It's official. Now that the Green Bay Packers have been taken out of the 2012 NFL postseason by the San Francisco 49ers in convincing fashion, the Packers will have the 26th pick in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
The draft process has started. The Packers did lose a key piece of their front office, when John Dorsey left the Packers to take over as general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs on January 12th. Dorsey played a key role in evaluating prospects when he was director of college scouting for 12 years, before becoming director of football operations this past year.
However, Ted Thompson still has a very solid scouting staff working beneath him.
The process starts this week at the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Florida, and then a week later with the Senior Bowl.
After that, there is the NFL Scouting Combine, and then the Pro Day workouts by the various prospects.
Some players will add to their draft stock in this process, while others will see their value go down.
Looking at the needs of the Packers, and who might be available at the 26th pick in the draft, I've listed five players who the Packers would love to see on the board when it's their time to pick in the first round.