In 2005, our first round pick wasn’t a popular one but would pay off in the long run. I think we might have a repeat of that in 2009.
CHTV touched on this and it’s worth mentioning. Michael Crabtree very well could be available at the 9th spot and he would likely be “the best player available.” Oh crap.
Imagine it, with the 9th pick of the draft, the commissioner steps up and announces Green Bay has selected wide receiver Michael Crabtree. Greg is Greg and Donald Driver has a few good years left somehow. After that we have Jordy who I feel is the Driver replacement and Ruvell Martin. I still think we could end up with Crabtree.
And boy will people be pissed. They will freak out, saying that we don’t need a wide receiver right now or say Ted is trying to force Donald Driver into retirement. On the surface it could look ugly, but after a couple years we could have Greg Jennings and Michael Crabtree as the best wide receiving duo in the NFL. Also, we’d have Aaron Rodgers throwing to them. It sounds pretty good if you ask me.
I know we have some holes on the team that need to be addressed, primarily on the defensive side of the ball, but could we afford to pass up this player?
This has happened before. In 1998, we needed to address some defensive needs and decided, “Ya know, let’s not pick Randy Moss. Let’s get Vonnie Holliday instead.” I think our offense would have been able to overcome our defensive weaknesses if we had had a Randy Moss. Now I’m not playing armchair GM here and am not criticizing the Holliday pick. I’m just saying let’s think it through and consider not passing up the opportunity again. As fans, let’s also consider Ted Thompson would definitely make an unpopular move like this for the better of the future of the Packers.