Now is the time for the Packers to trade away a starter or two for the chance to really improve the team. If we have a current starter where the backup is just as good (or could be better with some consistent playing time), why not trade them now for another shot in the lottery that is called the NFL draft. The assumption being made here is that you will have to trade away a starter to get a significant draft choice in return.
So, who is it that is a starter, could be replaced from the current roster, and still has a reasonable backup to cover the spot in the event of an injury?
1. John Kuhn – After 4 years on the roster, we should be able to expect Korey Hall or Quinn Johnson to step up. Could we expect a third or fourth round draft choice for a starter like John Kuhn?
2. Daryn Colledge – With competition from Spitz and Lang, maybe this is the time to trade away a starter that is likely not to be a starter for much longer.
3. Donald Lee – Other teams may still see Donald Lee as a starting caliber TE even if Packer fans do not. Much depends on what Ted Thompson’s view of what seems to be real progress made last season by Spencer Havner. Is there any doubt that Donald Lee’s career has already peeked?
Somehow the Packers will have to made room for a half dozen new rookies on the roster by the fall. Why not get a draft choice now rather than nothing during the fall cut down process?