So, this is my first article on Bleacher Report...please don't be too hard on me.
The Packers have the ninth overall selection in the 2009 draft (as you all know), and there are many different options we could consider. Here are a few.
Apparently, the most popular pick, according to experts, and the one I disagree with most, is Malcolm Jenkins out of Ohio State. With a switch to the 3-4 defense, I believe we have much more glaring needs on defense besides cornerback.
Yes, Charles Woodson and Al Harris are getting old, but they are still very solid. Both made the Pro Bowl (Woodson didn't play because of injury and Harris was an injury backup), and I believe they both have two to three years left in them.
But, there has been speculation they might have trouble switching to the 3-4. I do believe they will be strong as usual and make a smooth transition. Plus, we have Tramon Williams, who I thought did amazing this year, and Pat Lee, who didn't see much playing time but was solid when he did, backing those two up.
Picking Malcolm Jenkins wouldn't be a smart choice.
Then there are a couple of LB/DE guys who could play either position if we needed to: Brian Orakpo from Texas, Aaron Maybin from Penn State, and Everette Brown out of Florida State.
I honestly have not heard much about either Maybin or Brown other than they would be smart and well-chosen picks, but I have heard that Orakpo is an amazing player and could play either outside LB or DE very well and that you really can't lose with picking him.
The only question is if we pick someone up in free agency to play DE or LB, which TT is not too fond of, or if he doesn't fall to us, which is totally possible. If he isn't there and we do not sign anybody, then Brown and Maybin are right there for us.
Then there is my personal favorite who the Packers should draft: B.J. Raji out of Boston College. I watched him in the combine and he did great, running strong in all drills. We have probably the biggest need on our defense at the defensive line position, NT especially.
If we draft him, we have a very strong backup behind Pickett, which we don't have as of now. He would help with the depth on the defensive line and be an outstanding player. He is my pick for the Green Bay Packers at No. 9.
That is my first article and opinion on who Green Bay should draft. Let me know what you think.