Sunday, April 25, 2010

With the 193rd pick in the 2010 NFL Draft the Packers COULD HAVE taken...

Green Bay Packers General Manager Ted Thompson is a firm believer in drafting the best player available. As result, if I was the General Manager of the Green Bay Packers and employing the best player available approach, instead of drafting James Starks (RB, Buffalo) with the 193rd pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, here are some players I would have considered drafting:

Trindon Holliday (RS, LSU), who went #197 to the Houston Texans. It would be the understatement of the decade to say the Packers have struggle to make big plays on special teams. The last few seasons the Packers have been near the bottom in special teams because although Will Blackmon is a dynamic return specialist he can't stay healthy. Once Blackmon went down, Jordy Nelson took over and showed he is a below average NFL kicker returner. At the end of the 6th round it seem more than worth it to me to take a chance on a potential game changing return guy like Holliday.

Myron Rolle (S, Florida St), who went #207 to the Tennessee Titans. In full disclosure, I absolutely love Rolle's back story. I am sure everyone knows by now but Rolle wanted to be a Rhodes Scholar so he took last football season off to pursue that dream. Rolle wants to be a neurosurgeon later in life, which apparently turned some teams off. Yes, Rolle might have some interests outside of football but I think the biggest reasons teams passed on him is that they are afraid to draft a player that is smarter than everyone in the organization. What I am trying to say is that most general mangers want to be the smartest guy in the room and there is a chance that Rolle will end up being the smartest guy in the room. Is that a bad thing that Rolle is smart? I say no but it looks like most NFL general mangers disagree.

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