Packers changed strategy for pre-draft visits

AP

In the past, former Packers General Manager Ted Thompson would use his team’s 30 pre-draft visits on guys he wanted to sign as undrafted free agents, though that probably had as much to do with masking intentions as mining late-round gems.

This year, however, G.M. Brian Gutekunst is bringing actual good players to Green Bay before the draft.

According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the 28 known visits the Packers conducted included some of the top players in the draft, including multiple first-rounders.

That group included Florida State safety Derwin James, Washington nose tackle Vita Vea, Virginia Tech inside linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, and Central Florida cornerback Mike Hughes, among the other visitors.

“I just thought for me and how I wanted to go about it, there’s just a certain amount of, yes, I wanted to have some face-to-face time with (them) individually,” Gutekunst said. “I also think getting them with our coaching staff and seeing how they might fit in our room and our team locker room was important.

“We’ve done that in the past, I don’t know if it’s been as publicized as it has been, but we’ve done that in the past and I always liked it. We just did a little bit more of it this year.”

The Packers choose 14th overall, and a few of those visitors are likely to be off the board when they pick. But expanding the pool of visitors probably won’t keep them from landing one of their targets, while leaving enough visits for those later-round prospects they’ve leaned on in the past.

73 responses to “Packers changed strategy for pre-draft visits

  1. .
    The Packers #14 could be a coveted pick in trade. If the guy they love is off the board, they would have no trouble finding a partner looking to move up.
    .

  2. You guys really have to stop selling this “new year new packers” garbage. This guy is a Thompson clone and it will be business as usual. They always visit with picks and they always sign a couple FA…. Anyone see this guy keep Aaron in the loop any more than Thompson kept Rodgers and favre???

  3. The Packers tweaked the areas of the operation that needed tweaking. Wholesale changes, ie; complete rebuild, was not needed. The defense has already improved significantly (on paper,) from #22, which wasn’t great but certainly not the worst, New intake manifold, new carb, and new headers will make an already good Rodgers-led offense scary good. A new DC was key, and overdue.

    The Packers are already once again the team to beat in the NFCN, and it won’t be close. The Vikings have a lot more at stake with their major changes than the Packers do with theirs. The Packers will be in a good position to compete, which is all you can ask for. The Vikings have to salvage the ego of an embarrassed defense and must win nothing less than the SuperBowl with their new all-in quarterback, or it’s a complete failure by any measure. Their traditional “SuperBowl” consisting of an occasional victory over the Packers isn’t going to cut it anymore.

    Good luck with that.

  4. Its great that PFT commenters can already tell the effects of a new GM, new offensive and defensive coordinator and how the offseason has gone and will go for the Packers. You guys should post your contact info as Im sure Mark Murphy could use such talented downright prescient football minds.

  5. Ted Thompson, the former GM, was directly responsible for squandering the prime years of Aaron Rodgers. He was an unmitigated DISASTER.

    Any change from his moronic ways will be for the better.

  6. The Packers are already once again the team to beat in the NFCN, and it won’t be close. The Vikings have a lot more at stake with their major changes than the Packers do with theirs.

    >>

    Thanks again for the laugh! Skololol.
    You might be in for another rude awakening this season, Stellar.

    Anyway, I’m interested to see what they do at 14. Could surprise everyone and take an O-lineman or WR.

  7. Ted Thompson, the former GM, was directly responsible for squandering the prime years of Aaron Rodgers. He was an unmitigated DISASTER.
    ======

    He had 3 weak drafts after the Super Bowl win.

    The unmitigated disaster is Mike McCarthy in any Playoff game.

    Even in his wins, he is out-coached and out-manned.

  8. Strategy? That dart board in the gb war room gets resurfaced every May.
    =====

    Rodgers
    Collins
    Jennings
    Nelson
    Matthews
    Raji
    Sitton
    Lang
    Bakhtiari
    Hayward
    Daniels

    … stick with what works, I guess.

