Ted Thompson says Packers’ focus is on “best player available”

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The Packers will not reach in the draft for a position of need.

Packers General Manager Ted Thompson said the Packers’ approach is simple: Rank the players in order of how good they are, and draft the top player still available when their pick comes up.

“We try to draft the best player available,” Thompson said, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I say this every year and everybody says, ‘Yeah, right.’ We think it’s important to stay focused and try to take the best player.

Thompson said the Packers don’t bother with conducting a mock draft of their own because they just don’t think they can know where players will fall on other teams’ draft boards. They just know what their own board says, and that’s what they’ll follow next week.

71 responses to “Ted Thompson says Packers’ focus is on “best player available”

  1. BPA as long as it’s a LB, OL, DL, TE or other position of need at that time.

  2. No one literally drafts the “best player available”. If you have three Pro Bowl cornerbacks under the age of 28 on your roster but no LBs who can crack a starting line-up and a CB comes up when your pick is due, with a LB a few spots down, you’re not picking the CB. You’re picking the LB.

  3. Hard to argue with consistent double digit W’s every season, but they just can’t compete in the playoffs. Back to back HoF QB’s and 3 trips to the SB to show for it isn’t great.

  4. As usual they’ll win a wildcard game and then get beat by one of the better teams in the playoffs. Nothing ever changes. Rodgers is not a big game QB. Loses the big ones more than he wins them. Over rated in this respect.

  5. That’s how they ended up drafting Aaron Rodgers, even though Brett Favre still had a few good years left. But still, it all comes down to player evaluations. Teams that picked ahead of Green Bay that year might have used the same philosophy, they just didn’t get the evaluation correct. I can’t remember the last time the Packers had a top ten pick. I’d say they know what they’re doing.

  6. Just retire already. I have had enough of his 1980’s style drafting. He has been mediocre and the packers are just an above average team. Except for one wild card run to the title…..what have ya done? Nothing.
    We are now in salary cap hell and he can’t do anything because of it.
    Pathetic, go retire so we never have to hear from your dumb a$$ again.

  7. So we’ve heard one GM say that “they want to knock this draft out of the park” and TT say that “they will plan to take the best player on their board.”

    Blah…..blah…..blah….one more week, and then we get to hear the GMs all say how amazed they were that they guy they picked was still there when their turn to draft came up.

    The words of wisdom and truth just never stop.

  8. Choosing strictly the “Best Player Available” is a myth. It doesn’t EVER happen.

    If the best player available is a quarterback when the Packers pick, will they take him?

    Probably not.

    “Best Player Available” pertains to team needs. Therefore, all teams “Draft by Need”.

    ALL.

    TEAMS.

  9. That is code for saying they are drafting a QB after Rodgers dramatic decline last season.

  10. If the best player available is a quarterback when the Packers pick, will they take him?

    Well, they did draft Aaron Rodgers when they had Brett Favre. And Favre hung around for 3 more seasons with the Packers, then 3 more seasons with the Jets and Vikings. So, with Rodgers turning 33 this season, the Packers are in position to draft a QB if he truly is the best player available. Which is doubtful since there are zero first round QBs in this draft in my opinion.

    QB is the most important position on the field. In recent memory, only the Colts and Packers have had consistent franchise Qabs back-to-back. They can cover up a lot of holes. So, drafting Rodgers replacement soon would be a smart move, as it would be for any team with a franchise QB on the backside of their career.

  11. Always funny to see more Viking troll post than Packers fan post. TT has a Lombardi trophy without an asterisk, Almost always in the playoffs with a chance.

    Once the trolls can post that, maybe some of you will be taken seriously

  12. codythao35 says:

    Our main priority focus is to choke every year. Pack go packing.
    ===================================
    Says the Viking troll after missing a 27 year FG to lose yet another playoff game, the most losses in the playoffs among all 32 teams. You of course realize that extra points are from 33 yards out so its less than a FG. Laces out, wide left!

  13. I’m hoping when it’s our turn to draft – the best player available is an inside linebacker …

    Probably will be a defensive tackle.

  14. “hbudgess says:
    Apr 21, 2016 6:10 AM

    As long as you have Aaron Rodgers everything works well. He IS your team!”

    After last year, I’d day Jordy Nelson is the team.. Without him, Rogers fell apart.

  15. My two cents. The strategy is great for GM’s deep in talent and very little need. Ted has lots of needsm each year. Second, he is a lousy drafter. Fatone Jones, Nick Perry, jaerel worthy, two ones and a two who produced zilch for this team. Last year two sort of OK but probably late second rounder’s at one and early two who showed little to support those choices. Ted ain’t art enough to know in 15 minutes which guy on the board is the best. Most GM’s aren’t.

