#5 Pick Should Be Interesting
As of right now Packers GM Ted Thompson says he's going to keep the 5th pick in the first round of this weekend's NFL Draft. On Monday, Thompson said he was going to get an impact player with the fifth pick and he would prefer that rather than trading back to get a couple of solid players for the team.
It is going to be very interesting right around Noon on Saturday when the Packers are on the clock. It's almost a given that at least one of the three "big" quarterbacks, either Matt Leinert, Vince Young or Jay Cutler will be on the board. Ted Thompson has always said that you pick the "best available" player early in the draft because if you draft for team needs, you can reach and get into trouble. If he is truly taking the best guy on the board, that could be Texas QB Vince Young. I can just see the fan out-cry from all of the "Brett Favre" lovers saying Ted isn't helping Brett, if he does come back, go out a winner. Thompson held firm at his Monday press conference saying that he is drafting for the long-term health of the franchise and not short term gain. Which in my book is good to hear.
Another draft scenerio could see tackle D'Brickshaw Ferguson still on the board. He has the potential to be a Pro Bowl tackle for the next decade. Would Ted dare take a tackle with big time money invested in Mark Tauscher and Chad Clifton? The commmon rumor is that Green Bay would move Tauscher inside, something he has said he didn't really want to do.
Whatever happens this weekends, whether Green Bay keeps the pick or trades the first round pick, the draft is so much more entertaining when your team picks high.
Packer fans hope that they can get a good player this year at #5 and then wait around until late in the draft in the year's to come.