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Ted Thompson trades back in third for second time

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on April 26, 2013 – 9:15 pm

GREEN BAY–Packers General Manager Ted Thompson traded back in the third round for the second time on Friday, Thompson’s third trade of the day. The Packers sent the 93rd overall pick to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for the Dolphins’ fourth (109), fifth (146) and seventh-round 224) picks. The Packers selected Alabama running back Eddie Lacy in the second round earlier on Friday.


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112 Responses to “Ted Thompson trades back in third for second time”

  1. By Nelstone on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    How many picks can you stockpile? How bout getting some talent that can step in and help out now, safety,OL, DT.

  2. By Brett on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    So the goal is to see if Green Bay can end up with the most practice squad players in the 2013 draft?

    If they make about 6 more similar trades they will have ALL of the 7th round draft choices in the draft.

  3. By Jon on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    TT keeps giving away our draft picks though for later round picks. Sure we are adding to our overall number of picks, but will they get us the same caliber of players?

  4. By Jon on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Looks like we might have the best practice squad in the NFL.

  5. By Zach on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Everyone is so quick to slam the panic button. Name one GM better at finding talent in the lower rounds of the draft?

  6. By Jimmy on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    You guys all whine and complain, but then every year reap the rewards of the brilliant Mr. Thompson when he develops us winning players OVER AND OVER again…if you guys are so smart, why aren’t you in management?

  7. By Curt on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    None of you doubters know anything about the relative talent in the late 3rd – 5th round. Everything I’ve heard is it’s pretty even through those rounds. If so, Ted’s trading just got us an extra player that may be as good as anything we’d pick with our original 3rd.

  8. By dan wilson on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    well with Barrett Jones and Quessenberry out there, he must feel the 2 four four picks and 3 number 5 picks are good value
    That’s (5) picks in rounds 4 and 5. still lots of good talent in this draft

    don’t really care about all those number 7 picks

  9. By Chuck on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    OK Let me first say that I wasn’t a big fan of Ted’s when he first took over, however though the last 3-4 years I gotta say I like his style of leadership and draft strategy. Lets not forget in the past few years, few of us have agreed with him and his choices, BUT, history says he did pretty good pickers for the Pack. GO PACK GO.

  10. By gary on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    why do you doubt TT he is the man. To be the man you have to beat the man and I have yet to see that in the NFC NORTH

  11. By Doug on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    I didn’t realize we were in a position to keeping trading down with teams that dominated us last year. I think it’s awesome that we let the Niners stockpile defensive talent while we get 15 7th round picks. I guess foe $110 million, the brain trust is going to have Aaron play both ways next year. Welcome back Ironman Football.

  12. By Bart on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Time was (about ninety minutes ago, in fact) when Ted Thompson was being lauded as a ‘genius’ on these same message boards! All of a sudden, he is a fool. Relax, people. Ted has got this all under control.

  13. By JamesT on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    @jimmy, exactly… Ted has managed this team extremely well. If it weren’t for injuries, Lord only knows what could have been accomplished.

  14. By Grant on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Quit whining guys, TT is playing a % game. 10 picks tomorrow, what are the odds TT hits on at least one of them? Odds are he hits on more than one. There are still players like Brian Schwenke, Jesse Williams, and Quinton Patton on the board. There is tremendous value to be had, and TT may trade some picks to get more 4th rounders to get guys like these. This time tomorrow, y’all will be singing TT’s praise.

  15. By Mike on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    All he does is keep these additional picks one year & cut ‘em the next…FIRETEDTHOMPSON.com !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. By jim on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    TT has shown that he has been able to turn late round picks into quality players. Granted, not all of them make it,but it looks like he already has brought in 2 starters. If he gets lucky on 1 of 10 late round picks (history shows he will do better), the draft will be successful.

  17. By Mike on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    The never endning qusestion for TT: How many mediocre players does it take to win a superbowl? While they have Rodgers, they need quality drfat picks now! (God knows free agents are out of the question.)

  18. By Joe Lazzara on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Love the moves so far Ted. Remember, the Packers know how to develop players, they don’t buy all the other teams high price rejects for big dollars. Watch Lacy and the rest will help bring another Super Bowl win to Green Bay.

    Plus, great job on signing the best qb in football in Aaron Rogers.

    Go Pack Go !!!!