  9. In the past, former Packers General Manager Ted Thompson would use his team’s 30 pre-draft visits on guys he wanted to sign as undrafted free agents, though that probably had as much to do with masking intentions as mining late-round gems.

    ——————————————————–

    The sad part is TT actually signed these undrafted FAs and kept them on the roster for one too many years.

  10. Johngaltwho….. I guess we should leave all that to you. Who I assume feels like this is a great off-season with tons of new and great changes?? The point is the face has changed but the gm still remains very much the same. Proven by walking in and essentially cutting nelson with a ridiculous offer. I’ve personally watched this “too bad” attitude enough. I am now in the process of choosing a new team after 25 years.

  11. Stellarperformance – c’mon man. Why bring the Vikings into this? If you didn’t notice literally every comment was from Vikings trolls. Ignore them and let them have their fun. I mean they way they talk it’s almost like they didn’t get lucky to beat the Saints and then get absolutely embarrassed in the NFCCG…

  12. Trading up for Derwin. Been saying it for months. LETS GOOOOO!!!
    =====

    If they’re trading up for a safety, I’d rather it be Fitzpatrick.

    .. tough sell with HHC-D and Josh Jones on the roster.

    I suppose you can use Jones in that LB/S hybrid role. But I’m hoping Pettine isn’t going to employ the same gimmicky garbage Dom resorted to. Line up with traditional 3-4 personnel and beat people up!

  13. If they’re trading up for a safety, I’d rather it be Fitzpatrick.

    .. tough sell with HHC-D and Josh Jones on the roster.

    =============================================

    Because those two were so awesome last year…….

  14. Wow, I wish TT was still running Green Bay’s draft. Not that they’re all that much better with a rookie GM who has yet to figure out out to communicate with current player while preparing for a draft at the same time, but it has become apparent you can’t get much worse than the last 5 or so years of TT. What a garbage roster Gutekunst has to rebuild in year one of their rebuild.

  15. One of Ted Thompson’s problems was that he valued UDFAs more than first round picks. I’m amazed, yet not amazed, that he squandered his pre-draft visits on guys that wouldn’t have much of a chance to make the team anyway. Maybe if he would have taken some time to get to know someone like Damarious Randall before picking him in the first round, Randall would still be on the team and Thompson would still be employed.

  16. Every year you have Aaron Rodgers and don’t make it to a super bowl or NFC championship game should be considered a waste. You guys have one of the best players the NFL has ever seen and you guys can’t seem to figure it out.

  17. Here’s hoping they don’t change too much.

    At least their strategy has never led to a 38-7 loss in the playoffs.

    I don’t even want to imagine that kind of ineptitude.

  18. stellarperformance says:
    April 24, 2018 at 9:47 am

    The Packers are already once again the team to beat in the NFCN, and it won’t be close.
    _________

    Stellar seems to think he can predict the future, especially the Packers’ and Vikings’ futures. You see it a lot here.

    Tell us: Do the Packers finally add some talent around Rodgers this year, or does he have to carry the team to another 10-6 record? What does your crystal ball tell you? Come on. Go out on a limb. Don’t be afraid.

  19. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    April 24, 2018 at 11:15 am
    stellarperformance says:
    April 24, 2018 at 9:47 am

    The Packers are already once again the team to beat in the NFCN, and it won’t be close.
    _________

    Stellar seems to think he can predict the future, especially the Packers’ and Vikings’ futures. You see it a lot here.
    ————-
    Yup he will predict the future then turn around and point a finger at a Viking fan who will predicts the future. You see it over and over again with different things. Points finger and cries about trolls, then trolls. Brags about being able to golf in Green Bay then trashes golfing in AZ. The list goes on and on. It is typical Packer fan self entitled behavior.

  20. Don’t understand the talk of moving up in the first round. With 4 or 5 QBs being selected in front of them, they’re going to have a couple of top ten talents to choose from at 14. If they want to move up, they should do it in round 3 or 4, maybe both.

