The Packers have put a surprising number of high picks into the WR corps, secondary. I guess it makes sense if you look at the team, but you get the feel it's a bunch of late round gems. They seem to really prioritize these positions to give them matchup advantages on both offense and defense.
I still believe you build from the lines and the middle, but it is interesting what some teams are able to do when they get the periphery locked down a bit/opened up...in terms of then using schemes to help out their lines.
Packers drafting info (link at the bottom with other NFC North teams as well)
1. From 2001-2008, the Packers had a combined 16 first and second round picks. 31.3% of those selections were spent on wide receivers.
Clay Matthews & Aaron RodgersThese two draft picks worked out pretty well, wouldn't you say?
2. Since 2001, the Packers have selected just as many punters (1) within the top 100 picks as they have running backs.
3. Only 18.8% (3 of 16) of the offensive linemen drafted by the Packers since 2001 have been taken within the top 100 picks. Take note that since 2001, 35% of all offensive linemen drafted by NFL teams were selected within the top 100 picks.
4. The Packers have drafted at least one defensive back within the first three rounds in seven of the last ten years.
5. The Packers have drafted at least one defensive lineman within the first two rounds in three of the last four yearshttp://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Dra ... North.html