Welcome to NFL Draft Week.
It’s the week many Green Bay Packers fans have been waiting for. General Manager Ted Thompson will finally wake up from his offseason hibernation and will get to work setting the Packers up for another Super Bowl run in 2013. As usual, he largely ignored free agency and will rely on the draft to restock Green Bay’s shelves with fresh talent.
This offseason has been one of some discontent for some Packers fans. Donald Driver retired, Charles Woodson was released and Greg Jennings signed with the Minnesota Vikings. That’s three veteran leaders that Green Bay won’t have this year, not to mention three fan favorites as well. The Packers also hung onto Jermichael Finley, which drew considerable scorn from fans also.
Fear not, Packer faithful. It’s not all bad. Clay Matthews signed a five-year contract extensions and all signs point to Aaron Rodgers having his extension done before training camp. As long as Matthews and Rodgers are in Green Bay, the Packers should remain in the upper echelon of teams in the NFC.
That said, Thompson realizes both those players need talent around them to get Green Bay from being one of the best teams to THE best team and he will do that through the NFL draft. One could almost say, in recent years anyway, the draft has become Thompson’s personal playground.