The Packers made a big splash last night with the addition of USC DE/OLB Nick Perry.
Now, what will the Packers do tonight to make this draft class excellent.
The Packers will have the option to make some trades as they could look to climb up the second round to get North Alabama CB Janoris Jenkins. Jenkins has some red flags but is a great talent and could allow the Packers to move Charles Woodson to safety to replace the recently released Nick Collins.
Jenkins also could compete for a starting spot immediately with Sam Shields and Tramon Williams. Jenkins is an elite cornerback prospect that would not be on the board if he did not have the red flags.
However, I think Jenkins will be able to stay out of trouble and be a successful NFL cornerback.
If they stay where they are, the Packers have a few options that they can do. Conerback is a need and both Montana’s Trumaine Johnson and UCF’s Josh Robinson are possibilities.
Johnson will likely not be on the board at that point as he is the next best cornerback after Jenkins on the board. Robinson, however, could be still on the board as he has a lot of potential.
Robinson has great speed but needs to develop some cover abilities. Robinson would be more of a developmental pick and not an immediate impact player.
A lot of people have linked Miami RB Lamar Miller to the Packers in the second round but I do not think he will still be on the board at that point as he is the best running back left on the board.
Even if Miller is on the board when the Packers pick, Green Bay can wait to get a running back prospect that is just as good later on – such as Temple’s Bernard Pierce in the third round or Utah State’s Robert Turbin in the fourth round.
In the third round, the Packers should look at a defensive lineman like Boise State’s Billy Wynn or Nebraska’s Jared Crick. Both can be 3-4 defensive ends but Crick could end up being available in the fourth round and that would be a steal.
Wynn and Crick are two very capable defensive ends who will be successful NFL players. I am a huge fan of Jared Crick as I think he will be a steal in this year’s draft no matter where he goes.
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