Arkansas Razorbacks running back Knile Davis (7) carries during the first half against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium. John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

If the Green Bay Packers draft a running back, they have to look at this guy

Green Bay Packers General Manager Ted Thompson has teased us with his pursuit of Steven Jackson in the early days of free agency and more recently tinkered with the idea of bringing in former New York Giant Ahmad Bradshaw to add to the Packers’ questionable backfield.

But with Jackson using the Packers for leverage in signing a better deal with Atlanta and Bradshaw seemingly poised to sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers, it doesn’t look like there will be any free agent signings in Green Bay this offseason (unless you want to include Brad Jones).

Eddie Lacy will probably be off the board by the time the Packers pick at 26 in this year’s draft.
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So, what next? Well, as always when it comes to Ted Thompson, it’s the draft. And if he’s thinking about changing the Packers backfield for the better through the draft, he’s got to be realistic. Alabama running back Eddie Lacy will most likely be gone by the 26th pick and Giovani Bernard may be the best and safest pick of the lot, but I think the Packers have got to consider Knile Davis, the Arkasas Razorback who turned heads at the Combine last month.

Though he had a poor 2012 rushing the ball, Davis, at 227 pounds, ran a 4.37 40-yard dash and threw up 225 pounds 31 times on the bench press. That’s impressive. The question and the reason he may not be selected in the first round, is whether he’s an NFL-caliber running back. If the Packers can get him in the second or third round, that’s even better. If there’s anyone who knows how to handle the draft, it’s Thompson, who might even consider trading out of the first round to utilize the talent rich second, third, and fourth rounds. That’s where the likes of Davis, Montee Ball and probably even Bernard will be drafted.

If Thompson is indeed considering improving the backfield through the draft, this might be the draft to do it .

And Davis might figure into his plans.

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