With the NFL draft fast approaching, we are going to take a look at just how the Green Bay Packers can ensure that they leave Chicago with a great, not good, draft class.
Firstly, let's just remind everyone that the Packers have the 30th pick in the first round of this year’s draft.They are in that spot courtesy of coming up a tad bit short of the Super Bowl this past January.
It is common knowledge that the Pack needs a inside linebacker or two after releasing the ageing and deteriorating A.J. Hawk and the mistake-prone Brad Jones. Everyone assumes that they will use their first round pick on an inside linebacker but they should be looking in a different direction.
General manager Ted Thompson is notorious for his disdain for other team’s free agents and this year was no different. He re-signed his own top free agents Randall Cobb and Mark Bulaga. With this year’s top collegiate inside linebackers not being rated as first round picks, value-wise, they should instead look to the offensive side of the ball.
Drafting tight end Maxx Williams out of the University of Minnesota in the first round is the best option for the franchise because he has the middle stretching speed at tight end that the Pack lacks right now.
The draft pick from last last year, Richard Rodgers, is a good player with soft hands but doesn't have zone stretching speed. He runs about a 4.9 in 40 yard dash. Williams is about a 4.6-4.7 in the 40.
That is all I believe the Packers need to do to have the most well balanced, unstoppable offense in the league.
With Randall Cobb, in the slot, Jordy Nelson outside, third receiver DaVante Adams,who's going into his second season and seems to be emerging as a star, at wide receiver and Eddie Lacy and John Starks at running back along with the incomparable Aaron Rodgers at Quarterback, the Packers would have the most explosive offense in the NFL.
Rest of the draft
In the second round they can pick up a top inside linebacker, like Eric Kendricks of UCLA or Stephone Anthony of Clemson. In addition, they can pick up their second most needed position, cornerback,in the second or third round.
This could be P.J. Williams of Florida State. He was a potential first round selection until a recent arrest for D.U.I.
The NFL has been cracking down recently on players with potential red flags on their resume. If he slips down to the third round the Pack could have one of the most, if not the most, successful drafts in the entire league.
Since the have picked up two compensatory picks from the league for losing a couple of free agents, they can then fill out the rest of the draft with other positional needs, especially at defensive tackle. Get ready NFL, this could be an exceptional draft for the Green Bay Packers.
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