Happy Sunday everyone. With the NFL Draft wrapping up yesterday, I wanted to offer a few opinions on how I think my favorite team did. That is, of course, the Green Bay Packers.
So, to recap, the Packers drafted a quarterback, a running back, a tight end, a linebacker, three offensive lineman, a safety, and a defensive lineman. Obviously, not all of these people will be ready to step in and contribute at a pro bowl level right away.
Jordan Love is a project, and one that only helps Green Bay immediately if Aaron Rodgers gets hurt. A.J. Dillion also isn’t expected to be a starter, but is a tough runner. His pass catching skills, however, leave a little to be desired. Josiah Deguara is an excellent blocker, and could be good as a pass catcher as long as he isn’t required to make contested catches. Kamal Martin filled a need at inside linebacker, and Runyan, Hanson, and Stepaniak provide depth along the offensive line with hopes that one of them can replace Bryan Bulaga. Vernon Scott and Jonathan Garvin hope to bolster Green Bay’s defense, particularly in the running game.
How one grades this draft depends on what you think the direction of the team is. If you think the team should have went all in and gotten Aaron Rodgers more help, then the Packers failed miserably. If you think the team wants to run Matt Lefleur’s system, then I can’t help but think they succeeded. Lefleur wants to run the same kind of game plan Tennessee and San Francisco rode into the playoffs last season. In that system, the quarterback isn’t required to carry the team, but make timely throws.
So, I personally believe Green Bay is doing the exact same thing to Rodgers that happened to Favre. Gutekunst and Lefleur are building their roster as they see fit, and Rodgers can either buy in or be left behind. History repeats itself, and I believe it’s happening again. Time will tell if this regime is as successful as the last couple.
Anyway, those are my thoughts on the Packers draft. Thanks for reading and let me know what you think in the comments.