Hey guys, since our season is unfortunately over for us, it's time to think of some offseason moves to make our team better.
To Green Bay's advantage, it has quality depth at the linebacker position. Clay Matthews has locked himself in at ROLB in the 3-4 scheme. Nick Barnett seemed to pick up on the defense better than what we thought and had a solid season as the leader of the Packers D. However, question marks have come up for the remaining linebackers. Who should be starting? Do we need all these LB's? AJ Hawk is one of our starting ILB's. One game he's solid, and other games he is consistently out of position to make a play. Many of you have recently convinced me that he should be traded for a draft pick, CB, or OT from another team at equal value. Is everyone ready to give up on him? If Green Bay does trade AJ Hawk, that leaves us with Brandon Chillar and Desmond Bishop as our ILB's. Chillar is clear our best LB in coverage, and Bishop is a huge playmaker, delivers hard hits, and is an excellent run stuffer. Our ROLB position has become a question mark as well. Brad Jones has done well and has exceeded his expectations as a 7th Round Draft pick. There is no question that he has been serviceable, but is he the future at that position? He did have 2 sacks against Roethlisberger in the Regular Season, but both of those sacks were due to Big Ben holding onto the ball too long. Is he a starter or a quality LB to have for depth? There are 2 other backups at that position: Brady Poppinga and Jeremy Thompson. Poppinga has shown no signs of taking over the starting role and Thompson, well, after all his hype in the offseason has not shown why he should be a starter either. Aaron Kampmann is set to become a Free Agent. He recently said in an interview that he wants to return to Green Bay, but does Green Bay want him back? Green Bay could slap the Franchise Tag on him, trade him, and hope for a 2nd Round Draft pick. It is highly doubtful a player like Kampmann would value a 1st Round Draft pick coming off a dissapointing season and ACL injury.
Most people are in favor of putting TJ Lang at RG and releasing incumbent Darryn Colledge. That puts Green Bay in a tough situation at the OT position on both sides. Green Bay also desperately needs a young CB that can learn from veterans like Charles Woodson and Al Harris (who wants to return). If Green Bay avoids the CB position again on the first day of this draft and either Harris or Woodson goes down next season, we are back in the same position,even worse if Woodson goes down. Considering their age, this position cannot be ignored. in 2008, Green Bay drafted CB Pat Lee in the 2nd Round, but he is coming off 2 season ending injuries in a row. There is no telling how successfull he will or can be.
So, that leaves you to answer the questions: what should Green Bay do to improve this offseason? My proposal: slap the Franchise Tag on Aaron Kampmann, then trade him for a 2nd Round draft pick. Trade AJ Hawk for a 2nd Round Draft pick as well. That will leave Green Bay with a 1st Round Draft pick, and 3 2nd Round Draft picks. Considering this draft has a lot of OT's, but not many that are top tier, perhaps Green Bay can draft both of its starting OT's in the 2nd Round. It can also draft a CB in the 1st Round, and a Safety in the 2nd Round (hoping for one of LSU's safeties). In the 3rd Round, we can possibly draft a guy like Brian O' Schofield from Wisconsin to become our starting LOLB. By doing this, we can put TJ Lang at LG, allowing GB to release Darryn Colledge and S Atari Bigby can be released if not resigned at the right price. What is your proposal?