What Will Ted Thompson Do? Role Reversal Allows Packers To Trade Down
Last year Ted Thompson shocked many a Packers fan by trading back into the first round after selecting Bj Raji at number 9 to select Clay Matthews III at number 26. Ted's trading partner from last year could provide the opposite opportunity during the 2010 Draft. The Patriots hold three second round picks numbers 44, 47, and 53 making them the perfect candidate if Ted chooses to return to form and trade out of the first round as he did in 2008. New England is in need of young talented players who might be able to step into the starting lineup as rookies in 2010. They could package the 47th and 53rd picks to acquire Green Bay's first round pick number 23. This trade would give the Patriots picks number 22 and 23 allowing them the opportunity to pluck two starters out of the first round. Green Bay would walk away with four picks in the top one hundred numbers 47, 53, 56, and 86. With these picks the Packers could likely fill four of these holes adequately; a left tackle of the future, a safety to push incumbent starter Atari Bigby, a pass rushing outside linebacker to fill the void left by Aaron Kampman's departure, a dynamic offensive weapon and kick returner, a defensive end to provide depth especially with the legal uncertainty regarding starter Johhny Jolly, and a cornerback capable of becoming a starter. Some or all of these eight players will likely be available to the Packers if this scenario were to be played out:
*Roger Safford OT Indiana 6-5 316 5.21 Left Tackle prospect athletic enough to excel in the Packers zone blocking scheme.
* Ricky Sapp OLB Clemson 6-4 252 4.65 Outside linebacker capable of filling the pass rushing void left by Aaron Kampman's departure as an unrestricted free agent.
*Coorey Wooten DE Northwestern 6-6 270 4.80 Defensive end prospect with the prototypical frame to become a top 3-4 DE provided he can get stronger.
*Chris Cook CB Virginia 6-2 212 4.45 A big corner who is fast and athletic, he could be a very intriguing prospect as a safety.
*Major Wright S Florida 6-0 206 4.44 Very athletic safety equally adept at playing the run and the pass.
*Jacoby Ford WR/RB/KR Clemson 5-9 186 4.28 A dynamic athlete capable of contributing as a returner, receiver, and running back.
*Jared Veldheer OT Hillsdale 6-8 312 5.06 A mammoth left tackle prospect with the potential to protect Aaron Rodgers blindside for years to come.
*Akwasi Owusu-Ansah CB Indiana (PA) 4.32 A small school prospects with tons of physical ability and the potential to start in the NFL.
Landing four of these players would be a huge boost to the Packers chances of going deeper in the playoffs and contending for a super bowl. Here's a look at how I think it should go.
#47 Roger Saffold OT The primary backup and heir apparent to Chad Clifton from day one.
#53 Ricky Sapp OLB Provides Dom Capers with another pass rushing linebacker in a scheme that depends on them to be successful.
#56 Coorey Wooten DE Provides inssuarance in case Johhny Jolly's legal problems effect his ability to play this season.
#86 Jacoby Ford WR/KR/RB Adds an extra dimension to the Packers already potent offense, and gives them a kick return threat they've been lacking for years.
I could see a few of these players being there when the Packers pick in the fourth.
#119 Major Wright S Would contribute in the dime package and push Atari Bigby for the starting role.
In conclusion, Safford could step in as Chad Clifton’s primary backup from day one and be ready to take over as the starter should Clifton not be able to go. Sapp would push last years stand in rookie Brad Jones for the starting job providing great linebacker depth. At defensive end the Packers have Johhny Jolly, Cullen Jenkins and nobody else Bj Raji is better suited for the nose tackle position. Coorey Wooten could become one of the top 3-4 DE in the league he possess the long frame ideal for the position provided he can add a bit of muscle. Safety Major Wright would likely take over for Atari Bigby by early in the season. While kick returner/ running back/ wide receiver would provide the Packers offense and special teams a dimension they haven’t ever had. Desmond Howard is the closet thing the Packers have had to the type of player Ford, Ford is a much more dynamic and versatile athlete who will see a lot of the field on offense as well as returning kicks. Just think Howard propelled the Brett Favre and Reggie White led 96’ team to a Super Bowl victory garnering game Mvp honors. If Thompson could add these five players I don’t think even the adamant Ted Thompson haters could complain about his lack of activity in signing other teams free agents. If he can pull this off he will have put the Packers in the best position to win a super bowl since his tenure in Green Bay began with his selection of Aaron Rodgers in the 2005 NFL Draft.
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