NFL Draft Rumors: Will the Green Bay Packers Trade Up for Brooks Reed?

Michael AkelsonCorrespondent IApril 29, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 05:  Defensive end Brooks Reed #42 of the Arizona Wildcats celebrates after stopping the USC Trojans on the final play on December 5, 2009 at the Los Angeles Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. Arizona won 21-17.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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When the Green Bay Packers were finally put on the clock on Thursday night, they had a flurry of options to choose from.

Among them were Mississippi State offensive tackle Derek Sherrod and three outside linebackers in Arizona's Brooks Reed, Georgia's Justin Houston and UCLA's Akeem Ayers.

The Packers decided to go with Sherrod, in what was an interesting choice to say the least.

Of the four players that it appears Green Bay was considering, he was probably the least gifted and had the lowest upside.

As a result, it makes one wonder, do Green Bay plan on trading up for one of those three outside linebackers in Round 2?

As of right now, there are no reports saying that Green Bay is talking to anybody about it. However, as the draft draws closer and the players continue to fall, it could become more and more likely.

We all know that the one direction that Ted Thompson moves in the draft is down. However, he has proved that if he really likes a player, he'll move up, just as he did for Clay Matthews a couple of years ago.

Today, Thompson sees three extremely, extremely gifted outside linebackers falling into the second round—will he make the move?

If the Patriots keep their pick at the No. 33 spot, you'd have to imagine they'd be considering one of the three.

Will the Packers be considering one as well?

I'll keep you posted in case any rumors break out closer to the draft, but all I can say is that if you're a Packers fan, pray they trade up for one of these three.