I thought I would be super excited today. For some reason, it’s just not happening. The Packers made a solid pick in Bryan Bulaga, however, it’s just not that sexy.
I like the pick, don’t get me wrong. It fills a FUTURE need and offers a little insurance this season. I think the Packers got a solid player that can anchor the line for years to come. Did they get a game-changer that can be the extra piece that put the Packers over the top this year? Well, probably not.
The bottom line is this. Bryan Bulaga, barring injury, is simply not going to contribute this season. He’s not going to rush the outside, shore up the secondary, change the pace in the backfield, or even return a kick. Bryan Bulaga is going to sit on the bench, probably for the year. Does this make the Bulaga pick bad? Not necessarily.
I don’t think Ted had too many choices, and I will go out on a limb and say that judging by his press-conference, Ted had a much different plan in place before getting to 23. I think Ted missed his guy somewhere around pick 16 and subsequently ended up with a no-brainer miss pick when the time came. I don’t think Ted wanted to take him, but I do agree he had to. A top 5-10 tiered player fell into lap unexpectedly filling a future need at a hard to fill position. Thompson had to make the pick. Was he happy about it? I really don’t think so.
The bottom line is that our GM will need to put his team over the top in rounds 2-7 this year. There are plenty of players available, but it will be hard to watch the likes of Sergio Kindle, Taylor Mays, and other immediate impact guys fall into the laps of other teams and divisional opponents this evening. I predict a lot of moving up today, we’ll see if that pans out.
In the meantime, we got a great one for 2011. We can talk about that next year. Or, we can talk about it tonight during virtual draft party day two.
See you there.
Here is a re-cap of last nights actions with all the picks and all the clips.
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