The Green Bay Packers could trade up in the 2012 NFL draft in order to grab a defensive playmaker to add to their struggling unit. With the Super Bowl window open, the Packers may show more urgency with their picks this offseason.
General manager Ted Thompson's draft philosophy has always been selecting the most valuable player available when the Packers are on the clock. If there are prospects that Thompson likes, he has shown he is willing to trade up in order to get that player. He did so in order to grab B.J. Raji and Clay Matthews in the first round of the 2009 NFL draft.
The Packers have obvious needs on defense, so the pick is likely to be a defensive player. With help needed in many spots, the Packers could go in a number of different directions depending on what is available.