This is a great post from C.D. over at Tundra Vision regarding the (incorrectly in C.D.’s and my opinion) widely held view that the Packers desperatley need to draft an outside linebacker with their first pick in the draft later this week. (This week!) Where I differ slightly is where C.D. posits the following about what this would tell us about Thompson:
* He wasn’t completely satisfied with the talent or the starters at linebacker.
* He believes so highly in taking the BPA that he overloaded a position group at the expense of others
* He has an irrational faith in Justin Harrell to finally contribute
Number two is close.
If Thompson pulls the trigger on an Orakpo or Maybin this Saturday, it’s because they graded out as the best player remaining on Thompson’s board, no more, no less. The man is simply not driven by need when it comes to the draft. Oh he’ll conceded a need now and then, but it is never the overriding theme of any Thompson draft and that won’t change this weekend. He simply doesn’t view it as “at the expense of others”. It’s the best football player – you get him. It’s like the Crabtree debate – if he’s there at #9 (he won’t be) Thompson takes him. It’s too good a player to pass on for a ‘need’ somewhere else. You get the talent, not the guy who fills a hole.
But as far as the original thrust of the post, I could not agree more. I was looking at the list of Mock Drafts over at the JSOnline draft section and the vast majority of them have the Packers taking an OLB with the occasional B.J. Raji thrown in. The one dissent, of course, is Mike Mayock, who has the Packers taking offensive tackle Michael Oher. And we all know how I feel about Mayock. Needless to say, I hope Oher likes living in Wisconsin…