If I were Thompson, I would have put in claims for WR/KR Peter Warrick, G Chris Liwienski and SD/KR J.R. Reed. All have had success on the NFL level and would have helped from a veteran leadership role and filled serious voids on the roster.
Warrick knows the offense from his days in Seattle and he is a gifted return man. Liwienski has been a very productive guard in his years in the league. He may or may not be a fit in the new zone-blocking scheme, but he would definitely be worth a look. Plus, he could give the Packers valuable information pertaining to the Vikings. Reed is a ball hawking safety that is also a nice return specialist.
Thompson needs to give Mike McCarthy a chance to succeed. He needs to give Brett Favre a chance to succeed. He needs to give the offense a chance to succeed. The same goes for the defense and special teams. The NFC North is a division that could be up for grabs. Thompson feels grabbing potential is more important than grabbing proven talent. Based on that, it looks like he will be grabbing another top five pick in next year's draft.
Bob Fox is a frequent contributor to PackerReport.com. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.