During the 2012 NFL Draft, Green Bay Packers GM spent the majority of the Packers picks(6) on defensive players. The route Thompson took didn’t raise many eyebrows, because the Packers were coming off a season where they gave up a record amount of passing yards.
Thompson was justified in his decisions as DEs Mike Daniels and Jerel Worthy made progress, and CB Casey Hayward finished third in Defensive Rookie of the Year voting. Hayward led the team with six interceptions. Thompson improved his young defense, but there seem to be many more holes on the team coming into this draft.
The offensive line, who gave up the most sacks with 51, needs rebuilding. Marshall Newhouse isn’t the answer on the left side at guard. He was abused a lot throughout the season, and proved that he can’t carry the load. Evan Dietrich Smith is a converted center, but the Packers may focus on getting a traditional center in the draft. Alabama center, Barret Jones could be available for the Packers at 26, and he could be a player that would be hard to pass up.
Running back is a major need for the Packers, who haven’t had a true lead back since 2009. This draft class is filled with guys who could make an immediate impact. North Carolina RB Giovani Bernard and Alabama RB Eddie Lacy are two guys that should be on the Packers radar. Drafting one of these guys would fill an immediate need and could do so for a long time. With a true workhorse running back the Packers offense would be complete, and close to unstoppable. Linebacker is another hole to fill.
During the Packers divisional blowout loss to the San Francisco 49ers, the Packers linebackers looked lost as QB Colin Kaepernick ran past them all game. The record setting performance by Kaepernick proved the Packers needed something new at linebacker. With AJ Hawk rumored to be on his way out of the Green Bay, it would be wise to draft at least three linebackers in this draft. Erik Walden and Brad Jones need to be cut as well.
Thompson has a lot of choices to make with so many directions he could go. I say we can all have faith that he will make the best decision on Thursday, April 25.
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