Ted Thompson doesn’t bluff. He doesn’t even care to pay attention to his cards.
“We can’t get whacked out about the right and now because that’s not the overriding issue,” the Packers General Manager said Wednesday. “Our overriding issue is making sure we make value picks.”
Like a coy poker player, Thompson will go into the NFL Draft hoping to fill a void that isn’t even there yet. He prioritizes value over necessity – and keeps his ideas, strategies and list of underappreciated prospects away from others. What appears to be the final piece for next season, could actually hinder the team in the near future.
Thompson wants his selections to contribute immediately, but he won’t be swayed too much by the current roster.
“You don’t know what you’re going to need,” Thompson asserted. He may be in the business of scouting football players but he is also trying to predict the future, which makes for an inexact science. “You think you need something but this isn’t playtime or anything like that. This is real life. You get banged up, injuries happen. Life happens.”
From a season ago, Thompson chose Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the first round (21st overall) but then went with Davante Adams in the second round. The need certainly wasn’t there with Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb but the general manager felt his value was too high to pass up.
His strategy seems simple enough even if it sometimes seems foolish to others; chose the best-available.
“Pressure in my view is the pressure to take good players,” Thompson continued. “So what you think you’re strong at you aren’t necessarily strong with. You take good, solid players that you know can contribute – albeit at a position that maybe a little bit heavier – as long as you’re taking good solid players, you’re getting value there.”