The Green Bay Packers' draft needs are obvious, for the most part, and certain prospects at positions of need have been connected with the team in countless mock drafts and draft previews for months.
Though general manager Ted Thompson drafting an out-of-left-field prospect can never be ruled out, most people who are on top of the Packers' personnel needs know they will be going after players in the following position groups in the 2014 NFL draft: safety, inside linebacker, defensive lineman, tight end and wide receiver.
That means that safeties Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Calvin Pryor, linebackers C.J. Mosley and Ryan Shazier, defensive lineman Ra'Shede Hageman and tight end Eric Ebron have become go-to projections for the Packers. But in all likelihood, Green Bay would be lucky to walk away from the draft with one of those players.
The following slides prime Green Bay fans for the draft by providing breakdowns of players whose names are less well-known than Clinton-Dix, Mosley, Shazier and Hageman.
Fans should know those names too—most already do.
The following seven players are realistic options that Thompson is likely to have on his draft board to fill some of the Packers' most pressing needs for 2014.