2016 NFL Draft: Five burning questions for the Green Bay Packers
Will the Packers get a tight end to extend the offense?
There are not a lot of high end tight ends in this draft and should Ted Thompson be serious about landing a player like Hunter Henry, he’s going to have to pull the trigger on a tight end probably in the second or third round. Beyond that, he’s going to end up with marginal players who may contribute on special teams, if they make the team at all.
Yes, the Packers seem to have parted ways with Andrew Quarless, which leaves them with the likes of Richard Rodgers, newly-signed Jared Cook, Justin Perillo and Kennard Backman. These are not necessarily players you want to build an offense around. Cook is surely a single-year “rent-a-player” option and Rodgers is a starter who could improve, but hasn’t shown the breakaway skills needed. Backman and Perillo are still untested and it’s unclear how they fit into the 2016 team.
At some point in this draft the Packers will have to land a tight end or two. If they don’t do it early in the draft, then it’s pretty clear that Thompson is looking to go through 2016 with the players he has in-house.
Are those players good enough to help the Packers to the championship level?
Only time will tell.
We would like the Packer to tag a guy like Henry. He could be the type of player who could get open down the middle and help open routes for wide receivers.
We’ll have to stand by on this one …
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