It's not a secret. The Green Bay Packers are a draft and develop team. That type of structure within the organization has gotten the team a 82-45-1 record over the past eight seasons with head coach Mike McCarthy and general manager Ted Thompson running the store.
That also had led to six postseason appearances, four NFC North titles and a win in Super Bowl XLV. That being said, except for that great postseason run the Packers had in 2010, when they went 4-0, the team is just 2-5 in the playoffs under McCarthy and Thompson.
The Seattle Seahawks proved last night in resounding fashion in Super Bowl XLVIII, that excellent drafting, nice trades and solid use of free agency works.
The general manager of the Seahawks is John Schneider. Schneider worked under Thompson in both Seattle and Green Bay before he got an opportunity to run the front office in Seattle. Obviously, Schneider did a fantastic job, as the Seahawks pounded the Denver Broncos 43-8 last night on the biggest stage in the NFL.
The hope is that Thompson can take a page from that success and also perhaps a page from his former mentor Ron Wolf. Free agency can work. I'm talking about pure free agency. Not the kind that Thompson usually utilizes, which is signing street free agents.
With that being said, I've put together a wish list that I believe would enhance the Packers in both the draft and free agency.
Odds are that Thompson will not use free agency liberally. He will probably focus on just a couple of players who are under 30 years of age. That's fine, as long as the players are difference-makers.
The list I've accumulated in each slide are three players in the draft and three players in free agency. All of them have the ability to uplift the various positions that the Packers have to improve on the most.