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Green Bay Packers 2012 Draft: Top 10 College Prospects to Watch
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Virginia corner Chase Minnifield is among the college players who might interest Packers GM Ted Thompson.

No trades. No free agency. No new players. And, quite possibly, no 2011 NFL season—in part or in its entirety.

In the silent wake of the 2011 NFL draft, the only foreseeable football-related news on the distant horizon is, well, the 2012 draft.

Even the most hard-bitten analysts would have to assume that the Green Bay Packers, with its abundance of talent and MVP candidate Aaron Rodgers at the helm, will finish in the upper half of teams in the NFL.

Here's a list of players projected to be available in the second half of the first round, and who fill probable needs for the Packers (which skew heavily toward the defensive side of the ball).

This is not an attempt at prognostication—a foolhardy proposition if there ever was one—but a "viewer's guide" for following college football in the coming fall.

And with the NFL season in jeopardy, that might be the only football we'll be able to see.

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