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Here are my top five picks

Trading back is Ted Thompson signature move


Brett from Green Bay, WI

With the first pick, the Buccaneers select …

Jameis Winston. He has the talent to justify a No. 1 overall selection, and his Florida roots would make him a popular choice with the ticket department and marketing people.

Chris from Clam Lake, WI

Should Packers fans feel relieved if Ted Thompson picks an ILB in the first round, or worried he reached for a need?

He won't reach. I think Stephone Anthony and Eric Kendricks fit where the Packers are. I don't think they'd qualify as reaches.

Justin from Titonka, IA

Who will be the top five picks of the draft?

Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, Leonard Williams, Vic Beasley, Amari Cooper.

Tim from Wausau, WI

Vic, would you like to see any more expansion teams?

Not right now; 32 is a good number.

Mark from Yucaipa, CA

Vic, I have just finished watching a "30 for 30" documentary on the 1983 draft. I was stationed in England at the time so I had no idea what happened that year. What a story! Elway refusing to play for the Colts and announcing during the draft he would play for the Yankees. Ron Wolf, then the Raiders' VP of personnel, insinuating league interference with a trade to get Elway to Oakland. Kelly going to the USFL so he wouldn't have to go to Buffalo. Marino dropping through the draft and the Steelers passing on him in favor of Gabe Rivera. It was all told with Marvin Demoff and his diaries from the draft. Since you were covering the Steelers then, what was the feeling about them passing on the hometown hero?

The '83 draft is my all-time favorite. It had more flavor than any other draft I've covered. It was the result of that draft having so many great quarterbacks in it. Art Rooney Jr. selected nine Hall of Famers between 1969-74, but he is most remembered for passing on Marino. It was unpopular and he'll never live it down.

Rob from Webb City, MO

Vic, in researching the draft, it seems that at pick 30 we would be drafting what is thought of as second-round talent. Do you think it's likely for Ted to trade down into the upper second round?

He did it with Jordy Nelson and he moved back to pick Eddie Lacy. I wouldn't be surprised if he moves back to pick a player he's targeted but fits a little lower than the Packers are slated to pick. Finding a trade partner is the issue, and Thompson alluded to as much in his presser last week. Trading back is one of Thompson's signature moves. He's been very successful at it.

Chase from Morton, IL

Vic, which fan base has the most to look forward to over the next five years? Cleveland, Tennessee, Oakland or Jacksonville?

It'll be the fan base of the team that drafts or develops a star quarterback. Oakland and Jacksonville have their guy; for them, it's about development. Cleveland and Tennessee need to find their guy.

Gary from Warsaw, IN

Vic, after looking at the players in the draft, how many will be able to play this year? How do you compare this draft with the last couple of years?

It appears to have more soft spots in it than last year's. I think that's one of the reasons we're going to see a lot of trading. Teams are going to try to trade out of the soft spots.

Jim from Fond du Lac, WI

I recently read an article in which Dan Marino was asked if he would trade his Hall of Fame status for a Super Bowl win. He responded with an unquestionable no. I have to agree. Football is a true team sport, and a Hall of Fame induction is the highest of the few individual honors a player can get. Lots of players have won Super Bowls, but few have been enshrined in Canton.

I agree with his answer.

Brian from Fond du Lac, WI

Vic, I hate the draft. It's boring and the only thing more boring is the stuff leading up to it. I acknowledge the importance of the draft; I just don't care for it as a spectacle. Call me when the picks are in. I'll care about the draft at that time.

I think it's fun. I think it's especially fun to look back at what was said of players as they were being picked.

Dominic from Seattle, WI

I know you don't like stats, but I think this one actually tells the story accurately. Thirteen No. 1 overall picks have gone on to be Hall of Famers, whereas 14 undrafted players have gone on to be Hall of Famers.

I would need to know how many of those 14 undrafted players are from the modern era for that comparison to be meaningful.

Mike from Stillwater, MN

Vic, just watched your "Final Thoughts" video on the Packers 2015 schedule. I agree with your comment that you weren't so sure about Jay Cutler being the QB for the Bears. How about a bold prediction here and saying John Fox either trades up in the draft or actually gets Marcus Mariota with the Bears' first-round pick. Is that what you were thinking when you had that sly look on your face?


Coach Fox has been very noncommittal in his remarks about Cutler remaining the team's starting quarterback. He might be challenging Cutler, or Fox might be tipping his hand that he wants to make a change at quarterback at the same time his broom sweeps clean at the other positions, too. The Bears have a new coach/GM regime, and new regimes like to move on at quarterback as soon as possible. That's what I'm thinking.**

Joe from Clio, MI

Are the draft analysts like Kiper, McShay and Mayock more like scouts that develop their own opinions, or are they more like reporters that gather information from numerous sources and then present it as an opinion?

Those guys watch a lot of tape. That makes them scouts. When they go on the air, they're media. I would say they're two parts scout and one part media.

Drew from St. Paul, MN

Looking back, in one of your first "Ask Vic" articles, someone asked if you thought McCarthy would ever cease calling plays. It seems like the day has come, and how anyone could predict that right after a Super Bowl run is crazy.

What did I say? I can't imagine predicting he would.

Tom from Riverside, CA

Vic, other than Aaron Rodgers, who is the most irreplaceable player on the roster?

I think it's Clay Matthews. Did we learn that in Seattle?

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