2010 NFL Draft: Are the Green Bay Packers But One Pick Away From the Super Bowl?
This is the third in my series of articles examining potential draft strategies for the Green Bay Packers.
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#1 Mar 26, 2010
Id say they are a legitimate Playoff team for sure.They still need to upgrade in a few spots and unless TT plans on signing a few FA then he is going to have to hit on 5 or so draft picks.Ted has been pretty good with the draft,but,hitting on 5 of 8 picks is very tough.
LT- to be ready to replace Chad Clifton when he gets hurt
DE-esp if Jonny Jolly is a little bit busy at the start of the season.
and of course if they can upgrade at RB over Brandon Jackson,add a WR as Driver is getting older although i still say he has a good 2 or 3 seasons left in him.
#2 Mar 26, 2010
I liked this article, very well thought out. I'd say GB is a little further out than a Superbowl with a draft pick, but if they could pick up a RB like, Ray Rice, Mendenhall, Moreno, Shonn Greene, JaMaal Williams or via FA like Justin Fargas, GB could very well propel offensively to the Superbowl. I would still like to see the D side of the ball taken care of first, I think this offense is good enough to make it to the Superbowl, and if GB could put a little more pressure on the QB, they could real tough to beat this year. Who knows, I have been waffling more about this draft then BF returning to football, lmao!!
#3 Mar 26, 2010
Must be Viking fans trolling, they like to judge comments without writing anything.
#4 Mar 26, 2010
I agree. Given our likely draft scenario, I don't see how one pick is going to tip the balance of the league in our favor. Pass blocking and pass rush alone sank us against the Vikings last year. Are we going to draft someone who plays both ways? Our secondary needs help and to me that means CBs and middle pressure, which is where we really lacked last year. Al Harris isn't assured of being 100% at the beginning of the year. Raji or "persons unknown" need to get some push in there. We're playing the run ok. Most of the sacks came on the edge, where we've taken steps to retain our guys. Waffling is fine, Jeremy. The Rams and Lions could easily trade out of the top two picks, changing everything. I know one thing: I wouldn't take Bradford. He's never excelled in a game when he had any pressure. They're comparing to Aaron. He's no Aaron Rodgers. Footwork, release, athleticism, decision making--no comparison. They'd be wise to trade for Vick or McNabb and find out what they've got for play makers. The Lions don't need another big contract. They need picks and quality football players. That said, if they can take Okung or Suh you can't blame them. Both are great players. I think we focus on a play maker on either side of the ball first pick and then solidify the core: DT, OL and the best footballs players are. That's the best strategy. We'll be competitive.
#5 Mar 26, 2010
Did that post make any sense? haha Sorry guys. Watching Bball at the same time.
#6 Mar 26, 2010
Bradford is not an NFL QB, he played in shotgun most of his college career and had a very good defense, also can he take hits in the NFL? Clausen from Notre Dame is the most NFL ready QB IMO, from Charlie Weiss and his NFL style offense, to the fact every game Notre Dame played they had no Defense and Clausen had to throw the ball every time the offense took the field and still was able to put up big numbers with the opposing team knowing that Notre Dame was gonna throw 80% of the time. I expect Clausen to be a very good QB. The Rams would be a good fit with Jackson in the backfield to help take the pressure off. That scenario reminds me of Ryan and Flacco, those guys were not expected to win games, just manage them and the Rams have the running back to compliment Clausen just like the Ravens and Falcons do.
#7 Mar 26, 2010
You know, every time I see that "most NFL ready QB" I remember that everyone said that about Brian Brohm.
I really don't see the Packers getting an impact player at #23. I agree that the offense is probably fine as is, as long as everyone stays healthy on the line... we saw what happened last year. If there was one position that would possibly be an "impact" position the Packers could draft for, it would be a bookend OLB to complement Matthews and force the other teams into hurrying and making mistakes. Having said that, I don't know if that player will be there at #23.
Obviously we don't know who is going to slip down that far, but assuming that the round goes as expected I fully expect the Packers to trade down. In fact, I think it's more likely (though still unlikely) that they trade up a little to grab a player like Spiller than it would be for them to stay at #23.
#8 Mar 27, 2010
Everyone said that about Matt Ryan also.
I think there can be impact players through round 5, it just has to be players that "fit" the system, not just the best athlete available, sometimes, like Jim Mora says in this article, if you are a cover 2 team, picking a cover corner doesn't help the coach win. So to draft the best available athlete isn't only the right move, but an OLB at #23 could be a real impact, look how well Jones played and he was a LATE round draft pick, GB just needs players that "fit" the scheme, and who are "character" guys like this Matthews fellow GB drafted last year, fits the scheme, hard worker, high character guy..
#9 Mar 27, 2010
even more sad was they said Ryan Leaf was an NFL ready qb and look at his career!
I can see Ted trading 23 for a 2nd and a 4th rounder or something to that line.
The draft is deep in Tackles,but not sure how many can be LT,but,if nothing to your liking is at 23,why not trade it and get value instead of a guy your not sure will cut it.
personally id like to see Ted trade up and like many here have mentioned, it worked last year and grab a high impact SS or CB or an OLB like the kid from Michigan
#10 Mar 27, 2010
I think there's plenty of quality players at 23 and beyond, as Jeremy said. Don't let a handful of bust picks influence your judgement--every team has them. Most good QBs are football intelligent, tough, and natural leaders--hard attributes to assess when they are working out in shorts and all the tape shows them against college competition. Nobody gets that open in the pros. You don't get to sit back and survey the defense with little or no pressure. Look at Tom Brady. Did we expect him to be the best (arguably) in the league? Heck no. They had Drew Bledsoe. You really never know until they have to get it done. This is why I hope Matt Flynn is healthy enough to play this pre-season. He needs game experience.
#11 Mar 27, 2010
Look at Romo also, came from a small school, and now is the starting QB for the Cowboys, prolly the most high profile job in the NFL. Who knows, QB's are so hard to draft, you just don't know until they get out on the field and play.
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