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Draft day, baby! How can you be anything but all giddy inside? I love this event - the uncertainty, the surprises, the theatrics, the look on the face of the dude who is free falling from his prognosticated perch…the look on the face of the girlfriend of the dude who is free falling from his prognosticated perch. It’s immediate entertainment with a lasting payoff.
Ted Thompson is steadfast in his philosophy that drafting is best executed via the top rated player available when the team is on the clock. “You can never have enough good football players on your team,” Thompson has stated (or stated something close) over the years. It’s an approach that isn’t always popular, is oft debated, and sometimes does not yield positive gains until the GM who made the call is long gone.
But drafting on talent vs. drafting on need is the sound logic (especially in the first round).
Shangri-la would pair the best player available with the team’s area of greatest need. But what is the area of greatest need for the Green Bay Packers? Look at the roster…really look at it. Can we afford an injury anywhere?
The 2010 Green Bay Packers are one knee away from the perilous shallows of every position on the field. I don’t think it’s a problem unique to the Pack. I wouldn’t launch myself from the high dive into the rosters of the overwhelming majority of the league. But on draft day, it isn’t about the league…it’s about the Green Bay Packers.
We need good men. We need them everywhere.