The 2012 NFL Draft is still about a month and a half away. However, a lot remains up in the air.
For each team in every round, there are best and worst case scenarios. Obviously, in the best case scenario, the player selected becomes a superstar, while in the worst case, they're a complete bust. We'll try and go a little deeper than that here in this article.
The Green Bay Packers have a pick in every round, and thus a best and worse case scenario for all seven rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Best Case Scenario: Explosive Pass Rusher Falls to the Pack
The Packers' biggest need in the draft is a pass-rushing outside linebacker or a pass-rushing defensive end.
If a high end pass rusher, such as OLB Nick Perry of USC or DE Fletcher Cox of Mississippi State, expected to go high in the draft free falls to the Packers, they'd do well to pick him up.
Worst Case Scenario: Forced to Reach for Need
Other teams decide to upgrade on defense early, leaving a shortage of talent on that end. Peter Konz, a potential fit at center, will also be gone. The Packers reach for need and select a projected round two player such as OLB Andre Branch from Clemson.
Best Case Scenario: Janoris Jenkins Plummets All the Way to the Second Round
Janoris Jenkins is a legitimate top-20 talent in this draft, but could see his stock drop after a variety of off-the-field issues. In fact, some teams may drop him off their board entirely.
The Packers could use help in the secondary and need to find the successor to Charles Woodson. Best case scenario, Jenkins keeps his head on straight and maximizes his potential.
Worst Case Scenario: Ted Thompson Becomes Infatuated with a Running Back
With the need on the defensive side of the ball, Green Bay should spend both their first two picks of the draft on defensive players, the exception maybe coming for a talented C.
The Packers have been projected to take a running back as high as the first round, but it makes little sense.
James Starks makes one-half of a running back committee, and we have yet to figure out what Alex Green can do. Taking a running back this high and the Packers would be neglecting more glaring needs.
Best Case Scenario: Thompson Finds an Instant Contributor
Finding an instant contributor in the draft has been an area of success for GM Ted Thompson. Two years ago, he drafted Morgan Burnett, who was primed to become an instant contributor until a season-ending injury.
If Thompson can find a player who can contribute instantly, such as a safety or even a one-dimensional pass rusher such as Bruce Irvin, the future looks that much brighter.
Worst Case Scenario: Drafted Player Buried on the Depth Chart
Simply put, this player doesn't contribute in any way. He's buried on the depth chart for the upcoming season.
Janzen Jackson used to go to Tennessee, but was dismissed and transferred to McNeese State.
Best Case Scenario: Signature Small School Gems
One of the Packers best offensive linemen, Josh Sitton, was a small-school fourth round prospect back in 2008.
Often times, players who have ability fall in the draft due to the level of competition they've played, but that doesn't mean they're worse than the other big name players.
Janzen Jackson, a former five-star recruit, was dismissed from Tennessee and enrolled at McNeese State. He's one to keep an eye on.
Worst Case Scenario: Shows Why They Were a Small School Player
Sometimes, there's a reason why a small school player plays at a small school. It's because they can't handle the high level of competition another school might provide.
Another possibility is that the player selected here, if not a small school player, shows why he's a day three player.
Best Case Scenario: Developmental Prospect with Upside, Develops Promisingly
The last two rounds of the draft is when teams tend to take fliers on developmental players who have a while to go before they're ready but could turn out to be a steal in a couple years.
These players are usually gameday inactives or practice squad players.
Still, in the best case, this developmental player shows improvement over the course of the season and is able to make an impact as a potential starter or high quality back-up.
Look for the Packers to take a flier on a quarterback they think could develop into a quality back-up in one of these rounds.
Worst Case Scenario: Player Fails to Develop
The developmental player just couldn't develop. He falls out of the league after a few seasons and the pick is wasted.