Ranking the Packers' 2014 Draft Needs

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Steven Jackson (39) is tackled by Green Bay Packers safety Morgan Burnett (42) in the 2nd quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Steven Jackson (39) is tackled by Green Bay Packers safety Morgan Burnett (42) in the 2nd quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

1) Safety

It’s clear the Packers lack playmaking ability at the safety position, but Green Bay has to be disappointed with Morgan Burnett‘s 2013 season. After being re-signed to a longterm deal before the season, Burnett has not lived up to his contract.

The Packers are one game away from not having a single interception from the safety position in a full season. This would be a franchise first.

For me, it’s not just the lack of impact plays from both Burnett and M.D. Jennings, but it’s the missed tackles, blown coverage, and lack of aggressiveness when playing the ball in the air.

Jennings could still have a role on this team as a reserve player if Green Bay decides to bring him back for another season, but he’s just not a starter. Burnett can be a good at times, but he seems more suited as a complementary player in a defensive backfield that already has a big-time playmaker. I’m not sure Burnett is an impact player, like his predecessors.

The Packers need a guy who can lay a hit, make plays against the run, and has a knack for forcing turnovers. These players are hard to find. That’s why I believe Green Bay should look for a top tier safety early in the draft.

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  • billy

    you wouldnt say ILB is of dire concern….think again please….mediocre at best, just dont see where the love for Jones comes from…if you want a guy who tackles people around the shoulders and doesnt seem instinctive or strong like you would want a real thumper in the middle then your satisfied with Jones….

    • Dan

      I don’t think Jones is great. He’s just okay. He’s decent in coverage, but I agree with you that he’s not very good against the run or getting off blocks. I think the Packers need to find another ILB in the draft to play alongside Hawk. Jones seems better suited for a reserve role or as the sole linebacker in the dime package. I think ILB is a need going into the offseason, but I don’t think it would suit them to find more mediocre players there. They either need to find a playmaker in the middle or leave it as is. Basically, I’m saying take an ILB early in the draft rather than later.

  • billy

    hate to be the curmudgeon here but when exactly is it that Neil and Perry have looked great???

    • Dan

      Look back at the game verse Baltimore and the first time the Packers played Detroit. Neal and Perry had big games in both contests. Unfortunately, Perry has been dealing with a foot injury since then.

  • Peter Maiz

    Definitely, a safety of magnitude and a defensive line to stop the run. If we don’[t develop a defense of quality, it will be 2013 all over again. Size and impact matter when you don’t want a lot of points scored against you. I say develop Quarles and dump Tolzien who did not look cool under pressure. Flynn can do the job for another year. Just my two cents.

    • Dan

      Great points, Peter.

  • Melchior Melchior

    Jimmie Ward Please…get him! Watch tonight what he can do.