Green Bay Packers: Is 2015 their year?


After making improvements to both sides of the football, 2015 could finally be the year for the Green Bay Packers to win it all.

In case some of you didn’t know, the Green Bay Packers are the best team in the NFL at finding talent through the draft. No seriously. The only core player on the Packers who wasn’t drafted by the team is Julius Peppers. Ted Thompson isn’t a free agency guy and he not only is one of the best draft minds, but he’s also excellent at keeping players after their first contract, which is proven by the contract Randall Cobb signed this offseason.

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With the managing and coaching combination of Thompson and Mike McCarthy, as well as the quarterbacking by

Aaron Rodgers

, the Packers truly are set up for success for years to come. However, 2015 could finally be the year where they bring another Super Bowl to Titletown.

As you could’ve guessed, the Packers didn’t sign anyone in free agency. Instead, they re-signed Cobb, who, despite being their No. 2 receiver, is an absolute stud. Not only did they bring back Cobb, but they also re-signed two interior defensive linemen in Letroy Guion and B.J. Raji. For good measure, they also re-signed safety Sean Richardson and fullback/fan-favorite John Kuhn.

The amazing about the Packers during free agency is that they got far below market price in their deals with Cobb, Guion, and Raji. This is just another example how the Packers will always stay relevant as long as Thompson is making moves.

In the 2015 NFL Draft, the Packers could’ve went in a variety of directions, but the direction they went with turned out to only help them in the long run, as there were still players available in the middle rounds that fit their needs.

After the first two rounds of the draft, the Packers came away with two players who have the skills to be long-term starters in the secondary in first-round pick Damarious Randall and second-round pick Quinten Rollins.

It wasn’t just the first two rounds that made the Packers’ draft so special. They also were able to add Ty Montgomery, a guy who can provide some ability as a receiver and especially as a returner, and Jake Ryan, an instinctive linebacker who can start immediately at the inside linebacker position.

Also in their draft, the Packers took a chance on Brett Hundley, who will probably be their long-term backup quarterback, versatile fullback Aaron Ripkowski, an athletic defensive tackle in Christian Ringo, and a project tight end in Kennard Backman.

Whenever a team has a good draft, it’s a great sign for the future. However, when a team that already is extremely talented like the Packers has a good draft, it puts the rest of the NFL on watch. After adding a ton of quality pieces through the draft, the Packers now have the pieces to make a deep playoff run.

They have a star-studded offense headlined by Rodgers, Eddie Lacy, Jordy Nelson, and Cobb. They also have some good players upfront in Bryan Bulaga, T.J. Lang, and Josh Sitton. On the defensive side of the ball, the Packers have Peppers, Clay Matthews, and Raji in their front seven. In their secondary, besides the pair of rookies in Randall and Rollins, the Packers have Sam Shields, Casey Hayward, and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

With the talent they have on their roster, the Packers have the pieces to win their first Super Bowl since the one they won in 2011. Obviously, Green Bay will have to avoid injuries and stuff like that, but when it’s all said and done, not many teams have more talent on their roster than the Packers, which is why they are an early favorite to win it all this upcoming season.

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