Possible Senarios for Packers in Draft


by Andrew Coughlin

Green Bay GM Ted Thompson is adamant about not drafting players based on team needs.  That makes it next to impossible to really know who the Packers will go after with the 28th pick in the draft.  Most experts and analysts believe that the Packers need help on the defensive side of the ball and will pick a defensive player in the first round.

Some players have been linked to the Packers by draft experts and sports writers.  If you asked me, I would tell you that I have absolutely no idea who Thompson will go after.  I promise you that most of, if not all of the draft coverage writers have no idea what's going on inside Thompson's head either. 

Exemplified very clearly in the 2009 draft when the Packers took DT B.J. Raji over WR Michael Crabtree, a supposed top 3 pick that year.  And espescially when Thompson moved back into the first round and took a walk on, three year special teams player and one year starter at USC in Clay Matthews. (Thompson gave up a lot and traded a 2nd RD pick and two 3rd RD picks, one of which was acquired from the Jets in the Brett Favre trade, to select a very infamous Matthews at that time)

The only thing I can tell you about the 2012 NFL draft is that I'm positive Thompson doesn't consider any of these guys' opinions on the draft.  But it's fun to have a guess.

Here are some predictions for the 28th pick:

Shea McClellin - DE Boise St. Mike Mayock - nfl.com and the NFL Network

Whitney Mercilus - DE Illinois - Michael Lombardi - nfl.com

Nick Perry - DE USC - Dane Brugler cbssports.com

Jerel Worthy - DT Michigan St. Pat Kirwan cbssports.com

Shea McClellin - DE/OLB Boise St. Matt Miller - bleacherreport.com

Bruce Irvin - OLB West Virginia - nationalfootballpost.com

A lot of predictions for the defensive side of the ball for a team that finished last in defense.  It'll be interesting to see who the Packers land at the end of the 1st round.

Share your thoughts on who they'll take at number 28.

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