    The Packers had to have Clay Mathews break Hoyers arm to win against the Bears last year

  37. artvandelay919 says: Apr 28, 2017 12:48 PM

    TT will mess this up.

  38. cheeseisfattening says: Apr 28, 2017 12:53 PM

    Come and get it
    ——————-
    Often heard in Green Bay

  39. nhpats says: Apr 28, 2017 1:02 PM

    jimmysee says:
    Apr 28, 2017 10:54 AM
    Ted’s first round picks, historically, have not really outperformed his second, third, and even fourth round picks. Both Jordy and Randall Cobb were seconds, David Baktieri a fourth or fifth!

    So this strategy makes perfect sense in Titletown.

    —————-

    Titletown has been looking more like “ChokerTown” for quite some time now….. You must long for the days where there were only 8 teams in the league….

  40. ragnarthemagnificent says: Apr 28, 2017 1:28 PM

    Ted won’t get the pick right anyway! What a great way to save face, trade the pick away and then tell the fans that 3rd round talent is hit or miss so that’s whey they have so many busts.

  41. purpleguy says: Apr 28, 2017 1:49 PM

    Smart move by TT. Yup, a Viking fan said that, please shut your surprised open mouth, you’re attracting flies.

  42. pkrlvr says: Apr 28, 2017 2:37 PM

    Ted the Genius. Draft and Develop. Yada, yada, yada.

    Of the 29 players Thompson drafted from 2011 – 2013, just five are on the roster today: wide receiver Randall Cobb (second round, 2011); cornerback Davon House (fourth round, 2011); outside linebacker Nick Perry (first round, 2012); defensive tackle Mike Daniels (fourth round, 2012) and left tackle David Bakhtiari (fourth round, 2013).

    Keep defending him and his mediocre rosters.
    ———-
    The problem is, this is coming from a fan of a team with just as poor of a draft history and a much worse winning percentage. It’s kind of like Tim Tebow telling Tom Brady how to read a defense. Just sounds stupid.

  43. contra74 says: Apr 28, 2017 2:39 PM

    Ted, we know you are afraid of drafting busts.

    You cant just keep trading back.

    Eventually you HAVE to make a pick.

    And when you do…we all know its a bust.

  44. brettfavreisapacker4ever says: Apr 28, 2017 3:40 PM

    Ted will trade or pick whenever he damn pleases and you’ll like it dambit!!!

  45. uncommon1 says: Apr 28, 2017 3:49 PM

    The problem is, this is coming from a fan of a team with just as poor of a draft history and a much worse winning percentage. It’s kind of like Tim Tebow telling Tom Brady how to read a defense. Just sounds stupid
    _____________

    The winning percentage is .567 to .541 in favor of the Packers. I guess I wouldn’t consider that “much worse” especially when you consider that Packers have nearly 200 wins before they allowed Black people to play in the NFL.

  46. uncommon1 says: Apr 28, 2017 3:56 PM

    The problem is, this is coming from a fan of a team with just as poor of a draft history and a much worse winning percentage. It’s kind of like Tim Tebow telling Tom Brady how to read a defense. Just sounds stupid
    ____________

    Packers winning percentage in the modern NFL (after black people were allowed to play) is .523 compared to the Vikings .541

  47. shaggytoodle says: Apr 28, 2017 4:02 PM

    How about you see what Blake Martinez can do before dropping a 1st on a LBi lked what i saw before he got hurt.

    Just because fans may not find it enjoyable because of the new set up.with primetime being first… patience is better the. Getting all bent our a shape and reaching for a player.

    I trusy TTs board a lot more than many of the fans here.

  48. brettfavreisapacker4ever says: Apr 28, 2017 4:05 PM

    cheeseisfattening says:
    Apr 28, 2017 12:53 PM
    Come and get it
    ——————-
    Often heard in Green Bay
    *************************************
    I live in GB and will not argue. We eat and drink like Kings in our own little isolated part of the country where we don’t have drive by shootings, no hookers walking the streets, a small non caucasian population, and houses are inexpensive. No Problems Man !! We love it here.
    So stay away.

