When it comes to upgrading the 2013 roster for the Green Bay Packers, I don't expect Ted Thompson to use free agency, unless it's an emergency.
Thompson signed a number of free agents this offseason (Anthony Hargrove, Jeff Saturday, Daniel Muir, Phillip Merling and Cedric Benson), which is definitely not his modus operandi, but only one (Saturday) of them is currently on the roster.
I expect Thompson to once again build up his roster through the draft. Thompson will also sign a number of "street" free agents, as well as a handful of undrafted rookies in 2013.
When it comes to the 2013 NFL draft, we are now at a very early stage of that process.
We are still awaiting the bowl season to start, and then the East-West Shrine game, the Senior Bowl, the NFL Scouting Combine and the Pro Day workouts to get an evaluation on the players.
Looking at the needs of the Packers at this moment, I have put together a slideshow of players that I expect to be selected in the first three rounds of the draft.
All of the players are seniors, and have attributes that would help the Pack. As the process moves forward, there will be a number of juniors who will declare for the draft who could also help Green Bay as well.
Where the players are actually picked depends on the board at the time, and also how the players have done in their workouts.
You will note that my group has three running backs as potential options for the Pack. The Packers are doing a much better job running the ball the past two weeks, but I still see running back as being a key position for the Packers to upgrade.
In the past four drafts for the Packers, I've been able to correctly identify players such as B.J. Raji, Bryan Bulaga, Mike Neal, C.J. Wilson, Alex Green, Davon House, Nick Perry and Casey Hayward who fit the profile of needs that the team has had in those respective years.
Time will tell if anyone from this list will also be selected by the Packers.