News now! Thompson explains draft philosophy

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on April 22, 2015 – 10:12 am

Packers GM Ted Thompson

GREEN BAY–Packers General Manager Ted Thompson explained his philosophy of drafting, when asked on Wednesday how need fits into his selection process.

“You factor everything in. Other organizations weight things differently than we do. I’m adamant (need is) not the way to draft. The way to draft is to take the best player,” Thompson said at a pre-draft press conference.

“You don’t know what you’re going to need. This is real life. Injuries happen. Life happens. What you think you’re strong at, you may not necessarily be strong at. As long as you’re taking good, solid players, you’re getting value there. If you take players that aren’t as good, you may not be getting value.”

Thompson has long been known to select the best available player, as opposed to drafting specifically for need.

“It is a process. It’s something that takes a long time. We’ll officially start on next year’s draft the day after this one,” he said.

What’s left to do before next week’s NFL draft begins on Thursday, April 30.

“We’ve kind of got this down, Most of the grind is over with. There are relationships with other teams, there are relationships with agents, those kinds of things, finishing up reports, going back to the board again and again,” Thompson said.

Click here for’s full report from Thompson’s press conference.



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