The 2014 NFL draft is now less than two weeks away. When the Green Bay Packers make their selection with pick No. 21 in the first round, I fully expect the player to be from the defensive side of the ball.
To me, the Packers would like to see at least one of the following four players available when they select:
Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix of Alabama
Safety Calvin Pryor of Louisville
Linebacker C.J. Mosley of Alabama
Linebacker Ryan Shazier of Ohio State
There is a chance that all four players will be off the board when it comes time for the Packers to make their selection. If that's the case, the Packers could opt for another defensive player, perhaps lineman Ra'Shede Hageman of Minnesota, or might go another route and select an offensive player.
On offense, the positions where the Packers definitely want to add depth are center, tight end and wide receiver. There isn't a center who is classified as a first-round talent, so the Packers could pick a tight end or wide receiver.
Or the Packers could trade back a few spots in the first round. For instance, let's say one or two of the top-rated quarterbacks are still on the board when it's time for the Packers to pick.
If the Cleveland Browns, who have picks No. 4 and No. 26 in the first round, haven't selected a quarterback with their first selection, they may be interested in a trade. If the Packers did trade back with the Browns, Green Bay might be able to get an early fourth-round pick and an early sixth-round pick from Cleveland.
The Packers could later use those picks to trade up at a later point in the draft if they desired.
Time will tell what will happen on May 8. But for now, I'm going to list five offensive players who I think the Packers would be very happy to have on their roster, whether they stay at pick No. 21 or trade back a few selections.