Awhile back I posted an article regarding the method in which Ted Thompson drafts. This draft is another excellent example of Ted drafting for impact. I had argued that I thought Sylvester Williams or Eddie Lacy would be the best options for drafting in the first round. Much to my satisfaction, we drafted Eddie Lacy at the end of the second round.
After investigating Datone Jones, I have been convinced that he will be as impactful and probably moreso than Sylvester Williams would have been. It all remains to be seen until they step on the field, but my evaluation at this point goes back to recent Packers history.
Cullen Jenkins had a significant impact on the defensive line a few years ago. While I was sad to see him go, it was a move that needed to happen. However, there was no adequate replacement on the roster the following year. Mike Neal flashed some talent and looked to be a promising young End but, alas, an injury dashed any hopes of Neal carrying the torch as the force that would draw double teams and provide Matthews with clear shots at the QB.
Since then the Pack still has yet to replace the impact that Cullen Jenkins had on the defense. Datone Jones gives us hope of that extra pressure that allows the front 7 to stop the run consistently and harass opposing QBs on a regular basis. The combination of Jones, Matthews, and Perry should provide the boost that the defense needs to be a top 5 D this year. That extra pressure on the front end will, as a result, make the DBs look that much better. Even if the D-line or linbackers don't get to the QB, they may cause errant throws, early throws, throwing it away.
In addition, the addition of Lacy and the surprise addition of Franklin in combination with whichever RB from last year survives, should allow the Offense to stay on the field longer in the 2nd and short or 3rd and short situations which will, in turn, allow the D to rest longer.
All the way around, the first two picks of the draft alone should make a significant impact on the team this year and right away. The rest of the picks, as I argued and many (thank you to all who posted) agreed, were to provide depth and competition on the rest of the team.
I would love to hear what you all think.
What went right, and what went wrong, in your opinion?
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