Green Bay Packers: Three draft prospects flying under the radar

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Indiana Hoosiers wide receiver Cody Latimer
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Safety, inside linebacker, defensive lineman – heck, you name a position on the Green Bay Packers defense and you might have pinpointed where GM Ted Thompson is looking for improvement through the NFL Draft.

But nobody is really sure who Thompson will select in the upcoming Draft, nor will we know until May 8, 9 and 10.

What we do know is that the Packers need to bolster the defense, starting with safety. We’ve all heard the names of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Calvin Pryor. At linebacker, we’ve heard about C.J. Mosley and at defensive line there are names like Aaron Donald and Louis Nix III being thrown around as possible picks by the Packers.

But when it comes to the Packers nine selections in this year’s draft, I expect Thompson to once again surprise us all. We’ve all come to expect the unexpected and I’m afraid this year won’t be any different.

So instead of focusing today on those prospects who have been linked to the Packers draft and analyzed to death, let’s take a look at three prospects who have been flying under the radar – players who could fall to the Packers. These are players who might go in rounds 2-5 – the rounds that have proven to be among the best value-laden for the Packers through the years.

Today we take a look at one linebacker, one safety and one wide receiver: Chris Borland, Deone Bucannon, and Cody Latimer.

While many feel that the Packers’ nine picks should be on the defensive side of the ball, we know Thompson will most likely draft an offensive lineman, tight end and probably a wide receiver. So, I’ve added a wide receiver to today’s list.

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  • billy

    what we need is for one of our draft choices to fly right to the pro bowl…a first year starter and star for a change..

    • Andrew

      We have had good rookie players. Eddie lacy, Casey Hayward, Clay Matthews to name a few

  • Kurt

    This is a ridiculous article. All three of these guys are 2nd picks at worst. Latimer is a boarder line first rounder now. Rounds 2-5? We all wish!

  • DoURant

    3 players I would add to this list using the same three positions are: 2nd Rd S – Terrence Brooks/ Florida St, ( with Safety a premium this year, he should easily move into the 3rd rd., especially after running a 4.42 40 at the combine.) 3rd Rd. ILB/OLB – Carl Bradford/ Arizona St.( in a 3-4 can play either position, TT likes versatility with his LB’s.) and 4th Rd. WR – Jeff Janis/ Saginaw Valley St.( after a 4.42 40 at the combine and good size, 6’3″ 220, would fulfill a need in the return game)

    • DoURant

      Since the draft is over, I have to say I really nailed your question, since we drafted 2 of them, even though Janis went to us in the 7th.

  • Phillip

    We need to look to pick up Mosley or Shazier in the 1st, either 1 of them offers an upgrade at the ILB position and can bring a versatility to the position we haven’t seen since who knows when. Both can cover, both can tackle and both can blitz and both are ultimate 3 down guys. Adding either 1 lightens the load on Hawk and would probably even elevate his game, and Hawk is a smart player so he’d be a solid teacher as they progressed. Add 1 of them and then hopefully Bucannon or Ward slides to us at 53, depending on how much TT like 1 of em, maybe sliding up 10 spots for 1 would be definitely worth it. Adding 2 of the players could go a long way in solidifying this tea, its time we figure a way to win without riding on Rodgers back weekly, develop a ground n pound and defense kind of gameplan and with Rodgers we could become unstoppable.