In his decade-long tenure as the Green Bay Packers' general manager, Ted Thompson has been known to fans by many nicknames: sometimes we at Acme Packing Company call him the Silver Fox, and he earns the moniker Tightwad Ted with some Packers fans during free agency season. However, one name that has stuck based on his frequent moves in the NFL Draft is Trader Ted.
Over the past eleven drafts, Thompson has made at least one draft-day trade in ten, with 2014 being the lone exception. A total of 28 trades leaves him at an average of about two and a half per year. Here is a look at each one of those trades, broken down by year and illustrating the players involved in each trade.
- Packers acquire R5 (#147 - QB Brett Hundley) from Patriots for R5 (#166 - LS Joe Cardona) and R7 (#247 - CB Darryl Roberts)
The only draft-day trade that Ted Thompson has made in the past two years was last year on day three, when he gave up a seventh-round pick to move up 19 spots and select quarterback Brett Hundley. Hundley now is in line to be Aaron Rodgers' backup, while the Packers picked up a long snapper out of a sandwich shop late in the season instead of spending a 5th-round pick on one.
- Packers acquire R2 (#61 - RB Eddie Lacy) and R6 (#173 - later traded) from 49ers for R2 (#55 - TE Vance McDonald)
- Packers acquire R3 (#93 - later traded) and R7 (#216 - WR Charles Johnson) from 49ers for R3 (#88 - OLB Corey Lemonier)
- Packers acquire R4 (#109 - OT David Bakhtiari), R5 (#146 - later traded), and R7 (#224 - Kevin Dorsey) from Dolphins for R3 (#93 - CB Will Davis)
- Packers acquire R4 (#125 - RB Johnathan Franklin) from Broncos for R5 (#146 - DE Quanterus Smith) and R6 (#173 - OT Vinston Painter)
In summary, the Packers got picks #61, #109, #125, and #216 in exchange for #55 and #88. Of all the players mentioned, Lacy and Bakhtiari are head and shoulders above the rest.
- Packers receive R2 (#51 - DE Jerel Worthy) from Eagles for R2 (#59 - DE Vinny Curry) and R4 (#123 - CB Brandon Boykin)
- Packers receive R2 (#62 - CB Casey Hayward) from Patriots for R3 (#90 - DE Jake Bequette) and R5 (#163 - later traded back to GB)
- Packers receive R5 (#163 - ILB Terrell Manning) from Patriots for R6 (#197 - S Nate Ebner), R7 (#224 - CB Alfonzo Dennard) and R7 (#235 - WR Jeremy Ebert)
Here, Green Bay added picks 51 and 62 in exchange for 59, 123, 197, 224, and 235. The move for Hayward looks pretty darn good in hindsight, and he should net the Packers a compensatory pick in next year's draft. Worthy...well, he was obviously not worthy of the investment.
- Packers receive R5 (#141 - TE D.J. Williams) and R6 (#186 - ILB D.J. Smith) from Broncos for R4 (#129 - TE Julius Thomas) and R7 (#204 - TE Virgil Green).
- Packers receive R6 (#174 - later traded) and R7 (#231 - later traded) from 49ers for R5 (#163 - Daniel Kilgore)
- Packers receive R6 (#179 - G Caleb Schlauderaff), R7 (#218 - TE Ryan Taylor) from Dolphins for R6 (#174 - TE Charles Clay) and R7 (#231 - DE Frank Kearse)
The Packers were involved in trades that landed three tight ends who are better than any of the two that they drafted that year. Overall, Green Bay added picks 141, 179, 186, and 218 in exchange for 129, 163, and 204.
