Ranking the Packers’ 2014 Draft Needs

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Steven Jackson (39) is tackled by Green Bay Packers safety Morgan Burnett (42) in the 2nd quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

1) Safety

It’s clear the Packers lack playmaking ability at the safety position, but Green Bay has to be disappointed with Morgan Burnett‘s 2013 season. After being re-signed to a longterm deal before the season, Burnett has not lived up to his contract.

The Packers are one game away from not having a single interception from the safety position in a full season. This would be a franchise first.

For me, it’s not just the lack of impact plays from both Burnett and M.D. Jennings, but it’s the missed tackles, blown coverage, and lack of aggressiveness when playing the ball in the air.

Jennings could still have a role on this team as a reserve player if Green Bay decides to bring him back for another season, but he’s just not a starter. Burnett can be a good at times, but he seems more suited as a complementary player in a defensive backfield that already has a big-time playmaker. I’m not sure Burnett is an impact player, like his predecessors.

The Packers need a guy who can lay a hit, make plays against the run, and has a knack for forcing turnovers. These players are hard to find. That’s why I believe Green Bay should look for a top tier safety early in the draft.