  21. mnrasslinggovjesse says:
    April 24, 2018 at 11:26 am
    Don’t understand the talk of moving up in the first round. With 4 or 5 QBs being selected in front of them, they’re going to have a couple of top ten talents to choose from at 14. If they want to move up, they should do it in round 3 or 4, maybe both.

    ———————-

    The Packers are supposedly incredibly high on Denzel Ward and Derwin James. The odds that one of them falls to 14 is pretty slim. That’s why they’d be interested in moving up.

  22. Because those two were so awesome last year…
    =====

    Jones was stellar early last year. Outplaying Burnett without question.

    HHC-D was an All-Pro in 2016. I’ll bet heavily on him playing well going forward.

  23. Every year you have Aaron Rodgers and don’t make it to a super bowl or NFC championship game should be considered a waste. You guys have one of the best players the NFL has ever seen and you guys can’t seem to figure it out.
    ======

    Mark Murphy was more concerned with Lambeau expansion and the flow of greenbacks to hold his people accountable.

    He’s preaching that has changed. Only time will tell.

    They figured out the defense wasn’t working. Better late than never.

    .. if only they realized they have the wrong head coach. Which they don’t, because essentially he was given more power within the organization.

  24. The Pack is in much better shape with Gutekunst. Hell, I wouldn’t be surprised if TT never even came out of his basement during any of the pre-draft visits.

    Maybe the Pack will be better than the Vikes in 2018 — one thing I know everyone can at least agree upon is that it took the Vikings defense to finally initiate the action precipitating the Packer defensive and management changes that every dope could see were necessary the last three years.

  25. minneanderthals says:
    April 24, 2018 at 11:15 am

    At least their strategy has never led to a 38-7 loss in the playoffs.

    I don’t even want to imagine that kind of ineptitude.
    __________

    Because 44-21, after falling behind 31-0, exactly one year earlier is so much better.

    I’m just asking for the slightest amount of self-awareness from you people.

  26. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    April 24, 2018 at 12:16 pm
    minneanderthals says:
    April 24, 2018 at 11:15 am
    At least their strategy has never led to a 38-7 loss in the playoffs.
    I don’t even want to imagine that kind of ineptitude.
    __________
    Because 44-21, after falling behind 31-0, exactly one year earlier is so much better.
    I’m just asking for the slightest amount of self-awareness from you people.

    —————

    You want something from us that you don’t have?

    Neat.

    Scoring 21 points is better than scoring 7. I don’t care who you are.

    After years of your comments about the Packers “choking” in the playoffs, the Vikings did worse.

    Own it or stop commenting.

  27. cheeseisfattening says:
    April 24, 2018 at 11:23 am
    Yup he will predict the future then turn around and point a finger at a Viking fan who will predicts the future. You see it over and over again with different things. Points finger and cries about trolls, then trolls. Brags about being able to golf in Green Bay then trashes golfing in AZ. The list goes on and on. It is typical Packer fan self entitled behavior.
    ///////////////////////////

    Whining about Packer fans being better than you isn’t a very “fresh” take from you Cheesey. Sounds like the same whimper to me.

  28. minneanderthals says:
    April 24, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    April 24, 2018 at 12:16 pm
    minneanderthals says:
    April 24, 2018 at 11:15 am
    At least their strategy has never led to a 38-7 loss in the playoffs.
    I don’t even want to imagine that kind of ineptitude.
    __________
    Because 44-21, after falling behind 31-0, exactly one year earlier is so much better.
    I’m just asking for the slightest amount of self-awareness from you people.

    —————

    You want something from us that you don’t have?

    Neat.

    Scoring 21 points is better than scoring 7. I don’t care who you are.

    After years of your comments about the Packers “choking” in the playoffs, the Vikings did worse.

