While the Packers are preparing to take the NFC North Crown this Sunday, I am in need of amusement. Looking at draft prospects will give me outlet for my anxiety, regarding our defense's performance Sunday against duh bares! (Chicago Bears : )
The Green Bay Packers' defense has been the subject of many spirited conversations in recent weeks. GM Ted Thompson, come May, 2014, will be searching for players to replenish the defensive ranks. While it is too early to know which of our own "Free Agents" we will retain, or who will shine at the Senior Bowl, it is blatantly obvious we need up-grades on every level of the defense.
Ted Thompson has proven that he can justify any draft pick he makes, but I expect another defense heavy draft.
1st ~ #32 ~ Kyle Van Noy OLB ~ 6' 3" 245 lbs. Sr BYU ~ He is a very versatile prospect and CBS has him ranked 41, MTD has him ranked at #33. Some believe he can play either inside or outside in the 3 - 4, which will be an asset TT will not be able to ignore.
2nd ~ #64 ~ Shayne Skov ILB ~ 6' 2" 245 lbs. Sr. Stanford ~ Thumping ILB'er that the Pack needs in the middle.
3rd ~ #96 ~ Ahmad Dixon SS ~ 6' 0" 205 lbs. Sr. Baylor ~ Ranked 96 by MTD, physical tackler the Packers need!
4th ~ #128 ~ Jaylen Watkins CB/S ~ 6' 188 lbs. Sr. Florida ~ Ranked 146 by CBS Watkins is experienced at CB & S.
5th ~ #160 ~ Cody Hoffman WR ~ 6' 4" 210 lbs Sr. BYU ~ If TT is impressed with him at the Senior Bowl, it would not surprise me if he drafted him in the 5th round.
6th ~ #192 ~ Colt Lyerla TE ~ 6' 5" 250 lbs Jr. Oregon ~ TT loves his TE's and we can certainly use a good TE.
7th ~#224 ~ Garrison Smith DT ~ 6' 3" 299 lbs. Georgia ~ Strong SEC DT we can develop.
It always amazes me when I start one of these, how you'd think it would be easy to draft 7 perfect players for the Green Bay Packer, yet it never is...
Ted Thompson could draft a TE in the 1st round, or a DT. I have no doubt the picture will be much clearer come May, but it is obvious that we will need an excellent draft this year to stay in contention for the Super Bowl next year. (We all know how hard it is to repeat! : )
Go Pack Go!