The Green Bay Packers hold the 23rd pick in the upcoming 2010 NFL Draft and there could be several players available that might be able to help them achieve their goal of winning the Super Bowl in 2010. Players like OLB Sergio Kindle, OT Charles Brown, S Taylor Mays, RB Ryan Matthews, or CB Kyle Wilson. All of whom have the potential to become a key contributor to whichever team drafts them. However that's all it is right now potential, uncertainty, they all had great college career's but have yet to play a down in the NFL. It would be wise of Ted Thompson to forgo the vast potential of a college all star and go with the real deal, a prooven NFL commodity. Denver Broncos Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall is available and the price is steep the 23rd pick in the draft and a long term deal for Marshall as he is a restricted free agent. But, Marshall is one of the top five receivers in the league, just 25 years old, and in need of a fresh start. There is no player the Packers can draft at number 23 that will make them a near unanimous pre-season super bowl favorite Brandon Marshall would instantly vault the Packers into that position. Can you imagine a lineup that featured Greg Jennings and Brandon Marshall split wide with Donald Driver in the slot, Jermichael Finely at tight end and Ryan Grant in the backfield. Aaron Rodgers would have his choice of open receivers and Grant open running lanes. Opposing defensive coaches would literally lose sleep over the prospect of facing such an offense. Nay-sayers will mention Marshall's off the field problems or the fact the Packers are set at receiver. First, problems have a tendency to disappear in the NFL's smallest city. There just isn't that much trouble to get into in Green Bay. Second, Green Bay does have one of the top five receiver groups in the NFL but they don't have a receiver like Brandon Marshall tall, strong, fast, and physical. Plus Donald Driver is nearing the end of his career even at 35 he keeps himself in such good physical condition that he realistically can still play two or three more seasons at or near his current level. Acquiring Marshall not only assures the Packers of having a solid passing offense for at least the next five years by teaming him with Jennings and Rodgers post Driver. It also gives them the realistic shot at building a dynasty, assuming Thompson can use rounds two through seven to shore up Green Bay's other areas of need such as left tackle, the secondary,outside linebacker, and the return game.
Doug Benc/Getty Images