Ask the Expert
Packers beat writer Tom Silverstein answered questions during a chat at JSOnline.com last week. To read the complete transcript, visit jsonline.com/ packers:
Q: Seems like a fair trade for both sides is Seattle’s (Richard) Sherman for Green Bay’s No. 2 pick plus Richard Rodgers. Your thoughts?
A: I don’t know. It’s a really good year for corners and pass rushers and you might risk losing out on a really good player for a guy who might only be able to help you for a year or two. When the draft is full of really good players at positions that are at a premium, I think you have to favor picks. You might miss out on a core player who will be around for the next eight years. I don’t think I’d give up any of my high picks. In fact, I’d be trying to accumulate more.
Q: I see so many holes, so few picks. It seems TT thinks (Damarious) Randall and (Quinten) Rollins are the answers but that seems hard to support. Both are too small and too slow. (Micah) Hyde is gone, (Davon) House is three years older than when he could not start here. OL has holes. Running back. And the overall bane of TT’s tenure — linebacker. What do you think the priorities will be from
the first round on down?
A: I think you’re forgetting that they went to the NFC Championship game and the only big losses I see are (T.J.) Lang and (Julius) Peppers. They’ll be fine without Hyde, (Datone) Jones, (Eddie) Lacy. They’re loaded again on offense and will be adding to their core with draft picks this year. They do still have issues on defense. I disagree that Randall and Rollins are too small. Both are 5-11. That’s good size for a corner. Randall ran a 4.46. He’s plenty athletic enough. Rollins isn’t slower than Hyde. They just need to get those guys to mature and play. Running back is the easiest position to fill. Guard will be a tough one, same with in- side linebacker. I think they need athletes, impact players on defense. Doesn’t matter where.
Q: One thing about this schedule — the Packers will certainly be battle tested by the time playoffs get started. Your thoughts?
A: I don’t know. Every time I think a schedule is really tough, there’s a shake up and teams you don’t think are going to be any good are good. We do know that Seattle, Atlanta and Dallas will be tough, and I expect Detroit to be the same or better. The early part of the season will be a test, but I don’t really see this schedule as being all that tough. It’s definitely not tougher than the one last year when they had to win out.
Q: Tom, in your opinion who has the best Friday fish fry in the Green Bay area? Also, in my humble opinion the Packers will take a CB in round one. It seems so obvious. Am I wrong?
A: Unfortunately, I can only help you in Milwaukee. I highly recommend Spitfire’s near the Miller Brewery. As for cornerback, I don’t think you’re wrong, but I don’t know for sure that you’re right. Could be a pass rusher.