First round possibilities

PackerReport.com's Bob Fox lists nine players that the Packers should consider selecting, if they are available when Green Bay is on the clock in the first round of April's NFL draft.

By merit of their 8-8 record, the Green Bay Packers will have the 16th pick in the first round of the 2007 NFL draft. Who the Packers will take there depends on a lot of factors. Factors like free agency, trades, the scouting combine and, yes, the Brett Favre retirement question.

For now, I am assuming that Favre will return to the Packers for another season. The Packers still have some holes to fill on their roster before they can be considered serious contenders for supremacy in the NFC North. Here are some players that might be available for Green Bay when their time comes to pick:

Ted Ginn Jr. - WR/KR (Ohio State)
The Packers need more quality depth at wide receiver and also need a big boost in their return game. Ginn is still somewhat raw at the wide receiver position, but his speed (4.3 in the 40) is world class. Ginn has the ability to impact a return game similar to what Devin Hester did for the Bears. Ginn is a threat to take it to the house every time he touches the ball.

Marshawn Lynch - RB (California)
The Packers will attempt to re-sign Ahman Green after the veteran put in a very solid year coming back from a severe injury. Green is no spring chicken, however, and Lynch is an elite RB that would fit in well in the Green Bay zone blocking scheme. Lynch has good size and has true playmaking ability, which is what the Packers desperately need on offense now.

Leon Hall - CB (Michigan)
Some have Hall's stock dropping because of his lack of great speed. But the Packers are old (but good) at the cornerback position, yet need to develop some young talent. Hall could immediately fit into the Packers' nickel and dime packages because of his strong coverage skills. Hall is a physical corner that also plays the run well.

Dwayne Jarrett - WR (USC)
Jarrett brings great size (6-5, 210 lbs) to the wide receiver position. He is also a touchdown maker as evidenced by his 41 career TDs at USC. Jarrett doesn't have Ginn-type speed but is more polished for the pro game. Jarrett also has excellent hands and will make the touch catch in traffic.

LaRon Landry - S (LSU)
Landry is another playmaker that plays the run and pass equally well. Landry has great size and has a nose for the football. Landry is a natural leader who is very smart and also lays the lumber. Landry is also very versatile having played both safety spots and cornerback.

Zach Miller - TE (Arizona State)
The Packers have a huge void at tight end right now as Bubba Franks' skills have clearly eroded. Some call Miller a poor man's Todd Heap and that would be OK for the Packers. The Packers desperately need a TE that will stretch the field and also make plays in the red zone, like Miller.

Reggie Nelson - S (Florida)
Nelson is a true ball hawk that also has the ability to play cornerback. Nelson has good coverage skills and he always seems to be around the football. Nelson is a little inexperienced with only two years at Florida, but his skills have elevated him to 1st round status.

Paul Posluszny - LB (Penn State)
Some call Posluszny a poor man's A.J. Hawk, which is good enough for me. Green Bay is pretty deep at linebacker, but Posluszny is simply a football player that makes plays. Posluszny is very instinctive and is always around the ball. He had more than 100 tackles three years in a row at Penn State. He also won the Butkus Award in 2005 and the Bednarik Award in both 2005 and 2006.

Sidney Rice - WR (South Carolina)
Rice is a bit raw, but is also a true playmaker. He had back-to-back solid seasons at South Carolina, averaging 71 catches and 11.5 TDs a year. Rice also has excellent size and has unlimited potential.

Bob Fox is a frequent contributor to PackerReport.com. E-mail him at greenbaybob@hotmail.com.


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