The top two positional needs this offseason are edge rush and more edge rush. It's important enough that the Packers probably should double up with their top two picks at that position. But they need to build edge rush through the draft, while I think they could benefit from looking at the top of the corner market in free agency. They need young, high-impact talent on the edge, and more veteran talent at corner.
I don't know why ego has anything to do with this. A lot of the roster's current state is because Ted Thompson has not drafted well of late, especially on defense. To me, it doesn't much matter who's calling the plays when your pass rush is this thin and unproductive, when your corner group is this inexperienced and overwhelmed. Those are personnel issues. The coaching issue is how regularly the Packers line up confused and blow coverages.
He had a bad year. I'm not sure why. It was a real puzzle.
It's a big offseason for Josh Jones, but if he attacks it like Kenny Clark, Dean Lowry and Blake Martinez did a year ago, he could be a real fine player in 2018. There were plenty of rookie moments, but thought he also flashed a lot of talent.
My understanding is the Packers are picking 14th.
I'd start scouting the edge rush draft class hard. I'd look at the top of the cornerback free-agent class, specifically guys like Trumaine Johnson and Malcom Butler, if they become available. And I'd make Aaron Rodgers the NFL's highest-paid player. Not necessarily in that order.
That has nothing to do with being a street free agent. A street free agent is a player released by their team. Woodson was not released; he was an unrestricted free agent.
Yes. I'm not sure yet how the tight end draft class looks, but that position is probably a top three need, behind edge rush and corner.
I think Ted Thompson belongs in the Packers Hall of Fame. He's not just a guy.
I don't know what will happen there. Think the Packers have some leverage to renegotiate at that position, if they so choose. I do wonder if they just chalk up their lack of production to Brett Hundley's limitations. It will be interesting to see what happens.
I think the mistake Packers made last offseason was not addressing their edge rush further, with the lone execption being a fourth-round pick, than handing Nick Perry that contract.
Aaron Rodgers did not get mangled because of the offensive line. In fact, the Packers had one of the better pass pro units in the league despite their injuries, including a top-5 left tackle in David Bakhtiari. With everything else that needs to get addressed, picking an offensive lineman in the first round would be a waste.
I don't yet. Haven't had time to look at the draft class and evaluate the Packers positioning in the first round. Let's get closer to April.
It happened two years ago, so no.
David Bakhtiari, clearly.
He has the past couple, so probably.
Anything is better than being back in Detroit again on New Year's Eve, but that's just selfishness talking.
I'd probably still go with Mike Daniels, but Clark and Martinez were right there.
Mike McCarthy is probably safe regardless, but it would be interesting if the Packers filled the vacancy outside their organization. Which I would find very surprising if they did.
Offensive backfield? Running back is one thing the Packers don't need to worry about this offseason.
That's probably fair. The problem, though, isn't that the Packers lack good players. They're pretty decent up the middle of their defense. The problem -- huge problem -- is way too few impact players at impact positions. You can be good up the middle, but if you're bad on the perimeter in today's league, your defense isn't going to do much. The Packesr were bad on the perimeter.