- Rob Demovsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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In Mel Kiper Jr.'s re-drafting of that first round, Thompson would have had to move up much higher to get the perennial Pro Bowler.
Kiper re-graded the draft based on the following factors:
Total production so far matters, but future production is a big factor, too.
Positional value matters; premium positions are rated a little higher.
Overall value of the player regardless of the fit.
By trading up to take Matthews at No. 26, the Packers had two first-round picks that season. They selected defensive tackle B.J. Raji with their original first-round pick at No. 9 overall, but in his re-draft Kiper does not even have Raji as a first-round pick anymore. Instead, he had the Packers taking tackle Sebastian Vollmer, who was actually a second-round pick of the New England Patriots.
With Matthews theoretically gone at No. 26, Kiper gave the Packers tight end Brandon Pettigrew, who was actually the 20th overall pick by the Detroit Lions. However, Thompson surely would not have traded up to that spot, originally held by the Patriots, and given up a second-round pick and two third-round picks for Pettigrew. He traded up specifically to take Matthews.
Kiper moved one player the Packers picked later in the draft into the first round. He vaulted guard T.J. Lang, selected in the fourth round (109th overall), all the way to 29th, where the New York Giants picked receiver Hakeem Nicks.