As free agency rolls along, the Green Bay Packers are not as active as many other teams once again. Criticism increases annually for Ted Thompson as the defense struggles to improve. Packers Nation is calling for his job due to lack of overpaying free agents.
This is nothing new to Thompson.
In the spring of 2005, the hate for Thompson was at an all-time high. He used his 24th pick to draft Aaron Rodgers. The Packers fan base was outraged. Brett Favre even made it publicly known he was vastly disappointed. There was even a website growing large in popularity created to get Thompson fired.
Now, Aaron Rodgers and company have made the playoffs the past five years in a row, won a Super Bowl, and have the greatest player in the game on the field.
The crosshairs are now zooming in on his draft and develop strategy. It’s difficult to understand why you wouldn’t want to overpay a free agent who hasn’t been proven in your system. They only take up cap space so you can’t keep developing talent in your organization. It’s not like those free agents come in and prevent other young players from developing.
To have the draft and develop strategy succeed, you must have a good evaluator of talent. Too bad the Packers have Thompson. Rodgers, Jennings, Matthews, Nelson, Cobb, Sitton, Hyde, Lacy, and Bakhtiari were all terrible picks by the general manager.
Injuries have also never plagued development of his recent first and second round picks. Perry, Bulaga, Sherrod, Worthy, Neal, Datone Jones, and Casey Hayward were lucky a season-ending injury never set them a year or two back. Why aren’t they developing?
The Pittsburg Steelers general manager, Kevin Colbert, said this was the deepest draft in the past 30 years. The Packers organization should be wary. Sadly, unlike Colbert, Thompson is not excellent evaluator of talent. Last years draft class was said to be weak, bringing extreme unfortunate for the Packers. They screwed up big time by taking Jones, Lacy, Hyde, Franklin, and Bakhtiari.
With this draft loaded with talent, expect Thompson to get lucky on maybe one player. The Packers should be getting an extra third and fifth round picking compensation for losing Jennings and Walden. That’s like throwing two extra needles in the haystack. Have fun digging, Ted Thompson.