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.