2012 Green Bay Packers Draft Wish List by Position: Defensive Linemen

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2012 Green Bay Packers Draft Wish List by Position: Defensive Linemen
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Ryan Pickett would be a great mentor for these potential "wish list" draftees on the defensive line.

In my first Packers draft installment I took a look at a few OLBs who might fit the Packers 3-4 hybrid defense and give support to Clay Mathews III in the pass rush which you can read here.

This next installment transitions into another position that could boost the Packers anemic pass rush of last year.

Many immediately view the 3-4 LBs as the simplest way to improve the pass rush without realizing how important athletic big men on the defensive line can be.

Considering Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers will often use 3 nose tackles—men weighing over 330 pounds—on the field at the same time in base defense, it's likely the Packers would have an interest in some of the larger giants on the field described in this slideshow.

With Howard Green likely to depart, and DT Ryan Pickett entering the twilight years of his career, the Packers future at defensive line is at best, shaky.

In addition, late round picks C.J. Wilson and Jarius Wynn haven't really taken the next step to be anything other than depth fodder at this point.

Here are several profiles of defensive linemen prospects who could play in Green Bay's style of the 3-4, while either improving the pass rush or freeing up current players like B.J. Raji to make plays to disrupt the passing game. 

For the sake of making it interesting, I tried to target a few guys from a variety of rounds, recognizing a gem can be found beyond the first and second rounds.

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