Not only are the Green Bay Packers secretive in all aspects of personnel and planning for the NFL Draft, but they are also very selective in the players they bring into town for meetings prior to the Draft.
Each team is allowed to bring in up to 30 players prior to the Draft and so far the Packers have announced that they have met with nine. While other teams across the league use the opportunity to bring in the top quarterbacks, defensive backs, running backs and wide receivers, the Packers have tended to bring in mid- to late-round prospects.
Well, you would probably have to ask that question directly of Ted Thompson.
However, there must surely be some method behind his madness.
Of those players announced as prospects who have visited, the Packers have spread around the wealth as for specific positions.
Brian Carriveau over at cheeseheadtv.com released this list after it was announced that defensive back Walt Aikens out of Liberty was in for a visit:
- Quarterback David Fales, San Jose State
- Quarterback Keith Wenning, Ball State
- Quarterback Brock Jensen, North Dakota State
- Wide receiver Jeremy Butler, Tennessee-Martin
- Center Luke Bowanko, Virginia
- Offensive lineman John Fullington, Washington State
- Offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, McGill
- Cornerback Brandon Dixon, Northwest Missouri State
- Cornerback Walt Aikens, Liberty
So, what does the list indicate? Well, it shows the Packers are interested in the best athletes that will be available at some big-need and some not-so-big need positions … the Packers are in need of defensive backs and a center, but maybe not so pressured to select a quarterback or offensive lineman.
One would argue that every position is one of need. I would tend to agree.
Whether any of these players end up in Green Bay won’t be known until Draft Day. At that time, Thompson will indicate whether any of these players were impressive enough to land with the Packers.
Stay tuned …