Trades will play a major role in the 2017 NFL Draft. Here’s three potential partners for the Green Bay Packers.
Packers general manager Ted Thompson often faces criticism for his conservative approach to free agency, but his track record in the draft suggests he’ll happily move around when the time is right.
Thompson understands draft-day trades like few others, and he’s found plenty of success. Jordy Nelson, David Bakhtiari and Eddie Lacy were three of his finest selections, and all were acquired after trading down. In the past two drafts he’s jumped up to add Jason Spriggs and Brett Hundley. Time will tell whether the Spriggs and Hundley moves pay off.
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What it tells us is that Ted isn’t afraid to move around. He’ll enter the draft with an open mind, and if a player the Packers like is in reach, he’ll attempt to jump up and get him. If it’s a player they feel confident they can select later on, the Packers can entertain any offers to move down.
Here’s three trade partners Ted might find on draft day.