Dispelling a Myth: Why the Green Bay Packers Don't Need to Draft a Running Back

Chad LundbergCorrespondent IIIApril 21, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 04:  Ryan Grant #25 of the Green Bay Packers runs the ball against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on December 4, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Packers won 38-35.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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I'm sure that a vast majority of Packers fans believe a running back is not the greatest need for Green Bay's offense, but nearly every week, I read an article stressing that the team needs to select one in the upcoming draft.

While I can certainly understand the reasoning to some extent, due to Ryan Grant possibly leaving and all, I firmly believe this is just another example of fans overreacting.

I love Ryan Grant. I remember how a couple years ago we were saying that he was the most underrated running back in the NFL. I remember his injury which ended his season in 2010. A year which made me realize how vital he was. But all players leave the team eventually, and Grant is no exception.

It's not like we're lacking in the running back department. James Starks is a stud; he just needs to stay healthy next season. Alex Green will be returning, and I see potential in him. Brandon Saine has been quoted by Aaron Rodgers to have "the best hands on the entire team (as mentioned by Troy Aikman in Week 13)."

That's three young running backs that will only get better and learn to work together.

The offensive line continues to be "a work in progress," but the line has certainly made some strides in recent years. Most importantly, we have the best group of receivers in the entire league.

This offense averaged 35 points a game last season. Need I really say any more than that? They scored the second most points in NFL history!

For argument's sake, let's just say the Packers average five fewer points a game because Ryan Grant is gone. That would mean the Packers would still average 30 points a game. That's not too hard to figure out on your own is it?

And I don't think Grant's absence alone would make that much of a point differential.

My point is this: The Packers need to focus on defense. The offense will click as well as it ever has, if not better, next season. We don't need to worry about it. The special teams continue to make monumental improvements, and Randall Cobb will only get better.

The Packers need to use an early pick for someone on defense. If it were up to me, I'd spend every early pick we have on players that work in the "pass rush" department, like DEs and OLBs.

If the Packers want to draft a running back, that's fine, but it would have to be someone taken in the late rounds. Right now, our primary focus ought to be getting the pass rush back on track.