Nine Days To The Draft
Rivals.com has a good recap of the Packers' needs in the draft, although depth behind QB Aaron Rodgers needs to be a priority too and there isn't much need at wide receiver:
Key needs: 1. Cornerback 2. Offensive Tackle 3. Wide receiver
- Cornerback - The Packers must address this key area after a subpar performance in recent years. Starting corners Charles Woodson and Al Harris are entering their 12th seasons. They like Kansas' Aqib Talib, Arizona's Antoine Cason and Virginia Tech's Brandon Flowers in the late first round. They probably could address this position again later among the top-100 selections. Auburn's Pat Lee and Iowa's Charles Godfrey are second-round possibilities. They are considering Wisconsin's Jack Ikegwuonu in the middle rounds with an eye on the future.
- Offensive tackle - Both starting tackles are over 31, and there is only marginal backup talent on the roster. They will most likely use one of their top-100 selections here and possibly their top pick if Boston College's Gosder Cherilus is available. They could select a prospect such as Nebraska's Carl Nicks, Ohio State's Kirk Barton, Kansas' Anthony Collins and Toledo's John Greco in the second or third rounds.
- Wide receiver - The Packers have little depth behind starters Donald Driver and Greg Jennings. They probably will have a chance at a few of the top receivers, such as Indiana's James Hardy, LSU's Early Doucet and Michigan State's Devin Thomas late in the first round. They could look at Florida's Andre Caldwell or Vandy's Earl Bennett in the second round. They also like prospects such as Michigan's Mario Manningham and Kansas State's Jordy Nelson in the third round.