The first round of Saturday's draft will be interesting in that the Packers' three major needs on offense could very well test that line of thinking.
Green Bay needs a starting-caliber running back, a do-it-all tight end and a receiver to play second-fiddle to Donald Driver and eventually replace him as the No. 1 receiver.
When the Packers are on the clock with the 16th overall pick Saturday, there's a good chance they could fill either of the voids. Running back Marshawn Lynch, tight end Greg Olsen and at least a couple first-round talents at wide receivers could be on the board.
Which direction will Thompson head?
After Lynch, there's a pretty big drop-off among the running backs. The next-best prospects, Ohio State's Antonio Pittman and Auburn's Kenny Irons, may not have the size to be durable every-down backs.
The drop-off at tight end is much more pronounced. After Olsen, none of the other prospects can run. The Packers already have a lumbering tight end in Bubba Franks.
It's impossible to know how Thompson has his draft board set up. Given the depth at receiver — and the lack of depth at halfback and tight end in this year's draft — would he take a wideout in the first round, even if he had that player rated ahead of Lynch and/or Olsen?
Among the first-round possibilities at receiver are Ohio State's slight but explosive Ted Ginn Jr., who doubles as a much-needed kick returner; Tennessee's Robert Meachem, who has the best combination of size and speed among receivers not named Calvin Johnson; and LSU's big but relatively slow Dwayne Bowe.
Regardless of how his board is stacked, Thompson might be wise to pass on a receiver in the first round and see if someone like South Carolina's Sidney Rice, USC's Steve Smith or Ohio State's Anthony Gonzalez falls. If enough teams take that wait-and-see approach, some talented receivers could tumble out of the first round, meaning the Packers could get a second-round steal.
Then again, the receiver talk could be meaningless if Thompson goes after Randy Moss.
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