For all the hand-wringing over Ted Thompson’s draft picks this past weekend — and believe me there were plenty — there’s a lot to be thankful for.
The thing that Packers fans can rely on with Thompson is that he’s consistent. He has a plan to pick intelligent players that keep their nose clean while understanding how important team ball is.
This was one of the trickiest drafts of recent memory. Everywhere you looked, there were off-field issues ranging from domestic violence, marijuana use and even a player being questioned in a murder investigation.
But Thompson stays in his own lane, which I admire.
You have to know who you are first. Then, you can start assembling your team.
I realize that many Packers fans woke up on Sunday and grumbled about not getting a guy like tight end Maxx Williams or refusing to pull the trigger on a guy like inside linebacker Paul Dawson.
But that’s completely fine.
Why you may ask? Well, first of all, Thompson understands that Green Bay is the smallest media market by far in the NFL. It’s hard for clean-cut guys to swim in this tiny fishbowl and thrive. Imagine a guy with several off-field warts?
Just imagine the Dallas Cowboys. Those guys already had Dez Bryant and then they added Greg Hardy in free agency. After Dallas was blindsided by the NFL for handing out a 10-game suspension to Hardy, they drafted Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory. This is the same Gregory who failed a drug test at the NFL Combine — a test all prospects knew was coming — and has had drug problems dating all the way back to high school.
There were Packers fans pleading for Thompson to bring Gregory to Green Bay throughout the Twitterverse on Saturday. The only thing Gregory would’ve added would’ve been more blotter material for Doug Schneider, and that’s not what Thompson wants.
He doesn’t need any more headaches. Especially when he knows this team is a calf injury and a bounce of the ball away from advancing to another Super Bowl. Risking a deep postseason run on a guy or two that make awful decisions isn’t worth it.
I still question Thompson’s pick of Brett Hundley — mainly because he’s a dual-threat quarterback that may not transition fully as a pocket passer. But, I don’t question his character or smarts — two things that Thompson hangs his hat on.
Cory Jennerjohn is from Wisconsin and has been in sports media for over 10 years. To contact Cory e-mail him at jeobs -at- yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter: Cory Jennerjohn