A wrap-up of the Green Bay Packers draft:
Best move: The Packers had a first-round grade on tackle Jason Spriggs, so to get him in the second round at No. 48 overall -- even though they had to trade up to do so -- felt like a steal. When you have a quarterback like Aaron Rodgers, it's never a bad thing to invest in protection. Sure, Spriggs might not help right away. If Bryan Bulaga and David Bakhtiari stay healthy, Spriggs probably won't play as a rookie. But Bulaga's knees aren't going to hold up forever, and Bakhtiari is headed for free agency next offseason. General manager Ted Thompson largely avoided skill-position players, but there's not usually anything wrong with loading up on big guys up front like Spriggs and first-round pick Kenny Clark, the defensive tackle from UCLA. "You can't have enough big guys up front," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "I know that was my focus. I was really hoping to come out of here with as many big players -- offensive and defensive linemen -- as possible. That was just my personal outlook on it, and I feel good about where we are right now."
Riskiest move: We should know by now that Thompson doesn't put great value on inside linebackers, but it still seemed like a gamble to wait until the fourth round to take one -- Stanford's Blake Martinez. It's the second straight year Thompson picked an inside backer in the fourth round (Jake Ryan was last year's choice). Ryan and former seventh-round pick Sam Barrington are penciled in as starters, but the position still looks a little thin given that Pro Bowler Clay Matthews is moving back to the outside spot. "I don't think it was as big of a need as some members of the media like to say it is," Packers director of football operations Eliot Wolf said. "We did have a Pro Bowl inside linebacker last year that everyone seems to forget about."
Most surprising move: For a draft-and-develop engineer like Thompson, it's always surprising when he trades up. The move to get Spriggs also reduced the Packers' total number of picks this year from nine to seven. That matched the lowest number of picks in a Thompson draft since he took over as the GM in 2005. For the second straight year, the Packers didn't have any seventh-round picks.
File it away: As Packers area scout Sam Seale said: "Speed kills. Once you have speed, that's all you need." If fifth-round pick Trevor Davis' 4.42-second 40-yard dash speed translates to the game field, then the Packers might have found another deep-threat receiver. He might not be able to contribute right now, and he might not need to.
Thumbs up: Boring doesn't always mean bad. Thompson didn't draft a skill-position player until the fifth round (Davis), and he used four of his first five picks on defensive players -- all in the front seven. The only offensive player he picked in that stretch was a tackle in the second round (Spriggs). Clark has a chance to be a difference-maker on the defensive line, and it never hurts to add linebackers who can run (third-rounder Kyler Fackrell of Utah State and fourth-rounder Martinez). If Thompson truly picked the best player available at the position of greatest need, then he did his job.