I think he'll get criticized, and for good reason, unless he finds somebody else in this draft who's just as good or better.
I don't see any way they'd get decent value for him, because teams just haven't seen enough of him to give up a lot. There's videotape of him from his rookie preseason, then almost nothing from the preseason last year because of his ankle injury in camp. If I'm another team, that's just not enough to go to give up even a third-round pick.
My guess is fourth or later. You never know, but that's my guess.
Yeah, they're not fooling anybody. They don't need to, because anyone who wants a QB that badly will have to worry about another team jumping to 33. So the Packers have decent leverage there.
I'd worry about him never being the same guy he was before the injury, Achilles is a very serious injury and can diminish guys. Plus, he's probably not going to help much this year, and this team needs help immediately at CB. So my best guess is he's not a guy they're after, unless maybe they've already taken a CB and he's still on the board later.
I quick checked the Jimmy Johnson trade chart, 52 and 65 total 625 points, 33 is 580 points. So according to that chart, that's a good deal. That would give Thompson three second-rounders and a third. So that's a really interesting deal and might be enough. Maybe Thompson could even get a later round pick out of them, so he could use a later-round pick to trade up from 52 if he wanted. The question is, do the Browns like Kizer or Webb as their guy for the future, or at least worth a shot? But I'm sure that's the kind of deal they're hoping for. Moving back to 52 is pretty far, so you'd want the option of moving back up if need be and still coming out ahead in the deal.
That would take a while to do, would have to look really closely at the drafts. I do know his early drafts were outstanding: Rodgers, Collins, Matthews, that's three excellent players, guys who tilted the field, plus Sitton, Lang, Nelson, and I'm sure I'm missing somebody. He's been average or slightly below the last few years. But the grade would be fairly high because it starts with Rodgers.
I don't know these players that well to say that, but judging by the evaluations of read of them, that's a possibility, that Kamara fits what they do and can be had later. It does sound like some scouts think Cook is a really outstanding runner, though. Has had fumbling issues too, though. That could be a big concern. Can't lose games because of fumbles.
Not exactly sure what you mean by a bottom feeder. Look, he has his weaknesses, and maybe it's getting close to time for him to step down, this is a hard league and he's been at it a long time. But look at all the teams that cycle through GMs every three or four years. That's a lot of the league. The Packers could do a lot worse than Thompson.
As I said earlier, I'm not seeing it. The guard position just can't be that high of a priority with all their more acute needs. That's my thinking. Maybe Thompson sees it like you, but I have to think the reason they signed Evans was so that they didn't feel compelled to pick a guard early. Instead, take one a little later and develop him for a year, like they did with Sitton and Lang.
No, I think it would be a lot worse with Mixon because of the videotape of him punching that girl. It's right there for everyone to see.
I'd think if he had a partner they'd do the deal now. As the pick draws nearer, teams will make their best offers. Moreau is an interesting guy. Couple scouts I talked to liked him quite a bit as a cover guy. He tore his pec benching at his Pro Day, so he might not be ready when the season starts, an at minimum will miss most or all the offseason stuff and camp. Otherwise he might have been in the mix late in the first round.
Might be a factor, though a bigger factor is drafting to deal with the strengths of division opponents. I'm sure it's no coincidence that when Moss tore up the league as a rookie, Wolf the next year used his first three picks on CBs.
The one I think fits best there is Myles Jack last year. I think he'd have been worth the injury risk to get a guy who might have top-five if not for the injury. When you're picking late you sometimes need to take chances. I suspect position value was a factor with Foster. As great as he is against the run, there's some question about how good he'll be in pass D. That can make it tough to take a guy in the first round if you think he'll get exploited in the passing game.
If they take Cook at 33 or after moving back, they'd to some degree be conceding that. But I really don't see any way they go all-in in that way. They have to at least try to get better on defense, and that will require multiple early picks.
I don't know a lot about him. But if they think he can be a difference maker in the slot, a guy who can cover and play cat-and-mouse with the QB as a blitzer, and tackle well in the run game, then that would have to be in play. An outstanding slot CB who can do all those things can have a huge impact on a defense. They're hard to find, too. Woodson was that for several years with the Packers.
OK, went almost an hour overtime, you've worn me out with all these good questions. Thanks all for coming by, this as always was very interesting. Should be an eventful night tonight for the Packers. I recommend to everyone to follow Tom Silverstein's live blog at PackersNews.com tonight, it's really good, and with the Packers having that first pick there will be a lot of action. As to the question, if the Packers do it as they have the past few years, the draft picks and undrafted rookies and tryout guys come in this week, I believe Thursday. They practice Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday's practice will be open to the media, and they'll be available for interviews as well. Practice is closed Saturday and Sunday, but the players will be available to media on Saturday as well. OK, that does it, thanks again for coming by and for all the questions. Take care and we'll talk again soon, probably sometime next week..