  19. By Mike hebbring on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    The sliver clown is at it again…..

  20. By TWOTALL on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    IF YOU ALL WAS TRUE FANS YOU ALL TRUE TO YOUR TEAM THERE SHOULD BE NO WHINING. THATS WHY HE GETTING PAID. WATCH AND SEE
    PACKERSNATION4LIFE

  21. By Utah Packer on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Just remember, all that late round/undrafted talent gets to play in Green Bay. Donald Driver and Mark Tauscher were not day 1 picks.

  22. By Dan Radley on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    10 picks in last four rounds. Now they have all night to scour the board. Lots of ammunition to move up if they choose to, or lots of picks to secure players they might not have been able to sign as undrafted free agents. Almost every year the Pack uncovers diamonds in the rough, and with this draft not being as strong overall as in other years, this is a perfect chance to look for those types of players.

  23. By Corey on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    I like having the most picks in one of the deeper drafts in recent history.

  24. By stoych on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Guys O line men like Mark Tauscher are pick in the later rounds. Everyone was complaining about needing a o linemen to Rodgers off his really expensive butt. Well My guess is you will see at least 3 o linemen picked in the next two rounds. That’s what Green bay needs. Not to mention our line isn’t the Chicago Bears And our Qb doesn’t cry on the sideline. The Pack will be just fine.

  25. By Nelstone on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    To be the man you have to beat the man, I tjhink that’s what the 9ers did twice last year. So who’s the smart one now.

  26. By Gary on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Two picks in first 100. Not a good way to catch sf. Mn had 3. In first rd. teds way keeps pack competive but not against top tier who go for it. Who needs 7th rounders, bring in fa. Same dif

  27. By dean on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    what are we drafting for-special teams?

  28. By Pat on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    How can you say Thompson has done a great job in recent drafts? Defense hasn’t been good for a while, Rogers was sacked more than any QB in the league last year and we haven’t had a running back run for 100 yards for 43 games. And I can’t think of one draft pick from last year that was a difference maker. While San Fran, the Seahawks, the Lions, the Vikings and others worked hard to get better in the off season, I guess Thompson was studying film of potential late-round draft picks. How un-awesome. Hope Aaron really has his A game next year or else the Packers could be in trouble.

  29. By knowledgeable football fan on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    It’s so foolish to judge the down trades before you even see who we end up getting with those late round picks? are you people serious? we traded down in the 2nd round and look, we still got our RB didn’t we? There is still talent with 2nd and 3rd round grades on the board. If we end up getting a couple of those in the 4th and 5th rounds, we’ll end up with the same number of players with 3rd round grades (even if we didn’t get a pick there), and even MORE 5th and 6th round value picks than we otherwise would have. Point is, you can’t tell until you see who falls to us or doesn’t. have you people ever watched a draft?

  30. By chang yang on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    cool down peopel, IN TED WE TRUST.

  31. By Will on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Well, we definitely got two pieces filled with two great picks. An extra 10 picks makes sure we get can holes filled in. As history shows, you never know where the stars will come from. Driver, Jennings, Brady all late rounders & all proven stars. I’m looking forward to seeing what Ted & the staff have up their sleeves. Never know how the future will turn out with the development of these players. I’m trusting Ted & the draft staff to get the right players & trusting the entire coaching staff to get them game time ready. We can do this Packer Nation!! I can see another Lombardi trophy in the very near future.

  32. By Corey on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Do you people realize Brady was a fifth rounder among countless others that have gone on to be great starters. Drafting for special teams that is funny.

  33. By Tim on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Just doing the math here, Trade value chart. 55 to 61 &173= -35.8 88 to 93 & 216 = -17. 93 to 109,146 & 224 = -17. Thats a minus 69.8 which value is the 17th pick in the 4th round on the trade value chart. Worst part is most of it went to San Francisco. Just plain dumb

  34. By mike on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Looks like we have some more – Ricky Elmore’s, Lawrence Guy’s and Caleb Schlauderhauff’s! Gotta love stockpiling those guys. I see we trade down 6 spots and get a late sixth. Seattle trades down 6 spots and gets a fifth and a sixth. TT needs to watch Seattle and S. Fran. They are kicking are butts:(

  35. By Bwiddy on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    I learned not to rip on TT for his draft moves as he has proved a lot of us wrong over the years. Good talent can still be found in rounds 6-7. Folks forget that Tauscher and Driver were late round picks. Go Pack. Nice draft thus far.

