it's day one of the 2018 draft. bradley chubb, harold landry and minkah fitzpatrick are gone.
Blake Martinez isn't bad at all and had a solid yr 2.Out of those 4, Smith for me.
Remember 2013, the first year after we let Woodson go, when we had to play mid round scrubs at S and it was such a dumpster fire that we drafted Clinton-Dix in the first the very next year to at least make the position respectable? Well, that's what ILB has been for us since Des Bishop blew out his leg the exact same year... except we never fixed the damn thing. I get the impression many Packer fans are so used to having crap at ILB that they've forgotten that it is actually an important position in any defense and strength there can change a game and change things for everyone else on D. Hell, even Pettine said in his PC that a good D needs to protect the field from the inside out. We've gotten so used to mediocrity that even someone just solid and competent (though flawed) like Blake Martinez suddenly seems like a standout and a bedrock.
Blake Martinez isn't bad at all and had a solid yr 2.
lead the league in tackles
2nd in pass defensed by mid level backers
12th in int by mid level backers (1)
He had 9 TFL. league leader Wagner had 14
Not bad for a kid that wasn't full time until week 5
Im all for upgrading the group. Ryan is very average but Martinez is good and there is not reason he doesn't get better. Smith would look good next to him. Edmunds imo would be fine better on our D