Ranking Green Bay Packers' Top 5 Draft Needs

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Ranking Green Bay Packers' Top 5 Draft Needs
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The 2014 NFL draft will probably be the most important one Ted Thompson of the Green Bay Packers has presided over in the nine years he has run the front office at 1265 Lombardi Avenue.

The Packers have some glaring needs at a number of positions. Plus they will have 20 free agents on their roster this spring, and 17 of those players are of the unrestricted variety.

Under Thompson, the Packers have always been a draft and develop team, but this year more than most, he needs to really hit some picks who will contribute right away as rookies.

In 2013, Thompson did exactly that when he selected running back Eddie Lacy, offensive tackle David Bakhtiari and defensive back Micah Hyde. Thompson needs more than three of his draft picks in 2014 to help out right away, at least in the position areas that need the most help.

That being said, the majority of the draft picks that Thompson has selected have shown a stark improvement in years two and three with the Packers. The Packers hope that will be the case with other draft picks from 2013, like defensive end Datone Jones, running back Johnathan Franklin, offensive lineman JC Tretter, defensive linemen Josh Boyd and linebacker Sam Barrington.

Even with improvement from those players in 2014, the Packers still need to have a dynamic draft in May to offset the expected losses in free agency this offseason and to improve on the positions which are obviously in need of assistance.

I'll list those positions in this slideshow.

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