I hate to theorize on anything if I can avoid it. But, with all the 'let's find a hole in the draft and complain about it' homers roaming around, I think the educated Packer fan has overlooked perhaps the biggest need of all...
Let's explore this a little bit and see if we can get into the mind of Ted Thompson a little bit as he looked down his to do list. For starters, I am pretty sure the Ted Thompson most likely thinks Daryn Colledge is a douche. He publicly chastised his tender (something Ted does not like) and also criticized the organization and coaching staff. I guarantee that Ted would like nothing more than to let Colledge sit on his rear, at home, for the rest of the season. Or at least he did, until his draft plan fell apart.
I was on the phone with Brian Carriveau during the first round of the draft. After sitting through hours of special teams talk (heh), finally pick 13 and 14 started to roll around. Now, we all know the Packers made a push to try and move up at that point, but the big question was always why? My answer all along: Ted really wanted Maurkice Pouncey a guy he had been enamored with all along.
It really all makes sense now, especially why Ted seemed so unenthused about landing Bulaga. Thompson also knew he had just lost all leverage with Colledge. Think about it, without Colledge in the picture, what happens if Wells goes down?
The way I see it the Packers line looks like the following right now:
LT - Clifton
LG - Spitz
C - Wells
RG - Sitton
RT - Tauchser
If Wells goes down, Spitz moves over, and either T.J. Lang or someone unknown fills in at guard. Now if something were to happen to Spitz, or his back isn't right, you really have no center outside of Dietrich-Smith. Now, I know Nagler thinks Smith is going to be a player, but that's not the scenario I want to see happening during the most important half-a-second in football.
By moving up and snagging Pouncey, Ted would have not needed Colledge, had a guy who played both center and guard at a high level, and ultimately a long-term replacement for Wells who isn't getting any younger. It also would explain how Neal was so high on their board, since they no longer needed one of the remaining 5-6 tackles. So, even though the Packers had the tackle they needed for the future, Thompson knew he must now either negotiate with Colledge, or a sign a center. Two things I imagine ol' Ted really doesn't want to do.
I think the Bulaga pick was bittersweet for Ted Thompson, and I too am happy we got him. However, if you start to factor in injury posibilites down the road, the situation at center is perhaps the scariest one of all.
Anyone seen Duke Preston?