    Own it or stop commenting.
    ________

    I have no problem admitting the Vikings were dominated in the NFC championship game, almost as bad as they were dominated 41-donut in 2000. I don’t know if I would say they “choked” so much as they were beaten by a better team, but you can call it whatever you want. I think of choking as losing a game that you had won, like blowing a 12-point lead with 5 minutes left or missing a game-winning 27-yard field goal. Both the Vikings and the Packers have a long history of choking in the playoffs and they both have plenty of examples of embarrassing blowouts.

    Now consider that you’re bragging that the Packers’ 44-21 loss was better than the Vikings’ 38-7 loss. If that’s what makes you feel better about yourself, that’s fine. I could argue that the Vikings’ 7 points were qualitatively better than the Packers’ 21 points because they came on the first drive of the game instead of after falling behind 31-0. You can argue that quantity is better no matter if they’re garbage time points. Either argument is stupid because they were both blowouts and it doesn’t matter at all.

    I don’t expect you to own it or to stop commenting.

  29. Wait…who is bragging?

    I’m just showing you the hypocrisy that wafts over the river to the fine citizens of Wisconsin.

    Read the comments from above. Such idiocy from the purples. The Packers could retake the north this year. Rodgers healthy gives them at least the same chance that the Vikings have. That, along with second year growth from Josh Jones and Kevin King, while adding a much higher than usual draft pick should help new DC Pettine keep his track record of top ten defenses going.

    Aaron Rodgers with a top ten defense?

    Well, last time that happened they won the Super Bowl.

    I’m not saying it will happen this year, but saying it won’t is just silly.

  30. minneanderthals says:
    April 24, 2018 at 11:15 am
    Here’s hoping they don’t change too much.

    At least their strategy has never led to a 38-7 loss in the playoffs.

    I don’t even want to imagine that kind of ineptitude.
    ____________________________

    Hey, remember the 2001 NFC Championship game in which the Giants hammered them 41-0?!?
    You want to talk about players who seriously quit on their team.
    Nothing was more amusing than watching both Culpepper and Moss standing on the sideline with their Jackets on thinking about their golf game.

  31. Hey Viking fans, if you haven’t noticed (and jusdging by any Packer story, you haven’t) Packer fans rarely troll you guys anymore. How about extending us the same courtesy? It’s really getting old.

  32. Why change? According to stellar the pack is the team to beat, every single year.

  33. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    April 24, 2018 at 11:15 am
    Stellar seems to think he can predict the future, especially the Packers’ and Vikings’ futures. You see it a lot here.

    Tell us: Do the Packers finally add some talent around Rodgers this year, or does he have to carry the team to another 10-6 record? What does your crystal ball tell you? Come on. Go out on a limb. Don’t be afraid.
    ///////////////////////

    I’m confused. Isn’t that what I just did?

  34. HHC-D was an All-Pro in 2016.

    Nope, no he was not. He was not even on a Pro bowl roster that year. The GB defense is not nearly as good as you imagine it is.

  35. Are you telling me for years they’ve been bringing in guys for pre draft visits who wouldn’t even be drafted? You can’t even make this stuff up. Time to print more “stock” so they can add another row of high school style seating at Lamblow.

  36. pkrlvr says:
    April 24, 2018 at 1:27 pm
    Hey Viking fans, if you haven’t noticed (and jusdging by any or Packer story, you haven’t) Packer fans rarely troll you asy world.guys anymore. How about extending us the same courtesy? It’s really getting old
    —-
    Go on the Bothers story or the Vikings -49ers story from last week. Do you really not see Packer trolls or are you just pretending they are not there? Stop living in your fan

  37. stellarperformance says:
    April 24, 2018 at 1:43 pm
    Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    April 24, 2018 at 11:15 am
    Stellar seems to think he can predict the future, especially the Packers’ and Vikings’ futures. You see it a lot here.

