At 9-3 the Green Bay Packers are tied for the best record in the NFL. Aaron Rodgers continues to lead an offense that is averaging 31.7 points per game. Their defense has several bright spots on the depth chart as well. There's a lot to like about this roster.
After comparing the Packers roster to the Falcons, we started discussing which Green Bay player would make the best addition to Atlanta. You certainly have a wide array to choose from. Let's look at our options.
- Rodgers is third in the league with 32 passing touchdowns and first among all starting quarterbacks with only three interceptions. Pro Football Focus has just four players with a higher grade than Rodgers in 2014. I've been a huger supporter of Matt Ryan during his tenure in Atlanta, and I still believe he's a quarterback who can take them to the Super Bowl. However, it would be tough to pass up on Rodgers.
- Eddie Lacy ranks No. 10 in rushing yards on the year. He started off slow in his second NFL season, but he's averaging 6.35 yards over his last three games. Given the Falcons lack of a run game, Lacy would be an instant starter in the backfield. I recall plenty of fans clamoring for Atlanta to draft Lacy in 2013.
- Jordy Nelson is tied with Dez Bryant, Demaryius Thomas and Randall Cobb with 10 receiving touchdowns. That's quite a group to be in the mix with. Nelson still seemed somewhat underrated coming into 2014, but he's been a monster with Rodgers throwing him the ball. I'm almost positive Nelson has scored every one of his touchdowns on the same route. You know the play I'm talking about.
- Cobb is a different type of wide receiver but he's just as dangerous. The Packers started using him out of the backfield last week and the Patriots had no answer for him. He's on pace to finish with 87 receptions and 13 touchdowns. Plus, he's only 24.
- Clay Matthews finished three of his first five NFL seasons with 10-plus sacks. Although he's not on the same pace for 2014, he'd bring a dominant pass rusher to the Falcons defense. As D. Orlando Ledbetter points out, the Falcons passed up Matthews in 2009 for
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You could make a case for each one of these guys. Given the state of the Falcons roster, though, I'd probably lean towards Matthews. He offers something the Falcons seriously lack. The receiving corps is not deep and Roddy White is getting older. Cobb would be my second choice due to age his versatility.
Obviously this is just fun speculation, but let's hear what you think. If you had to pick one player from the Packers to add to the Falcons, who would it be?