Can Packers swing trade for defensive tackle?

Bleacher ReportAnalyst IJuly 30, 2008
With Justin Harrell on the physicall unable to perform list, Ryan Pickett not practicing, Corey Williams gone via trade, Johnny Jolly having legal issues, and Colin Cole and Daniel Muir missing time during OTAs because of injuries, the Green Bay Packers are a little thin at defensive tackle.

You may remember a little known trade back in 2006 when the Packers traded training camp body and cornerback Therrian Fontenot for another training camp body and wide receiver in Carlton Brewster.

Neither player contributed much, but the Packers knew that Fontenot was expendable and wasn't going to make their roster, so they took a chance on Brewster who they thought could have some value as a return man.

Maybe the Packers could swing another minor trade to get some depth along the defensive line if nothing else. After all, they have tons of good, young talent at wide receiver. Some team looking for a possible play maker that currently has a defensive tackle with potential could be interested.

Just yesterday, undrafted rookie Taj Smith stood out at Packers practice.

"Undrafted rookie WR Taj Smith was invisible throughout offseason practices, but he stood out today," reports Tom Pelissero of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "First, during the blitz drill, he had a great, sliding catch on a beautiful touch pass from Rodgers down the right sideline, just beyond Bush. In 7-on-7, Rodgers made another good throw and hit Smith down the left sideline on a go route. Smith finished with three catches in team drills, all from Rodgers."

In addition, undrafted rookie Jake Allen's talents have praised here on Railbird Central back during minicamp. The Packers have ten wide receivers on their roster and not all of them are going to make the final 53 man roster even if most of them deserve it.

The Packers should look to trade for defensive tackle depth even if the player they trade for doesn't end up making the final roster. Maybe they'll unearth a diamond in the rough.
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