Yeah, I think that could happen. Every year I see people saying he's going to trade down, and while that's always a possibility, he prefers sitting and picking in the first round (he's only traded down from his first pick once). But with all those needs, I could see him wanting four picks in rounds two and three combined, those are valuable rounds. So I think there's a better chance he trades down this year than in recent years. Push to shove he still probably sits there and picks, but I could see him trying harder to trade down this year.
If they practiced tomorrow I'd think Barclay would get the first rep, but I have to think you're right that Lucas would get a real shot too. Maybe they'll try Murphy at guard also. Barclay's value is that he can play four positions (all but left tackle) in a pinch. I still think their starting RG is in the draft.
I'd think that would take a third-rounder. Can't see Thompson doing that.
I don't think he will but would never rule it out because of the reasons you suggest. For instance, what if Ross from Washington is there? They'd have to at least think about taking him, 4.22 40 at the combine, that's a blazer, though he's small and Thompson likes bigger receivers. It all depends on value, who's on the board, etc.
Sounds like he probably won't be there. I could see Wolf doing that, but I'm far less convinced Thompson would. I have serious doubts he'd ever take a guard in the first round because of position value. Maybe he would, but I'd be pretty surprised.
That falls into position value again. Thompson doesn't put that much value at ILB, and with the plans to play Burnett there more this season, the value drops even more. I get it, the game is changing, and even good ILBs have trouble matching up in coverage these days. So unless you have one of those rare ILBs who runs in the 4.4s, some or maybe a lot of teams prefer to make do or play a safety in there. Thompson falls into that category.
My crystal ball doesn't work every well. My guess is he's probably going to work for only another season or two. I think he's improved the offense some -- I'm guessing Bennett and Kendricks are a greater gain than Lang is a loss, though the season will answer that. A lot depends on whether he hits on a defensive draft pick, and how much Randall and/or Rollins improve. Sorry but that's the best I can do.
That sounds like way too high a price to me. The thing is, the player you draft could easily bust. Then you've wasted two prime picks (this year's two and next year's one) on the guy. I don't see Ted doing anything like that.
There really is a lot of luck involved. Of course drafting acumen matters, and they pour a lot of resources into it. But to a large degree everybody is working off similar information, so luck is a big factor too.
You know, I was just thinking about that, I wonder if Trevor Davis might be that guy. He needed to get a little stronger, has an offseason to do it. They could use his speed.
Yeah, that's Thompson's history, take a tackle and move him inside. Lang, Sitton, Tretter, Barclay, guards all in college. As for the round, Bakhtiari was a fourth-rounder and started as a rookie. Linsley was a five and he started as a rookie. So those guys can be found. Need some luck there too, but it's more than possible. I'm thinking third through fifth round for the guard. Just my guess.
OK everybody, went long, lots of great questions but time to get to other duties. Thanks much for stopping by, fun as always to chat with you and find out what you're thinking. I'd say no chance for a trade. I don't think other teams would want those contracts, and with they've set up things this offseason the Packers need both those guys this year. If Matthews can stay healthy he still could provide some really good rush -- his injuries the last couple years haven't kept him off the field much but they've diminished him as a player. Cobb still has a role and chemistry with Rodgers even if his salary is too high. Thanks again everybody, look forward to chatting again at least one more time before the draft. Keep checking back to PackersNews.com, lots of good stuff coming, including Bob McGinn's draft series, which is the best, and lots of great stuff coming from Tom Silverstein, Ryan Wood and Michael Cohen. Take care.