Inside linebacker? Cornerback? Wide receiver? Offensive lineman? Safety?
Just which position will the Green Bay Packers target with their first round selection?
And what about the second round?
Everyone knows that the Packers biggest need heading into tomorrow night’s first round is safety. Yes, we also know that Ted Thompson targets the best guy available on the board when his team is on the clock.
The majority of Packers Nation seems to have fallen in love with a handful of guys – Louisville’s Calvin Pryor, Alabama’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Ohio State’s Ryan Shazier and Alabama’s C.J. Mosley are the four most widely mentioned possibilities at #21 for the Packers.
However, each of those guys may not fall that far. Clinton-Dix and Pryor are the two top-rated safeties in this year’s draft and will probably be snatched away somewhere in the top 20 picks. You could probably argue the same for Shazier and Mosley.
It’s highly unlikely that Packers General Manager Ted Thompson will trade up in the first round. We know he likes to have as many picks in his back pocket as possible and if he trades anywhere it will be back into the first round to pick up even more picks in later rounds.
So, if it’s not Clinton-Dix, Pryor, Shazier, or Mosley … then who?
Northern Illinois safety Jimmie Ward or Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller are two that come to mind. Both are considered rising stars in this year’s draft for their strengths – speed, toughness and pure athleticism.
Don’t be surprised if they are tabbed by Thompson at #21 tomorrow night – that is if he is so inclined to select someone to bolster the Packers’ defensive backfield.
But what about the second round pick? Will it be another defensive back?
It could be if Washington State strong safety Deone Bucannon is available. Another rising defensive back in this year’s draft, Bucannon has been on my wish list for a couple of months. He’s a ball hawking, hard hitting machine who impressed not only with his football skills during offseason workouts, but also with his physicality on the football field.
It would be highly unusual for Thompson to select two safeties with his first two picks, but then again it’s a position of major need with the team. The Packers would go from famine to feast immediately if Thompson pulled the trigger on those two guys.
But because the Packers also have needs at other positions … wide receiver, offensive line, and linebacker … I suspect Thompson to be a bit more concerned about filling those needs, too.
No matter what happens, I would be very surprised if Thompson doesn’t address the safety situation in those first two to three picks. It’s a must-need that should be addressed.
Stay tuned …