    Tell us: Do the Packers finally add some talent around Rodgers this year, or does he have to carry the team to another 10-6 record? What does your crystal ball tell you? Come on. Go out on a limb. Don’t be afraid.
    ///////////////////////

    I’m confused. Isn’t that what I just did?
    ________

    Yes. I was using your own words that you use on Viking fans to point out your hypocrisy. I’m surprised you didn’t recognize them.

  38. minneanderthals says:
    April 24, 2018 at 11:15 am

    I don’t even want to imagine that kind of ineptitude.
    ———-
    Imagine getting shut out in a quarter of your home games

  39. Dix was a 2017 Pro-Bowl selection and Second-Team All-Pro in 2016, both of which are very good. Some people like to split hairs for the sake of fight-picking.

  40. minneanderthals says:
    April 24, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    Wait…who is bragging?

    I’m just showing you the hypocrisy that wafts over the river to the fine citizens of Wisconsin.

    Read the comments from above. Such idiocy from the purples. The Packers could retake the north this year. Rodgers healthy gives them at least the same chance that the Vikings have. That, along with second year growth from Josh Jones and Kevin King, while adding a much higher than usual draft pick should help new DC Pettine keep his track record of top ten defenses going.

    Aaron Rodgers with a top ten defense?

    Well, last time that happened they won the Super Bowl.

    I’m not saying it will happen this year, but saying it won’t is just silly.
    _______

    Referring to a 38-7 loss in a playoff game as ineptitude that you can’t imagine while crowing that a 44-21 playoff loss is so much better is the height of hypocrisy.

    I looked at the other comments. I didn’t see any that said the Packers wouldn’t win the Super Bowl. I did see one commenter expecting a top 10 defense from the Packers on the basis of a new DC, player growth, and a high draft pick, and accused anyone who doesn’t believe that of “idiocy.”

  41. pkrlvr says:
    April 24, 2018 at 1:27 pm
    Hey Viking fans, if you haven’t noticed (and jusdging by any Packer story, you haven’t) Packer fans rarely troll you guys anymore. How about extending us the same courtesy? It’s really getting old.

    ////////////////////

    The following is just a few comments on last Viking story

    wafflestomp says:
    April 20, 2018 at 5:24 pm
    Hasn’t this dope ever heard of Starcaps?
    Maybe it was the locker room tea that gave him the positive result.
    What is the excuse of the month?

    whatjusthapped says:
    April 21, 2018 at 9:37 am
    This will put a serious crimp in the Viking’s plan to start the year at 4-0. But as long as he avoids another PED violation, there is no reason to think a Superbowl victory is not well within the Viking’s reach.

    minneanderthals says:
    April 21, 2018 at 10:04 am
    38-7

  42. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    April 24, 2018 at 11:15 am
    stellarperformance says:
    April 24, 2018 at 9:47 am

    The Packers are already once again the team to beat in the NFCN, and it won’t be close.
    _________

    Stellar seems to think he can predict the future, especially the Packers’ and Vikings’ futures. You see it a lot here.

    Tell us: Do the Packers finally add some talent around Rodgers this year, or does he have to carry the team to another 10-6 record? What does your crystal ball tell you? Come on. Go out on a limb. Don’t be afraid

    ///////////////////////

    Don’t bother with him, he cannot see the truth behind his green and yellow glasses. Just cut and paste his predictions, and publish them when the pack is eliminated.

  43. So what? The way to beat the Packers hasn’t changed: Cut the head off the snake and the rest of the team falls.

  44. Nope, no he was not. He was not even on a Pro bowl roster that year. The GB defense is not nearly as good as you imagine it is.
    ======

    2016 All-Pro safeties

    1st team
    Landon Collins, NYG
    Eric Berry, KC

    2nd team
    HHC-D, GB
    Devin McCourty, NE

    .. I think the Packers have a lot of work to do on D. I’ve believed that since 2011. They have some nice pieces in place, and they’re not as far off as many would like to think.

    Simply cutting ties with Dom and his prehistoric defense will lead to improvement.

  45. Hahahahaha…

    These Minneanderthals crack me up.

