NFL Draft Thursday: What Will The Packers Do?

 - It's still anyone's guess what GM Ted Thompson will do with the Green Bay Packers 1st round pick (No. 23 overall). Maybe he doesn't know either since the draft could depend on whether the Rams trade out of the top spot, ESPN's Rachel Nichols says it's possible but unlikely, or where QB Jimmy Clausen is drafted. Based on the rumors from earlier this week, it seems they are more likely to trade up then down. I'd love to see them stay at No. 23 in the 1st round, and then move up in the 2nd round because there is a drop off after the top 50 players.

 - BigBlueShoe got the chance to chat with the NFL Network's Mike Mayock. He said the Packers are "looking for a tackle" and mentioned two names: USC OT Charles Brown, who's been moving up draft boards recently, and Indiana's OT Rodger Saffold. The fans at the Lambeau field draft party might be left shaking their head if Saffold's name is called. It's easy to have missed him though I had wanted him for the Packers in the 2nd round of the SB Nation writers mock draft. Saffold's a good player who's started at left tackle since his freshman year. It's easy for a football player to fall under the radar by playing at Indiana. Here's more on him from Mocking The Draft. I wouldn't object to either player, but neither is likely to help in 2010.

- I had picked Texas LB Sergio Kindle for the Packers in the 1st round, but he's slipping a little due to concerns over his knee. He's also had some problems in the past with an arrest in 2007 and a car accident in 2009. I can't say I'd complain if they went with TCU LB Jerry Hughes instead, who Pete Dougherty said can provide an outside pass rush and has a "clean background and a love of football."  

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