In 2012 Ted Thompson seemingly bucked his ‘best player available’ strategy by selecting six straight defensive players. This year’s draft showed much closer resemblance to the GM’s need-neglecting roots. While the Packers failed to come away from the draft with a safety or inside linebacker, the 11 additions to the roster are intriguing, to say the least.
Ryan Grant, Ahman Green, Dorsey Levens, Edgar Bennett… these are some names we all know well. Not only did these backs give the Packers the potential of a 20 yard explosion at any given time, they also had long tenures with the Packers.
Since Grant effectively closed out his career as the primary back at Green Bay, the Packers have been looking for someone to fill the void and become the next perennial running back.
Have the Packers finally found that back in Eddie Lacy? The following video clips show some of the potential Lacy brings to the green and gold. Continue reading
Many of the teams in the league are entering the 2013 draft in crisis mode. They have positions that absolutely need to be filled and they’ll be praying the draft will produce some picks that they can throw on the field right out of the gates.
The Packers are not one of these teams. Continue reading
For a roster regularly mentioned as one of the most talented in football, the Packers appear to have more than just a couple needs heading into the NFL draft. The wobbly defensive front and ailing safety position are two of several areas that fans would love to see addressed in this weekend’s draft. And while general manager Ted Thompson generally abides by his best-player-available strategy, we’ll ponder the options Green Bay has at each of their needs, should Thompson break away from his philosophy.
The Packers’ decision to cast Charles Woodson loose automatically made strong safety a top draft day need for the Packers. Free safety Morgan Burnett has shown promise but not perfection in his three seasons with the Packers and would benefit by playing next to Texas product Kenny Vaccaro. Provided that Vaccaro is gone by the Packers’ pick at 26, Thompson may eye a pair of SEC standouts in LSU’s Eric Reid and Florida’s Matt Elam. Reid brings the physical presence and tackling ability that the Packers have missed since Nick Collins’ career ended abruptly in 2011.