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We picked out six positions of need and looked at the players who could be picked on Friday who play them.


We've done a few posts today on the best players available, and this is the last of those. After dividing the guys up by best available, period and best available skill players, I figured we'd finish up by looking at the best available players at positions of need. I've listed guys who are in Dan Kadar's top 150 in six positions of need for the Packers below, with some short bits of analysis.


23. Jonathan Cyprien, Florida International
26. D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina
72. Shamarko Thomas, Syracuse
126. Shawn Williams, Georgia
137. Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma
149. Earl Wolff, NC State

The drop-off from Swearinger to Thomas is steep in the eyes of many, and the drop-off from Thomas down might be even steeper. Unless the Packers have a sleeper they're eying, a move up for one of the two borderline first round safeties could be in play. I'd be happy with giving up a pick to go get Cyprien or Swearinger.

Interior offensive line

33. Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky
63. Barrett Jones, C, Alabama
80. Brian Schwenke, C, California
88. Dallas Thomas, OG, Tennessee
98. Brian Wingers, OG. Kent State
120. Hugh Thornton, OG, Illinois
123. Alvin Bailey, OG, Arkansas
145. J.C. Tretter, OG, Cornell

After Schwenke, there is no center in Kadar's top 200. Could a mild reach for Jones be in order? He's not a perfect fit for the system, but I think Jones is good enough to play in any system, and he's one of the most intelligent players in the draft.

Offensive tackle

54. Menelik Watson, Florida State
67. Terron Armstead, Arkansas Pine-Bluff
92. Oday Aboushi, Virginia
100. Jordan Mills, Louisiana Tech
111. Reid Fragel, Ohio State
133. Brennan Williams, North Carolina
144. Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin

I'm surprised Kadar has Watson down at 54, and I think he'd be a steal if he falls to the Packers' pick. There are a number of other tackles between 150 and 200, so Thompson might see value in the 4th and 5th rounds and wait to pick up a tackle.

Defensive tackle (guys with NT potential)

29. Jonathan Hankins, Ohio State
31. Jesse Williams, Alabama
37. John Jenkins, Georgia
82. Brandon Williams, Missouri Southern
116. Kwame Geathers, Georgia
140. T.J. Barnes, Georgia Tech

Good god, T.J. Barnes is enormous. Hankins is definitely a borderline guy and might be better off cutting a bit of weight and playing in a 4-3 than adding weight and playing nose tackle. I'd love it if Jenkins fell to us, and I'd love Williams in the 3rd round or later.

Running back

44. Eddie Lacy, Alabama
52. Giovani Bernard, North Carolina
58. Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina
71. Jonathan Franklin, UCLA
86. Joseph Randle, Oklahoma State
91. Andre Ellington, Clemson
93. Christine Michael, Texas A&M
107. Montee Ball, Wisconsin
126. Jawan Jamison, Rutgers
136. Kenjon Barner, Oregon
141. Stepfan Taylor, Stanford
148. Mike Gillislee, Florida
151. Le'Veon Bell, Michigan State

I threw in Bell as a bonus since I know he's been on the radar screen of some around here. There are a LOT of running backs with 3rd-4th round grades. I rate both Ball and Franklin a lot higher than Kadar does, but what do I know?

Wide receiver

19. Keenan Allen, California
48. Robert Woods, USC
51. Justin Hunter, Tennessee
60. Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech
64. Da'Rick Rodgers, Tennessee Tech
69. Stedman Bailey, West Virginia
73. Aaron Dobson, Marshall
102. Terrance Williams, Baylor
105. Markus Wheaton, Oregon State
117. Ryan Swope, Texas A&M
124. Ace Sanders, South Carolina
138. Josh Boyce, TCU
142. Kenny Stills, Oklahoma

Holy crap, there is a TON of value here. I think at least half of these guys are going to be solid, productive NFL receivers who make rosters until they're 30. Someone's going to steal a solid starter in the 4th round. I think that, simply because of the depth of talent here, it would be unwise to take a receiver in the 2nd round.

Thoughts after seeing this list? Do you think it's worth taking a running back in 2? Is it worth trading up for a safety? Is Barrett Jones worth taking?

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