  36. By Tom G on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Come on guys depth and talent can come in late rounds some examples guys like Mason Crosby, Desmond Bishop, Matt Flynn, Josh Sitton and Marshall Newhouse. Having more picks to aquire guys like that is what has given the pack success and keep in a controlled salary cap.

  37. By Gary Tremble on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Ted is getting extremely Good Value for the Packers…. we need more players,, Off LINE, Got a great Running back,, Guard,, maybe a Kicker,, We Have to Rebuild the Team

  38. By Mike on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Some of you people must be crazy. Its QUALITY not quanity. The guy continually trades down & every once in a while finds a starter. We will never know what QUALITY players we could have had. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while. Keep draftin those special team players Teddy….FIRETEDTHOMPSON.com !!!!

  39. By Corey on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    He just got the #12 pick in the 4th,#13 in the 5th and #10 in the 7th for a late 3rd. How is that bad in any way?

  40. By jim on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Great point knowledgeable! TT trades down a few spots if he thinks he can still get the guy he wants, while adding a late round gamble. Nice strategy if you ask me. This compared to the slipshot methods of the Lions and Vikings? I will put money on TT any day.

  41. By Robert Pedigo on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Great draft, getting Jones, then Lacy. I wanted Lacy in the first, but knew you have to take DL there. I was then hoping for, but after Damontre Moore @ 81, and John Jenkins @ 82 were off the board, Ted worked his genuis. Our late 3rd, became a mid-4th, mid-5th, and two 7ths. Ted has ten picks for day three. In Ted we trust.

  42. By Jan Schrader on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Hey,Ted’s done great the first 2 rounds, and when it’s all said and done I think we’ll all be amazed at the quality of this draft. It’s just his talent to work the draft like a virtuoso. Look at some of the great finds he’s picked off in past years. Just chill and let him do his thing. Just because we don’t understand it, doesn’t mean he’s wrong. When one of these picks ends up making a game changing play in a play off game, you’re all going to be talking about how smart Ted is and how you’re his biggest supporter.

  43. By rojo on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Hey, I may be out in left field on this one, but I’m guessing Ted had to trade back because we can’t afford any more high picks because of Aaron’s $40 million salary next year.

  44. By Dustin on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Why is everyone acting like the draft is an exact science? There is a reason Mel Kiper(for example) is a career guesser on ESPN and not working for an NFL team. TT isn’t the only one in GB, and a lot of his decisions are guided by his coaches and scouts. Talking heads on TV and blogs rarely get things right, or at the very least no more often than our guys in GB. Look how many RB’s went ahead of Lacy, and some had him ranked as the top pre draft RB?

  45. By dragonfly1 on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Ted is just stockpiling picks for tomorrow. Wouldn’t be surprised if he picks up another 4th via a trade or makes a move here and there moving up, but yeah there is tons of value in the 4th and 5th. Deep draft and I think he knows what he wants too :)

  46. By Steve in Oconomowoc on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Don’t have to pay 6th rounders as much as third. All the salary cap going to Rodgers and Matthews. Late rounders are all Ted can afford.

  47. By Mark on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    This is a very deep draft. Lots of value in rd4&5. Got what is the steal of the draft so far and and picks that can be used to move up more tha once. Way too much panic around here.

  48. By Mitch on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Nelstone and Gary are 100% right. The Pack are good enough to keep us happy, but San Fran will continue to crush us for years to come if we don’t draft some top 3 round talent. Packers have walking a tightrope of mediocracy. They could easily be 6-10, 5-11 next year.

  49. By Pat on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    I love some of the examples of great late picks. How many years ago was it when we drafted Driver? Was Thompson even the GM them?

  50. By spike on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    like the guys we have drafted,
    ted knows what he is doing when he trades back to get more picks,

    go ted! +
    go packers!

  51. By Brett on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    You have to trust the board. If the value isn’t there, trading down makes sense.

  52. By Mark on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Well Mitch were your projection to come true we would be picking high for the first time in years. Mediocre team???? really?

  53. By Tim on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Look at the trade value chart, which every team uses, we are getting killed here.

