Ted Thompson's 10th draft as the Green Bay Packers' general manager will be vital for turning a team in the second tier of the NFC back into one of the conference's elite clubs.
The Packers still have most of the main ingredients for football superiority: an elite quarterback, a potentially dominant and balanced offense and continuity at both head coach (Mike McCarthy is entering his ninth season in Green Bay) and general manager. It's now on Thompson to fill in the gaps—mostly on defense—that have prevented an otherwise talented team from getting past the divisional round in each of the last three seasons.
One solid draft class and a little good luck on the injury front and the Packers will be right there alongside the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers as the team most likely to represent the NFC in Super Bowl XLIX.
In the following slides, we'll provide a full 2014 draft primer for the Packers, with a complete order of draft picks, positional big board and round-by-round information and analysis.