Draft Board Comes Into Focus In Final Week

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It's a phrase that will be heard often this week, and particularly this weekend, in talking about the NFL Draft, and it's a philosophy General Manager Ted Thompson and his personnel staff with the Green Bay Packers follow -- "staying true to the board."

The "board" is the draft board, and Thompson shed a little light during his pre-draft press conference on Monday about how that board is constructed and then followed during the draft.

The board is essentially all the draft-eligible players' names covering one entire wall of the team's draft room, which resides on the third floor of the Lambeau Field Atrium, the same floor as the offices of the personnel and coaching staffs. It's probably more accurately termed a "grid" with both vertical and horizontal components.

As Thompson described to the assembled media, the names are aligned vertically based on their position, with one column representing running backs, another linebackers, etc. Then they're placed **..

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