    …is a magician is on at least his 8th screen name in as many years, and he’s on here trying to make *other people* look silly.

    It’s great being a Packer fan. We simply rise above.

  46. minneanderthals says:
    April 24, 2018 at 3:50 pm
    Hahahahaha…

    These Minneanderthals crack me up.

    …is a magician is on at least his 8th screen name in as many years, and he’s on here trying to make *other people* look silly.

    It’s great being a Packer fan. We simply rise above

    //////////////////////////

    Packer fan is just as bad as cowboy fan. All they talk about is their accomplishments from years gone by. Don’t know what your rising above, but the Eagles are the champions and all you have to do is look back a couple of months.

  47. PoliticalCorrectnessBelongsInTheKitchen says:
    April 24, 2018 at 10:21 am
    Johngaltwho….. I guess we should leave all that to you. Who I assume feels like this is a great off-season with tons of new and great changes?? The point is the face has changed but the gm still remains very much the same. Proven by walking in and essentially cutting nelson with a ridiculous offer. I’ve personally watched this “too bad” attitude enough. I am now in the process of choosing a new team after 25 years.
    /////////////////////////////////

    Your loss.

    Next Fan Up!

  48. Ever notice that most fan bases that whine about the fact that the game’s history doesn’t matter are the same ones with basically no history to speak of?

  49. flyphillyfly34 says:
    April 24, 2018 at 5:14 pm
    minneanderthals says:
    April 24, 2018 at 3:50 pm
    Hahahahaha…

    These Minneanderthals crack me up.

    …is a magician is on at least his 8th screen name in as many years, and he’s on here trying to make *other people* look silly.

    It’s great being a Packer fan. We simply rise above

    //////////////////////////

    Packer fan is just as bad as cowboy fan. All they talk about is their accomplishments from years gone by. Don’t know what your rising above, but the Eagles are the champions and all you have to do is look back a couple of months.

  50. minneanderthals says:
    April 24, 2018 at 3:50 pm
    Hahahahaha…

    These Minneanderthals crack me up.

    …is a magician is on at least his 8th screen name in as many years, and he’s on here trying to make *other people* look silly.

    It’s great being a Packer fan. We simply rise above.
    _________

    So I like to keep the bit fresh. Would you prefer that I go with something derogatory towards Wisconsin? That never goes out of style.

    I don’t need to make you look silly. You’re having no trouble doing that all by yourself. Now why don’t you put in the recording of those three second-half touchdowns against the Falcons, tell yourself how much better that makes the Packers than the Vikings, and enjoy how silly everybody else looks.

  51. Why do trolls care about the Packers and their fans at all? Why not stay off Packer stories and ignore us? I mean, seriously, the disdain is measurable……..but you show up day after day, article after article. Why? Do you actually think your comments have an effect on us whatsoever? They don’t! You’re here, only, because it makes you feel better about yourselves after trashing the Packers and/or us. That’s it.

    You want what we have and you want what we’ve enjoyed. All the insults and putdowns are for the small inner feel-good it gives you. You hope it affects us, somehow.

    Get a clue: It doesn’t. We’re better than that. Write it down do you don’t forget.

  52. For all the smack from North rivals I only need remind you Thompson has one more Super Bowl than the other three north teams combined. Im sure none of you would trade a few losses in the playoffs for your first Super Bowl win as a fan. Your hypocrisy is only rivaled by your jealousy.

  53. I just read TT is going to be in Green Bay’s draft room again this year, bib and all, giving advice. Here is to yet another garbage Green Bay Packers draft.🤡

  54. 2016 Vikings had a 8-8 record after starting the season 5-0. What happened?

    2017 Packer had a 7-9 record after starting the season 4-1. What happened?

    Point is, GB could be looking at a similar rebound based on some good tangible facts.

    Picking 14th gives GB a good shot at a top 10 player if the QBs roll off the board early. They also have 12 draft picks so Gutenkunst will having multiple shots at improving weaknesses all over the roster, if hes any good at drafting that is.

