GREEN BAY–The long wait for the start of the draft is also wearing on the men who do the drafting.
“Everyone is sitting around with not much to do,” Packers General Manager Ted Thompson said on Thursday, during his traditional pre-draft press conference. “The draft has become a very popular item. Sometimes, for those of us who work the draft, you can watch too many episodes of who’s the best player of the draft. It’s a pretty popular show, I guess.”
This year’s draft has been pushed back to May 8, two weeks later than usual. The additional scouting time hasn’t changed the Packers’ approach to the draft.
“We feel like the draft is a long-term investment. We don’t get too involved in perceived needs. If you try to fill perceived needs, you mess up a couple of spots,” Thompson said.
The Packers’ perceived need at safety?
“You need good safety play to be a good defense. At the end of the day, you try to take the best player,” Thompson said.
Several NFL GMs have referred to this draft class as the most talented in recent history.
“I never try to evaluate a draft class. It usually takes three, four years to do that,” Thompson added.
For the full report from Thompson’s press conference, click here.
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