Some good back and forth yesterday on the Green Bay Packers needs in the future. There seemed to be quite a difference of opinion, especially when it comes to draft strategy. This begs the question: Do we draft for today or tomorrow?
I might have had a different take last season, but this season I am going to stand firm and say you draft for the now, the right now. As I wrote earlier, (that's so Nagler) I think this season is our chance.
Honestly, even the pundits don't know how the league is going to turn out moving forward, and this really is the last time for awhile when you will be able to see the cards in your hands. The Packers are a playoff team, a few pieces away from a totally legitimate Super Bowl run, and have absolutely no idea what the landscape of the NFL will look like in 2011.
You draft for immediate production, plain and simple. You get the guy that helps you now.
Again, this team could theoretically take the field tomorrow and put on a pretty good show. You don't fill security positions before you draft playmakers.
If the team took the field tomorrow you would NEED: a punter. Now I'm definitely not saying go grab a first round punter, but you get my drift.
Inevitably someone will counter this analysis with either a left tackle or injury related retort. They would be right in that we definitely need a future at tackle and depth for injury purposes, but you absolutely cannot draft for the future right now. You need to take the biggest impact player on the board, a guy who can come in and get us even one more win.
Sorry folks, but there isn't going to be a tackle that fits that bill.
This is what the Packers draft board should look like right now:
In my humble opinion, unless someone really does an Aaron Rodgers, those should be the only guys we are looking at. Now, you have the rest of the draft to add depth where it is needed. You also now have another playmaker from day one. You have an ultra deep class to work with so you absolutely have to take the most electrifying guy still on the board in round one.
When you're this close to winning it all (the Packers) and this close to the unknown (the NFL in the future) you go all in.
It's a now world folks, the later can wait.
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