Lombardi blog: February edition

PackerReport.com's John Lombardi provides an early look at the Packers' list of needs for the upcoming NFL draft

February 8, 2008
The Draft
Since Ted Thompson does not seem to be interested in signing big name free agents, it will be draft picks who fill the few holes the Packers have on their roster. Given that, where will Green Bay focus come Draft Day?

It is pretty obvious that they need help on the offensive line. Guard is a big need. Both tackles, Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher, are approaching the ends of their storied careers, so a plan to replace them must be in the works. Better to be proactive than reactive.

They also need some help at safety, but may feel that they have enough young guys, who will be expected to step up in 2008, so that is not a priority.

They need a tight end. Donald Lee is OK, but it would be nice to get a difference-maker. Regardless, they need depth. They also need depth at linebacker and at cornerback. Al Harris and Charles Woodson are not getting any younger and their nickel and dime defensive backs are not ready to step up.

Any team with a good third receiver can hurt the Packers. My guess is that they will also take a wideout. They have hit on Greg Jennings and James Jones, so why not swing again? Donald Driver is approaching his middle 30s, so they need to find a successor. That proactive thing again.

And depending on what Brett Favre does, it might behoove the team to look for a quarterback. If he comes back, than the rookie can challenge Aaron Rodgers for the backup role and if he looks promising, then Rodgers could be traded. If Favre does not comeback, then they need bodies.

As spring gets closer, we can look into this a little deeper.

John Lombardi is a frequent contributor to PackerReport.com and Packer Report magazine. E-mail him at johnlombardi22@yahoo.com.

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