I came across this posting on Sulia by ESPN’s Jason Wilde this evening:
Here’s why Lande feels the Packers will pick Ogletree:
“After drafting Nick Perry in the first round last year, the Packers continue upgrading their defensive speed and play-making ability by selecting Ogletree. Although not as well known nationally as Manti Te’o or Kevin Minter, Ogletree is the most explosive and athletic inside linebacker available in the 2013 NFL Draft and would add a dimension to the Packers defense that they have been lacking from their inside linebackers.”
This prognostication was made, of course, before Ogletree, the Georgia star, was arrested this weekend for a DUI, but I have to question the pick anyway – not because the Packers aren’t paper thin at inside linebacker (and may be even thinner if they cut ties with A.J. Hawk), but because I can’t see Packers’ GM going defense with the first pick again this time around.
Last year, Thompson spent nearly the entire draft on defense and given that Aaron Rodgers was on his backside more than 50 times this past season and the pathetic run game went nowhere, he’s got to go offensive line. Whether they try to trade up for someone like Alabama’s Chance Warmack or sit tight and hope that players like tackle Lane Johnson out of Oklahoma or center Barrett Jones of Alabama fall to them, it’s the offensive line that needs addressing at this point in time.
We all hear that it’s the “best player on the board” that’s drafted and need is a second consideration. I feel that Thompson understands that the O-line should be his first objective. While Thompson has been known to pick up solid offensive linemen in later rounds, he’s got to go after someone like Jones who is known for his toughness and versatility – something he appreciates in these warriors.
So, even though Ogletree is considered the most explosive of the inside linebackers in the draft, the character issue raises its ugly head here. Russ Lande is wrong on this one. Thompson and the Packers will go offensive line with their first pick.
You can be the first to say I’m wrong, not only because just about everyone’s mock drafts aren’t even close, but if Thompson doesn’t go offensive line with his team’s first pick of the 2013 draft, I will be very disappointed … and I bet Aaron Rodgers will be, too.