Example 1, as a scout and GM, Thompson has been with the Packers for 21 first round draft picks… only 6 of those have been on the offensive side of the ball. So, a first round pick will probably be a defensive player. And 5 of those 6 offensive players have been linemen. So out of 21 first round picks while on the Packers, only one offensive non-linemen has been selected. So history would suggest the Packers aren’t going to select an offensive non-linemen in the first round (sorry TE OJ Howard… though I think you’ll be gone before the Packer 1st round pick anyways). So most likely defensive player with a small chance of being an OL.
Example 2, as GM, Thompson has selected a WR in the second round every third year like clockwork. 2005 Terrence Murphy, 2008 Nelson, 2011 Cobb, 2014, Adams and 2017 ??? (and yes Greg Jennings was also selected in the 2nd round in 2006 after Murphy had his career ending injury). There is an old saying that it takes a WR three years to develop and Thompson seem to be following some three-year rule with WRs. I also wonder if a receiving TE could be counted as like a WR? … but so far it’s always been WR in the 2nd.
Also as Packers GM, the positions the Thompson has draft most often with the first round pick are
1) DT with 3.5 (Datone is 0.5)
2) OLB with 2.5 (Datone is 0.5)
3) OT with 2
So, Thompson normally focuses in on the fronts lines in the first round (of course 2 of the last 3 years have been DBs in the first round, and one could argue we need CB the most, so it could continue the DB streak as well).
So, based on draft patterns, I’m expecting Thompson to draft
~ OLB or CB in round 1.
~ And a WR in round 2 (though I wonder if a receiving TE might be close enough to count as a WR).
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