    Rodgers is healthy, Kizer should be an improvement at QB2.

    New coordinators and a HC who is finally making major changes to his stale offensive playbook.

    GB is 1 year removed from 8 straight playoff appearances so any talk of their demise is based not on fact but hope.

  55. stellarperformance says:
    April 24, 2018 at 7:20 pm
    Why do trolls care about the Packers and their fans at all? Why not stay off Packer stories and ignore us? I mean, seriously, the disdain is measurable……..but you show up day after day, article after article. Why? Do you actually think your comments have an effect on us whatsoever? They don’t! You’re here, only, because it makes you feel better about yourselves after trashing the Packers and/or us.

    ///////////////////////////
    Below is just one of many comments pulled off a Viking story. Hypocrisy is thy name

    stellarperformance says:

    Viking fans seem to think they can predict the future, especially the Packers’ future. You see it a lot here.

    Tell us: Do the Vikings finally win a SuperBowl this year, or is the ball once again yanked away Charlie Brown style? What does your crystal ball tell you? Come on. Go out on a limb. Don’t be afraid

  56. bigdaddyrockytop says:
    April 24, 2018 at 7:41 pm
    ….the Bears lucked into one in 85.
    ————-
    Typical packer fan thinking. They only had the most dominating defense of all time, but they “lucked into” a championship.

    And yet another example

  57. flviking says:
    April 24, 2018 at 8:02 pm
    Below is just one of many comments pulled off a Viking story. Hypocrisy is thy name
    /////////////////://////

    You’ve found no correlation here. You want to have a point, but you don’t. Please try to tell us what it was.

  58. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    April 24, 2018 at 11:10 am

    One of Ted Thompson’s problems was that he valued UDFAs more than first round picks……… Maybe if he would have taken some time to get to know someone like Damarious Randall

    *******

    Your dislike for Ted Thompson is well known. Tramon Williams started 99 of 127 games for the Packers in his first stint, UDFA. Sam Shields had 62 starts before injury derailed his career, UDFA. Banjo and Richardson, solid special-teamers.

    Thompson’s legacy includes making green bay attractive to UDFA’s. Watch what Michael Clark does this year, and credit it to Thompson. That said, glad he’s no longer in charge.

  59. Thompson’s legacy includes making green bay attractive to UDFA’s.
    =====

    That wasn’t hard though. Almost exclusively, they built through the Draft. There were half-a-dozen roster spots open every year. So of course it was a great place for UDFAs to land, and many made their mark;

    Kuhn, Walden, Zombo, Boykin, Bigby, Gado, Bush, Colin Cole, Ruvel Martin.

    Problem is, almost only a handful of these guys made a LASTING impact. (Kuhn, Tra, Shields)

    It all goes back to the Draft. If you’re hitting on your picks, this is a sustainable model. Ted whiffed too often with high picks (Harrell, Worth, Lacy, Datone Jones, Neal) and it was his undoing.

  60. stellarperformance says:
    April 24, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    Why do trolls care about the Packers and their fans at all? Why not stay off Packer stories and ignore us? I mean, seriously, the disdain is measurable……..but you show up day after day, article after article. Why? Do you actually think your comments have an effect on us whatsoever? They don’t! You’re here, only, because it makes you feel better about yourselves after trashing the Packers and/or us. That’s it.

    You want what we have and you want what we’ve enjoyed. All the insults and putdowns are for the small inner feel-good it gives you. You hope it affects us, somehow.

    Get a clue: It doesn’t. We’re better than that. Write it down do you don’t forget.
    ___________

    The irony of this comment is completely lost on you.

  61. some good tangible facts.
    ———-
    Point is, GB COULD be looking at a similar rebound based on some good tangible facts.

    Rodgers is healthy(he was last at this time too)

    Kizer SHOULD be an improvement at QB2. (Based on what?)

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