GREEN BAY, WI (WSAU) Green Bay Packers’ general manager Ted Thompson used to be known as the man who only trades down on draft day, with the goal of getting more picks. Thompson says he still believes it’s a good strategy to nail down a good player. But as he enters his ninth N-F-L Draft next week, Thompson says he’s also putting more of an emphasis on quality up the ladder.
He says he’s more willing to trade up if he sees value – just like in 2009, when he traded up to get Clay Matthews as a second pick in the first round. Before then, Thompson’s Packers pulled off nine trades on draft day – all of them with the goal of snaring more picks. Thompson has also insisted that he focuses on the future in the war room, and not so much on immediate needs.
But the Pack obviously scuttled that theory a year ago, when it loaded up on players who helped them shed their 2011 status of having the N-F-L’s worst defense. This time, the Pack has a host of needs which include linemen on both sides of the ball, defensive backs, and possibly a running back.
The first round of the draft is Thursday night. The other six rounds will take place next Friday night and Saturday.