Being a reader of SB Nation's excellent blog, Mocking The Draft, I decided it would be interesting to start looking at next year's draft and try to get a general idea of what we need most.
Positions of Great Need
OLB: Simply, Erik Walden sucks at pass rushing. That's all that really needs to be said. A pass rusher to compliment Matthews is likely the final piece to this already championship caliber defense. The bad news, though, is that there are hardly any premier pass rushers coming out this year, and they likely will be gone once the Packers pick.
FS: Depending on Collins injury, and assuming its serious enough to keep him out more than this year, TT could be taking a serious look at some safety prospects. I suspect he trades down and nabs a safety in the second or third round.
Positions of Medium Interest
OLine: TT and his crew have proved that you can never have enough lineman. With the offensive line gelling nicely, another offensive lineman for depth would be ideal.
DE: The Packers spend the majority of their time in a 3-3-5 or a 2-4-5, so the third defensive end is becoming less important. Assuming Neal doesn't live up to the hype, or stays injured, a look at a 3-4 end would be plausible. I've been hearing Jared Crick lately, and with his unusually poor play lately, he may be available when the Packers draft.
RB: I'll admit, I'm a huge LaMichael James fan. However, the odds of him coming to Green Bay are extremely slim. With that being said, if Ryan Grant is cut, the Packers could be on the lookout for another back to compliment Starks.
LB: Any pass-rushing linebacker is welcome in Green Bay.
Positions of Low Interest
QB: If Matt Flynn leaves, the Packers could take a late round flier on a developmental quarterback.
CB: Does this pick push Jarrett Bush lower on the depth chart? If it does, I'm all for it.
Let me know what you think!
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