  54. By Jeff on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    A little bit of Ted Thompson trading history:

    2008 traded down with New York Jets
    Packers pick: Jordy Nelson and Jeremy Thompson
    Jets pick: Dustin Keller

    2009 traded up with New England Patriots
    Packers pick: Clay Matthews and Jamon Meredith
    Patriots pick: Darius Butler, Brandon Tate, Julian Edelman and used a pick to trade up again to get Rob Gronkowski

    2010 traded up with Philadelphia Eagles
    Packers pick: Morgan Burnett
    Eagles pick: Daniel Te’o-Nesheim and Mike Kafka

    2012 traded up with New England Patriots
    Packers pick: Casey Heyward
    Patriots pick: Jake Bequette, Nate Ebner, Alfronzo Dennard, and Jeremy Ebert

    2012 traded up with Philadelphia Eagles
    Packers pick: Jerel Worthy
    Eagles pick: Vinny Curry and Brandon Boykin

    Seems most of those trades worked out in the Packers favor. There were a few extra trades as well that resulted in lower-ranked players who either did not make the teams or whose contributions were extremely limited.

  55. By Darrin on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Packer fans, remember we already traded down 5 spots to acquire Lacy later and he was there. TT only traded back the pick 16 more spaces for an additional 2 picks here. There is a deep draft at safety, and some of the other positions we still need. Lots of talent to be had.

  56. By Jan Schrader on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Today’s Packer fans aren’t the same fans I grew up with. We didn’t always understand what Lombardi was doing (like summarily trading Jim Ringo) but we trusted that he knew what he was doing. Today everybody wants to form a lynch mob as soon as they disagree with someone in team management who knows far more about the situation and is a professional in their field. If you dissentors are so smart why don’t you get degrees in coaching, sports administration or sports law and try to get a job in the league. I suppose it would be too hard to get off the bar stool.It’s always easier to gripe then to be consructive.

  57. By Mike hebbring on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Is it a war room? Or just a circus tent full of clowns?

  58. By VAPacFan1 on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Tight Wad Ted strikes again ! We can look forward to a lot of slow. talentless, 3rd string picks as SF gets even better.

  59. By Jan Schrader on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Jeff, great facts. Unfortunately the losers don’t want the facts.

  60. By cannon777 on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Relax everyone the talent between late 3rd round and 7th round draft choices is not that big of a difference.

  61. By George on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    TT has done a great job as GM and no reason to doubt him now. I like the fact that we are getting additional picks, particularly in the 4th and 5th rounds. Lots of value there, I wouldn’t be surprised to see 2 future starters come out of day 3 of this draft.

  62. By Corey on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Tim, I think Ted is thinking about it as he is taking away two of their picks. The less picks they have overall the better. He was only sliding back five or six spots.

  63. By VAPacFan1 on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    AAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

  64. By Stan Perritt on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    So far we have done alright. I think we could have donw better than Lacey at RB, but we will see. I know that Ted plays the odds game and hopes that one or more will break loose, but I don’t see any Clay Matthewa caliber in the next few rounds and I don’t think Ted is looking for the best practice squad. The next few rounds will give opportunity to those who do not deserve it, but have the ability to take advantage of it and make a name for themselves. Otherwise, they will be playing for another team or selling cars in their hometown next year!

  65. By Mitch on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Well Mark, maybe not 5-11, but a few teams exposed us big time last year. We are not San Fran, Seattle, Atlanta, Washington, NYG and even the Saints with their coach coming back. Dare I say the Vikings leapfrogged us last year too.

  66. By George on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Seems like there are quite a few viking fans posting today. Sad.

  67. By Greg on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    TT has been doing a great job. Maybe we don’t get big names broadcasted on ESPN but we are winning and not cashed strapped trust him.

  68. By jculliton on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    So the idea is to give the team that blasted us twice, the opportunity to get better players? Did you TT worshipers watch either game against the niners? I love our first 2 picks, but I’m baffled now. Why not trade with the Vikings, Bears and Lions too Ted?

  69. By Joey on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    If you dont’ trust the GM, go cheer for another team. The people that are whining are really not Packer fans. I trust the GM and will back anything he does. I am Green and Gold all the way and will NEVER bad mouth someone who represents it. Great Job Ted!!

  70. By VAPacFan1 on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Great ! Now we can really upgrade the practice squad !

  71. By Pat on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    I think it is important to note that he traded up to get Clay Matthews.

  72. By Tony on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Ted keeps moving back, for what. You can say all you want “in Ted we trust”.The last two years in the playoffs has done really well. Keep getting gashed with all those awesome late round picks.There is a reason they are still available in the later rounds. Need help now or it will be no super bowl again!!!

