The writers at Titletown Soundoff are giving you their “Bold Predictions” for this year’s Packers’ season. Check back daily for new Bold Predictions. Have your own prediction? Tweet them to @titletownsound and we will feature them in a future article.
Ted Thompson, to the chagrin of Packer fans everywhere, waited until the fourth round of this year’s NFL Draft to select an inside linebacker. In doing so, he was basically saying three things. First, that he did not like the top of the draft talent at the position. Second, he had faith in Sam Barrington and Clay Matthews to make the position their own. And third, that he did at least feel the position needed some quality depth. And he got just that when he selected Jake Ryan out of Michigan.
Ryan can run well and has good lateral quickness. His toughness and work rate are something this defense is lacking. He’s decisive and smart and he can earn plenty of playing time given how Capers likes to use a ton of sub packages, moving Clay Matthews all over the field. With a strong preseason, the tackling machine would cement himself into a solid rotation of linebackers.
While he won’t be in the running for Defensive Rookie of the Year, Ryan will make a few big plays and enough of an impact to earn a spot on the All Rookie Team.
While you wait on the rest of the bold predictions, take some time to enjoy Jake Ryan’s highlights vs Miami (Ohio).