Cheesehead TV reader BubbaOne was ahead of the curve.
Over a month ago, he sent me an email, of which this is an excerpt:
If the Bills, Cincy, AZ, Titans, Queens, and Redskins don’t address their QB needs in the 1st round some or all could be looking at Christian Ponder, who is currently slotted early second round, as their franchise QB. This could put the Packers in a great position.
The idea has been gaining steam across the NFL. Any number of teams that don’t draft a quarterback in the first round pick could be seeking to trade up late in the first round or risk addressing the most important position in all of football.
Dan Pompei of the National Football Post wrote in a recent column:
Seven teams are desperate for a quarterback. They are the Bengals, Cardinals, Forty Niners, Panthers, Redskins, Titans and Vikings. Seven other teams could be in the market. They are the Bills, Broncos, Browns, Dolphins, Jaguars, Raiders and Seahawks. There may be others too.
If this was a normal year, some of those teams would already have acquired a veteran quarterback and scratched off quarterback from their draft day wish lists. But since the draft is expected to precede free agency, the quarterback vacuum on draft day could be more powerful than ever.
Based upon where you get your information reports will vary wildly, but two quarterbacks seem to be good bets of coming off the board early in round one––Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert and Auburn’s Cam Newton.
Beyond those two, Ponder, Washington’s Jake Locker, TCU’s Andy Dalton, Arkansas’ Ryan Mallett and Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick are all good bets to be drafted in the second and third rounds.
If any of those aforementioned teams by Pompei don’t draft either Newton or Gabbert early in round one and they become enamored with, say, Dalton, there’s a punter’s chance they’ll be looking to trade up either in the late first round or early second round.
If not, the quarterback they want may be gone by the time their next selection comes around.
And that could suit the Packers very well. As Super Bowl champions and a team with as much depth as any in the NFL, they’re in a good position to trade down and add another second or third round draft pick as compensation.
As Packers fans know, general manager Ted Thompson has a history of trading down a dozen times in his career running drafts for both the Packers and the Seahawks, including in 2008 when he sent his first-round draft choice to the New York Jets and later scooped up wide receiver Jordy Nelson in the second round.
There’s certainly no guarantee the Packers are going to trade down, but it’s a development worth watching in a year where free agency has been delayed by an NFL lockout.