GREEN BAY – "I've gone crazy."
That's how Ted Thompson explained it -- and it was a pretty good explanation. In the Green Bay Packers general manager’s previous seven drafts in Green Bay, he had traded up only three times: To take Wake Forest defensive end/linebacker Jeremy Thompson in the fourth round in 2008, to take USC outside linebacker Clay Matthews in the first round in 2009, and to take Georgia Tech safety Morgan Burnett in the third round in 2010.
On Friday during the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft, Thompson traded up twice -- in the span of about an hour, to take Michigan State defensive lineman Jerel Worthy at No. 51 and Vanderbilt cornerback Casey Hayward at No. 62.
“I’ve gone crazy,” Thompson replied when that fact was pointed out to him Friday evening. “We liked those guys. We had them rated as guys that could come in and help our team, and be a part of our team."
To move up eight spots to No. 51 to take Worthy, the Packers traded their second-round pick (No. 59) and their fourth-round pick (No. 123) to the Philadelphia Eagles. According to one trade value chart, the 51st pick is worth 390 points, while the 59th pick (310) and 123rd pick (49) are worth a combined 359 points, so the Packers were plus-31 in that trade.
To move up 28 sports to No. 62 to take Hayward, the Packers traded their third-round pick (No. 90) and their fifth-round pick (No. 163) to the New England Patriots. According to the same chart, the 62nd pick is worth 284 points while the 90th pick (140) and the 163rd pick (26.2) are worth a combined 166.2 points. That means the Packers were plus-117.8 on that trade.
“We thought it was pretty good value and felt like we had a guy we definitely had targeted that we thought was worthy of pulling that trade off,” Thompson said. “It just worked out that way. It was a good trade for us.”
After watching his boss make those two bold moves to land the defensive players he desired, Packers assistant director of player personnel Eliot Wolf took to his Twitter account.
Ted Thompson killing it right now— Eliot Wolf (@eliotwolf46) April 28, 2012
The Packers made the move to No. 51 before the San Diego Chargers took Connecticut defensive lineman Kendall Reyes at No. 49 and took Worthy before the Cincinnati Bengals took Penn State’s Devon Still at No. 53.
According to defensive line coach Mike Trgovac, the move was to get a defensive lineman before a run began on them.
“Obviously Ted made a trade, so he wanted to make sure that he got one of those guys,” Trgovac said.
Asked to compare Worthy and Still, Trgovac replied: “Still is a little taller, longer. I don’t think he had quite the wiggle Worthy did. They were kind of two different players. We just thought in the end – it was very close between those two, but we just thought at the end (Worthy) had a little more of that wiggle and get off than Still. That was a tough one, that one was debated long and hard, it wasn’t a slam dunk. We liked both those kids, we just thought as far as movement and juice he gives us in there, we went with that pick.”
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