We are now officially less than one week away now from the 2012 NFL Draft. The draft is always a key component for Ted Thompson, as it is the biggest building block he uses to field his roster.
Thompson has also shocked some folks this offseason by actually adding some free agent help for the Packers prior to the draft as well.
The first signing was C Jeff Saturday—a very important signing after the loss of C Scott Wells, who also used free agency to sign with the St. Louis Rams.
Thompson also signed former Packer DL Daniel Muir and DL Anthony Hargrove.
I expect Thompson to be aggressive in the draft this year. In his first three drafts with the Packers (2005-2007), he never traded up to grab a player he wanted. However, Thompson has traded up in three straight years (2008-2010), with the biggest trade-up being the move that allowed the Packers to select Clay Matthews in 2009.
The selection of Matthews set up the Packers as championship contenders, and they indeed won it all in 2010, defeating Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV. Last year, the Packers were 15-1—the best record in the history of the storied franchise—but they lost in the playoffs to the eventual Super Bowl XLVI winners, the New York Giants.
The Packers have 12 draft picks at their disposal in the upcoming draft. I expect Thompson to trade up at least once to secure a player he has his sights on. This final mock draft of mine will have Thompson trading up twice to get players who can certainly help the Packers in 2012 and beyond.