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The drop-off between the top safeties and the rest in this year's class is pretty steep, so the Green Bay Packers simply can't afford to wait much later than the second round to draft one.
The ideal player for the Packers to target would be strong safety Jimmie Ward. He may not be quite as good as Alabama's Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix or Louisville's Calvin Pryor, but he certainly brings quite a bit of traits to the field that Green Bay desperately needs.
For example, Ward always seems to find himself around the football. He finished his senior season with a team-leading 95 tackles to go along with 10 pass deflections and seven interceptions.
To show just how badly the Packers need Ward's playmaking skills, the entire team finished with only four more interceptions (11) than Ward had last year. The only potential downfall to drafting Ward is that the Packers would need to keep Morgan Burnett at free safety, a position he really struggled at last year.
However, the overall upside of Ward is simply too good for the Packers to pass on if he's still available this late in the second round.