Ted Thompson’s final draft for the Green Bay Packers is already starting to look like a dud just one year later. The epitome of that class might be defensive lineman Montravius Adams.
After being plagued by injuries as a rookie, Adams was supposed to come on and become a regular part of the team’s defensive line rotation in 2018. To say that hasn’t happened would be an understatement.
Yes, Adams is still on the team, but he can’t get on the field. The 2017 third-round pick has earned just 21 snaps through six games. In three games, he’s had two snaps or fewer.
There appears to be good reason for that. Adams has a 30.4 grade from Pro Football Focus through six games. It doesn’t get much lower than that. Adams has been credited with a single tackle. He had just two tackles in seven games as a rookie.
Adams isn’t the only miss in the Packers’ 2017 draft class, however.
The only contributors are cornerback Kevin King and running backs Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones.
Here’s the rundown of the rest.
If you’re keeping track, five of Thompson’s 10 draft picks are no longer on the team. Three of them didn’t even make the team as rookies. Two more of them are non-contributors.
Essentially, Thompson went three-for-10 on his last draft class. A .300 average is swell if you’re a baseball player, not if you’re an NFL general manager.
Yes, he’s a bust. The question is: Is he a bigger bust than Josh Jones? Since Jones can’t beat out Brice, the worst safety in the NFL, I think he is the bigger bust. Thanks a heap, Uncle Ted!
I’m just glad Ted traded down and passed on that bum T. J. Watt to get the chance to draft Vince Biegel, we definitely stole the better Badger in this draft!
To be fair, I did think Josh Jones was a steal. His size, speed seemed to make him a Top 20 type guy. Thing is the GMs have some stuff we don’t in assessing players = interviews, intelligence testing, background checks. I’m guessing there were some red flags in there we, as fans, did not know about but Ted did (or should have).
Yeah, that draft looks like The Revenge Of Ted Thompson. Like he already knew he’d be pushed aside. On the other hand, it looked pretty much like his other drafts (poor) when you think about it.
On the other other hand it is also strongly suspected last years draft was not run by TT at all, but was a collective with Gute the Bad playing a central role. For instance, the selections for pure athleticism as primaries — Kevin King, Josh Jones, Montravius Adams — was new and different.
TT was more of a wait for a guy expected to go sooner in early rounds and then, in later rounds, draft a bunch of guys expected to go later, sometimes much later, if at all. I think last year’s draft should be placed at the feet of Gute the Bad.
I did not even know a PFF rating as low as 30.4 was even possible! I’m going to have to watch for Adams — what does he do, just flop down to the ground when touched? A punt returner who fair catches a ball they should have let go into the end zone gets, what, a 45.5?
Lay it at the feet of Sled Hill Murphy. He allowed it all to happen by not moving Ted out a couple years ago when the CTE/Dementia/ Parkinson’s first became evident. He just kept pretending everything was fine when all indications were that it was not.
The hand, the other hand and then the other hand.
Thompdon and our terrible, terrible scout teams I can’t believe more isn’t written or said about put pathetic, blind scout team!
We develop baby, we develop. We do, just mostly losers that’s all.
Sapp (like qualities) 2.0 baby! He just needs more work in the training room before we let him go in real games.
Is Perry’s contract a bust? The packers put themselves in a situation where they were forced to overpay him because they had no one else and he performed in a contract year. This is exactly what happens when you cannot draft. Anyone see Mike Daniels around? At least he can be cut after this year
Kato, you are not wrong. And i personally would cut or not resign every player that was under performing his contract, consequences be damned.
Here’s the problem….when you do that, you most likely do that with the realization that you will go backwards before you move forward. Especially when your depth is void of anyone stepping in. Although you might have a player or two who surprises you when given a chance.
Not signing Mack was a blunder, especially when your salary cap space is about to open up. Gute missed. I hate to say one guy could have made a huge difference, but with Mack and what he brings, you can do so many other things as it free’s up the defense to be more aggressive.
Packers carry some terrible contracts — Perry, Matthews, Cobb. Can anyone say these guys earn even half the money they are getting? Even one third? I could take available street free agent OLBs, have them play 7 games with the Packers and their stats would be as good or better than Perry and Matthews.
I don’t think Daniels is that bad of a deal but it ain’t no steal either. Wilkerson, yeah, he is injured but up until then he wasn’t earning his 8 million either. Bulaga ain’t no steal either. Kendricks and Lewis at TE? Are you kidding me? To be back-ups?
So most the big contracts you have under-performance or way bad under-performance. Almost criminal in the cases of Cobb, Perry, and Matthews. The only “steal” contracts are those on rookie contracts.
(Bahktiari is worth the money. But he isn’t as perfect as most say. He allowed a shared sack to Everson Griffen in Game 2 and a sack to fringe player Blair of the 49ers. Those are just that I personally saw watching a little game time. Not sure how many he has actually allowed in full.)
Even Rodgers! He is the highest paid QB and achieving like the #11 QB overall. Not a bargain!