NFL Draft 2011: Seven Defensive Linemen the Packers Should Target

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NFL Draft 2011: Seven Defensive Linemen the Packers Should Target
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The NFL Draft is just two days away, and the tidal wave of mock drafts being published is reaching insane levels.

Call me wonkish if you like, but I’ve always preferred positional analysis to the standard mock draft. It just seems to have more lasting relevance.

And as we’ve learned time and again from Ted Thompson and Co., solid player analysis is much more important to having successful drafts than being married to anyone that might show up on a mock draft.

In looking at this year’s draft, I would love to see the Packers target a defensive lineman (or two). The Packers will likely lose Cullen Jenkins when free agency begins, and the status of Johnny Jolly is murky at best.

Mike Neal will be back from IR, but that still leaves a lot of room for depth at both DE and DT.

The truth is that this is a draft of luxury for the Packers. They don’t have an obvious need at any position, and will be content to stock their shelves with as much talent and depth as they can.

Let’s take a look at a defensive lineman the Packers should target in each round:

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