The 2012 NFL draft is still 61 days away and counting, but the speculation continues to heat up – especially in light of the NFL Scouting Combine taking place in Indianapolis.
The imprecise science of predicting which players will go to which team flip-flops more than any presidential candidate and when it comes down to the actual draft day, the final tally doesn’t look anything like the thousands of speculative draft boards drawn up prior to the draft.
But we must admit that’s half the fun. And that’s why we will take a sampling of boards and look specifically at how they think the Packers will pick at the 28th position.
These sites, chosen at random, go with different players. They all focus on either a defensive lineman or linebacker … and rightly so. Though Ted Thompson has surprised us over the years with his picks, the consensus is that the Packers simply must select a player who is going to help them on the defensive side of the ball. Whether that player is a linebacker opposite Clay Matthews or a defensive lineman who will add to the strengths of B.J. Raji and the aging Ryan Pickett, we really don’t care.
Take a look and throw in a comment or two about how you think Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy will pick.
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28. Green Bay Packers: Fletcher Cox, DL, Mississippi State
Packers need depth on the defensive front and get it with Cox, who can rush the passer.
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28. Green Bay Packers: South Carolina OLB/DE Melvin Ingram Finding another pass rusher off the edge is becoming more of pressing need for the Packers and Ingram has the ability to reach the QB in a number of ways both from a two- and three-point stance.
#28) Green Bay Packers- Dont’a Hightower (LB Alabama)
|Dont’a Hightower to the Packers makes so much sense that it should be a lock in my opinion. Hightower has been a big time player for the Crimson Tide that many thought he was better than his former teammate Rolando McClain who went in the top 10 a couple of years ago. But he suffered a knee injury 2 years ago, and in his return, he didn’t look like the same player, but this year he was back to 100% and was dominant. Green Bay runs a 3-4, but we all know that they sometimes play with four or five linebackers. Hightower would fit because he can do it all at linebacker. He fits as a ILB because he is very good against the run, sheds blocks, and can blitz. Alabama also lined him up at OLB on passing downs to take advantage of his pass rushing skills. With a creative DC in Dom Capers he would find so many ways to utilize Hightower.
|The 15-1 Packers disappointed in the playoffs. Rodgers had an MVP type season but
the defense was a concern and proved to be the teams downfall in the playoffs. In
2010, the Packers ranked 5th overall in defense. In 2011, the defense ranked 32nd
overall. Additionally, the team went from 2nd in sacks (47) to 27th with only 29. Green
Bay needs a pass rusher opposite Matthews, who was often double/tripled teamed at
times. Nick Perry is as athletic as they come. Another impact USC player that should
easily transition to the NFL. Perry averaged 10.3 sacks in each of his three seasons at USC. Whats even more incredible is that he accumulated those 31 sacks in only 22
games. Adding Perry will give Green Bay the balanced pass rush they need, especially
for their 3-4 base defense.