The Green Bay Packers are one of the hottest teams coming into the 2010 NFL season, and going into the NFL Draft they will look to add to an already explosive offense by giving quarterback Aaron Rodgers a few more weapons to play with.
Their defense is strong since there has been a focus on drafting defense the past few years, but the only pressing needs are in the secondary.
The following are the best case, worst case, and most likely scenarios for the first four rounds in April's Draft, plus a shot-in-the-dark guess at whom the Packers may pick in the fifth round.
First Round, No. 23
Best Case: Taylor Mays, S, USC
Mays' impressive overall performance at the NFL Combine has moved him back into the mid- to late first round, and he would fill an immediate need as the new center fielder of the defensive backfield.
Worst Case: Jahvid Best, RB, California
This is really not a "worst case" since Best may be a very dynamic back in the NFL, but with so many other running backs available in the later rounds, it would be disappointing to not be able to land a top-tier safety or offensive lineman in the first.
Most Likely: Charles Brown, OT, USC
The Packers need to protect Rodgers, so landing a top-notch lineman in the first round is the best route to go as long as there are any first-round-caliber linemen left when they pick at No. 23.
Second Round, No. 56
Best Case: Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers
The Packers could use a complement at cornerback opposite of Charles Woodson, and if McCourty can fall this far into the second round, he would be a fantastic addition to the defense.
Worst Case: Dexter McCluster, RB, Ole Miss
Again, not a bad pick in the second round at all, as McCluster would add a new dimension to the offense. He could also help in the special teams return game, which is a need of the Packers too.
Most Likely: Brandon Ghee, CB, Wake Forest
Ghee showcased tremendous speed at the NFL Combine and could easily complement Woodson on the opposite side of the defense.
Third Round, No. 86
Best Case: Montario Hardesty, RB, Tennessee
Hardesty is a complete running back and would be able to give Ryan Grant much-needed breathers throughout games in order to keep them both fresher in the second half of the season.
Worst Case: Jacoby Ford, WR, Clemson
The speedy Ford could electrify the crowds at Lambeau Field, and his ability to return kicks and punts would make him a contributor on special teams too.
Most Likely: Mitch Petrus, OG, Arkansas
Petrus proved at the combine that he is one strong athlete since he out-lifted all other participants in the bench press. He's another solid addition to protecting Rodgers for many years.
Fourth Round, No. 119
Best Case: Anthony Dixon, RB, Mississippi State
Dixon is a 240-pound beast that runs like a 210-pound running back; he's great value in the fourth round to complement Grant in the backfield.
Worst Case: Myron Rolle, S, Florida State
Rolle's stock fell with his mediocre performance and speed at the combine, but if he falls that far, he would indeed be a steal for the Packers and not so much of a "worst case." There are many who still question his commitment to how long he will play in the NFL.
Most Likely: Major Wright, S, Florida
Wright will help in the secondary, and since Atari Bigby seems to get the injury bug often, Wright can step in a fill a need.
Fifth Round, No. 156
Going this deep into any mock draft gets really difficult, so instead of giving a best, worst, and most likely scenario, let's just pick one player.
Dezmon Briscoe, WR, Kansas
Briscoe might have been the biggest disappointment out of all the wide receivers who were in Indianapolis for the combine, and if he falls this far, then at least the Packers can groom him under both Donald Driver and Greg Jennings.
Driver is especially not getting any younger, and Briscoe could be his eventual replacement.
The rounds past the fifth have just too much speculation, including the Packers' compensatory pick at the end of the fifth round, so unfortunately the mock stops here.
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