When the Packers switched to a 3-4 defense last year they put an emphasis on drafting players that would fit the new scheme, picking up B.J. Raji and Clay Matthews in the first round, and later Brad Jones and Jarius Wynn. So, this year will the Packers try to find the final pieces of the defensive puzzle or will they focus on giving Aaron Rodgers protection along the offensive line, and adding some more weapons to an already potent offense?
To be honest, I have no clue what Ted Thompson is going to do. But if I had my way, this is what the Packers draft would look like.
Keep in mind I wanted it to be as realistic as possible, but obviously come draft day there will be players picked sooner than expected and players who fall down in the draft.
The thought of taking a tackle would be very tempting, but with Okung, Williams, Davis and Bulaga likely already off the board, it would leave either Campbell or Brown. Campbell is an athletic freak, but his play did not match his athleticism. Brown would probably be a better option, but he too would be a project.
This is a cornerback heavy draft, and Devin Mccourty will probably be available at 23, but there are too many quality corners who will be available in the second and third rounds.
My first pick would be...
The biggest problem the Packers had on defense last year was at times they could not get to the quarter back, allowing Brett Favre and Kurt Warner to expose a depleted secondary. The addition of Jerry Hughes could solve that problem.
Explosive off the ball, Hughes has an uncanny ability to get to the quarterback. Being a converted running back, he has enough speed and agility to play in coverage. Even if the Packers believe Brad Jones can be an impact player, you can never have too many pass rushers.
In Round Two, tackle again may be tempting, but Rodger Saffold will probably be gone by the time the Packers pick, and even though he athletically gifted for someone his size, Jared Veldheer has Tyrannosaurus rex-like short arms, which is not a good trait for a left tackle.
My pick for Round Two....
There are quite a few quality corners in the draft, but I think Spievey would be an excellent fit in the Packers defensive scheme. Spievey is excellent in coverage and does a good job of playing the run. He could be the long term answer to the eventual departure of Harris or Woodson.
Adding a return man or a speedy back could be a possibility in Round Three, but if the Packers wait too long, all of the quality tackles could be off the board.
My third round pick would be...
I know many Packer fans want the tackle position addressed sooner in the draft, but Washington has the ability to be a starting left tackle at the next level, and just like the tackles who would be available in the first and second round, Washington would need some time to develop. He is athletic, he plays with the mean streak that the Packers look for in an offensive lineman, and has long arms to keep defenders away from his body.
Safety could be a possibility for the fourth round pick, with Larry Assante and Myron Rolle possibly still available, but the chance to add an offensive playmaker is just too good to pass up.
My Round Four pick would be...
Karim averaged a whopping 7.1 yards per carry last year and scored 18 touchdowns. Despite being only 5'9", Karim has the ability to run up the middle. His 4.4 speed allows him to get to the outside, and he has good hands, which would make him a threat on screen passes. He could also handle kick off return duties. I think he would make the perfect complimentary back to Ryan Grant.
The secondary could still use some depth, so my first pick in Round Five would be...
A four time first team All-MAC strong safety. Church is a hard hitter with good ball skills. He would add some depth behind the often injured Atari Bigby.
With Donald Driver being 35 and in the last year of his contract, it might be wise for the Packers to start looking towards the future at the wide receiver position.
My second pick in Round Five would be...
A tall receiver who has excellent hands, Ajirotutu could compete for the number five receiver spot. He does not have great speed, but he can go up high to get deep balls and would be a threat in the red zone. Marty Schottenheimer has compared him to Vincent Jackson and Malcom Floyd.
The Packers have four quality linemen in Jenkins, Jolly, Picket and Raji, but Justin Harrell's future is in question due to injury issues, so they could use some depth.
My Sixth Round pick would be...
Geathers is one of the tallest defensive ends in the draft and can use his long arms to disturb passing lanes. He is athletic and strong, but chose to declare for the draft after his junior year, so he will probably need some time to develop.
And since you can never have too many versatile offensive linemen, my seventh round pick is...
A powerful blocker who played left tackle in college, but due to a lack of athleticism, would probably be more suited as a guard or right tackle in the NFL. He could provide needed depth on the offensive line.