Is there a situation in which the Packers could either pass up or miss out on C.J. Mosley, Shayne Skov, Christian Jones and Chris Borland to end up with Michigan State's Max Bullough in Round 4 or 5? The short answer is it depends on how highly Ted Thompson is weighing Green Bay's need at inside linebacker and the players available for him to select with up to four picks before Round 4.
If Mosley truly is the best player available at No. 21 overall then sure, Thompson might take an inside linebacker with the team's first pick. But it doesn't seem unreasonable Mosley could be off the board by that time and Thompson addresses positions such as safety, tight end, outside linebacker and defensive tackle before finding himself looking at Bullough's name on his board in Round 4.
Bullough was the unquestioned leader of the toughest defense in college football in 2013, and stands out as an intelligent and vocal leader on the field. His limitations come in his measurables. Per NFL.com, his 31" vertical and 9'3" broad jump were among the worst by linebackers at the combine. However, he was a top performer in the bench press with 30 reps.
Bullough led the Spartans with 111 tackles in 2012 (including 12.5 for loss). He was a two-year captain and his leadership by example could inspire a Packers inside linebackers group that looked unfocused for much of the 2013 season.
It's possible the Packers might be somewhat concerned with two character issues in Bullough's college career; the first, a 2011 arrest for possession of alcohol and eluding police officers and the second, an undisclosed suspension for the Rose Bowl against Stanford. But ultimately, if Thompson passes on him it will be for what's on the tape, not his off-the-field issues.
Still, Bullough could be an explosive player for the Packers paired opposite A.J. Hawk, especially if given time to develop in Green Bay's system. Per Tyler Dunne of the Journal Sentinel, Thompson has spoken with Bullough multiple times, and is clearly intrigued by the prospect.