Ted Thompson is a guy who essentially just got fired (forced to step down). Fifth round picks are fine if you have one of them, they're good if you're rebuilding, but they rarely help a team like the Packers (elite QB play, lack of real talent on team).
Think of all the players Thompson has relied on to be not depth, but starters. Walden. Coston. Whitticker. Newhouse. Brad Jones.
Regardless of what others have suggested, I never said you can't find good players in the fifth round. Finding good players in the fifth round is few and far between. Some people are quick to bring up players that were drafted well before Thompson's time and going back years and years into Packer history. You yourself brought up 4 alright fifth round picks. Both of you neglected Coston, Hawkins, Moll, Martin, Clowney, Meredith, Quinn Johnson, Newhouse, Quarless, DJ Williams, Terrell Manning and Yancey.
More often than not, fifth round picks aren't even providing solid depth.
You can't have it two ways as a fan.
Calculate how many of our own free agents you want to bring back.
Calculate how many free agents you want brought in.
Calculate 5 rookies from the 1st to 4th round.
Calculate any players currently on our roster.
Does that number come to less than 53? If not, what's the point of having 3 5th round draft picks?
Do you see my point?
I was referring mostly to this mock draft for the sake of entertainment. See what we could get in a trade up. The reality is that this team does not need 12 draft picks. 12 draft picks will not make this team next year.
If we're going to continue being an almost exclusively draft and develop team, sure, keep all three of those fifth round picks. Otherwise...
Thomson averaged 9.3 draft picks a season. Do you really want this team to average 9.3 draft picks a season in the back half of Aaron's career? The more draft picks we make, the less space we have for free agents, trades, etc.