  16. At 27 the true best player available might be LB Jaylon Smith who might not play this year or ever. Does BPA take into account the need to play at all as a rookie?

  17. If that is the case I sure hope the best available on their board isn’t a d-lineman when their turn comes up. Ted’s draft track record is generally very good with one exception: he drafts a lot of d linemen early that end up being wasted picks or at least disappointments. Raji, Jerel worthy, Mike Neal, nick perry, Justin Harrell, Khiry Thornton, and datone jones were all college d-linemen drafted in the first three rounds that at least didn’t perform to their draft position and at worst were complete busts.

  18. His teams rank second in the league with 340 games started and third with 587 games played by fourth-round picks.

  19. I was at the Packers’ Draft Party the year they drafted Jordy Nelson. The absolutely last thing they needed at the time was another WR. You should have heard the crowd booing like crazy. The perfect example of picking the BAP. Drafting and running a team is not fantasy football. 98% of us fans are idiots when it comes to NFL personnel decisions.

  20. The best compliment to him is how many of his former assistants are now GM’s running other team’s drafts.

    He has earned tremendous respect around the league.

  21. Never…. ever…. reach! Just watch how two realistic second round pick quarterbacks will go in the first two or three picks overall. Cardinal sin!

  22. He has this PED(Performance Enhancing Dude) named Rodgers.

    He kind of makes receivers like Greg Jennings looks like spectacularly talented receivers.

    The only problems with Thompson’s approach is 1. he has missed on so many draft picks(Derrick Sherrod anyone) and Rodgers will retire within a decade.

  23. “codythao35 says:
    Apr 21, 2016 9:10 AM

    Our main priority focus is to choke every year. ”
    =============================================

    Finally, a Vikings fan recognizes and admits his team’s strategy year in and year out.

  24. ariani1985 says:
    Apr 21, 2016 8:51 AM
    Translation, I have no idea what I am doing!
    ————————

    Another chihuahua in the window yipping constantly at the window while the big dog next door craps on his lawn. Until the little Queens actually win it all a couple of times that’s all it is, insignificant yipping. It is always amusing to see Vikes fans yipping at the Pack. Kind of like ‘Phins and Jets fans yipping at NE, at least Bears and Bills fans are for the most smart enough to stay quiet.

    Two losing seasons in his 11 years and one was with the team he inherited and that’s with relatively poor draft position year after year. Maybe when your team has done better you won’t get laughed at when you throw shade.

  25. Could it be Paxton Lynch?

    As a Vikings fan, I have no need to troll a second place team on the decline, I do however keep a keen eye on our lesser divisional rivals.

    Let Lynch sit for a couple years until Rodgers is encouraged to retire, and subsequently going to play for the 49ers?

  26. Every year GM’s say this and every year you see a player of need just happen to be the BPA on their board when they pick. No one is fooled by these comments.

  27. Ted is awake? Ted should be working for the Bears. He hibernates all winter.

  28. Ted really just closes his eyes and throws a dart at his board.

  29. Exactly. Thompson hit on Rodgers and Mathews…any further thought of him being a draft genius is home grown nonsense. When Rodgers retires, Ted will head back to the Wisconsin Albino Club where he belongs.

    chris6523 says:
    Apr 21, 2016 10:32 AM

    If that is the case I sure hope the best available on their board isn’t a d-lineman when their turn comes up. Ted’s draft track record is generally very good with one exception: he drafts a lot of d linemen early that end up being wasted picks or at least disappointments. Raji, Jerel worthy, Mike Neal, nick perry, Justin Harrell, Khiry Thornton, and datone jones were all college d-linemen drafted in the first three rounds that at least didn’t perform to their draft position and at worst were complete busts

  30. I support Ted and hope he stays in Green Bay for his declining years. Fittingly.

  31. Al Gore and Bill Belichick appreciate Ted’s lack of charisma. They find it glaring.

    It’s fun watching Ted draft defense high and often in his drafts only to see our defense is awful year after year. I can’t imagine what would’ve become of Ted had he not drafted Aaron Rodgers. That one selection has covered a multitude of draft sins. People forget that teams win championships. When you can only build one side of the ball because you have a first ballot hall of famer at the controls it speaks poorly to how you truly are overall as a drafter and GM.

  32. Hey, Modern Day Einstein – the Pack draft Paxton Lynch??
    Even the real Einstein would know enough about football to recognize that the Packers No. 2 QB has much more talent than Vikings starter (even though he seems like a good kid).

