Ted Thompson says Packers will stick with value board
Ted Thompson’s draft plans remain a mystery wrapped inside an enigma.
The Green Bay Packers general manager held his annual pre-draft press conference on Thursday and said, well, not much.
That’s the way it’s been in Green Bay during his seven years and no one can challenge the success Thompson and the franchise have enjoyed. Sure, there have been some mistakes along the way, but the defending Super Bowl champions were built through the draft and built with some shrewd moves, like drafting Aaron Rodgers before Brett Favre was ready to head out the door.
Thompson was peppered with questions and talked. There’s a difference between talking and saying much. He didn’t say a whole lot, but he did take a rather fun shot at the expanding universe of draftniks.
"There's a lot of interest in the draft, it's great," Thompson said, according to Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "But, quite frankly, most of the people that are commenting on it don't know anything about what they're talking about, because I'm supposed to know a lot and I don't know all the stuff those guys know."
Thompson said that the Super Bowl run gave him a late start on preparing for the draft. He said he’s caught up and is confident where the team stands in the process. In the past, the Packers have drafted on need. They went after a slew of cornerbacks to try and stop Randy Moss at one time. Now, Thompson wants to stick as closely as possible to the team’s value board when making selections. His reasoning makes sense.
"We go by the way the value board is set up and our draft board is set up. And we try to do that openly and honestly," he said. "If there are what we would perceive as needs, that position might get a little more extra care.
"But we still believe drafting the best player on the board is the best policy. You don't know what your needs are going to be. You might think you have a need at the end of April or you may think you have a strong position at the end of April, but you don't know where that's going to be come Aug. 1, as we found out this season."
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