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Jason La Canfora, who is the NFL Insider for CBS Sports, wrote an interesting piece about the Packers draft (and Aaron Rodgers) for CBSSportsline.com. Here is what La Canfora had to say:
After seven rounds and too many hours to recall of this 2013 NFL Draft, here are a few things on my mind about how it all played out.
When I asked people about Eddie Lacy's drop, the thing that I heard the most was simply not pushing himself hard enough in training leading up the combine and the draft. The buzz around the Alabama program was that he wasn't taking that side of it seriously enough, it was reflected in poor times and a muscle injury that set him back, and he never quite recovered.
He's a good kid, isn't into partying or any of that stuff, but needs to stay motivated. Should be a wake-up call for him, and that, coupled with the Packers drafting plenty of competition at his position, should keep him pushed as well. Could turn out to be a total steal there, because some on the Alabama staff believe he has more talent than Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson -- former Alabama backs who recently went in the first round (and in Richardson's case, near the top of the first round).
And, as part of a general theme in this draft of the rich getting richer -- i.e. Baltimore, Seattle, San Francisco finding great value down the board -- kudos again to Green Bay. Between Lacy and Johnathan Franklin, they landed two backs who could make a real difference there. And if the both pan out, the trade route is always open.
Also lost amid the draft hoopla was the single biggest piece of NFL news in a while and the most significant transaction of this offseason: Aaron Rodgers is now locked up in Green Bay until 2019 and at a very team-friendly price. Agents and execs around the league were surprised Rodgers “only” got $22 million (this is all relatively speaking) and set no real huge benchmarks despite being the best in the game. Getting $62 million over the first three years is already in line with what guys like Joe Flacco are getting. In hindsight, Flacco's agent, Joe Linta, looks smarter and smarter with the deal that he did.
So, yeah, a massive weekend for the Packers.