  73. By Mitch on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    I need to just chill out and trust in TT. But it is a scary thought watching a team that crushed us last year getting better. The first two picks were awesome, but I’m not a fan of 6th and 7th rounders. The Pack has been winning year after year and my spoiled mouth keeps spouting out garbage.

  74. By creek on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    2013 NFL draft looks real good for the Pack so-far! Keep it going!!!

  75. By Nelstone on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Too bad there still isn’t 17 rounds cause I’m hearing Ted is so great he could find us another Bart Starr.

  76. By Robert Pedigo on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    The TT Haters complained when TT drafted Rodgers, they wanted a WR. They complained when TT wanted to start a future MVP, Super Bowl winner, and Super Bowl MVP, they wanted to keep playing a 39 year old. They wanted Albert Haynesworth for $100 million.

    TT is one of the best, ie. the safety he could get at 88 is the same quality as 109, plus he received 146, 216, and 224 for more cracks at OL, DL, and WR. Go TT.

    If you do not appreciate TT, you should have lived through the 1950’s and then had to endure Dan Devine. Go Pack. Thank you, TT.

  77. By VAPacFan1 on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Tight Wad Ted strikes again !!!

  78. By Edmond on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Wow… lmao! Some of the people on here probably gave up on our 2009 season as well…

    This draft has very broad and RAW talent all the way into the 7th round. This year is all about taking the shotgun approach on talented 4th and 5th rounders. Think about it this way, does anyone remember the year the packers drafted THREE DBs? Carrol, Vincent and this unknown 3rd guy named Mike McKenzie? I see TT going for 3 OL’s and if one of them becomes the next scott wells, Mark Tauscher, Wahl, etc… then it will have all been worth it!

    This is a shotgun approach for very immeasurable talent. We won the super bowl with players like Desmond Bishop and Jerret Bush. Teams are built on the talents of 4-6th rounders.

  79. By Jon on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    With 1/3 of the Packers salary cap going to Rodgers and Matthews, what other choice does TT have than to trade down and get cheap mediocre players. Good thing Rodgers and Matthews had the team as a whole in mind when they demanded new contract extensions with CRAZY money. They are not bleeding Green and Gold, just GREEN.

  80. By Scott on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Nice moves so far….most of you people were crying yesterday cause we didn’t get Lacy at #26 and look what happens today…..Datone Jones who we really needed to get speed on the D line PLUS we get Lacy at nearly the start of the 3rd round plus add some pics……we will get great value in the 4th and 5th rounds. We make smart moves while teams like the Vikings go crazy in the 1st round and shoot their wad with the rest of the draft. They pick 3 media darlings with the hope it all pans out….we make informed decisions….we will be one of the better draft teams at the end.

  81. By Uncle Ted on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    follow me lemmings

  82. By El Dorado Craig on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    Ted Thompson is the best G M in the game. All those haters don’t have a clue. They dont know football and never will. All those Ted Thompson haters must love what the Jets are doing. Why dont you Ted Thompson haters start rooting for the J-E-T, JETS, JETS, Jets
    How would you like living in New York.

    YOU MORONS !!!! Leave Ted Alone

  83. By Mitch on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    I agree with most of your theory Edmond, but I think it’s 2nd through 4th round picks that matter. 6th round picks are borderline free agents and you can bring in a dozen guys to try and fill in need/system.

  84. By El Dorado Craig on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    VA PAC FAN—- Your an Idiot

  85. By Uncle Ted on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    how long until I do Rodgers like I did Favre?

  86. By Kevin on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    By Edmond
    Carrol, Vincent and this unknown 3rd guy named Mike McKenzie?

    It was Antwan Edwards, Fred Vinson, & Mike McKenzie & they were drafted in rounds 1,2,& 3 not the 6th & 7th

  87. By Doug on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    When you have the highest paid qb and lb in the game which takes up 30% of your cap, you need young, low cost players. Excellent job by Ted in resigning the two best players in the league at there positions and in the first two days of the draft with two potential impact players and more mid round picks. Go pack!!!!

  88. By Mike on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    The team can’t afford to keep taking high round picks due to having no money to spend on them. With two guys making almost $34 million toward the cap, it’s hard to pay much to anyone else. Not complaining, but that’s how it is.
    TT wants to bring in hungry players, drafted low, who can compete for back up and special teams play. Look for OL depth today.

