Packers Draft: Top 5 Inside Linebacker Targets
By Dan Dahlke
Clemson Tigers linebacker Stephone Anthony (42) tackles Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets running back Broderick Snoddy (22). Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
With the NFL Draft only a little over a month, the Green Bay Packers‘ draft board is taking shape.
The recent re-signings of Randall Cobb and Bryan Bulaga have shored up the wide receiver and right tackle positions, and now Green Bay can focus their efforts at other positions on the team.
Expect the Packers to draft heavily on defense again this year, but that doesn’t mean they won’t take a look at a tight end or running back to add depth on offense.
At this point, however, their roster needs are evident.
Over the next week, I would like to take a look at the Packers’ top five draft targets at each position of need.
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Today, I would like to start at inside linebacker – a position that is perhaps their biggest need on the roster going into the draft.
Only Sam Barrington is a mainstay at the position, and with the recent loss of Brad Jones and A.J. Hawk, and the possibility of a Jamari Lattimore departure, Green Bay will definitely look early in the draft to revive the middle of their defense.
This year’s class of inside linebackers may lack top-end talent, so don’t be surprised if the Packers pass on the position in round one.
However, there are plenty of solid players they could draft in the second or third round with starter potential.
The following five prospects, I believe, are the best fits for the Packers at the position in the draft. They were ranked according to their fit in the Packers defense, and not necessarily on ability alone.
As a Packers fan, I would be happy if Green Bay walked away from the draft with any of these five linebackers on their roster.
Each one would certainly bring their own unique skillset to the Packers defense.
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