Draft Day Head Scratcher


What should we be looking for on draft day?  I have no clue.  Packer fans have no clue.  The Packers front office may not even have a concrete idea of who their first pick on Saturday will be.  With the 9th overall pick, they don’t necessarily have a definite claim on any one player.  Obviously, they have it lowered down to at least 9 guys, but a lot is riding on the first 8 picks.  Nothing is for sure with Ted Thompson on draft day.

Even an intense perusal of online mock drafts gives us no clue what to expect.  I compiled data from 50 mock drafts, some from expert NFL analysts, others from amateurs and fanatics.  The only real consensus is that the Packers will probably try to solidify their defensive front seven.  96% of predicted Packers picks were defensive linemen or outside linebackers.  With Dom Capers’ 3-4 scheme in mind, Thompson would be wise to draft a talented player who could come in and make a difference up front right away.

However, Thompson’s first round draft strategy gives us no guarantees.  His first first-round pick, Aaron Rodgers, is definitely paying dividends.  A.J. Hawk, the 5th overall pick in 2006, has been solid, but not outstanding and Thompson’s last first round pick, Justin Harrell, was basically a waste. In 2008, he traded down, opting instead to draft for depth.

This year’s draft has a lot to offer at #9.  Let’s hope Thompson isn’t as clueless as we are come Saturday morning.

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