Though the draft is still 16 weeks away, it's never too early to begin examining the Green Bay Packers' needs this offseason. Though prospect rankings will fluctuate and mocks will need to be revised as the Packers re-sign any of their 17 unrestricted free agents, the following seven-round mock highlights the team's biggest areas of need as Ted Thompson begins considering what his draft board will look like.
Positions at major areas of need include include safety, inside linebacker, outside linebacker and defensive tackle.
This mock is a straight-up seven-round draft; it does not account for projected compensatory picks the team will receive. It also attempts to place equal emphasis on both value and need, as, infamously, Thompson is unlikely to reach for a position of need or pass up the best player available on the board at key positions.
Mocks are, of course, made difficult pending the re-signing of key unrestricted free agents, so players were chosen that would add depth and value to the team regardless of what the Packers do here. Above all, prospects were chosen who were highly probable to be available when the Packers are on the board (pick No. 21 in Round 1 and then in each round thereafter, barring a trade).
Thus, a backup quarterback is not included in the mock as it's likely that the Packers will re-sign Matt Flynn and, having him in addition to Scott Tolzien sitting behind Aaron Rodgers, will not need to waste a pick on a backup quarterback.
It also assumes that, in keeping with his usual mode of operating and especially in a year with 17 unrestricted free agents, Thompson will not fill a major position of need (such as safety) in free agency.