This is my most controversial article to date so let the bashing begin. I think the Packers should avoid tackle in the first round. Outside of Okung, Bulaga, Williams, and Campbell, I don't think there is a tackle worth round one status. Yes I know I am crazy but put it this way, tackles can be had in every round and produce admirably.
Example our starting line to finish 2009: Mark Tauscher seventh round (2000), Chad Clifton second round (2000), Scott Wells seventh round (2004), Daryn Colledge second round (2006), T.J. Lang fourth round (2009).
Next season, we will have Spitz back at full strength hopefully and promising young guys in T.J. Lang and Evan Dietrich-Smith. There isn't a tackle on the roster that was drafted in the first round of any year. We got very good years out of Clifton and Tauscher, but they're not done quite yet.
My thinking on not taking a tackle at 23 is simply this: Pass Rush. Last year we traded up to get my new favorite Green Bay Packer Clay Matthews. He was an absolute animal and he didn't even start right away. Even though Kampman was out of place when standing, he still gave us an opposing force across from Matthews. When Kampman went down, that lack of rush showed against Pittsburgh and Arizona.
Brad Jones, the seventh round pick from last year's draft filled in very well, but is not an impact guy. Without that rush, we gave too much time to the likes of Ben Roethlisberger and Kurt Warner. Not an ideal situation, especially with Harris down and young corners getting burnt.
With that said, it's imperative that the Pack takes a tackle, just NOT round one. I'd like to see one in the second (Veldheer) or third.
Packers needs: OLB, CB, TACKLE, SAFETY, D Line depth.
WITH THAT, THE PACKERS SELECT OLB JERRY HUGHES , TCU. Good bye pass rush woes.
ENJOY THE DRAFT!!! I know I will