5 Players That Aaron Rodgers Would Most Love for the Green Bay Packers to Draft
The Green Bay Packers are likely to mostly target defensive players in the draft, but Aaron Rodgers will have his eyes peeled for a least a couple new offensive players. With the "best player available," which actually should be defined as the "most valuable available" approach of Ted Thompson and the Packers, it wouldn't be surprising if the Packers went offense at any given draft slot.
The Packers had the NFL's highest-scoring offense last season and many of those pieces are back in place. Any new additions will likely be an added advantage for players for development and future use.
Chris Rainey, RB, Florida
Chris Rainey would add yet another playmaker to the Packers offense. Drafting Rainey would provide the Packers with a luxury back and add another dimension to the already stacked offense. With Starks as a physical, up-right runner, Rainey could come in as a change of pace and catch defenses off-guard with his speed.
Rodgers would love the move because the plays that could be run for Rainey. Mike McCarthy and Tom Clements would have the fun of designing plays to get Rainey in space and let his speed do the rest. Whether it be reverses, screen passes or quick passes, Rainey would add another threat to the Packers offense.
Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
The signing of Jeff Saturday decreases the likelihood of the Packers grabbing Peter Konz in the first round, but if he does in fact fall to 28th, it would be hard to pass up. Konz would be able to learn from Saturday and be able to take over in two or three years when Saturday would be ready to hang up the cleats.
The move would provide security at the center position for the foreseeable future. With the best player in football under center, the Packers need to make sure he stays upright as much as possible. Adding Konz would certainly help in that department.
Bernard Pierce, RB, Temple
The Packers may look to improve their running game via the draft, especially if Ryan Grant is not re-signed. Bernard Pierce could be a potential draft pick if the Packers are thinking running back within the first half of their draft.
In his junior year, Pierce dominated for the Owls, gaining 1,481 yards on his 273 rushing attempts. He also found the end zone 27 times. The 6', 218-pound back is the same weight as Starks but two inches smaller.
With such a potent passing attack, the Packers would benefit from being more balanced and dangerous on the ground.
Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma
With the Packers having so much talent at the wide receiver position already, it is hard to see where a drafted player would fit in. If they decide to go in that direction, Broyles could be a steal if he survives to the fourth round. It is possible, especially if he is unable to get in a workout before the draft as he recovers from a torn ACL.
Broyles is effective in the slot and short routes with a solid ability to get yardage after the catch, something the Packers definitely look for in receivers. The Packers have been great recently at developing talent at the position, so there is no reason Broyles can't have success within the Packers offense.
James Brown, OL, Troy
While it wouldn't be a sexy draft pick by any means, James Brown out of Troy would be a nice addition to the offensive line. The Packers were hit hard with the injury bug on the offensive line last season and the importance of having good depth became critical.
Brown is extremely versatile and could play at both the guard and tackle positions if need be. He doesn't shine at either position as a dominant force, but his ability to be shifted around will make him valuable.