Green Bay Packers Must Draft a Running Back in First Round

There are 17 comments on the Rant Sports story from Feb 11, 2013, titled Green Bay Packers Must Draft a Running Back in First Round. In it, Rant Sports reports that:

Plenty are screaming for the Green Bay Packers to use the 20th overall pick on an offensive tackle but, I don't think that is the right move.

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Glyxman

Mauston, WI

#1 Feb 13, 2013
We need an offensive line that can protect Rodgers. Picking a running back is secondary to that goal!
eric

Marshfield, WI

#2 Feb 13, 2013
Exactly.A solid Oline will help the running game.RB can be found mid or late rounds.
GBPmies

Finland

#3 Feb 13, 2013
Well that depends, 1st rd RB will start right away probably and if he is that good will make defenses fear the run a bit more... making pass blocking a bit easier.

Will a late 1st rd Olineman come in and be an automatic starter, a difference maker???Probably not. He might take a few years to develop into something and I think we have several of them already. I think that olineman would have to be one hell of a LT or C. I don't see a rookie C or LT taken late in rd 1 starting for the Packers type of offense.

IF there is top RB there they might take it.

Just a thought....
eric

Marshfield, WI

#4 Feb 13, 2013
There have been many lineman drafted in the 1st and 2nd who made rosters nad starting jobs.
TT will go back to old TT, Draft the best player available
Reggie12-6

Westbury, NY

#5 Feb 13, 2013
i agree with eric - oline is more of a priority.Rodgers needs time to complete his plays and not run for his life and or get pounded into the ground as often as hes been thru.
eric

Marshfield, WI

#6 Feb 13, 2013
Id love another def.end as well.Chris Canty may not be the answer but find one somewhere with some size.No more of these 295-300lbers..Lets find that 320 lber who can stop the run,pass rush a bit,that sure would help.
normallylikeyell ow

Altoona, PA

#7 Feb 13, 2013
Prepared to be "shocked," Mr. O'Barr. It's not going to happen. Lacy could definitely be there, but so might DeAndre Hopkins (a tempting WR), based evaluations. My preference would be to take a DE or SS.
He also forgets that our O-line isn't making a superstar out of anybody. Add in rookie in pass protection on top of that leaky line and I just don't see it. As I've said elsewhere, there are good backs to be had all the way down the draft.
GBPmies

Finland

#8 Feb 13, 2013
Sure there will be some good olineman available at pick #26, I bet. I am not sure if any of them would crack the starting lineup this year but is always good to build for the future, especially since we don’t know about the injuries to Bulaga and Sherrod. Perhaps another Tackle or Center. I don’t see a rookie C starting in the complex Packers offense though. He would have a hard time making all the adjustments and calls. Our Gourds are not going anywhere.

I sure as sh** don’t know enough about college ball to say taking an olineman is a bad idea, and I am not saying it is a bad idea. I was just saying RB “could be” a better option.

I know we can find RBs later in the draft……… like we found Alex Green in the 3rd round in 2011!

I agree TT will go BPA, My hope is that BPA = one BIG bad ‘3-4’ DE! I think that is the biggest need right now.
GBPmies

Finland

#9 Feb 14, 2013
normallylikeyellow wrote:
Prepared to be "shocked," Mr. O'Barr. It's not going to happen. Lacy could definitely be there, but so might DeAndre Hopkins (a tempting WR), based evaluations. My preference would be to take a DE or SS.
He also forgets that our O-line isn't making a superstar out of anybody. Add in rookie in pass protection on top of that leaky line and I just don't see it. As I've said elsewhere, there are good backs to be had all the way down the draft.
I can admit I don’t know much about collage ball. I don’t have the time to follow it and it is hard to watch the games from here even if I had the time. I can and do follow NFL scouts opinions and follow the draft info in the offseason. I have not heard one person say there are good RBs all the way down this draft. There are a few good RBs from what I have heard.

