Yes, it's true. We are now officially just a week away from the beginning of the 2014 NFL draft.
Packer Nation is pondering what general manager Ted Thompson will do when it's time for the Green Bay Packers to select a player at pick No. 21 in Round 1.
I am of the belief that whoever Thompson selects with the 21st pick of the draft, that is if he doesn't trade up or trade down, will mostly likely be a defensive player.
That's what happens when you have the 25th-ranked defense in the NFL.
Yes, the offense could use some help too, but even with quarterback Aaron Rodgers missing almost half a season last year with a fractured clavicle, the Packers still finished third in the league in total offense.
If I had to rank my top four defensive players who I think would be excellent fits for Green Bay and might be available when the Packers pick, they would be these prospects:
- Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix from Alabama
- Linebacker C.J. Mosley from Alabama
- Safety Calvin Pryor from Louisville
- Linebacker Ryan Shazier from Ohio State
However, there is always the chance that all four of these players may be off the board when it's time for the Packers to pick.
If that's the case, Thompson may perhaps look at a defensive lineman like Ra'Shede Hageman from Minnesota.
But there is another defensive position which may be in play here. That would be cornerback.
The Packers are pretty deep at cornerback, but veteran Tramon Williams will be playing in the final year of his contract in 2014, plus it appears that Micah Hyde will be moving over to play safety in 2014.
There is still a lot of depth at the position with Sam Shields, Casey Hayward, Davon House and Jarrett Bush all available, but the NFL has become a pass-happy league and one can never have enough quality cornerbacks.
Bottom line, you might just see Thompson select one of the top three cornerbacks if they are available at pick No. 21, depending on the board at the time.
I'm listing the top three corners in this slideshow.