It is obvious to most, the Pack will have to address the NT and OT position. The NT, or even DT position, will be more difficult to address since the majority of teams are in need of such players. Still, I believe the Pack will combine history and cleverness in their first and second round picks to settle some pressing issues.
Let's take a look at my predictions.
The first player selected by the Packers in the 2009 NFL draft will be:
Aaron Maybin DE/OLB PSU:
Reasons and explanation:
Maybin is a first pick steal and considering both Raji and Jackson will most likely be gone; Maybin just makes sense.
Ryan Pickett may not have as much trouble adjusting to the move to NT and if so Maybin could be the development guy the Packers may consider for the future as well as now.
Maybin is versatile, athletic, and runs on a high motor, but more importantly, he is a guy they can develop over the course of the year.
The added bonus of Maybin, is his experience at OLB. Technically, that kills two birds with one stone in terms of depth, freeing up their No. 2 pick for another position desperately in need of addressing: OT.
The second player selected by the Packers in the 2009 NFL draft will be:
T.J.Lang T / Eastern Michigan
Reasons and explanation:
Lang is going to be one of the top ten OTs left at pick 41 and he is a perfect fit for a line that is in it's last years together. Tauscher will make a great role model, but his body is basically saying the tank is getting low.
Lang's technical prowess and pass protection ability has made him an elite prospect, not to mention you rarely found this guy laying on the ground. He has the instinct and capability to deal with bullish rushers,and since there is a ton of them in the NFL his stock is looking pretty good.
Lang has more than enough size, more than enough football intelligence, and considering the only real blemish to him is the need for more strength, something easily attained in the pros, makes him a perfect fit and a draft day steal for the Pack.
Will the Packers make a draft-day trade involving their first round No. 9 pick? No.
Will the Packers third selection in the draft be an offensive player or a defensive player? Defense.
Will the Packers use any of their draft choices (day one or two) to take a punter? Yes.
Additional comments or predictions:
Watch for a guy by the name of Colin Brown. Assuming the Steelers don't grab him in the later rounds, Brown could be a wonderful additional pick at OT.
At 6'7" 341 he has more than enough size to play in the pros. The one glaring problem with Brown is he needs to work on his technique if he wants to transition to the pro level.
Missouri's style of play is something you won't find in the NFL, so it will take time for him to come into his own and to get up to speed in his conditioning. If available, Brown has the potential to be the biggest steal at OT this year.