Green Bay Needs Now, Now, Now With First Pick
It’s a great possibility that Ted Thompson will hurt the Packers in the draft on Thursday by choosing a player he sees “a future in”, instead of going with positional needs.
Thompson hasn’t had a great pick in the draft in a couple years. Players like Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix (’14), Davante Adams in (’14), and Nick Perry (’12) have ended up being good picks but haven’t exactly panned out to be top level talent.
David Bakhtiari (’13), Corey Lindsey (’14) and Mike Daniels (’12) have been the closest to “home-runs” that Thompson has hit in the past couple years, but that’s only because they were late round picks (4th, 5th, 4th) that have ended up being solid or above average players.
Randall Cobb (’12) has been good, not great but is the only player from the 2011 draft class that even remained on the roster at the start of the 2015 season. The last time Thompson truly hit a home-run was in 2009 when he drafted T.J. Lang in the 4th round or Jordy Nelson in 2008 with Green Bay’s second pick.
This year if Thompson doesn’t pick a cornerback or linebacker with the first pick, then the Packers are likely to have another average draft that won’t help any of their biggest needs. The only way that Thompson should take anything on offense is if there isn’t any solid corners left, no solid inside or pass rushing linebackers left and the best option available is their Dalvin Cook or Joe Mixon.
However, the first order of business HAS to be getting a guy like Gareon Conley, Marshon Lattimore, Kevin King or even Jabrill Peppers to help out the horrible secondary. If those guys are off the board taking the best pass rusher or inside linebacker needs to be the next move instead of a running back.
I would be happy with a Jarrad Davis or a Takkarist McKinley pick depending on whose left at #29. I really dislike a T.J. Watt pick because I would rather have Matthews and Perry rushing the quarterback than Watt. Green Bay needs to draft someone who can come in and play right away, the time is now, not later.