The 2012 season isn't over yet for the Green Bay Packers, but that doesn't mean it's too early to start thinking about this spring's NFL draft.
The Packers could be drafting anywhere from the mid-20s to 32nd, depending on how their season ends, so they probably won't get many of the real "big name" people in the draft. Not that it matters much to GM Ted Thompson, who is like a kid in a candy store on draft day.
This year, Thompson very well could be looking to beef up the offensive line in hopes of better protecting quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who was sacked a remarkable 51 times this year. With Greg Jennings potentially leaving via free agency, wide receiver may be on the list as well. Should Jermichael Finley be traded or released, tight end would be a big need as well.
The Packers also could be looking at a running back. Cedric Benson likely won't be back, and the Packers don't have a definitive answer at the position.
Of course, the Packers traditionally stick to drafting the best available player instead of drafting for need. Only Thompson knows what he'll do, but we can take out best shot in a mock draft.