NFL Draft 2013
No team that makes a splash in March ever wins anything when it counts. Thompson is content to let other teams vastly overpay in March for serviceable talent that may paper over a crack or two.
Will Packers Fans Learn?
Instead, he sticks to drafting long-term investments in late April that can grow in his program and then decide whether or not they are worth keeping around.
While players like Jordy Nelson and Josh Sitton are signed to forward-thinking extensions, guys like Brandon Jackson or Will Blackmon are allowed to leave and Every year free agency comes and goes without the be overpaid by other teams. Green Bay Packers making much of a splash, at least initially. Every year there is a subset of Packers fans that get While a lot of attention is paid to decisions having to despondent at the lack of activity. This leads to annual do with bigger names like Greg Jennings or Jermichael speculation that the Packers’ window for winning an- Finley, it’s decisions on the middle and lower rungs of other championship with general manager Ted Thomp- the roster that have given the Packers a level of depth that makes them the envy of much of the league. son at the helm of the Green and Gold is closing fast.
BY AARON NAGLER
Then, like clockwork, Packers fans start to get excited once again when the NFL Draft arrives and Thompson sets about selecting the newest batch of players who are lucky enough to be drafted into one the best organizations in sports, let alone the NFL.
Obviously, hanging over Thompson and the Packers are the contract situations of quarterback Aaron Rodgers and linebacker Clay Matthews, both expected to sign big-time extensions sometime soon.
Inevitably, talk turns to the season, the schedule is gone through with a fine tooth comb, with fans checking off wins and losses and declaring that obviously the Packers will end the season having won 14 games (or maybe even more!). By the time training camp arrives, the Super Bowl seems a foregone conclusion and playing the regular season seems but a mere formality. When will Packers fans learn? Thompson’s lack of activity in free agency is an annual showdown among Packers fans, pitting those who believe in Thompson’s draft and develop mantra against those who typically wish he would sign someone—anyone!—during the National Football League’s “silly season.” 5 | Cheesehead TV 2013 Draft Preview
A preview of the 2013 NFL Draft, including position profiles on more than 300 players, feature articles and columns.