By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on May 1, 2014
Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson is known as a draft guru. In fact, general managers throughout the league would pay a large sum to get inside his head. Good thing for Packers’ fans is that Thompson delivered some quality quotes in his pre-draft press conference on Thursday. Here are the five that were the most interesting.
Quote Source: Packers.com
“Certainly if you find a player with skill and the ability to make a statement at a position, whether it be one of those spots or not, you take the best player.”
Thompson isn’t like most general managers in the sense that he has no problem taking the best player available, regardless of need.
“If you keep your eye on the ball, there are players to be had. There are always college free agents that make teams and wind up being good players. Nobody drafts those guys.”
Thompson has never been a stranger to signing undrafted free agents. In fact, it’s worked out well for him in the past.
“You have to understand the chair you sit in. In terms of my chair, I’m the leader in there. I have to project a certain confidence, a certain understanding, and a certain amount of wisdom to try to do the right thing, and I pray every day that I have that wisdom.”
Thompson is fully aware that the fate of Green Bay’s success and which direction they head in over the next few years rests solely on this draft.
On what made him decide to pull the trigger on signing elite pass rusher Julius Peppers in free agency:
“There’s no evidence of any decline in his play, in our opinion. He still has the same athletic traits he had coming out. He’s had a remarkable history in the NFL in terms of durability, so we’re looking forward to it. I think he is, too.”
“We feel like the draft is a long-term investment, and we don’t get too carried away with what our perceived needs are at the moment. We think that’s poor business. If you can marry those things up, that’s fine, but if you stretch to try to fill a quote-unquote need somewhere, then you wind up messing up a couple spots. When you’re picking in the 20s, you kind of let it come to you.”
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