I like the way TT drafts and I won’t complain with his picks, I am just an’ arm chair’ GM like everyone else around here :)

For all I know we go TE or LB in the 1ST. However last year before the draft I did hope we get both Perry and Worthy by trading up in second round. I don’t know enough about the draft to look at anything past the 2nd round though.
normallylikeyell ow

Altoona, PA

#10 Feb 14, 2013
I agree you on the DE. I was looking at the RB from a quality for the money issue--as I think TT does. Everyone was on Ahmad Bradshaw a couple of days ago? Well, he was a 7th round pick. Reggie Bush was 1st round pick. With bonuses Bush made about $6 million last year. Bradshaw made $ 3.75. Bush 1278 total yards, 8 TDs. Bradshaw 1260 yds, 6 TDs (14 games). Not sure that difference is worth the extra $ 2.25 million. But I suppose if you look at the rookie salary cap rules, it's not that big a difference (Rd 1-7) if you don't exercise the option at the end of their rookie deal. But then if that's the case, the guy was a probably a bust anyway. Put it another way: I don't think we lost to the 49ers because of our running game.
AngryBlackMan

United States

#11 Feb 15, 2013
No running back needs to be taken in the first round ever unless his name is

-AD
-Barry sanders
-earl Campbell
-Eric Dickerson
-Walter Peyton
normallylikeyell ow

Altoona, PA

#12 Feb 15, 2013
If Eddie Lacy is any of those guys, I agree with you. I just don't think he is. Here's some other first rounders:
Jim Grabowski
Darrell Thompson
Eddie Lee Ivery
Brent Fullwood
Jeremy

Mooreton, ND

#13 Feb 16, 2013
normallylikeyellow wrote:
I agree you on the DE. I was looking at the RB from a quality for the money issue--as I think TT does. Everyone was on Ahmad Bradshaw a couple of days ago? Well, he was a 7th round pick. Reggie Bush was 1st round pick. With bonuses Bush made about $6 million last year. Bradshaw made $ 3.75. Bush 1278 total yards, 8 TDs. Bradshaw 1260 yds, 6 TDs (14 games). Not sure that difference is worth the extra $ 2.25 million. But I suppose if you look at the rookie salary cap rules, it's not that big a difference (Rd 1-7) if you don't exercise the option at the end of their rookie deal. But then if that's the case, the guy was a probably a bust anyway. Put it another way: I don't think we lost to the 49ers because of our running game.
Ya we lost because Capers was completely out coached by a younger and more innovative coaching staff, just saying. BTW, I think Bradshaw would be a nice addition to the Packers, great leader and a two time Superbowl winner.
normallylikeyell ow

Altoona, PA

#14 Feb 16, 2013
I know what you mean about Bradshaw. Let's see how this salary cap thing sorts out. I think a guy like Sedrick Ellis would be a faster contributing FA pickup, though there you're looking at $5 million or so--not TT's style. I'd like to see some nasty on that side of the ball. We score enough to win.
eric

Marshfield, WI

#15 Feb 16, 2013
We do have options to free up cash,Finley and Hawk come to mind.Hawk is underated,no highlight film but solid and is a SB champ,Finley can be traded,Id also consider trading Tramon WIlliams and that would free up 15M or so ( 8.5 Finley and 6.5 Williams)..Finley would bring us a 3rd and WIlliams as well and we can even package the 2 picks and our 1st rounder,trade up in the 1st round if desired or package both 3rds for an upper 2nd and a 5th or whatever.OR ( depending on out spot in the 3rd for both,2 high 3rds where quality is found)
AngryBlackMan

Canton, MI

#16 Feb 16, 2013
Ain't no one giving up a 3rd for that shmuck Finley.
normallylikeyell ow

Altoona, PA

#17 Feb 16, 2013
I've read the chatter about Hawk being a cap casualty, but less likely with Woodson cut. His potential replacements have all missed time the last 2 seasons. He's our best tackler every year--calls the signals--misses very little time and if you've looked at the free agent numbers for LBs, he's relatively low pay considering all that. If he does go, it's a good indicator that they might go ILB early in the draft. Williams is an awfully good player when he's healthy. His contract was front-loaded, so they've spent the majority of it already. He counts significantly less against the cap than 2 years ago (5.9 next year, his last on the deal). They do have some good young corners, though, so it wouldn't surprise me. I'm with ABM on Finley.

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