Pats Trade "Almost Like Kissing Your Sister"

Ted THompson

The Patriots and the Packers traded on Draft day, not once, but twice. The unusual part is that New England sent Green Bay's pick acquired in the first trade right back to them. Packer GM Ted Thomson said, it was so weird that it was like Kissing your sister. Eewwww

   Ted Thompson was in an almost apologetic mood toward the end of a draft like no other in his decorated tenure as Green Bay's general manager.

   The Packers went into this year's draft with 12 picks, which is par for the course on Thompson's watch. Green Bay averaged 10 picks each year since his first draft on the job in 2005.

   Thompson, though, limited the bounty this time around. He traded up three times - equaling his total number of trade-ups the previous seven years - and made do with eight picks.

   "It's horrible," Thompson said jokingly about giving away draft choices. "I told 'em (his staff) I was ashamed. I'm not my father's son anymore. My father is very frugal. It's pathetic.

   "But, in this case, I felt like it was appropriate. I feel like we have a good, solid team. I felt like where we knew we felt like we were getting quality we should try to do it."

   With an unquestioned emphasis on defense, the Packers' Achilles' heel last season, Thompson took USC defensive end-turned-linebacker Nick Perry in the first round (No. 28) on Thursday night and then got bold.

   Thompson traded up twice in short order on Day 2 of the draft Friday night to wind up with more help for the league's worst-ranked defense with a pair of second-round picks: Michigan State defensive lineman Jerel Worthy (No. 51) and Vanderbilt cornerback Casey Hayward (No. 62).

   The Packers moved up eight spots to take Worthy, whom some considered first-round material, by making a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles. Green Bay relinquished its original second-round pick (No. 59) and also a fourth-round pick (No. 123).

   No sooner did Green Bay have Worthy, who will be moved from tackle to end on the line, than it swung a trade with the New England Patriots to get an additional pick late in the second round to take Hayward.

   "I'm going crazy," the notoriously conservative Thompson said afterward. "We liked those guys. We had 'em rated as guys that could come in and help our team and be a part of our team."

   The deal with the Patriots cost the Packers their lone third-round pick (No. 90) and their only fifth-round pick (No. 163).

   In an odd twist, Green Bay wound up recouping that fifth-round choice at the same spot when Thompson executed his last big trade Saturday.

He connected with the Patriots again for a shot to take North Carolina State linebacker Terrell Manning at No. 163. To do so, Thompson parted with the Packers' lone sixth-round pick (No. 197) and two of their four seventh-round choices (Nos. 224 and 235).

   "It's almost like kissing your sister - you come back and you trade for your own pick or something," Thompson said. "It's just the way it worked out. It was a place where we felt like a player (Manning) was being undervalued a little bit, and we didn't know how long he would be undervalued."

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