Green Bay Packers: 7 2012 Rookies We'd Love to See

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Green Bay Packers: 7 2012 Rookies We'd Love to See
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The 2011 Green Bay Packers are 13-0 so far this season. 

The Packers have already clinched the NFC North title and also have secured a first-round bye in the playoffs.  With a win against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday, Green Bay will also clinch home-field advantage for the NFC playoffs. 

There is also the possibility of remaining unbeaten.  But the ultimate goal is to win the Super Bowl, and the Packers are well on their way to perhaps repeating as Super Bowl champions.
That being said, it's never too early for Ted Thompson, John Dorsey (Director of College Scouting) and company to look ahead to the 2012 NFL draft. 

A number of events have to take place before the draft, however.  Events like the East-West Shrine game, the Senior Bowl and the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. Plus the players will still have their individual Pro Days to improve their standing with each team.

Right now, the Packers would be looking at a late first-round pick.  If Green Bay wins the Super Bowl again, the Packers would be slotted at pick No. 32, just like in 2011. 

So what players might be there when it's time for the Packers to make a selection? 

I'm going to try to list seven players that may be there at the 32nd pick of the first round.  This is not an exact science, however. 

Case in point is OT Bryan Bulaga of the Packers.  Most of the draft "experts" expected Bulaga to be selected among the top 15 picks of the 2010 NFL draft, and some even had Bulaga as a top 10 pick.  Bulaga eventually was drafted by the Packers with the 23rd selection of the first round. 

Another example is QB Aaron Rodgers.  Many "experts" thought Rodgers would be the top player selected in the 2005 NFL draft.  Rodgers slid to No. 24 of the first round to the Packers.  I think the Packers are ecstatic to have both of those players, while other teams across the NFL have to be kicking themselves.

Of the seven players I have listed, four of them are juniors and still have to declare for the draft. 

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