QB shuffle will affect Packers

Destination for Brees, Culpepper will determine if Packers land Williams

The situations involving quarterbacks Drew Brees and Daunte Culpepper deserve more than just token attention from Green Bay Packers fans.

All signs point to standout defensive end Mario Williams being the guy the Packers are targeting with the No. 5 overall pick in April's draft. After all, he's been compared to Reggie White, and the Packers certainly could use a fearsome, game-changing player up front.

Wherever Culpepper and Brees land will impact draft positioning, and if the Saints get either of those quarterbacks, then the entire draft board will be reshuffled.

The Saints hold the No. 2 pick and are in desperate need for a quarterback. They, along with the Miami Dolphins, are the frontrunners for Brees.

If Brees goes to New Orleans, they very well could target Williams. If Brees goes to Miami and the Saints don't turn their attention to and eventually sign Culpepper, then they almost certainly will use their pick on USC quarterback Matt Leinart.

Picking third is Tennessee, and they, too, need a quarterback with veteran Steve McNair nearing the end of his career.

Picking fourth are the New York Jets. They also need a quarterback and may deal for Washington's Patrick Ramsey or sign veteran Jon Kitna.

Either way, they also might draft one of the three marquee quarerbacks - Leinart, Texas' Vince Young and Vanderbilt's Jay Cutler.If the Houston Texans, as assumed, take running back Reggie Bush No. 1 overall, and picks 2 through 4 are quarterbacks, then Williams would fall in the Packers' laps.

Lawrence is a regular contributor to PackerReport.com. Send comments to steve_lawrence_packers@yahoo.com.

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