Packers Draft Needs: Time to Start the Conversation

What would Ted do? - Ted Thompson

Packers GM Ted Thompson has plenty of directions he could go in the 2013 NFL draft.

The Packers lost to the 49ers in the NFL playoffs. Badly. Embarrasingly. Frustratingly. Think of some other negative adverbs and they would probably also apply.

But in the fast-paced world of the NFL, that loss is already ancient history. We’ve dissected it to death on this site and other media outlets and blogs have done the same. It’s time to move on.

In the coming weeks, the ALLGBP.com staff will have complete reviews and grades of everyone on the Packers roster for the 2012-13 season. We will also begin breaking down prospects in the the April NFL draft that may fit the Packers needs.

This post is meant to start the discussion on what the Packers needs in the draft may be.

If everything was equal, what position group should the Packers focus on when they pick 26th in the upcoming draft? If there was at least one player from each position group on the board when Ted Thompson’s turn came up, and they were all equally talented, which position group should Thompson bolster?

I realize this is a very general and broad question, but remember, we’re just starting the conversation. There will plenty of specific prospect breakdowns and more focused discussion in the coming months. For now, let’s focus on the big picture and moving on from the 49ers loss.

Here’s how I see things.

  1. Inside linebacker: Yes, Desmond Bishop and D.J. Smith should be back, but will there be lingering effects from the major injuries that ended their 2012 seasons early? The NFL seems to be cyclical. Just when we think a position group isn’t as valuable as it used to be, it makes a little bit of a comeback. With the rise of spread offenses and passing attacks, inside linebackers don’t seem as important as they once were. But then you don’t have one and you realize how valuable they can be. It’d be nice to have a linebacker on the inside that can ocassaionaly cover a tight, move well enough to deal with quarterbacks like Russell Wilson and Colin Kapernick, and be a solid tackler. Another good inside linebacker would allow Thompson to cut A.J. Hawk and use Brad Jones as a versatile backup and situational player, perhaps at all four linebacker spots.


NFL Draft Prospect Profile: FS/CB Trenton Robinson, Michigan St.

Green Bay Packers draft prospect profile: FS/CB Trent Robinson, Michigan State

FS/CB Trent Robinson, Michigan State

Green Bay Packers draft prospect profile: FS/CB Trent Robinson

Player Information:

Trenton Robinson, FS/CB Michigan State
5-10, 195 pounds
Hometown: Bay City, MI

NFL Combine:

40-yard dash: 4.46
Vertical Jump: 35”
Broad Jump: 10’5”
20-yard shuttle: 4.16
3-cone drill: 7.12

News and Notes:

Short for a safety, but a big hitter. … Started career at Michigan State as a CB, but moved to S after freshman year. … Once moved to safety, he played both SS and FS, eventually sticking at FS. … First team All-Big Ten in 2011. … The Spartans went from 112th among all 120 major colleges in pass defense in 2009 to 11th in 2011 after Robinson moved to safety. … Recorded 229 tackles, 12 pass breakups and nine interceptions at Michigan St. … Played eight games as a true freshman. … Started 32 of 46 games. … Team captain in 2011. … Not afraid to stick his nose in there despite lack of size. Packs a punch. … Reputation as a very hard worker in college. … A top CB recruit coming out of high school at Bay City Central High. … No major injury history.

 What they’re saying about him:

CBSSports.com: “Makes the easy interception, at times with hands away from his frame. Always find the ball quickly enough to at least a hand on it, has nice arm length and gives great effort to rip the ball from the receiver’s hands. Short stature, however, will hurt him downfield in jump ball situations against taller, stronger players.”

National Football Post: “Is coordinated and can keep his feet under him, but looks tighter when asked to turn and run. Tackles well and looks like at best a low end starter who needs to play in tighter areas to be effective in coverage.”

NFLMocks.com: “Hard-nosed, blue collar player with solid athleticism and good speed.”


Video Analysis:

  • May have been a big hitter in college, but delivering those hits with his small frame to NFL WRs, TEs and RBs will be much more difficult
  • He’s quick. Seems like he’d be better as a project CB instead of a S in the NFL.
  • Good instincts and very aggressive. If only he had the size to match…..
  • How about that interception at the 3:11 mark in the video? Good stuff.