All things being equal I'd say edge rusher. But all things aren't always equal, so if there's a run on the rushers, there might still be a CB they really like on the board.
If Matthews can stay healthy he still can be a difference maker. As you say, that's a big if, but that makes him worth holding onto at his price this year. It's an impact position and he is (or at least has been) an impact talent, and they don't have many of those. Let's see how he does this year. But I'd do what they're doing.
I wonder that too. He's 29, I believe, so on the downside, but maybe they'll revisit it after the draft, depending on how that goes. As far as I know he hasn't signed with anyone yet.
I really don't know. It's wide open among him, Murphy, Patrick and a draft pick.
No, because even in the nickel the outside guys stand up in Capers' defense, and they generally have to be able to cover -- at least he prefers that, gives him more play calling flexibility. Datone Jones was the kind of guy you describe and didn't have much impact as a rusher. That's the big thing for that position, the ability to get after the quarterback.
That's what I'd be hoping for if I were the Packers, Rocket. Pass rushers win games. Even if Matthews rebounds and rushes well this year, and with Perry re-signed, there's always a way to get good rushers on the field on key downs.
I usually don't look at the names, just answer them as I come to them. I'll try to get to one of yours Chris.
Won't know until OTAs in May, that's the first time the media gets to see these guys on the field.
There's still a place for both in the league, though you're right, the guys like White of NE and Montgomery and McCaffrey are the way the league appears to be going because they create matchup problems for defenses. Looks to me like there's almost no chance McCaffrey will be there when the Packers pick.
I agree with Ryan. The second-contract thing matters, but more important is the Pro Bowls and All-Pros, finding difference makers. He found a lot of them in those first five drafts. Not many since.
Legitimate point there in my mind.
I'm sure they've talked about it extensively, Capers and McCarthy and Thompson and Whitt, in some form or fashion. The Packers do give their high picks time to develop, and both Randall and Rollins had injuries that affected their play last season. So it does appear the Packers think they'll get some improvement from one or both (Randall did have a pretty promising rookie year, and Rollins flashed some too). But I still would be looking for a CB early in this draft if I'm them. I'd guess by round 3.
He got hurt during the season if I remember correctly, and I think they cut him. He's not on their roster.
I'd bet against it, especially because of the plans to play Burnett there in nickel more this season. But that doesn't mean they won't take one earlier.
Just my opinion, but I'd say no. That's a serious injury. I know he's saying he'll be back in four months or whatever, but he likely will miss much or most of the season, it's usually like an eight-month recovery for a football player. Then you have to wonder how much it will take out of him. Cornerbacks make their living running and cutting full speed, and that injury can diminish a player long term. So I wouldn't take him then if I'm the Packers.
I'd say short-area stuff -- three cone, short shuttle. That's what pass rushers do. Not saying 40 doesn't matter, it is a measure of explosiveness, but look at Suggs: Terrible 40 (I think in the 4.9s) but great rusher.
Might depend on the draft, too. But they don't need to cut him, he won't count on the roster when the season starts, so they can wait and see how things look health- and performance-wise when the suspension is over and make the decision then.
Did a column on him last week. Talked to three scouts, again, a small sample, but came away with the feeling he wouldn't be a good pick for them at 29, that he's just not a good enough cover guy and not physical enough a tackler to be a difference maker in that slot role (where they also have to be able to blitz and tackle in the run). But that's just based on three scouts, all of whom saw him playing different positions (one nickel, one box safety, one RB). You never know what Thompson and his scouts think.
This is going to have to do it, went way overtime but so many questions and only was able to get to a fraction of them. Sorry to all who didn't get their questions answered, I'm sure we'll get a chance to talk again next week before the draft. Take this for what it's worth with the draft still a week and a day away, but I'd guess on defense, T.J. Watt, and offense, this is kind of a wild guess, but maybe Dalvin Cook. OK, that does it. Keep checking back to PackersNews.com during the day, and remember Bob McGinn's draft series starts tomorrow. Take care and we'll talk soon.