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Thomp­son mak­ing mis­takes in the draft

As it looks now the 29th pick will be the Pack­ers. Most blue chip col­lege play­ers with start­ing po­ten­tial will be gone. Thomp­son’s drafts seem to be go­ing down­hill. Cel­e­brated as a Thomp­son find, Martinez was sup­posed to have it all. Other teams passed be­cause he’s slow. At the end of last sea­son our best cor­ner was a 4.67 in the 40 guy. Not ter­ri­ble... for a LB. D-line, big beef, no speed or QB pres­sure. LBs and DBs too of­ten hurt, slow or av­er­age tal­ent. With all the needs to be­come the cham­pion, wack job Teddy has no clue or an­swers. Only over­val­ued tal­ent, lies and spin. I was to­tally shocked by Bob McGinn’s ‘Ask the Ex­pert’ (Feb. 16 Packer Plus). Bob was asked about Mur­phy not set­tled on a suc­ces­sor to Teddy. Are we sup­posed to wait for a qual­ity GM to be­come avail­able? Where did the men­tioned GMs come from? Take a breath man! We’re pro­jected around $40 mil­lion un­der the cap. We give play­ers away for noth­ing. Very few qual­ity free agents. No trades, and doesn’t re­al­ize that speed is not an op­tion in the pros. Gutekunst and Wolf would at least try to as­sem­ble good play­ers. Mis­takes can be made. Wolf would cut them and keep try­ing. Thomp­son’s his­tory is mis­takes stick around way too long.

The 2016 Titans traded a top choice. They got the line­man they would have picked, a great run­ning back and firstround pick this year. Now they again have two Round 1 picks this year (5th and 18th). By the way, they are go­ing to draft DBs (2) ahead of us. From ter­ri­ble to very good in two years. Good luck Teddy!

BRIAN SPURLOCK / USA TO­DAY SPORTS

Pack­ers gen­eral man­ager Ted Thomp­son has lots of needs to try to ad­dress in the April draft.

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