With Packers tight end Jermichael Finley likely headed for other pastures this offseason, tight end may become a big need for the team. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports photograph

What are the biggest needs for the Green Bay Packers?

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So, just which direction should the Green Bay Packers move this offseason?

Should they play the free agent market more than they have over the past decade? Should they draft defense, especially safety? Which players on their own roster should be targeted for a return to Green Bay? Which should they let walk?

These are just some of the questions that Packers brass, namely General Manager Ted Thompson, will face in the coming weeks as every team in the NFL works to reshape their rosters for a run at the Lombardi Trophy in 2014.

Steve Shoup over at fanspeak.com recently put together a list of team needs for all 32 franchises and I must say his list is interesting. You can tool around the interweb on any given day and find listings of team needs and find them all to be different. Just like every mock draft you see, differences of opinion range from the spot-on to the far reaches of the football galaxy.

I’m not sure just where Shoup’s recent list falls, but you can be the final judge.

He starts with tight end, follows that with safety and then includes offensive tackle, cornerback, and center as his top five team needs. What about defensive lineman? That comes in at number six, followed by guard, wide receiver, defensive tackle, cornerback, and quarterback as the final team needs.

Just yesterday I posted a “Big 3″ column that provided three different first round mock draft projections for the Packers. Those three projections included a guard, a cornerback, and a defensive tackle. Nowhere was a tight end to be found … though you don’t have to go far to find a mock that has the Packers selecting a tight end in the first round of the Draft.

So, the lesson here is that opinions abound about what the Green Bay Packers’ needs and what they need to do to make their team better. I have my opinion, you have yours and Shoup has his. I guess that’s what makes this process so much fun.

No doubt, we’ll all probably be wrong in the end because if there’s a general manager in the league who doesn’t follow the straight and narrow, it’s Ted Thompson.

From now until the first week in May, the mock drafts here and around the Internet will continue. Who’s right? You’re guess is as good as mine … and yes, its all a good guess.

Keep on guessing … but in the meantime, here’s Shoup’s list for the Packers big needs.

You can find the list for all the NFL teams here.


Green Bay Packers:

1. Tight End

2. Safety

3. Offensive Tackle

4. Cornerback

5. Center

6. Defensive End

7. Guard

8. Wide Receiver

9. Defensive Tackle

10. Cornerback

11. Quarterback


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