The 2017 Packers NFL Draft will be remembered for trading out of the first round. Ten total picks. The first four on defense, the final six on offense. Ted Thompson you can tell wanting to turn over some of last season's 53-man roster.
"Quite frankly we wanted more than the seven draft picks at the end of all of this," Packers General Manager Ted Thompson said. "We felt like the team needed a little bit more juice on the roster and I think sometimes you get a little stale on the roster and that would be my fault if that happened."
The top two picks of this draft went to helping a secondary that severely under-performed in 2016.
"You lose Sam Shields, you lose Micah Hyde. These two young men have similar types of roles, opportunity for those roles on our defense," Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said.
Cornerback Kevin King and safety Josh Jones both bring size and speed. Two traits defensive coordinator Dom Capers wants more of for his defense.
"Oh, I'm pretty sure when he saw the 4.4's and the 4.39's he was like, 'I'm fired up'," Packers Senior Personnel Executive Alonzo Highsmith said.
"I think that's just the way the game is going. You just don't want to get out-flanked," Packers Director of Player Personnel Brian Gutekunst said. "You got to have guys that can run and chase. I don't think that ever changes, I think we've always wanted to get faster, always looking to get faster. I just think it's back to the basics a bit."
With most of the 2017 90-man roster now in place, the team's hope is that they are closer to the second Super Bowl ring of the Thompson/McCarthy era.
"I sure hope so. I'd like to get one or two. I don't know. This is a hard business," Thompson said.
"We have a chance to be a better overall football team I mean that's really the goal each and every year. The goal is to start the process to be two wins better than we were last year," McCarthy said.