Packers Draft Board: 5 Players Green Bay Must Have an Eye on in Bowl Games
The Green Bay Packers may stock up on offensive players in the 2013 NFL Draft as opposed to their defensive haul from last year's draft. The Packers have key decisions to make on the offensive side of the ball with Greg Jennings and Jermichael Finley.
The Packers' biggest draft need is on the offensive line or at the running back position. While these are areas of need, the Packers' draft history shows they will most likely take the best player available at the time of their selection.
Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama
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The Packers' offensive line woes have been no secret over the past two seasons and the addition of Barrett Jones would go a long way in helping to protect Aaron Rodgers. Jones has played both guard and center during his career at Alabama, so the Packers could use him anywhere on the interior of the line.
Jones is a physical linemen who has played in a pro-style offense at Alabama, which should ease his transition to the NFL. He is strong in both the pass protection and run-blocking. He will help the Packers for years to come by improving the interior offensive line play.
Bowl Game: BCS National Championship
Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon
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The Packers need to figure out how to make their running game better, and Kenjon Barner would be a big piece of that puzzle. At Oregon, Barner has followed in the footsteps of Lamichael James, putting up huge numbers in the Ducks' spread offense. Barner's game translates much better to the NFL than James' style of play due to his size.
Barner's speed would add nice dimension to the Packers' running game that neither James Starks nor Alex Green possess. He would help the Packers immediately as another weapon to make the Packers offense even more dangerous.
Bowl Game: Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
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The Packers need to groom a replacement in case Jermichael Finley isn't brought back, either in 2013 or 2014. Zach Ertz would be a fine replacement, if not a beautiful complement to Finley in the Packers offense.
With so many weapons already, Ertz would add yet another possibility to create mismatches. Ertz's freakish combination of size and speed make him a difficult cover for any player. He has fairly good hands, giving Rodgers another big target.
Bowl Game: Rose Bowl
Tony Jefferson, S, Oklahoma
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Charles Woodson doesn't have much time left, and without him this season, the Packers haven't gotten consistent play from the safety position. Throw Jefferson into the mix, and hopefully the Packers come up with somebody playing solid football alongside Morgan Burnett.
At Oklahoma, Jefferson has been asked to do various jobs and has handled it very well, making him another versatile player. He is solid in the run game and a quality blitzer. He would add another body into the mix with the hope of finding a player to consistently hold down the position.
Bowl Game: AT&T Cotton Bowl
Sharrif Floyd, DL, Florida
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The Packers haven't gotten great pressure from their defensive line, and despite having plenty of bodies, could use some fresh talent to provide a spark. Floyd is a hardworking player who has earned his way to where he's at right now.
He's a physical player who excels at rushing the passer. He's not as strong against the run, but that's something that can develop over time. He would join the mix and hopefully be able to give the Packers more rush than they've been getting.
Bowl Game: Allstate Sugar Bowl