The Green Bay Packers' Round 1 Big Board Before Combine

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The Green Bay Packers' Round 1 Big Board Before Combine
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Ted Thompson and his scouting staff from the Green Bay Packers will be at the NFL Scouting Combine which will run from Feb. 22-25 in Indianapolis.

The Packers will be keenly looking at some early-round prospects who will be able to help the team in 2014 and beyond.

After the combine, the players will get a chance to raise their draft stock even further by performing individual drills at their various pro days.

Then the actual 2014 NFL draft will take place from May 8-10 in New York City.

Before the draft, teams will get an opportunity to supplement their rosters through free agency, which begins March 11. The Packers might actually be players in free agency this year, at least according to a report last week by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

If the Packers do indeed land free agents, their draft strategy might change somewhat. It depends on the position or positions which are supplemented in free agency.

Right now, the major needs of the Packers are at safety, defensive line and linebacker.

I expect the Packers to be aggressive in the upcoming draft. I expect Thompson to trade up at some point early in the draft to select a player that he is targeting, much like he did in the 2009 NFL draft when he traded up to select Clay Matthews late in the first round (pick No. 26).

I've put together a list of 15 first-round, big-board prospects that the Packers will watch closely at the combine.

The list is put together based on where the Packers will select in the first round (pick No. 21). I've also listed some late-first and early-second round prospects that the Packers might trade up to select.

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