Green Bay Packers Fill Two Big Needs on First Day of NFL Draft


Published: April 25, 2009


... Ted Thompson's aggressive move to trade back into the first round.

Maybe rightfully so, too—no one could have guessed he would pull off a trade like that.

The fact of the matter, however, is that everyone's most hated GM successfully filled two of the Packers' biggest needs with two players that will make immediate impacts in 2009 for Green Bay.

In selecting B.J. Raji and Clay Matthews Saturday, the Packers can cross off defensive tackle and outside linebacker as pressing needs looking forward to next season.

The Packers had an interesting decision to make when the ninth spot in the NFL draft came up—a decision that not many saw coming—as both Michael Crabtree and Raji were available.

As nice as it would have been to have Crabtree teaming with Donald Driver and Greg Jennings next year, Thompson made the right choice in selecting Raji. Many mock drafts had Raji going before Green Bay's ninth selection, so Thompson had to have ...

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