I know a lot of people are seeing Thompson's picking for 'need' this past weekend as a sign that he is 'feeling the heat'. I guess there might be some truth to that, but I think it's much closer to the truth to say that this year we saw a GM who has spent the last three years building his talent base by continually trading back and accumulating picks in the draft who is now picking and choosing to fill the remaining holes on his roster. I also think you saw a GM who has watched his team get pushed around one to many times in short yardage situations, both on offense and defense, and took it upon himself to toughen up his lines.
Now, is there extra pressure on Thompson after a disappointing 6-10 campaign? Of course. But this draft fits perfectly into the trajectory that started with Thompson laying the foundation for his team and then solidifying it once he improved the overall talent level. This draft was the first where Thompson felt comfortable enough with the talent on hand to go after the guys he really wanted.
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