6 Players the Green Bay Packers Should Target on Day 3 of NFL Draft
The first two rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft are in the books and fans of the Green Bay Packers should be pretty happy.
After selecting UCLA defensive end Datone Jones in the first round on Thursday, Green Bay selected Alabama running back Eddie Lacy in the second round on Friday. GM Ted Thompson traded down and then out of the third round altogether.
Including the picks acquired in trades with the Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers, the Packers now hold 10 draft picks in rounds 4-7. Green Bay may end up using them all, or Thompson could continue wheeling and dealing and the Packers could move up.
The final four rounds of the draft should prove to be wild for Green Bay, and here are six players they should target on the draft's final day.
WR Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech
When the Packers decided to initially trade back in the third round, speculation mounted that they would be taking a wide receiver. Many thought it could be either Patton or West Virginia's Stedman Bailey.
When Bailey went the St. Louis Rams, Green Bay soon traded out of the round. Fortunately, Patton remains on the board, and the Packers would be wise to scoop him up with their arsenal of selections. Thompson holds a lot of leverage, and getting Patton in the fourth when he was projected to go in the second would be a great value pick.
Patton's athletic ability and aggressive play would serve him well in Green Bay. With the loss of Greg Jennings, the Packers could use another receiver, and Patton could see playing time right from the beginning. He has enough burst to turn a short pass into a long gain and he can also block down the field.
If the Packers want Patton, they'll probably need to use their first pick in the fourth round to do or they'll need to move up.
C Barrett Jones, Alabama
Green Bay still has a need along the offensive line and Jones would be a perfect addition.
His draft stock plummeted after he missed the Combine with a lisfranc injury, but Jones should have no issue recovering from that and he would prove to be yet another good value selection for the Packers on Day 3.
Evan Dietrich-Smith enters 2013 as the incumbent starting center, but the team re-signed him at the lowest tender this offseason, which could mean the jury is still out on him. Bringing Jones, a very versatile and aggressive lineman, into the mix could very well push Dietrich-Smith back to the bench where he began 2012.
Even if Jones is beaten out for the starting center position, he would still be a great depth pick. He has played all over the offensive line, and with questions at tackle, Jones could see himself starting at a spot other than center.
OT David Quessenberry, San Jose State
If Jones goes off the board before the Packers select, Quessenberry would be another good addition, as he would address the team's need at offensive tackle.
Bryan Bulaga is recovering from a hip injury and Marshall Newhouse has been anything but consistent. Quessenberry would help in that he could potentially push Newhouse and, eventually, he could even supplant him.
Quessenberry is quick off the snap and has good anticipation of an opponent changing directions. As a former tight end, he would do well in pass protection, yet he is also stout as a run blocker.
He still needs to pack on some muscle, but as a depth pick with developmental upside, Quessenberry would be a good selection for the Packers in the fourth or fifth round.
TE Zach Sudfeld, Nevada
Fans were disappointed that the Packers weren't able to land either Tyler Eifert or Zach Ertz, but there is still plenty of talent left to be had.
Sudfeld could prove to be a steal. At 6'7" and 255 pounds, he has the ideal size and strength combination for the position. He is a natural receiver and is fast enough to elude linebackers and safeties. With Jermichael Finley basically a lame duck for 2013, Sudfeld would be an intriguing selection.
The downside to him—and the reason why he may not go until the seventh round—is that he missed two seasons with injuries. Six surgeries in five seasons is not a good sign, but Thompson has shown that he's willing to give the injury-riddled players in college a chance.
Perhaps that is all Sudfeld needs—a chance.
S Phillip Thomas, Fresno State
Green Bay wasn't able to land Matt Elam or John Cyprien, but the need at safety is still there and Thomas could be the one to fill it.
With great closing speed and physicality, Thomas could be the hard hitter that the Packers have been looking for since Nick Collins was injured. With Green Bay having a defense that emphasizes on forcing the turnover, Thomas would be a natural fit with the Packers.
He is also a solid fundamental tackler, which is something that Green Bay could also use. He's also very instinctive, which can be good and bad, and he also missed the 2011 season with a broken leg.
As a finalist for the 2012 Thorpe Award as the nation's best defender alongside Dee Milliner and Johnthan Banks, Thomas would be a steal on Day 3.
ILB A.J. Klein, Iowa State
With the defensive line addressed in the first round, Green Bay can now focus on improving the inside linebacker position.
A.J. Hawk has proven to be nothing special, and with Desmond Bishop returning from a season-ending injury, the Packers still could use one more inside linebacker. Klein has excellent ability in diagnosing plays, which is what an inside linebacker in the Packers' defense does.He is also a solid tackler in the open field.
He's also a passionate defender, and on a defense that has been called "soft" in recent years, any fire that can be added to the unit would be welcomed. Klein also has good awareness in zone coverage and would serve well playing between Clay Matthews and Nick Perry.
Klein may not be the most athletic linebacker, but he makes up for it with sound fundamentals, and given the Packers' aforementioned tackling problems, he would be a good addition for the Green Bay defense.