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Is Ted Thompson’s Draft And Develop Method Working

In Ted We Trust

Draft and develop. Packer Fans know what that means. Free Agency comes and go without Thompson making a move. My question is Thompson’s method working?

You can’t argue with the success. A super bowl championship, two NFC north titles, five out of six years making the playoffs. There are teams in the NFL that would kill for that success. I do have issues with Thompson’s draft and develop style. In order to keep a team together you need a veteran presence. The Packers do have Rodgers, Matthews, Hawk, James Jones as their leaders. I have heard that TJ Lang and Josh Sitton are taking more of a leadership role. Is that enough to keep the rookies in line.

The Packers have more rookies on their team than any other team in the NFL.
The problem with that is most rookies are just trying to make the team and learn the playbook. A rookie doesn’t have time to be a leader. Let’s be honest you really want a rookie leading a meeting or getting the other players motivated.

Thompson wants to keep his rookies on the team that are special. But with the salary cap is nearly impossible. With the rookie contracts not as huge as they used to be. Most rookies are looking for that payday. Thompson will not overpay for a player. Thompson did miss on the 2011 draft. All the players he drafted are either gone or not a factor.

What to make of Thompson’s draft and develop method? Other teams like the KANSAS City Chiefs, New England Patriots, Minnesota Vikings are using a similar style. Baltimore and the New York Giants have won super bowls recently with a mixture of veterans and rookies. I think Thompson needs a more balanced team of veterans and rookies. I want Thompson to draft quality over quantity in the draft. If Thompson can get a mature group of rookies along with a talented core of veterans. The Packers can be a dynasty in the making.

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5 Responses to “Is Ted Thompson’s Draft And Develop Method Working”

  1. Nick Perry says:

    While I agree quality over quantity it won’t happen with Thompson. Just look at his 2011 draft, 10 choices and 4 left on team. Not much quantity or quality left.

  2. Pat Kelly says:

    I enjoy reading different viewpoints, but this article is heavy on opinion and lacks analysis. The author failed to point out several facts. While it’s true that only four picks remain on the team, this was the draft that occurred right after the Super Bowl win. The Packets picked dead last — number 32 in the draft. Picking last sure doesn’t help acquiring quality. Injuries also stalled or cut short some of the potential careers. Green’s experience with the spread offense and hard running style probably would have suited him very well in Green Bay. Guy was sidelined with concussion problems. Sherrod is finally healthy enough to practice again. He could represent an upgrade at RT and improve the OL performance and depth overall. Does anyone want to argue witj selections of Cobb and House? They were great quality picks. Taylor was a quality ST pick as well in the 7th round. I believe that six of the Packers picks came after the fourth round when it’s difficult to find impact players. Finally, the Packers are a very talented team. While some of Ted’s picks are not on the Green Bay roster, they are NFL caliber players on other rosters.

    The statement that only four remain on the roster is true, but the statement that none of the picks are factors is ridiculous. Sherrod, Ryan, House and Cobb are not factors? Cobb is probably the most valuable offensive weapon we have outside of ARod himself and House’s draft and development will probably allow us to say goodbye to an expensive veteran like Williams or Shields next year and not miss a beat.

    In Ted we Trust.

    • John Radtke says:

      If Sherrod does play, and that is a big IF. He hasn’t player in over a year and it’s going to take weeks for him to get a feel for the offense. House is inconsistent. House has also been benched in favor of Hyde. I’m not blaming Ted for the injuries. I just think we need quality over quantity. Ted’s draft of Raji and Matthews was brilliant.
      I’m not sure what is the best way. Ted traded up for Matthews in that draft.

  3. Pat says:

    “Thompson did miss on the 2011 draft. All the players he drafted are either gone or not a factor.”

    Cobb is not a factor? Wow, now there’s an interesting statement.

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