Bud from Vail, AZ
I think the punt-return and kickoff-return duties are Ty Montgomery’s to lose. What do you think?
I think you might be able to say that about the kickoff-return job, but Micah Hyde is a lights-out punt-returner.
Matt from Green Bay, WI
Vic, you always speak very highly of Jack Del Rio. He is a great defensive mind. It’s hard to imagine he wanted a WR with the fourth overall pick. There was a lot of really good defensive talent still up for grabs. Is it common for GMs and coaches to have a disagreement about the BAP? Do you think that was Jack’s guy or Reggie’s guy?
Jack always wanted an explosive receiver when he was the coach in Jacksonville, and he never got one. It might’ve been the difference between losing in New England in the 2007 playoffs, or going to the Super Bowl. Now he has a young quarterback in Oakland, and Jack knows success or failure will be determined by that quarterback’s performance, and that’ll go right to Jack’s job security. Why wouldn’t he want a receiver as potentially explosive as Amari Cooper? I really think we’re hitting the BAP thing too hard.
Mitch from Sheboygan Falls, WI
Vic, obviously there’s been a great amount of concern among Packers fans about the ILB and CB positions. Who do you foresee as our opening-day starters at those positions, now that the draft is over?
If you’re talking about the base defense, I think Sam Shields and Casey Hayward will be the starters at cornerback, Sam Barrington will likely be a starter at one of the two inside linebacker positions, and the other one is wide open.
Dave from Chicago, IL
Vic, I trust Ted Thompson and like the draft class. Many were surprised by the Packers’ picks. Do you believe all of those drafted would have been snapped up by other teams within a round or so?
Mel Kiper had Damarious Randall on his short list when the Packers picked him; where Randall was picked was no surprise to the people who know their stuff. The same can be said of Quinten Rollins. The only knock on him is his lack of football experience. We spent too much time obsessing on inside linebacker. I expressed my belief that cornerback was the greater need. I should’ve spent more time on cornerback. I blame myself for getting blindsided by the Randall pick. I didn’t know my stuff.
Brent from Dubuque, IA
Vic, are we at the point in free agency where it might be cost-friendly to sign Brandon Spikes short term while Jake Ryan develops? Does Jake Ryan need that kind of time to develop?
I think everything will be OK.
Terry from Sturgeon Bay, WI
You are absolutely correct. Mel Kiper hit it this past weekend. As with few others, when Mel speaks, people listen.
The draft was nothing until he and ESPN came along. Thirty years later, he’s still the best.
Scott from Fitchburg, WI
Vic, what will be the best battles in training camp?
Nose tackle, cornerback, inside linebacker and tight end immediately jump out at me.
Ryan from Wheeling, IL
Vic, of the Packers squad, who is about to have a breakout season?
I think Davante Adams and Richard Rodgers are prime candidates.
Ethan from Madison, WI
Vic, what player from this year’s draft will have the biggest impact on the upcoming season?
Jake Ryan is likely to have the best opportunity, but I’m going to pick Ty Montgomery. An explosive kickoff returner could make a big difference for the Packers.
Curt from Oronoco, MN
Loved the Mark Brunell reference. Picked in the fifth round, developed by the Packers while serving as an able backup, then traded for a three and a five only two years later. Would you take that kind of return on your investment?
Sure I would. One of those picks was used to draft William Henderson. Now he’s in the Packers Hall of Fame.
Paul from De Pere, WI
Vic, as you have explained it, the perfect storm is when the player at the top of your board meets a need for your team and is available when it is your turn to pick, and your grade matches where they land. Safe to say that was the case with each pick save for Hundley?
It’s the perfect calm, not the perfect storm. I have not seen the Packers’ board and Ted Thompson isn’t likely to tell anyone about it. Here’s what we know: A man of integrity stood in front of us several times in the past week, and each time he did he told us he was committed to picking the best available player. Yet, we persist in this witch hunt to prove he was lying to us. Why is that so important? Let it go!
Mark from New London, WI
Vic, here’s my favorite comment from your draft coverage. “Real mean, nasty, instinctive football player.” – your man Tony.
What, no mention of Jake Ryan’s three-cone drill? That’s an outrage. All football players are defined by their time in the three-cone drill, right? How about a four-cone drill? We need more cones.
Gregory from Munster, IN
Now that the draft is over, what will a certain Vic Ketchman do?
This column; every day but Sunday.
Armand from Boston, MA
I know Bradford has a great motor, but to be a great cover LB you need to have great athletic traits. Do you think Bradford has that upside?
One of the two inside linebackers plays much as a weakside linebacker would play in a 4-3; that guy doesn’t have as much coverage responsibility as the strongside guy or the true middle linebacker in a 3-4 does. The chase guy in a 3-4, if he has speed and playmaking ability, can be used to get up the field and disrupt. I think Bradford has that quality.
Scott from Lincoln City, OR
Vic, I’m not trying to add to your chafing problem, but wouldn’t you agree need overrides BAP in regards to signing undrafted free agents?
The No. 1 concern in signing undrafted free agents is making sure they fit on an NFL practice field. You don’t want to sign somebody that doesn’t belong there, regardless of the position he plays. So, no, I don’t agree, and you have added to my chafing problem.
Drake from Owens Crossroads, AL
It’s been said the roster is only as good as the 53rd player. How do you feel about the 2015 roster going into camp?
Your roster is only as good as your quarterback. I feel very good about the Packers’ roster.
Bob from Colby, KS
When experts judge teams after the draft, what criteria do they use?
Did they address their needs? Then, three years later, did they draft good players? Kind of nuts, huh? How can you know if the team addressed its needs until you know it drafted good players? What if the needs changed?
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