  89. By Pete on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    So many haters on here. When will you dullards shut up and learn that Ted knows more then you do. Even people who have a little common sense can see what Ted is doing. Because of the talent in this draft, we can afford to trade down and still get quality players…now we just get more of them. Also drafting lower round guys means we pay them less money up front. If they work out and make the team, they get their payday via a second contract. If not, the team has wasted less money. Also, because of the number of picks we have now, if Ted wants to trade up in the last rounds to target players hes interested in, he has the ammo to do so. Lastly, Ted is an outright genius when it comes to spotting late round diamonds in the draft. THIS IS HIS FORTE! This is how Ted builds this football team and makes it win year after year! Not free agency or other means…DRAFT! While every pick might not end up being another Aaron Rodgers or Clay Matthews, Teds done really well in spotting talent late in the draft. If you dont like it, you can always jump ship and go root for someone else. Im a Pack fan for life! I trust Ted to keep this team in it.

  90. By Pete on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    One other thing… These late round guys and undrafted players, these are the guys that are gonna spill their guts to make the football team. Hungry, humble, and unselfish players that arent gonna take plays off cause they know that nothing is set in stone as far as their jobs. You need guys like that on your football team. Because this draft is so deep with talent, there are going to be some really good players, talent wise, who are going want to prove some people wrong. Like I said, we are gonna have the ammo to target guys we want and get a good number of guys on this team that wanna prove they can help this team win. Its easy to get bummed that we are not taking the highest picks we can, but if you can trade down and still get the same players, plus get more overall players to add depth to your team, wouldnt that be a win/win? Stop your armchair general managing and watch Ted work his magic.

  91. By Dart84 on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    All those hating on TT must be 40 & under. Obviously they didn’t live through Packer football in the 70s & 80s. Spoiled with a steady course of playoff teams since the 90s. The Pack has been blessed to have had Wolf and Thompson as their GMs over the last couple of decades. There’s a reason the same teams are in the playoffs every year and the same names are picking at the top of the draft every year. I’m a lifetime Packer fan living in NE Ohio in the midst of many Browns fans. My poor friends dealing with some of those drafts…ugh!
    TT knows how to work a draft and put together a team. It’s all about value. Take a deep breath. It’s going to work out. I like what TT’s done so far, looking forward to today. Go Pack Go!

  92. By SmokeyJoe on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    What’s with all the complaining? The ONLY WAY you get good talent out of the draft is to have a LOT of picks. Some players are gonna be busts no matter how good they were in college. It’s hard to predict which good college player is gonna fall short in the NFL and which player will be a superstar. Late round talent has paid out huge for the Packers and when you can take a chance on a player or two you could end up with the next dominant NFL talent. Chill people…just chill.

  93. By Dave on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    So the guy who drafted and developed a roster that won a Super Bowl suddenly now doesn’t know a thing. People talk about the Vikings 3 first rounders. Remember they had 2 in 2005: Erasmus James and Troy Williamson, Packers picked some guy named Aaron Rodgers after them. This year they traded 4 picks for another Percy Harvin. Put names to those picks from Thompson: Nelson, James Jones, Josh Sitton & Brad Jones. Would you trade ALL of those 4 for Percy Harvin 2.0? Thompson finds talent after the first two rounds. Undrafted talent too: Tramon Williams? Sam Shields? 50 of the 53 players on the roster Thompson has found either through the draft or as an undrafted rookie and all McCarthy has done with that talent is win. I’ll take McCarthy & Thompson over any other teams leaders right now because I know we have a high percentage chance of making the playoffs and you can’t win the Super Bowl if you don’t get in the post season. Chill out, watch Thompson & McCarthy work and enjoy another season of making the playoffs when 10 other NFC teams spend another season trying to figure it out.

  94. By Sam on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Thanks for the 2010 Superbowl win TT.

  95. By Steve on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    ALL YOU PEOPLE COMPLANING ABOUT TT TRADING AWAY THE 3RD PICK JUST A A REMINDER TERRELL DAVIS & TOM BRADY WERE 6TH ROUND PICKS JUST BECUAUSE THEY ARE IN THE FIRST 3 ROUNDS DOES NOT MAKE THEM A ELITE PLAYER TO STEP IN RIGHT AWAY GIVE TT SOME SLACK

  96. By John Denver's Gavel on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    I love how you pulled this ‘Math’ out of ur @ss… what are these #s and wtf are u talking about? ever hear of using factor labeling, professor?

