Washington State Cougars safety Deone Bucannon Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Could the Green Bay Packers take safeties with first two picks?


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.

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  • Peter Maiz

    I disagree with Ray in this regard: Although Chicago will possibly recruit a safety or a linebacker, they may get Ha Ha at 14. All other teams are really looking at other needs. There is no way Green Bay will recruit 2 safeties. In fact, I think Calvin Pryor will be available at 21 and I think TT would rather take Mosley at 21. If Mosley, Pryor and Shazier are all available, I think TT will recruit in this order. First Mosley, then Calvin, and then Shazier. So safety may actually be addressed until round 2 along with either a TE or WR.
    TE is not a position that is filled with talent in this draft as is wide receiver. So we’ll see where TT pulls the trigger. I think Mosley and then safety at 2nd recruit.

    • White Rabbit

      That kid from Iowa can be taken in the 3rd. He’s a big body that can block well. His pass catching is seriously underrated as well. He’s the TE Green Bay takes and he never comes off the field once he refines his route tree.

  • Mike Brand

    i like a few of the safties this year so hopefully we can get two this year

  • Peter Maiz

    I have looked at Bucannon and he’s the real deal, as talented as HaHa and Pryor and possibly better. I like Mosley at 21 and think he’ll be available. It would be a one-two punch if they can get Bucannon on the second round but that’s unlikely to happen.

  • jch1952

    When RW took three DBs in a row because the Packers really needed a means to stop Randy Moss they went from famine to famine lite.

  • White Rabbit

    I’d love to see Ted trade out of Round 1. If Pauline is right and there aren’t 32 1st rounders, then why reach on one at 21? Get to the top of Rnd 2 and take Bucannon. He can run a defense and hits better than Pryor. He’s a turn over machine like Clinton-Dix, too.
    Add another 3rd rounder from the trade and possibly a 4th, and now you’ve gone from 9 to 11. You have 5 in the top 100. 3 of those could be starters right away with the other 2 adding depth.