GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The first seven years of Ted Thompson's career as general manager of the Green Bay Packers were relatively predictable. After getting hired in 2005, Thompson consistently added as many draft picks as he could, selecting 34 players in his first three years. With the exception of signing cornerback Charles Woodson and defensive lineman Ryan Pickett, Thompson rarely acquired veteran players and opted instead to adhere to his "draft and develop" philosophy.
But since his 15-1 Packers team from the 2011 season was soundly defeated in the divisional round of the playoffs at home, Thompson has almost completely changed his approach.
"I don't know if there's really any cosmic change in the way we like to do business," Thompson said Tuesday morning.
The collection of moves Thompson has made over the past four months, however, suggest otherwise.
It started during the 2012 draft when Thompson, who had traded up only three times in his first seven years, moved up three ti...