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June 22, 2017

Thompson Has A Type

While it’s difficult to predict exactly which player Ted Thompson will draft in the first round of next week’s draft, it’s not all that hard to figure out which players will be among the possibilities. Green Bay’s longtime general manager has a definite type.

Of the past 9 players drafted by Thompson in the first round, 7 were on defense. That includes the last 5 in a row. And of the 12 total players he’s selected in the first round since 2005, every single one has come from either the ACC, the Big Ten, the Pac-12 or the SEC. Based on that, plus logical assumptions as to which prospects might still be available at No. 29, here are a couple of players who could soon be wearing Green and Yellow:

While Thompson has drafted only one player from Wisconsin in 12 years on the job (wide receiver Jared Abbrederis in 2014), how could he resist T.J. Watt? Not only does he play a position of need, but he just looks like a Ted kind of linebacker. You know the type – tough, great motor, a little stiff and in need of a tan. Plus, like Thompson’s best defensive pick ever – Clay Matthews in 2009 – Watt enters the draft with only one productive season on his college resume, but with a great pedigree and intriguing long-term potential.

Speaking of a great pedigree, the father of corner Marlon Humphrey is Bobby Humphrey, who also starred at Alabama before embarking on a successful career as a running back in the NFL. The son is a borderline No. 1 pick who could appeal to Thompson for a variety of reasons. One is his speed. Another is his ability to play in a press man-to-man scheme. And yet another is his physicality. He loves to intimidate receivers.

Outside linebacker Takkarist McKinley (UCLA), safety Jabrill Peppers (Michigan) and corners Tre’Davious White (LSU), Kevin King (Washington) and Quincy Wilson (Florida) are other players who might be available at No. 29 and who are definitely Thompson’s type. Guard Forrest Lamp (Western Kentucky) and outside linebacker Jordan Willis (Kansas State) would also be on this list if they just went to different schools.

(I wrote this same post last year, and of the 5 players mentioned as “Thompson types,” 2 were drafted by Green Bay)


5 Responses “Thompson Has A Type”

  1. Nerd
    April 17, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Great points. Ted also loves the Senior Bowl.

  2. TJV
    April 17, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Michael, 2 of five last year is impressive. I count six “Thompson types” in this post: TJ Watt, Marlon Humphrey, Takkarist McKinley, Jabrill Peppers, Tre’Davious White, and Malik McDowell. Do you think a trade up into the middle of the second round (ala Spriggs) will be necessary for you to hit on two this year?

    Also for everyone: Do you think it has been a mistake for Thompson to ignore players from conferences other than the ACC, the Big Ten, Pac-12, and SEC in the first round? Did Thompson think he HAD to trade down to take Jordy in the ’08 draft because he played at Kansas State? (Just kidding)

    • Michael Rodney
      April 17, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      Yes. I don’t see any of those players still being available at 61. A few might not even be there at 29.

  3. Deepsky
    April 17, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Tweener defensive lineman from the west coast. That describes about half of Thompson’s first round picks. Takkarist McKinley sounds about right.

  4. Thorny
    April 18, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    Succinctly: White and on steroids. 🙂

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