What Will Ted Thompson Do ? Opprutunity To Trade Up

Nicholas KashianContributor IIMarch 26, 2010

CLEMSON, SC - NOVEMBER 21:  C.J. Spiller #28 of the Clemson Tigers looks on during the game against the Virginia Cavaliers at Memorial Stadium on November 21, 2009 in Clemson, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Green Bay Packers GM Ted Thompson will have an opportunity to trade up in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft.  Doing so, would be a sign that Ted views his roster as one that is on the cusp of contention. I believe that trading up in an attempt to land an elite level player that has the potential to be a difference maker as a rookie could very well be the move that propels the Packers to a Super Bowl victory.  A team like the Jacksonville Jaguars could be a good candidate for a trading partner.  They have a strong desire to take local product Tim Tebow the problem is they hold the 10th overall pick. Selecting Tebow at ten would be too much of a reach even for the Jaguars, a team in desperate need of a reason for fans to buy tickets.  Further complicating matters for the Jaguars is there lack of a second round pick, which they previously traded away.  Thompson could offer the Packers second rounder #56 along with the 23rd pick for the Jaguars 1st rounder.  This would enable the Jags to select Tebow at #23 and to get back into the second round to address another need position.  The Packers would likely then have the opportunity to select at ten one of these elite prospects:

*Cj Spiller RB Clemson 5-10 195 Spiller ran a 4.37 forty at the combine and was dynamic as a runner, returner, and receiver at the college level.  He is the only piece the Packers are missing on offense, a player who is a threat to score from anywhere on the field, he would be the perfect complement to starter Ryan Grant.  

*Eric Berry S Tennessee 5-11 211 Berry is fast, strong, ultra athletic, and a playmaker he would be a day one starter for the Packers.  Pairing Berry with Pro Bowler Nick Collins would give Green Bay the best Safety duo in the NFL hands down.   

*Jason Pierre Paul OLB South Florida Paul ran a 4.71 forty which is impressive for a man who is 6-5 270 and likely showed he has the athleticism to handle coverage responsibilities in the 3-4, when a video of him completing 13 back flips in a row surfaced at the combine.  He has the potential to book end a dangerous pass rush with last years first round pick Clay Matthews for years to come.  

*Trent Williams Oklahoma LT Williams has prototypical size of a franchise left tackle and the Packers are in need of a left tackle of the future to replace veteran Chad Clifton in a year or two.  Williams could be that man he showed he’s athletic enough to thrive in the Packers zone scheme running a 4.88 forty at the combine.  

*Joe Haden Florida CB Haden has the potential to replace an aging Al Harris in the starting lineup if Harris has complications in his rehabilitation from major knee surgery or he could solidify the sub packages as a rookie.  Either way the Packers need a cornerback and Haden is the best one available in this draft.

In my opinion this is a good deal for both parties involved.  Jacksonville gets Tim Tebow and addresses an other need in the second round while Green Bay gets an elite prospect that will help them win in the playoffs. The only reason Thompson should think twice about doing this deal is if both safety Eric Berry and running back C.J. Spiller are off the board when Jacksonville goes on the clock at number ten. Berry is almost certain to be gone by 10 but Spiller likely will be available.  If one of the two is available Thompson should do the deal without a moments hesitation and watch them propel his team deep into the playoffs.