  97. By cdogslim on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    I personally didnt think jones @ 26 was a great pick, but we will see about that. Think trading down to get Lacy was genius. less money same player most wanted. would have like to seen barner a packer. still may. players pack targeted went before them so moved back got similar talent. alot of players available with great skills left. wait it out and see what happens rest of draft. then complain if you want. but give them a chance in deepest quality draft in recent history.

  98. By Canadian Bill on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    I see John Denver the idiot is trying to be funny. What a MORON

  99. By Mitch on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    I didn’t know TT drafted Tom Brady and Terrell Davis? I guess I should just trust in the guy. I mean San Fran is getting better from their late round picks in recent years huh? It isn’t their combination of top round picks and timely free agent acquisitions that got the job done.

  100. By Mitch on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    That being said…TT made great picks so far. I’m just pissed about all the 6th and 7th rounders we got. Maybe TT can trade up for a couple more 5th rounders. I’m hoping that’s the case.

  101. By Tski on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Shamarko Thomas should be targeted in the fourth round. He is viewed as the next Bob Sanders whether he lives up to the hype is one thing but the kid has enough upside to take the chance, plus they need a safety with speed who can tackle.

  102. By Montanapackfan on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Calm down tim…you will see the benefits of tt logic today when we draft quality players to fill our needs.

  103. By Montanapackfan on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Polish up your resume, I’m sure the packers realize the gaping holes in their front office and are just waiting for an armchair genius to save our 2013 draft

  104. By Montanapackfan on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Great points jeff

  105. By Danny on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    People who think these trades have anything do with how much money we have to spend are really stupid. The difference between 3 round salaries and 7th round salaries is marginal in NFL terms. A difference of a few hundred thousand dollars.In fact the 3 players we draft will cost far more than the 1 3rd rounder we would have drafted. Ted is trading back because he feels that the talent disparity between the 3rd rounders and the 4-7 rounders is minimal and he’d rather have more picks. Ted’s draft strategy is governed by the talent in the draft. He doesn’t always trade back all the time, we traded back into the 1st round when we drafted Clay Matthews.

  106. By Mitch on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    So half the naysayers think our team w/o Rodgers is 8-8 at best. The other half says all these late picks will be practice squad caliber. Which is it? Thompson gives himself “at bats” and knows (from experience), he’ll hit on a percentage of them. Look at previous late round selections. He may be the worst press conference GM in the league, who freakin’ cares, he puts together contending teams that are built to last. Go Teddy!

  107. By WhatAreWeGoingToDo on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    This is for all the na-sayers It sound like you need to re-evaluate if your a Packer Fan or if you want to start rooting for the 49er’s or Seahawks. But when you become a traitor don’t be surprised when we beat you with our special team players.

  108. By John on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    If you really think having a stock pile of 6th and 7th round picks then clearly you don’t see the need they have on there offensive line, since they still have a piece of trash at left tackle in Newhouse, hes small can’t block to save his life, and is the reason Rodgers was sacked so many times last year. And mabye there trades wouldn’t be so bad if they wouldn’t be giving away there draft to San Francisco, who blew them out twice last year, and if you don’t know they open there season this year against them t, so stop helping them out Ted your only going to get practice squad bums who will contribute nothing.

  109. By Mitch2 on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    You make no sense Mitch. What we’re saying is the Pack needs some more top athletes, not numbers. We have numbers. What really irks me is TT has all those 7th round picks and now he wastes a 4th rounder on 7th round LT from a horrible program in Colorado.

  110. By Mitch2 on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Now I see TTs logic. Why waste a 4th rounder on a defensive anchor on the best defense in the country when you can get a OT from one of the worst.

  111. By El Dorado Craig on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    VA PAC FAN 1. Your not a packer fan. Why don’t you just shut up you moron. Oh! I’m sorry I shouldn’t insult a 10 year old.

  112. By Pat on Apr 27, 2013 | Reply

    Glad we drafted another running back today. All the talking sports heads liked him a lot and what else do we have besides tweeters. More importantly, it showed an important growing awareness that a running game is essential. This will only make Rodgers better and benefit the defense. Reminds me of the Lombardi days with Rodgers being Bart Starr 2.0!

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