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What positions are the safest to draft?

Discussion in 'Draft Talk' started by ivo610, Apr 21, 2014.

  1. ThxJackVainisi

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    I agree Thompson has to draft better and I hope the 2013 draft was the start of that trend. I don’t think we saw what Datone can do last season and Lacy was an A+. Thompson may have gotten not one, but two starting OL from the fourth round of that draft and I’m (perhaps unrealistically) optimistic about both of them. Hyde was another A+ pick where he was taken and Boyd contributed in his rookie season. One of LBs – probably Barrington – may prove to be a decent pick too. The eventual overall grade of that draft will depend a lot on Datone – if he can stay healthy I think that will go down as one of Thompson’s better drafts.

    Having said that, ivo610 is correct. Not only did Wallace get hurt, but he was signed to the active roster on September 2nd. Of course Thompson and McCarthy were responsible for the absolute mess at backup QB going into last season but [IMO] that does not mean the result is indicative of what the Packers team is without Rodgers. This season the Packers backup QB situation is as solid as we’ve seen it since the mid-90s. Unlike last year, they will have two backup QBs who both took snaps in the regular season the previous season and both will have had a full off season in Green Bay. No Packers fan wants to see if this correct but this will be a much, much better team with either Flynn or Tolzien under center than what we saw last season. [/IMO]
     
  2. captainWIMM

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    Absolutely agree that it´s tough to overcome losing the best player in the league. Not having a quality backup on the roster is a mistake though Thompson made and should have been avoided by any means.

    That´s where we have to disagree. The team scored 20 or more points during five of the eight games, averaging 21.5 points during Rodgers absence which would have ranked 22nd in the league over the entire season. Not great, but if the defense would have stepped up while facing adversity the Packers could have gone at least 4-4 over the span. Instead the defense gave up a whopping 30.3 points per game, which would have ranked dead last in the league over the entire season and there weren´t able to hold an opponent to under 20 points.

    I don´t have any doubts the offense with Rodgers is one of the best in the league, the defense doesn´t have enough talent though. Right now, the offense can´t have an off-day during the playoffs or otherwise the defense won´t be able to even win one game on their own.
     
  3. captainWIMM

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    Well, only two DLs drafted by Thompson have been regular starters. While I agree that scheme has a lot to do with them not getting a ton of tackles or sacks in the base defense, they´re asked to rush the passer in the sub packages.

    Agree with your take on Jenkins. The Packers need DLs who are capable of being effective on all three downs, and Thompson hasn´t really drafted any of them.
     
  4. captainWIMM

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    Thompson messed up the backup QB situation big time last year, I don´t think anybody would disagree with that. I like the fact both Flynn and Tolzien will be here for the entire offseason and bring stability to the position, but if Rodgers would get injured again I still expect the offensive production to decline.

    The defense should have had to step up, but they imploded when called upon. I don´t have any doubt this unit doesn´t have enough talent and they showed it last season when Rodgers went down.
     
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  5. ivo610

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    When your 2nd string QB gets hurt in the first series of the 1st start it's going to cause problems. He may not have gone the best direction as far as the 3rd string.

    For all the talk Rodgers injury got everyone just seems to forget the impact Matthews has when healthy.
     
  6. captainWIMM

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    Lacy was a great pick, Hyde surprised a lot of people and was decent, but don´t forget he didn´t have a single INT either. While Bakhtiari filled in admirably when Bulaga went down, he was one of the worst LT in the league. Tretter hasn´t played a single down, he could turn out as a bust as well. Datone showed some talent during camp, hope he can stay healthy and play up to his draft position next season.
     
  7. captainWIMM

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    A guy brought in after training camp ended shouldn´t have been the backup in first place.

    Don´t get me wrong, Matthews is by far the best player on the defense, it´s still interesting the defense gave up 23.2 points in the five games he missed while allowing 28.4 when he played.
     
  8. ivo610

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    I'm not willing to say Wallace was a failure bc he got hurt. I think at minimum you would need to see him start and finish the same game. Other teams have shuffled back ups during the preseason.

    Matthews is an interesting case. This defense is an interesting case. I actually have medium to high expectations for it this coming season.
     
  9. captainWIMM

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    Even Thompson admitted he messed up the backup QB situation last year.

    I´m skeptic. Thompson hasn´t addressed safety or ILB (IMO the two biggest needs) at all during free agency, improving the pass rush might help though. It´s still too early to make a accurate judgement as the Packers can still bring in some talent via the draft.
     
  10. ivo610

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    it's not a fair sample size when the guy gets injured during the 1st series of his first start. It's mindblowing that people think it's an adequate sample size to judge the quality of the packers 2nd string QB.

    I don't expect to have many impact rookies this season. Obviously one of those positions will be a weak point. Hopefully our younger players who are not rookies will step up this coming season. We need another all pro level talent on defense and at the moment I don't see it. I see a lot of mediocre players surround by some good not great players. Matthews excluded
     
  11. captainWIMM

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    I don´t have any issues with Thompson bringing in Wallace, it´s about when he was signed.

    There´s absolutely no doubt we don´t have any All-Pro on the defense aside of Matthews currently on the roster. After not improving those positions during free agency I expect Thompson to bring in impact players at those positions. Otherwise I would be disappointed by his approach.
     

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