Ted Thompson has made a lot of brilliant draft picks since taking over as Green Bay Packers general manager in 2005.
He drafted some guy named Aaron Rodgers in the first round in 2005, Greg Jennings (current issues aside) in the second round in 2006,Â Jordy Nelson in the second round in 2008 and both Clay Matthews and B.J. Raji in the first round in 2009. Donâ€™t forget Randall Cobb in the second round of 2011 either.
The middle rounds have seen success too. James Jones was a third rounder in 2007 and Josh Sitton was selected in the fourth round in 2008.Â Sittonâ€™s partner-in-crime, T.J. Lang, was a fourth rounder as well in 2009.
This is just a partial list of great picks Thompson has made during his tenure with the Packers.Â Heâ€™s hit more than heâ€™s missed and has Green Bay poised to be in Super Bowl contention for the next several years.Â Â Â We could go on and on about how deft Thompson has been at drafting over the years and that doesnâ€™t even include undrafted free agents.
That being said, no draft class of Thompsonâ€™s has made quite the impact, especially right out of the gate, as the 2013 class of rookies. Â Some of it may not have been planned on due to yet another injury epidemic on the Packersâ€™ roster, but this group of youngsters has come to play and very well could down as Thompsonâ€™s finest draft class to date.
To review, here is the 2013 Green Bay Packers draft class:
1. Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
2. Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
4a. David Bakhtiari, T, Colorado
4b. J.C. Tretter, T, Cornell
4c. Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA
5a. Micah Hyde, CB, Iowa
5b. Josh Boyd, DE, Mississippi State
6. Nate Palmer, LB, Illinois State
7a. Charles Johnson, WR, Grand Valley State
7b. Kevin Dorsey, WR, Maryland
7c. Sam Barrington, LB, South Florida
Go down that list and you will see many reasons why the Packers are still in control of the NFC North despite Lambeau Field once again doubling as an infirmary.