5 Players Green Bay Packers Should Target on Day 2
The Green Bay Packers made noise by selecting Datone Jones with their first selection in the NFL draft, but their picks on Day 2 could be just as important next season. With the defensive line need out of the way for now, the Packers could look to add an offensive weapon or a safety.
General manager Ted Thompson has hit some home runs selecting wide receivers in the middle rounds and that trend could be expected to continue. A running back could also be on the table for the Packers as they look to improve their rushing attack.
Here is a look at some Day 2 options the Packers should target.
Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State
There is a great deal of remaining talent at the wide receiver position. With only Tavon Austin, DeAndre Hopkins and Cordarrelle Patterson being selected in Round 1, teams should be able to get great value by drafting receivers on the second day of the draft.
One of the best options at receiver for the Packers is Markus Wheaton. The Oregon State product is extremely polished as a wide receiver, which makes him a great fit for the Packers offense. The good route-runner would be able to fill a need and add yet another threat to the Packers passing game.
Wheaton is a little small at 5'11", 189 pounds, but he plays big and is extremely dangerous with the ball in his hands.
Wheaton should be available for the Packers in the second round.
Le'Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State
With no running backs taken in the first round, there should be good value at the position in the second day of the draft. While Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin will likely be taken as the first two backs, Le'Veon Bell could be the best option for the Packers.
Bell has the type of game that the Packers need at the running back position. He's a physical back that finishes his runs hard and has decent vision. Bell doesn't have top-end speed, but he's capable of making players miss in space.
The biggest asset Bell would bring to the team would be his experience in the passing game. At Michigan State Bell worked plenty as a receiver out of the backfield.
The best chance for the Packers to grab a Bell would be in the second round. The other option would be to trade up from their third pick.
Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International
Jonathan Cyprien wasn't selected in the first round and is still available heading into the second day. While the Packers would surely have to trade up to get Cyprien, it could be well worth it to grab the physical safety.
Cyprien would be a great addition to the Packers defense. Over the last two years, the Packers have been too soft and not physical enough. The hard-hitting Cyprien would add a beastly nature that is much-needed on the Packers defense.
In order to get Cyprien, the Packers would likely have to slide up into the top half of the second round. Depending on how teams see value in the round, the Packers may not have to give up too much to do so.
Barrett Jones, C, Alabama
Once considered a first-round pick, Barrett Jones could be an option for the Packers on the second day of the draft. The Packers seem set to move forward with Evan Dietrich-Smith at center, but if the value is there, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Packers add Jones in order to improve the interior of their offensive line.
Jones is extremely versatile and would provide great value in the third round. He would improve the line as the likely starting center of the future, but could also play at the guard spots if needed. Jones' overall physical style of play would be a nice change for the Packers line.
There is a good chance that some team reaches on Jones and takes him before the Packers have a chance to do so. That wouldn't be the end of the world as Jones would present more of a luxury pick.
Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia
Another wide receiver the Packers could add to their arsenal is Stedman Bailey. The West Virginia product is another polished wide receiver that would help ease the strain on the Packers wide receiver group. With Greg Jennings and Donald Driver gone and James Jones in the final year of his contract, the Packers need to add another receiver.
Bailey has everything the Packers look for in a wide receiver. As a balanced wide receiver, Bailey could be moved all over the field by the Packers. Bailey's use of his body and ability to see the field make him even more attractive.
Bailey is a potential third-round pick. Based on where other receivers go in the second round should paint a better picture of where Bailey will be drafted.