The Packers find themselves in a good position this offseason. They have three immediate needs, and even these could be worse.
At CB and OT, the Packers have quality players that can play at a high level; they're just way past their prime and need replacements. At OLB, Brad Jones showed promise, but the Packers need a playmaker across from Pro-Bowl alternate rookie Clay Matthews III.
Granted there are other areas of concern.
The lack of depth in the secondary was an issue, but the Packers' CBs caught the injury bug last year, and both Brandon Underwood and Pat Lee could blossom into starting-caliber corners given they stay healthy.
Atari Bigby has yet to improve past the level he played at in his breakout year, so a replacement SS will be worth a look, as will perhaps a young WR to become heir apparent to the old-yet-barely-declining Donald Driver.
An ILB is a slight concern, based on the underwhelming play of former fifth overall pick AJ Hawk, and one can never have too many quality defensive lineman. That's not to mention a change of pace halfback to complement Ryan Grant—providing the coaching staff is unsatisfied with Brandon Jackson.
A backup QB, and blocking TE may be desired positions, but the team only has so many draft picks, and these are less serious than the above needs. That being said, Thompson's BPA tendency will come in handy this draft, as there are many places a young star would benefit the team.
First Round (No.23 overall)
Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
CJ Spiller, RB, Clemson
Sergio Kindle, DE/OLB, Texas
Jerry Hughes, DE/OLB, TCU
Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan
Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers
Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
Everson Griffen, DE/OLB, USC
Sean Weatherspoon, OLB/ILB, Missouri
These players are in the order that I think Ted Thompson likes the most. Any one of those top tackles would easily be the best choice, but each are predicted to go before the Packers' pick.
Kindle got the nod over Hughes and Graham because of his size and he's more polished in coverage having played some LB at Texas. Spiller is a top talent, and Thompson would have a hard time passing on the most explosive guy in the draft if he fell.
McCourty gets the nod over Wilson because Thompson likes his corners to be at least 5'11".
Weatherspoon makes the list because he's going to be one of the top linebackers in the game soon, but is last on the list because he doesn't project well in a 3-4 defense.
It could be that none of these players are available, in which case Thompson would most likley love to trade back, given the second round talent in this extremely deep class.
Second Round (No. 56 overall)
Brandon Ghee, CB, Wake Forest
Chris Cook, CB, Virginia
Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama
Larry Asante, S, Nebraska
Nate Allen, S, South Florida
Chad Jones, S, LSU
Daryl Washington, ILB, TCU
Jason Worilds, DE/OLB Virginia Tech
Koa Misi, DE/OLB, Utah
Jared Veldheer, OT, Hillsdale
Jason Fox, OT, Miami
Selvish Capers, OT,West Virginia
Vladimir Ducasse, OT, Massachusetts
Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State
Montario Hardesty, RB, Tennessee
Ben Tate, RB, Auburn
Eric Norwood, DE/OLB, South Carolina
Charles Brown, OT, USC
Perrish Cox, CB/KR, Oklahoma State
These players are in random order as I looked at lists and such, because there's just so many of them at different positions. It depends on what players are available, who the Packers took in the first, and other factors.
Like I said in the first round analysis, there's a lot of talent in this second round, and even if there's a player from their board available at 23, Thompson may try to trade back to accumulate multiple picks and get a multiple players form this group.
Third Round (No. 86 overall)
Brandon Lang, DE/OLB, Troy
Amari Speivey, CB, Iowa
Roger Saffold, OT, Indiana
Ciron Black, OT, LSU
Major Wright, S, Florida
Darrell Stuckey, S, Kansas
Akwasi Osusu-Ansah, FS/KR, Indiana
Joe McKnight, RB, USC
Donovan Warren, CB, Michigan
Fourth Round (No. 120 overall)
Donald Butler, ILB, Washington
Myron Lewis, CB, Vanderbilt
Myron Rolle, S, Florida State
George Selvie, DE/OLB, South Florida
Kyle Calloway, OT, Iowa
Darryl Sharpton, ILB, Miami
Eric Decker, WR, Minnesota
Fifth Round (No. 151 overall)
Jamar Chaney, ILB, Mississippi State
O'Brien Schofield, DE/OLB, Wisconsin
Sam Young, OT, Notre Dame
Kurt Coleman, S, Ohio State
Pat Angerer, ILB, Iowa
Nick Polk, S, Indiana
Sixth Round (No. 184 overall)
Trevard Lindley, CB, Kentucky
Daniel Te'o-Neshiem, DE/OLB, Washington
Trindon Holliday, KR, LSU
Marshall Newhouse, OG, TCU
Zoltan Mesko, P, Michigan
Danario Alexander, WR, Missouri
Seventh Round (No. 215 overall)
Curtis Steele, RB, Memphis
Javarris James, RB, Miami
Brent Bowden, P, Virginia Tech
Cameron Sheffield, DE/OLB, Troy
Matt Dodge, P, East Carolina
Scott Ravanesi, P, Northern Illinois
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