2012 NFL Draft: Packers Looking For An Outside Linebacker?

In a followup to yesterday's post on whether USC's Nick Perry would be a good fit for the Green Bay Packers, I thought I'd look at two other names who were discussed in the comments. And they're also the top two outside linebacker candidates. It's just as likely that they'll rise in the draft, but you never know; they could slide down to the Packers spot with the No. 28 overall pick.

South Carolina's Melvin Ingram. He's a good pass rusher and he's showed the ability to drop into zone coverage. While playing as a defensive lineman, he had an outstanding senior season and earned All-SEC honors. But he was inconsistent throughout his earlier college career. It looks like he's pretty raw, which isn't a reason to avoid him, but he might not contribute much at first. He's currently the 16th best prospect and expected to go in the middle of the first round.

Alabama's Courtney Upshaw. His best position might be "pass rusher" though he's proven to be very agile and shows good effort. He seems to be a better overall prospect then Ingram though he's only ranked as the 17th best prospect. But maybe Rob Rang is just hedging his bet because he has Upshaw going to the Bills with the No. 10 overall selection.

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