General manger Ted Thompson is not afraid to make bold moves on draft day. When he was first hired to run the front office of the Green Bay Packers, Thompson was more about trading back to accumulate more draft picks for the Packers.
Thompson still does that, with the 2013 draft as being a good example. Thompson traded back in the second round and was able to get a couple of additional picks. The trade-back didn't seem to hurt the Packers at all, as the Packers ended up drafting running back Eddie Lacy, who was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year last season after a sparkling rookie campaign.
But lately, Thompson has also traded up a number of times to select a player that he covets. He has done that six times in the past five drafts. The biggest example was when Thompson traded a second-round pick and two third-round picks to move up and select outside linebacker Clay Matthews late in the first round in the 2009 NFL draft.
I expect Thompson to once again be active during the draft this year.
This is an extremely deep draft. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said this is the deepest and best draft class he has seen in 10 years.
Bottom line, I expect Thompson to be very creative in getting the Packers more talent and depth on their roster through a myriad of moves in the draft this year.