NFL Draft: Looking beyond round one
Jan 5, 2014; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) carries the ball during the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers during the 2013 NFC wild card playoff football game at Lambeau Field. Photo: Image by Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
The NFL Draft is finally here and as always the anticipation is through the roof. However there's a natural tendency to overemphasize what happens on day one. Every team wants to find that first round franchise player who will dominate for the next ten years. The reality is the teams that are Super Bowl worthy consistently hit not just on first round picks but throughout the draft.
Take the defending champions. We all know about Seattle's dominating defense. K.J. Wright, Bobby Wagner, Walter Thurmond, Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman were all starters on Super Bowl Sunday and none were taken in the first round. Of course, quarterback Russell Wilson was also taken after the first round. Seattle was able to mine a lot of draft gold after the first round in three straight drafts from 2010 to 2012.
While Ted Thompson's recent first round selections have been less than stellar he has hit on his second round picks. Eddie Lacy, Casey Hayward and Randall Cobb were all nabbed in the second round. Taking a closer look at 2013 Thompson had day three success last year with David Bakhtiari and Micah Hyde. That is a reversal of his too-frequent late round misses from 2011 and 2012.
There will be plenty of chatter surrounding the 21st overall pick but getting two or three more contributors over the weekend will go a long way in helping the Packers get back to the Super Bowl.