Packers Draft: Moving Up or Moving Down?

Legendary senior writer jclombardi–possible Packers trades on draft day.

On his philosophy to draft the best player available, GM Thompson said, “Obviously, if there are what we would perceive as needs, that position might get a little extra care or we might re-evaluate things a bit more. But at the end of the day, we still believe drafting the best player on the board is the best policy.”  Also, he acknowledged that he may trade down from the first round saying, “If we can move back five spots and still get the same player, then we are not averse to doing that. It kind of goes both ways.” Some fans and mock draft bloggers think that he will trade down because of his early reputation of trading down to gain more draft picks.  Yet, in recent drafts, he traded away picks in the last three drafts to move up getting DE Thompson (4th round 2008), OLB Matthews (1st round 2009), and safety Burnett (3rd round 2010).

Thus, what kind of scenario to move up?  Scenario: If G.M. Ted Thompson needs a trading partner in the first round he needn’t go any further than Seattle at No. 25. His former associate, John Schneider, is general manager there and the two would have no hesitation doing a deal together. It’s as good a time as any to move up given Thompson has extra fourth- and seventh-round picks and doesn’t have that many holes to fill on his roster. If he moved up, he would probably target falling DEs such as J.J. Watt or Adrian Clayborn.

Next what kind of scenario to move down?  Scenario: With the expected run on Des, OTs, & OLBs in the early and middle parts of the 1st round, along with a number of teams looking for solid QB choices available in the 1st and 2nd rounds, he may trade down for more picks. Thus, if top prospects for our top needs are no longer on the board at number 32 and a team exists to deal for good early QB prospect, the Packers may deal to get extra picks by moving down. Maybe.

Either way, fans will know tomorrow night. We will cover the 3 days NFL draft reporting Packers choices and their detailed scouting reports.  Amusingly, toward the end of the first round, we’re are all going to be bored to death from reading endless nauseating twitter verbiage from those “no lives lonely” bloggers or unemployed “college wanna bes” bloggers (hint: bottom dwellers in Packers bloggers rankings).  Thus, as the pick number 32 for the Packers gets close and after, fans can look for instant quality news on twitter and NFL Gridiron Gab–Packers about the Packers choice and more.  Go Pack!

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