Amidst the bitter plots of our former drama ridden hall of fame quarterback trying to don the pansy purple, it seems the Packers have addressed some needs to make a playoff push for 2009.
The addition of B.J. Raji upfront was undoubtedly the most important for a team that had serious depth concerns on the defensive line. I still feel like they could use a hard-nosed veteran to rotate on the end position and provide solid leadership for the locker room. Only time will tell if Thompson finds that beneficial as well.
Drafting Clay Mathews was basically a bonus pickup in my opinion, and could pay big dividends for the green and gold in the future. Of course I write an article a few months ago that Ted Thompson would undoubtedly trade down at least once in the 2009 NFL draft, instead he trades up. It just shows that Ted Thompson is consistently unpredictable, keeps everyone on their toes.
I think one very intriguing matter for the Packers is the drafting of LSU fullback Quinn Johnson and the addition of un-drafted Northwestern standout Tyrell Sutton. It surely seems that Johnson will be a great addition as a dominating lead blocker to a team struggling at times with its’ running attack. I personally just love guys that want to knock you on your butt play after play. Sutton is exactly what the Packers needed in that he can catch the ball out of the backfield, and he is a powerful runner. That is truly something this team lacks, but will they be able to fill this need with a free agent type?
Adding a couple talented offensive linemen also was crucial for the Packers. I knew they would address that situation during the draft, hopefully at least one of these men turn into a legitimate starter. The Packers’ offensive line always puzzles me on which player should play where, except I like Spitz at center. It would be great if they could find five guys to work great as a unit, but I expect another year of inconsistent play with Tauscher gone and Clifton struggling (if he starts).
I still think the Packers need a better option at backup quarterback; hopefully either Flynn or Brohm will emerge as a viable option in the backup role. If they both struggle again in the preseason, hopefully Ted isn’t afraid of signing a veteran to hold the clipboard.
After a week of reflection, I feel like the Packers had a solid draft. They attacked their needs and went after players that they believed in, can’t ask for much more. Obviously the final grade will be made 3 years from now when Dale Z gives them an A++ because “Clay Mathews is a badass”. I also like the fact that they got some attitude guys with a little bit of swagger. It seemed like once Cullen and Barnett went down last season they lost that attitude on defense. If some of the younger guys are getting after it and knocking some heads off, it should re-energize the veterans and get them going.