The Green Bay Packers will have the twenty-first selection when the ticker starts tonight.
Most of us have already read enough mock drafts that you could list a number of players in which the Packers could have an interest. The question will be, which ones will still be available when the Packers are on the clock?
Safety seems to be the biggest need for the Packers heading into the draft. Many predict that the top two rated safeties in this class – Alabama’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Louisville’s Calvin Pryor will be long gone by the time the Packers reach the podium. The rest of the crop doesn’t warrant a first round selection and Ted isn’t the type of guy to reach.
I would also be bold enough to say that the safety position isn’t the top need at the beginning of the draft for Green Bay. I firmly believe that Micah Hyde will be a starting safety since the slot cornerback position will belong to Casey Hayward, who is returning from injury.
Another position of interest for the Packers would be at linebacker. The most commonly-linked linebackers to Green Bay are Alabama’s C.J. Mosley and Ohio State’s Ryan Shazier. Mosley has a real good chance of already being off of the board while Shazier could be as well. Unless one of these guys are still on the board, I think Thompson will pass on the position.
The focus will turn to the offensive side of the ball, more specifically, wide receivers and tight ends. The lone top tight end, North Carolina’s Eric Ebron, is projected as high as a top 7 selection. In the receiver department, Texas A&M’s Mike Evans and LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr. both will more than likely be off the table. There is a bevy of talented wideouts in this draft, but are they worth the twenty-first pick? It seems like you could still land the guy you want later down the line.
So where do the Packers go with the twenty-first selection?
If I were a betting man, I’d say they go elsewhere. It’s highly unlikely that Thompson trades up in the draft, but he has done it before. Teams are always looking to move up in the draft, and Thompson likes to hoard draft picks, so it makes the most sense that they would move down.
What do you think the Packers will do later this evening?
We’ll find out soon enough.