When writing about the Green Bay Packers needs in the NFL draft, I don't come away believing that they really have a glaring one at any position. They could add depth. However it seems unlikely that any rookie drafted with the No. 32 overall pick could come in and start immediately. But there are three areas I've been focused on for their 1st round pick.
Outside linebacker. Maybe GM Ted Thompson sees the next LB Clay Matthews in this draft, but he's not showing his hand. Without a clear starter among the trio of LB Brad Jones, Frank Zombo, and Erik Walden, this is a position where a rookie could come in and compete. There aren't a lot of obvious targets with late 1st round grades, but one is Georgia LB Justin Houston.
Defensive line. Even without the expected departure of DE Cullen Jenkins in free agency, this is an area where they need depth. The line dealt with multiple injuries in 2010, and there's no guarantee it will go any better in 2011. It's hard to predict who will be available, but one possibility is Temple DE Muhammad Wilkerson.
Offensive line. With LT Chad Clifton likely to retire at some point in the near future, finding a future tackle to team with last year's first round pick, RT Bryan Bulaga, is an option. Since Bulaga can play on the left side, this player could be either on the left or right side. One option could be Mississippi State OL Derek Sherrod.