Ted Thompson has to select both an outside linebacker and a defensive end early in this draft. One down and one to go. First round pick Nick Perry will be an instant upgrade opposite Clay Matthews, but the Packers are still woefully lacking talent on the defensive line. Fortunately, there are a number of quality players still available at that position. Among them are Clemson’s Brandon Thompson, Penn State’s Devon Still, Michigan State’s Jerel Worthy and Connecticut’s Kendall Reyes. The chances of any of the four getting to 59 are slim, so Thompson may have to trade up to get one. With 11 picks still left in his pocket, he certainly has the ammunition to do just that. Will he? Well, that’s why so many of us will be glued to our televisions on a Friday night.
If Thompson chooses not to draft an end in round two, he’s likely to turn his attention to either the offensive line or the secondary. Depth is shaky at center and guard. Evan Dietrich-Smith did an adequate job filling in last season, but the jury’s still out on his longterm viability. Young Ray Dominguez has some talent, but he wasn’t near ready to play as a rookie and he might still be a year away. In the secondary, the Packers have no clear-cut fourth cornerback or starting safety opposite Morgan Burnett. Some of the top interior linemen still available are Wisconsin’s Peter Konz, Midwestern States’s Amini Silatolu, Miami of Ohio’s Brandon Brooks and Georgia’s Cordy Glenn. The best defensive backs left are Montana’s Trumaine Johnson, Oklahoma State’s Markelle Martin, LSU’s Brandon Taylor, North Alabama’s Janoris Jenkins and Central Florida’s Josh Robinson.