North Carolina Tar Heels running back Giovani Bernard (26) with the ball. Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Is there a running back in the Packers future?

As the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft proceeded last night, many of the experts continued to point to the Green Bay Packers as the team that might break the evening’s mold in the plethora of offensive and defensive linemen being drafted – that the Packers may go with a running back with their first pick at #26.

Eddie Lacy was the most frequently-mentioned name.

Datone Jones was the Packers first round draft choice Thursday night.
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However, as we all know, that didn’t come to fruition as Packers GM Ted Thompson went with the flow and selected defensive lineman Datone Jones – an athletic end who many are seeing as a great fit with defensive coordinator Dom Capers’ 3-4 system.

While that pick is being analyzed today, we all move on to the second and third rounds tonight. With a defensive lineman now in the fold, in which direction does TT turn today? Will it be the offensive line? A linebacker? Safety? Wide receiver?

Maybe even a running back?

If that’s the case, will he try to move up in the second round to nab someone like Lacy or a back like Giovani Bernard?

These are all valid questions and, of course, won’t be decided until TT makes his decisions tonight.

But one more fly in the ointment appeared today in a report that is curiously timely – the announcement that former New York Giant running back Ahmad Bradshaw was deemed physically fit to get back to work.

Ahmad Bradshaw
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While the Pittsburgh Steelers hosted Bradshaw for a visit and seems to be the the lead horse in the effort to get Bradshaw, much will depend not only on their draft, but also other teams’ drafts – including the Packers. You might remember that the Packers had expressed interest in the hard-running Bradshaw, but didn’t actively pursue him.

What happens if the Packers move through all seven rounds without nary a running back pick in sight? Would their interest in Bradshaw be heightened at that point or would they simply go with the backs they have in-house? By cutting Brandon Saine this week, it seemed that the Packers would be forced to look outside, and especially toward the draft for another back. Another option could be the re-signing of Cedric Benson, but that has as yet not occurred.

So, what do you think? Do the Packers go after young legs in the draft? Do they re-sign Benson and move on? Or do they consider a guy like Bradshaw?

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