Is Corner Back a Need In Green Bay?

Kyle PlumCorrespondent IApril 8, 2010

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 03:  Cornerback Charles Woodson #21 of the Green Bay Packers during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Packers defeated the Cardinals 33-7.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Draft experts and Packer fans all seem to agree, corner back it a major need for Green Bay.  I myself have felt the same.  In my most recent mock I have Green Bay picking Devin McCourty, a corner back from Rutgers.  

I was thinking about all that may happen in this year's draft, and I began to doubt there really is much of a need or a corner.  

Charles Woodson was the Defensive Player of the Year last season.  Tramon Williams is a Pro Bowl caliber player, and Al Harris was a Pro-Bowler not too long ago.  Pat Lee has struggled with injury, but is healthy at the moment and has great potential, and Will Blackmon will hopefully go an entire season without injury.  Brandon Underwood showed a lot of potential his rookie season after being drafted in the sixth.  Finally, Jarret Bush is very solid for a fifth string corner.  

Obviously, there is a lot of depth in the secondary.  A pick in the draft would have a hard time to get on the field.  Too much depth is never a bad thing, but Green Bay has other needs to attend to first.  

Green Bay really has two logical options; draft a corner in the first three rounds, or don't draft a corner.  The Packers already have a lot of depth so a later round pick would be silly.  A late rounds pick would struggle to ever find the field, except on special teams.  An early pick would still struggle to find the field, he would likely only play on nickel packages as a rookie.  

A first round pick would likely contribute, but Green Bay is so close to a Super Bowl this year they need instant impact.  A drafted corner would not start until Woodson retires. Woodson has a few more years in him, so Green Bay can wait to draft a a star corner.  

This leaves two primary needs left to consider for Green Bay; outside linebacker and left tackle.  Left tackle is much needed in the future, but likely will not contribute next season.  Additionally, unless Anthony Davis falls there is no logical tackle to pick.  Jared Veldheer is the fifth best tackle in the draft and could be selected in the second.

This leaves one primary need for the first; outside linebacker, or if the Packers don't like the linebackers available they might go with the best player available.  If Dez Bryant falls, Ted Thompson will have a hard time passing on him.  He may also consider trading down into the late first, early second.  

Ted Thompson would have a difficult time passing on Sergio Kindle at 23, or even Jerry Hughes. He might also consider trading down and selecting Jerry Hughes or Jahvid Best in the 27-35 range.