Many expected the Green Bay Packers to select an inside linebacker on Day 2 of the 2015 NFL Draft. That’s because it viewed as a position of need, but knowing Ted Thompson and the fact that he doesn’t draft for solely for need, means Packer fans shouldn’t be shocked that inside linebacker hasn’t been addressed.
Yet that doesn’t mean the Packers aren’t getting good football players because they are and did so again with their second-round pick of Quinten Rollins, a defensive back from Miami (OH) and Ty Montgomery, a wide receiver/return specialist from Stanford.
Now some fans and pundits might argue the Packers didn’t need another CB/S type after drafting Damarious Randall in round one. But they would be wrong. Green Bay lost two good cover athletes in Tramon Williams and Davon House to free agency–and now with Rollins and Randall, they have replaced talent with talent at one of the NFL’s most important positions.
Rollins is raw and has played just one season of college football. Yet, in his first season on the gridiron, he won the MAC Defensive Player of the Year award and intercepted seven passes. He’s an impressive athlete with tremendous ball skills and solid cover skills.
Rollins should compete to play right sway at least in the dime package and cornerbacks Joe Whitt is one of the best in the business at developing corners, just look at how Sam Shields, Davon House, Hayward and Hyde have come along under his tutelage.
The selection of Montgomery might have seemed like another head scratcher but if we look a little deeper, it makes perfect sense.
Not only is Montgomery a big, fast, explosive receiver, who will give Aaron Rodgers yet another good target in the passing game, he was also viewed by many scouts as the top returner in the draft according to Bob McGinn of the Mikwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
So not only did the Packers get a receiver with over 2,000 career receiving yards, who can compete to be the fourth wide out, he also has four returns for touchdowns over the last two seasons. That means the Packers might finally have an elite returner that can take over for Randall Cobb and Micah Hyde and take away the risk of getting them injured.
So don’t fret about the lack of an inside libebacker–Green Bay has six picks today in rounds 4-7 and I’m sure one of them will be an inside linebacker. (Jake Ryan from Michigan is one prospect I have my eye on there).
Thompson wants good players regardless of position and so far he has found three talented players that fill needs. There was a need in the secondary and a big need at kick returner. So not only has Thompson stuck to his board, he also filled needs and drafted three players that could see the field on offense, defense and special teams in Week 1. And when it comes to the first two days if the draft, that’s a mission accomplished.