Now that the 2014 NFL Draft and its aftermath have officially concluded, the question is raised: what does the staff think of the new guys?
Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy was asked that very question yesterday by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Tom Silverstein, giving an overall enthusiastic answer.
“(We’re) absolutely (better),” McCarthy said. “Not a team in the league doesn’t feel better. Our players in program is off to a great start. Number of players we’ve added and now in process of adding new members. Definitely a shot in the arm when these guys come in. We got better (this weekend).”
While it’s obvious that the Pack didn’t get worse with their acquisitions, I’m still skeptical about this year’s rookies. Not because I see any real issues with them (I’m actually pretty excited about Cal’s Richard Rodgers), but simply because I’m always doubtful when it comes to draftees. Sometimes they turn out like Aaron Rodgers, but most of the time they turn out like Nick Perry, a guy who came with a lot of hype but ended up being just a frustrating mix of injuries and unproductiveness.
Now I’m not saying that that always happens, but there is generally a 50/50 chance that each player succeeds or becomes a bust. The bottom line is that nothing is guaranteed in the draft and we really won’t know how much better Green Bay is until we see these players actually step onto the field.