Green Bay Packers: 5 Picks We'd Love to See in 2012 NFL Draft

J FCorrespondent IDecember 13, 2011

Green Bay Packers: 5 Picks We'd Love to See in 2012 NFL Draft

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    The Green Bay Packers are currently undefeated and there aren't many obvious needs on this seemingly flawless team. 

    Their defense has been giving up a lot of yards, but it is still filled with playmakers and Pro Bowlers.

    The Packers are thin at a few positions, and could always use some depth at others.  No matter how young and talented they are now, Green Bay always finds a way to improve in the draft.

    Here are five players that the Pack would love to grab in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

5. RB Lamar Miller, Miami

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    Ryan Grant will be a free agent after this season, but I can't imagine the Packers would bring him back unless he settles for a smaller paycheck.

    James Starks is younger and has outperformed Grant in his second season, settling in as the Pack's franchise back.  The only problem is that Starks has dealt with injuries since entering the league. 

    If Grant does go, Green Bay will need to add some depth in the backfield.

    Rookie Brandon Saine has shown some ability in the pass catching department, and fellow first-year Alex Green had potential before he was shut down for the season. 

    However, the more options the Packers can bring in, the better their running game will be.

    Lamar Miller would give them a true franchise back for the future, and he'd compliment Aaron Rodgers' offense very nicely.

4. CB Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska

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    Despite boasting Pro Bowl caliber corners like Charles Woodson and Tramon Williams, the Packers' secondary still needs some help.

    Afonzo Dennard can provide some much needed depth, and perhaps replace Jarrett Bush or Pat Lee. 

    He excels in press coverage and will probably be the best cornerback available for Green Bay.

3. DE Quinton Coples, North Carolina

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    The Packers are currently using a six-man rotation on the defensive line and they'd love to add Quinton Coples to that mix.

    If Coples could beat out incumbent Jarius Wynn, his size and athleticism would fit in nicely opposite of Ryan Pickett at the defensive end position.

    However, depending on the Packers' playoff success, Coples may not be available by the time their first pick rolls around.

2. Jared Crick, Nebraska

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    If Coples isn't available, Jared Crick may be an even better fit as a 3-4 defensive end, and there's a great chance that he could fall to the Pack.

    He has the ability to take over as a starter very soon, and even if he doesn't, he'd quickly find his place in the rotation.

    The Packers would make good use of his strength, especially when it comes to stopping the run.

1. OLB Courtney Upshaw, Alabama

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    Green Bay failed to find a lethal pass rusher to line up opposite of Clay Matthews in last year's draft, but Courtney Upshaw could take that role this time around.

    The Packers do have several prospects at the position, however, Upshaw could easily step in in place of Erik Walden at some point.

    He could even play inside linebacker if needed; the Packers are currently very thin there due to injuries.