This is a big year for us. For the way we’re designed—we’re a draft-and-develop program—this is a big offseason for us. We need to make big jumps in April, May and June because we haven’t had that, just like everybody else, but we really rely on it just because of the way we operate in player acquisitions.
— Packers head coach Mike McCarthy
The Green Bay Packers offseason has been relatively uneventful thus far, just as Ted Thompson prefers. While the franchise did bid farewell to center Scott Wells, welcoming Jeff Saturday in his stead, and Nick Collins' future remains in limbo, the offseason has finally wound to the stage at which Green Bay is most comfortable: the annual draft.
This year, Ted Thompson has 12 picks at his disposal, enough to fill the gaps he and McCarthy agree to prioritize. Given Thompson's draft success in the past, it almost seems unfair to grant the Packers a dozen selections; the bevy of picks also opens the potential for Green Bay to trade picks and move around in the draft.
However, I'll leave that potential to the experts with more time on their hands than I and instead suggest how I see Green Bay's draft shaking down, assuming no draft-day swaps.
The following 12 picks secure Green Bay's immediate needs, while bolstering the team's depth at several crucial positions for the long run. It's all guesswork at this point, but few, if any, of the following 12 picks will surprise the Packers fans who have followed Thompson's decision-making in the past.