How Good Will Flacco Be?

That's my question after reading Bedard's mini-bombshell yesterday (the whole post is stuffed full of great info) that the Packers were seriously considering trading up to pick quarterback Joe Flacco, who ended up going to the Ravens when they themselves traded up to the 18th spot to take him.  I know a lot of Packer fans will point to this as yet another example of Thompson's overconfidence, but I don't see it that way at all. There's every possibility that Thompson thought of Flacco as a once-in-a-lifetime talent. (Don't forget, Favre was originally drafted in the second round - quarterback evaluation isn't an exact science) You go after those. And during last years draft there was no way for Thompson to know that Rodgers would be the long-term answer at quarterback. And with his team coming off a 13-3 season, Thompson no doubt felt confident about the overall talent level of his football team. 

In hindsight, of course, we all know that the talent level wasn't near what 2007's record indicated. And it is a bit troublesome that Thompsons was willing to neglect some other perceived areas of need (DL, CB, OG) in order to chase what would have amounted to a luxury. But as John Madden is fond of saying, the hardest time to find a quarterback is when you need one. Thompson no doubt is trying to ensure he never finds himself in that position, thus the drafting of two more QB's after his dalliance with Flacco flamed out.

 

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Ryeguy812's picture

February 24, 2009 at 09:07 am

I too marveled at that Flacco statement. Don't really know what to make of it but as Andrew Brandt at NFP is prone to saying, sometimes the best deals are the ones you don't make.
I think things worked out decently enough with A-Rodg.

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Alex Tallitsch's picture

February 24, 2009 at 09:08 am

Maybe I am just slow, but did anyone ever notice this guys initials?

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Chicago Hooligan's picture

February 24, 2009 at 10:45 am

Makes me curious how highly Brohm was graded versus Flacco. Also if QB would have even been a consideration but for Rodgers's contract situation going into 2008.

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