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Ted Thompson previews NFL Draft

Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson answers questions about the upcoming NFL Draft, April 19, 2017. (WLUK image)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- Packers General Manager Ted Thompson spoke Wednesday at his annual pre-draft press conference.

"There's great value certainly to me to have a certainty of having done our work and like I said, with the staff the Packers given to me to help run the draft, there's a lot of confidence in terms of our evaluations," said Thompson.

When they're on the clock, Thompson said there's usually little hesitation when it comes to the team's selection.

"Most of the time, it's you sit there, you kind of know who you want to take and everything falls the way it's supposed to fall, and you wind up taking him," he said. "It doesn't necessarily mean that your thought process was correct, but it just means that you never waver. You're going to try to take this particular player and hope for the best."

With the 29th pick in the first round of next Thursday's draft, Thompson said watching name after name get taken off the board can be agonizing, but the Packers GM is all about trying to keep things positive.

"If you want to make yourself feel better you tell yourself that story, that if he went to a big school it will work out better," Thompson said. "But it may be just the opposite where you pick a guy from a smaller school and you have to talk yourself into the fact that this guy is way better than the guy from the big school, so whatever makes me feel good at the time, that's the stance we normally take and hope for the best."

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers thinks the team is off to a great start. While losing a lot of talent, he believes early on there is already a great championship foundation in Green Bay.

"I like our squad and it's just going to be about building that cohesion together and chemistry in the locker room and on the field. We have to make some leaps and bounds this off season and obviously in training camp," said Rodgers.

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