  33. keep on hating people.. no doubt TT has made mistakes and every in league 90 percent of there pick they would change a season later, but Packers are a team that the young guys are continually asked to step up and they do, so TT is doing his job … remember when Aron ROdgers was out at Matt Flynn cam in and owned, you all were like see it the system ARod is garbage.. now you acknowledge rodgers greatness but the packers are garbage or the GM is .. man make up your mind haters

  34. Ted can say this with a straight face because, well, his face is always straight, plus, best player available is a matter of perception. If the player “just happens” to be in an area of need, so much the better.

  35. my insider is telling me he has rogers replacement in mind but is holding his cards tight. Hackenberg will be in gb.

  36. Packers already have their QB of the future. His name is Brett Hundley. He’ll carry on the grand tradition of humiliating the Vikings twice each year.

  37. As I am reading some of the many critical comments about Ted Thompson I cannot help but want to share a different perspective.

    Sometimes we are harder on those we love until we see others less fortunate. Before Packers fans share more harsh or critical comments, please consider the alternative of what could have happened if you did not have such great leadership.

    I grew up in the 1960’s, a mile from the NFL Hall of Fame.

    My two favorite teams for 50 years have been the Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns.

    This gives me a different perspective.

    What Ted Thompson and the Packers leadership teams have accomplished is something to be praised not overly critiqued. Each year Ted and his team draft wisely and put together respectable teams. They do it with less resources and a small market.

    In three decades my three sons have yet to experience as Browns fans the kind of success Packers fans have experienced! Our oldest is 28 years old with two sons who he is praying they will see just one winning season in their lifetime, as that is how desperate we have become in recent years.

    Green Bay fan, as the saying goes, ‘count your blessings, name them one by one!’

    If not, the good Lord might end up teaching you a humbling lesson like he did Browns fans after we got ride of our best leadership team under Paul Brown. We have struggled with inconsistency for decades ever since!

    Green Bay fans! Be grateful for what you have!

    Try starting by giving Ted Thompson a little more love… and say a prayer for him as he tries to pick more good players for you in next weeks draft.

    You know the Browns won’t!

  38. About the only bad thing you can say about Ted, other than the fact that he looks like he only comes up out of the basement 3 times a year, is that he’s boring and doesn’t take full advantage of free agency — and that really ain’t that bad at all.

  39. why isn’t the draft tonight?

    i’d bet they pick an o-line or d-lineman, the top WRs are too slow for rodgers’ offense.

  40. The Packers two biggest needs were TE and an MLB who can drop back in coverage. Ted signed a TE. If he had also signed Danny Trevathan, I think he could have truly said he can pick the BPA in the first few rounds of the draft.

  41. Says the Viking troll after missing a 27 year FG to lose yet another playoff game, the most losses in the playoffs among all 32 teams. You of course realize that extra points are from 33 yards out so its less than a FG. Laces out, wide left—–Can you say NFC North Champions??

  42. Packer fans drink too much kool aid. I AM/WAS a Packer fan and if you don’t agree with the following, you just don’t know what you’re talking about….

    The Packers have had 2 HOF QB’s for over 25 years. They’ve been in 3 Super Bowls. What a waste!

    Thompson getting credit for the draft? Are you kidding? He’s no better, no worse than any of them. It’s a crapshoot. Which is why his reluctance to go after free agents is stupid. Ultimate goal in GB is NOT to win the Super Bowl…I’m convinced. Be competitive, which they have been, largely due to two players. Favre and Rodgers. I often wonder what Belichek would have accomplished with Favre…and then with Rodgers. It would be more than 3 SB appearances.

    A former NFL GBPackers fan

  43. Interesting.

    Its not JUST Vikings fans that think Ted Thompson and his Packers are terrible.

    I guess Packers fans were wrong, once again, in thinking that only Vikings fans dont like them.

  44. This gets posted every year apund this time that’s always been his method… GB fans may feel he is stale because ofnhis lack of going towards FAs. If you are a GB fan and become a former one get out and stay out with your fair weather fandom. No team in the last 30 years in th3 NFC North has had the success GB has. Odds are you are in fact just a Viking troll with multiple accounts and nothing better to do I feel bad for all or one of you.

  45. Three days ago the sports editors of USA Today picked Ted as the #2 GM in the league, behind only Belichick.

    I’ll take their opinion over any of these haters, especially the Wide Left morons.

  46. How about you try and find a tackle that can
    A) Stay healthy for a full season *Cough* Bulaga
    and
    B) Doesn’t lead the league in holding penalties or suck at Pass Protection *Cough* Bakhtiari.

    Rodgers is scrambling for his life every given play. If he ever gets a full 3 seconds in the pocket he will find the open man. It’s amazing what he has been able to do while running for his life every play.

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