- Packers receive R3 (#71 - S Morgan Burnett) from Eagles for R3 (#86 - DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim) and R4 (#122 - QB Mike Kafka)
- Packers receive R1 (#26 - OLB Clay Matthews) and R5 (#162 - OT Jamon Meredith) from Patriots for R2 (#41 - CB Darius Butler), R3 (#73 - CB Derek Cox), and R3 (#83 - WR Brandon Tate)
- Packers receive R2 (#36 - WR Jordy Nelson), R4 (#113 - later traded) from Jets for R1 (#30 - TE Dustin Keller)
- Packers receive R4 (#102 - LB Jeremy Thompson) from Jets for R4 (#113 - CB Dwight Lowery), R5 (#162 - QB Erik Ainge)
- Packers receive R5 (#137 - later traded) and R7 (#217 - WR Brett Swain) from Rams for R4 (#128 - WR Keenan Burton)
- Packers receive R5 (#150 - OT Breno Giacomini) and R7 (#209 - QB Matt Flynn) from Vikings for R5 (#137 - QB John David Booty)
- Packers receive a 2009 R6 (#187 - CB Brandon Underwood) for 2008 R7 (#237 - WR Adrian Arrington)
This time around, it's quite the set of swaps. The Packers picked up 36, 102, 150, 209, 217, and a 6th-rounder in the following year in exchange for 30, 128, 162, and 237.
- Packers receive R2 (#63 - RB Brandon Jackson), R3 (#89 - S Aaron Rouse), R6 (#191 - FB Korey Hall) from Jets for R2 (#47 - ILB David Harris) and R7 (#235 - WR Chansi Stuckey)
- Packers receive R4 (#119 - OT Allen Barbre) and R6 (#192 - ILB Desmond Bishop) from Steelers for R4 (#112 - P Daniel Sepulveda)
Oh, and moving back seven spots to add Bishop, when the team you're trading down with takes a punter in the fourth round? Nicely done, Ted. In this draft, the Packers actually ended up with three straight picks from 191 to 193 - they used them to flesh out their special teams with Hall, Bishop, and Mason Crosby, who was chosen with the Packers' original 6th-rounder.
- Packers receive R2 (#52 - WR Greg Jennings) and R3 (#75 - OL Jason Spitz) from Patriots for R2 (#36 - WR Chad Jackson)
- Packers receive R2 (#37 - later traded) from Broncos for WR Javon Walker
- Packers receive R2 (#47 - OL Daryn Colledge), R3 (#93 - later traded), R5 (#148 - QB Ingle Martin IV) from Falcons for R2 (#37 - LB Jimmy Williams) and R5 (#139 - OL Quinn Ojinnaka)
- Packers receive R4 (#109 - later traded) and R6 (#183 - DL Johnny Jolly) from Rams for R3 (#93 - TE Dominique Byrd)
- Packers receive R4 (#115 - CB Will Blackmon) and R6 (#185 - S Tyrone Culver) from Eagles for R4 (#109 - WR Jason Avant)
Here's another doozy of a trade year. The Packers loaded up with picks 47, 52, 75, 109, 115, 148, 183, and 185 all in exchange for 36, 109, 139, and Javon Walker, who was forcing his way out of Green Bay anyway. With that haul they got a long-time starter at wide receiver, multiple critical offensive linemen, a punt returner in Blackmon, and a fan-favorite defensive end.
- Packers receive R4 (#115 - DB Marviel Underwood) and R4 (#126 - later traded) from Panthers for R3 (#89 - DL Atiyyah Ellison)
- Packers receive R5 (#167 - LB Mike Hawkins), R6 (#175 - later traded), R7 (#245 - DB Kurt Campbell) from Eagles for R4 (#126 - OL Todd Herremans)
- Packers receive R6 (#195 - WR Craig Bragg) and R7 (#246 - OG Will Whitticker) from Patriots for R6 (#175 - DL Anttaj Hawthorne)
Here, Green Bay added picks 115, 167, 195, 245, and 246 in exchange for just the 89th pick in the draft. With Thompson making his mark in his first draft as GM and trying to fill numerous holes left for him by Mike Sherman, it seems a wise strategy, even if none of the picks really panned out long-term.