Bryan Bulaga: Green Bay Packers Get Perfect First-Round Selection
The debate was heated at times, but now it is over.
Should the Packers draft a cornerback? An outside linebacker? A left tackle?
To get that player, did they need to trade up? Should they trade down?
(Since there will not be another 'who to pick in the first round debate', I will throw some ribbing out to some of you who engaged in it with me to start another debate.)
There was a lot of criticism flying around from some people over others' opinions. Personally, I was told I knew nothing about football, a game I played, one I will now be following in my fifth decade, and have been attracting a fan base writing about for years.
I was also told I had amazing insight and my opinion on other things was sought like that of any expert. As with most things, the truth is in between.
I heard people say we should draft C.J. Spiller, an insane proposition considering our draft position that made me wonder why people bother to comment if they are that ill-informed.
Either they did not understand he was a lock to go top-12 or they do not know that the amount needed to move up from 23 to a spot high enough to get him is prohibitive, especially for someone with Ted Thompson's draft history.
It is like thinking you can trade a former seventh-round draft pick for a third-rounder without that player ever having performed well in the regular season. Or thinking merely having a veteran quarterback on the roster is a bad idea.
There were suggestions of Jahvid Best, a back who is too small to play every down for long and would not even be able to perform as well as Ryan Grant, the NFL's most productive back in rushing yards over the past 41 regular season games.
But some people think he can't cut it anyway, while others think adding a leader like Brian Westbrook as his backup would somehow hurt team chemistry. After his first year ever missing more than four games, some thought he would instantly be hurt in a diminished backup role and destroy the team, even though in that event we would be no worse off than not signing him in the first place.
There were suggestions of Taylor Mays, a great free safety, but he didn't even go in the first round. Plus, he plays a position that is rarely deemed important enough to spend a high pick on, and it's a position that the Packers are already loaded at with Pro Bowler Nick Collins backed up by Derrick Martin and Brandon Underwood.
But these are probably the same people who wanted the Packers to sign Ryan Clark away from the Steelers, oblivious to the difference in physical requirements of strong and free safety, as if they are interchangeable.
That still does not explain why someone would bash me for suggesting spending money to sign a backup quarterback who does not even take up a roster space after saying we should spend top-tier money on a player who would provide little upgrade over hard-hitting Atari Bigby.
There were more reasonable suggestions, such as outside linebacker Jerry Hughes.
But I question whether he provides that much of an upgrade over Brad Jones, who was already solid as a starter for half his rookie year and should only be better in 2010.
I wanted the team to draft Kyle Wilson, a skilled cornerback who would be able to not only step in and play dimeback or maybe even nickel if there was a stall in the rapid recovery of Al Harris, but would offer badly-needed contributions on special teams.
But that was because I had Bulaga being drafted in the first half of day one, at least seven spots ahead of Green Bay.
I could not have asked for better, and any Packers fan who is unhappy just does not know how great of a day one this was. For more reasons why this was the perfect pick for the Packers, please visit this link to Lambeau Leap of Faith.
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