2. Fix inside linebacker
More important than the need to draft a defensive linemen is to fix the situation at inside linebacker. The Packers waited until the fourth round to address the position last year, selecting Jake Ryan out of Michigan. Ryan improved as the season went on and offers support to the run defense.
Clay Matthews has spent the past season-and-a-half at inside linebacker, but Mike McCarthy has insisted he will be starting outside next season. For this to happen, the Packers will need to find an inside linebacker capable of dropping in coverage. An athletic, speedy player like Darron Lee would be a good fit.
The Ohio State product will possibly fall to the Packers at No. 27, but he lit it up at the combine and could be taken higher as a result. He would add speed on defense and has the look of a new-age inside linebacker.
Reggie Ragland would be a great fit, but it’s hard to imagine him dropping to the Packers’ pick at the bottom of the first round. To bring in Ragland, Thompson would need to find a dance partner and trade up in the first round.
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