  49. aypeeswhippingstick says: Apr 28, 2017 4:07 PM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Apr 28, 2017 11:04 AM
    That’s one way to avoid drafting another first round bust.

    Like Lil’ Theodore Bustwater or Laquonda Treadslow?

  50. gmredline says: Apr 28, 2017 4:24 PM

    The Pack better draft a QB because they are going to need one when Rodgers decides to pack his bags in 3 years.

  51. monkeyboymotors says: Apr 28, 2017 4:31 PM

    Traitor Ted?

  52. northernpackfan says: Apr 28, 2017 4:33 PM

    cribbage12 says:
    Apr 28, 2017 11:40 AM

    They say there are 10-12 game-changers in this draft. Too bad (for those Packers fans who expect studs with every pick) the Packers keep winning and picking late.
    ———————————————————
    Your logic about TT not having the opportunity to draft game changers because of how late they pick, it doesn’t hold water when a guy like Foster is still on the board. He could be a difference maker, but TT passed on him – could have been for character concerns, or maybe he just thought Foster wasn’t talented enough to be a 1st round selection (note the sarcasm).

    cribbage12 says:
    Apr 28, 2017 11:40 AM

    Instead, Ted sees the value of having the 1st pick on Day 2 and Day 3. Since round 1 ended, every team went through a “who’s left?” exercise, making “wow, we had him going in round 1!” comments. So now Ted is sitting with an extra 4th by moving 4 spots down, and he has nearly 24 hours (not 10 minutes) to entertain offers overnight and shop the pick for the best offer. I call it brilliance (well, almost).
    ———————————————————
    As for the brilliance of Thompson, I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Acquiring an extra 4th rounder (especially the 1st pick in the 4th) is a great move, but if it means sacrificing guys like Foster and Watt (who I understand isn’t a sure-fire success, but I like him and he has a great pedigree to go with college tape and production). If he’s able to get a guy like King, I could understand the logic, because CB is a much greater need than ILB, but the fact that early 2nd round talent have a lot more questions than early 1st round talent means that the 4th rounder better be worth it. Every time you trade down in the draft, the chances of missing on a pick increases – that’s why other GMs are willing to trade up and give away day 3 picks.

    cribbage12 says:
    Apr 28, 2017 11:40 AM
    Time to calm down, Packers fans, and let this process play out. Let’s fill some holes, add some depth, watch the coaches develop these guys, enjoy OTAs and training camp, and see what happens next season and 2-3 years down the line.
    ———————————————————
    As Packer fans, we’ve been listening to guys like you who keep saying stuff like, “trust the coaches”, “watch these guys develop”, and “draft and develop is a much smarter philosophy than using free agency”. The problem is, it’s been 7 years since the Packers have been in the Super Bowl, and Aaron Rodgers is getting older. There aren’t unlimited years to “watch and see”.

    I appreciate how rare it is to have the kind of success the Packers have experienced over the past 20+ years, and as a fan, I’m grateful for it. However, it’s time to capitalize on the talent of a guy who might go down as one of the best QBs ever, and not let his talent go to waste. 2 Super Bowls since the acquisition of Favre is not good enough.

  53. frank booth says: Apr 28, 2017 4:35 PM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Apr 28, 2017 11:04 AM
    That’s one way to avoid drafting another first round bust.
    ===================================
    Another way is to trade your first round pick for a QB who gets you to 8-8.

  54. cheeseisfattening says: Apr 28, 2017 4:51 PM

    brettfavreisapacker4ever says:
    Apr 28, 2017 4:05 PM
    cheeseisfattening says:
    Apr 28, 2017 12:53 PM
    Come and get it
    ——————-
    Often heard in Green Bay
    *************************************
    I live in GB and will not argue. We eat and drink like Kings in our own little isolated part of the country where we don’t have drive by shootings, no hookers walking the streets, a small non caucasian population, and houses are inexpensive. No Problems Man !! We love it here.
    So stay away.
    ———–
    WOW, just WOW. Typical but WOW!

