Can Packers Be Trusted To Draft Defense Early?

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I would say the short answer to that is, “no.” However, the Green Bay Packers would be wise to draft defense early, later this month.

Their primary needs in our book are cornerback and edge rusher.

Running back would probably come in a distant third for a number of reasons. First, despite having plenty of talent at running back, first with Eddie Lacy and then with Ty Montgomery, Mike McCarthy regularly refuses to make the running game a priority. Second, it has been proven time and again that you can add talent at running back in the middle and late rounds of the draft.

So despite many “experts” pegging running back as the Packers’ first-round pick, most of us aren’t buying that.

The Packers’ offense was fine in 2016 and despite some free agent losses, it should be fine in 2017. It was the defense that was the problem and that unit hasn’t really gotten any better this offseason.

So will the Packers address that in a couple weeks? They better.

In fact, here’s what a veteran scout told Mike Freeman about the Packers’ first-round selection.

“If they don’t go defense here, everyone in that scouting department should be fired.”

Fortunately for the Packers, two of the draft’s deepest spots appear to be cornerback and edge rusher.

The top cornerbacks — and sure-fire day one contributors — will likely be gone before the Packers pick at No. 29. If the Packers grab a cornerback at that spot, we don’t expect him to be an instant starter.

That would seem to make edge rusher the obvious choice. There likely will be rushers who can contribute right away available at No. 29.

Of course, until players start coming off the board on April 27, this is a huge crapshoot.

Would anyone be surprised if Ted Thompson chose a receiver in the first round? You shouldn’t be.

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3 Comments on "Can Packers Be Trusted To Draft Defense Early?"

  1. Kato

    Well,TT won’t take a punter or kicker round one. At least not one that is drafted to. That wiley guy will draft to play corner

  2. Would agree with Edge rusher and corner as 1 and 2 priorities. To me offensive lineman is a close 3 and ahead of running back. The Packers have been weakened on the offensive line with the jettison of Sitton, Lang and Tretter. The contracts of Linsley, and Taylor are up after next year. The Packers may not value interior offensive lineman and think anybody off the street can protect the franchise, but I would argue you sure as shit had better put 2 guards and a center on the field or your franchise QB is going to be placed on injured reserve, or retired.

    If the team is going to insist on not bringing in one or two veteran offensive lineman they are going to have to draft 2 offensive lineman. I don’t think they need to draft 2 running backs. So offensive line is a high 3rd priority in the draft unless TT adds some veteran help (and that may be almost impossible at this time without trades) at one or all those positions.

  3. MJ

    He can draft defense, offense, it won’t matter unless he get some extra help. Otherwise we head into the season already knowing how we Re going to be beaten in the playoffs. And I assume playoffs because of the offense, that will manage to score despite Rodgers taking a few extra hits.

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