Offense … that’s been Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy’s mantra through the first two rounds of the 2011 NFL draft.
I guess that’s not surprising considering their penchant in recent drafts to do the same.
Derek Sherrod at offensive tackle is a great pick … offensive tackles don’t grow on trees and when one presents in the first round, you have to snatch him up.
He’s a solid pick.
Howver, I really like Thompson’s second rounder, Randall Cobb. Here’s a guy with size, speed and durability who will be highly valued when Donald Driver finally hangs them up and James Jones moves on in free agency.
Not only will Cobb be utilized at several different positions, but even more importantly in the return game. It’s been nearly a decade since the Packers have had a threat in that part of their game and what it will add to the team’s attack next year is immeasurable.
Can you imagine what this team could do with a short field three or four times a game? Instead of the potential to average 21-24 points per game, one could probably amp that up to 28-31 points per game. That translates into a lot of wins in this league.
Now, let’s consider the Pack’s third-rounder, Alex Green … a big back who Thompson said can catch the ball out of the backfield and can also block.
Those are both attributes that fit well into the Packers scheme, but the first question one must ask at this point in the draft is “why a running back?”
We have come not to question Thompson’s picks given they have for the most part panned out in building a Super Bowl team. But to add another back to a team that already has a deep pool is questionable.
However, take it from new running backs coach Jerry Fontenot when he says you can never have enough running backs … he’s right, especially when your top back only had eight carries last year and is coming back from a serious leg and ankle injury. Also consider that Brandon Jackson may be gone through free agency and the other two, Dmitri Nance and James Starks, have limited experience.
Green’s statistics are impressive, but a couple of things stand out for me as red flags … number one, he started in junior college because of academic issues (is he smart enough?) and he put the ball on the ground (he’s a fumbler ala Ahman Green?).
Nevertheless, it’s been a solid draft so far for the Packers. Nothing splashy as we all expected (consider Atlanta) … it’s been a draft that has added solid contributors to a team already awash with talent.
What it means is increased competition and the building of the team concept.
My only hope now is that the Packers look to the other side of the ball in the later rounds to continue their build toward another championship.