Green Bay Packers: Who to Choose from at OLB in the 1st Round?

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Green Bay Packers: Who to Choose from at OLB in the 1st Round?
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Ted Thompson of the Green Bay Packers has his work cut out for him in the 2012 NFL draft.

The obvious need for the Packers is to get a player that will enhance the pass rush, as the Packers had that part of their defensive game fall off sharply in 2011.

The Packers were 2nd in the NFL in sacks with 47 in 2010, but finished tied for 27th with only 29 in 2011.  It's fairly obvious that LOLB Clay Matthews needs some help on the right side of the defense for the Pack.

There are some excellent candidates who could man the job at ROLB in 2012, if the Packers were fortunate enough to have them on the board when the team gets to pick with the 28th selection of the first-round.

Thompson is hoping that he will have one (or more) of the premiere pass-rushing specialists on the board when he picks.  But one never knows.

The draft can be a strange animal sometimes.  The Packers have two prime examples on their roster right now.

QB Aaron Rodgers was being talked about as being the number one pick in the 2005 NFL draft, just days before the draft.  Certainly a top five pick anyway.  We know the story.  Rodgers slid all the way to pick number 24, where Thompson was more than happy to select him with his first ever draft choice for the Packers after taking over GM duties.

In the 2010 NFL draft, OT Bryan Bulaga was talked about as a sure-fire top ten pick.  But Bulaga lasted until pick number 23, where Thompson again was pleased to take him. 

So who knows what players will be available at pick number 28 in the 2012 NFL Draft.  I know this though, the Packers would be pleased if any of the three players I am using in this slideshow are still on the board.

I'm listing these players by preference, but either way, the Packers would get a great pass rusher with any of these three players.

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