  55. shaggytoodle says: Apr 28, 2017 4:52 PM

    As Packer fans, we’ve been listening to guys like you who keep saying stuff like, “trust the coaches”, “watch these guys develop”, and “draft and develop is a much smarter philosophy than using free agency”. The problem is, it’s been 7 years since the Packers have been in the Super Bowl, and Aaron Rodgers is getting older. There aren’t unlimited years to “watch and see”.
    _________________

    TT has put built great rosters that can win the SB. They have been in 4 NFC title games since he has been there. Its up to the coaches ,and players to execute the rest. I will take GBs success on the field since they have hired TT ,over all that “success” the Vikings have had with their “draft classes”

    Panicking is one of the worst things you an do in a draft… it causes teams like the Vikings to reach for Ponder, or the Bears to trade up for a QB. When the dust settles, TT wll get 2-3 good starters out of this class and 1 or 2 project/role players whiich every team wants.

  56. northernpackfan says: Apr 28, 2017 5:09 PM

    4sacroc says:
    Apr 28, 2017 12:35 PM

    Ted the Genius. Draft and Develop. Yada, yada, yada.

    Of the 29 players Thompson drafted from 2011 – 2013, just five are on the roster today: wide receiver Randall Cobb (second round, 2011); cornerback Davon House (fourth round, 2011); outside linebacker Nick Perry (first round, 2012); defensive tackle Mike Daniels (fourth round, 2012) and left tackle David Bakhtiari (fourth round, 2013).

    Keep defending him and his mediocre rosters.
    ———————————————————
    I should know better than this, as your posts often show that you’re just looking to bash the Packers, but maybe someone else will read this and they will realize that you really don’t know what you’re talking about.

    There may only be 5 guys from those drafts still on the Packers’ roster, but there are 10 more players on other teams’ rosters. And while some of them might not have been good enough to make the Packers’ roster, many of them are examples of other, more desperate teams paying more in free agency than Thompson was willing to pay them. And that, in itself, is evidence of being a strong GM (not brilliant, but strong). Knowing when to let guys walk in order to keep the long-term salary cap healthy is critical to a team being successful for the long haul.

    And just so you know, mediocre rosters don’t make the playoffs in 13 of the past 17 years. That just goes to show how little you actually know about what you are talking about. I’m not a big fan of Thompson, but he is clearly one of the better GMs in the league – even when you arbitrarily pick 3 drafts to try to discredit him.

  57. honalulublue says: Apr 28, 2017 5:22 PM

    Packers luck out again. Lose TJ Lang, then have the best OG in the draft fall right in their lap.

  58. siuleno says: Apr 28, 2017 7:04 PM

    viking fans are talking about 1st round busts!? hahahaha… every one of your draft picks are busts. every. single. one. none have ever won a championship for you guys. lmao. why are you here?

  59. igocommando says: Apr 28, 2017 9:31 PM

    Most overrated gm in sports. He couldn’t work his way out of a wet paper bag with garden tools. If only the team had an owner who could replace this nudnik with an actual human.

  60. mrboado says: Apr 29, 2017 10:29 AM

    Aaron Rodgers is 33. He’s got maybe 4 or 5 years left? Looking back on how close the Packers have been to getting back to the Super Bowl since their 2010 title run is quite telling.

    Obviously, Rodgers can make plays, but he needs a consistent supporting cast, a run game, and a pass defense that can hold its own.

    The methodology with GM Thompson is clear: don’t overspend; draft and develop. Unfortunately, the window is closing as your franchise QB approaches the latter days of his peak years.

    I think Belichick recognizes that Brady’s in his twilight years and started aggressively bringing out the checkbook in free agency.

    Green Bay basically needs to get past the Falcons or the Panthers to get back in to the Super Bowl this year. Drafting Kevin King and Josh Jones is a great start to reinforcing the secondary. Considering the weapons Carolina just drafted (McCaffrey and Samuel) and the beast in Atlanta, ie. Julio Jones, Green Bay will need a lot more than that.

    I wonder if they’d consider trading for Malcolm Butler? Eh, probably not.

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