After two days and three rounds, the Green Bay Packers glaring need at inside linebacker has yet to be addressed. At the same time, the Packers have acquired multiple options at cornerback as well as a potential game-changing returner.
The selection of Quinten Rollins at pick No. 62 continues the Green Bay's interest in former basketball players. A year earlier, the team selected former Gonzaga point guard Demetri Goodson in the sixth round. Rollins lacks Goodson's speed and long arms, but he possesses an aggressive mentality and refined ball skills. The Miami University product could become a field tilter after some time with Packers cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt.
Stanford's Ty Montgomery requires refinement to become a reliable receiver on offense, but his contributions in the return game could pay immediate dividends. The Packers want to reduce Randall Cobb's exposure on special teams, and landing the highly productive Montgomery should achieve that goal. Green Bay may also have found another receiver capable of lining up in the backfield. Montgomery (6'0", 221 pounds) has a running back's body and can carry the ball when asked.
Heading into the final day of the draft, the Packers are expected to finally turn their attention to inside linebacker. The biggest names are off the board, but every draft yields several off-ball linebackers in the late rounds that ultimately prove themselves starters. Prospects like Ben Heeney, J.R. Tavai and Mike Hull could be options for Green Bay on Saturday.
Nearly every year, Packers GM Ted Thompson also drafts an offensive lineman on Day 3 to develop into a starter. The fourth round in particular has yielded Josh Sitton, T.J. Lang and David Bakhtiari. A year ago, fifth-round pick Corey Linsley became a Week 1 starter after center JC Tretter went on short-term injured reserve. With three starting linemen set to hit free agency after the 2016 season, now is an ideal time to select another to guard against a potential departure in two years.
That leaves quarterback as the other position to watch for on Saturday. The Packers allowed Matt Flynn to walk in free agency, and though he remains available, the team appears ready to move on. Scott Tolzien is the incumbent to win the No. 2 job, but Green Bay likely aims to bring in better competition than current third-stringer Matt Blanchard. Bryce Petty has yet to hear his name called and could be an option if he reaches the back of the fourth round. If not, the Packers have options in the later rounds such as Cody Fajardo, Brandon Bridge and Connor Halliday.