Who will be available 30th overall?

The Green Bay Packers have the 30th overall selection in April's NFL draft. PackerReport.com's Bob Fox lists players who could be available and tempting to pick when Green Bay is on the clock.

We are almost a month away from the 2008 NFL draft, and there is some speculation as to what players might be available to the Green Bay Packers when they select in the first round with the 30th selection.

Things change like the weather when it comes to the draft status as a player, but things are settling down a little. The players are still going through their pro days at their schools, which is basically the last step before the draft after the combine and the Senior/Hula Bowls.

Here are some players that may be available when the Packers select in the first round. I think all of the players listed would be somewhat attractive to the Packers based on their needs. Whether or not they are selected will depend on where there are rated on Ted Thompson's draft board.

QB Brian Brohm (Louisville)
There is differing speculation here. Some people think that Brohm may be picked in the top 10 picks. Others say he could slide out of the first round. Sounds almost like Aaron Rodgers, huh? Brohm does not have a howitzer for an arm, but he is very experienced and has great touch and accuracy. Brohm would function very well in the West Coast offense.

RB Jonathan Stewart (Oregon)
Stewart's toe injury and subsequent surgery has changed things a little for Stewart in terms of his draft status. Stewart has top 15 talent. Stewart has tendencies as a runner that would make him a natural for the zone blocking scheme the Packers utilize. Stewart also catches the ball well and could return kicks.

WR Devin Thomas (Michigan State)
Thomas is the type of player that would fit in well in the Packer offense. Thomas is a yards after the catch type of receiver and very dangerous when he is used on reverses. He also has outstanding kick return ability and has great size at 6-1 and a half and 220 pounds.

TE Dustin Keller (Purdue)
Keller had a GREAT combine. Not a great blocker, but he can definitely stretch the field, ala Keith Jackson. Although he is not as tall as one would like a tight end, at 6-2, Keller has great leaping ability. He also can run a 4.5 40 yard dash which was tops among tight ends at the combine. Keller also excelled at the combine by posting the best bench press numbers and the best broad and vertical jump numbers.

OT Sam Baker (USC)
Baker had a great career at USC, starting 49 games and only gave up ONE sack. He played LT, but has the ability to play RT as well. Baker also would be very adaptable to run blocking in the zone blocking scheme because he is a technician who is smart and also plays with finesse.

DE Lawrence Jackson (USC)
Jackson had 30.5 sacks in his career at USC. Jackson is also very versatile, as he also moved inside in some pass rushing situations and showed good ability pressuring the QB, like the Packers do with Cullen Jenkins. He also improved on his run stopping ability as a Senior.

LB Dan Connor (Penn State)
Although the Packers recently signed free agent LB Brandon Chillar, Connor would still be attractive to Thompson. Connor can play inside or outside, and is very instinctive as well. Connor would certainly add more quality depth to the linebacker position and would also would be a natural on special teams.

CB Brandon Flowers (Virginia Tech)
Flowers is a physical press cover corner who tackles very well and plays the ball effectively. He will get a chance to join former Hokies' teammate Aaron Rouse in the defensive backfield, and will only get better as he studies Al Harris and Charles Woodson. Flowers can be a vicious tackler and he also is very patient in terms of reading patterns by the receivers.

CB/S Reggie Smith (Oklahoma)
Smith can help out at either CB or S. Smith has nice size and has the versatility to help the Packers out wherever he is needed. He also is an excellent tackler and very experienced with over 30 career starts. Good ball skills and good instincts.

CB Tracy Porter (Indiana)
Porter is a natural ball hawk, as he had 16 career interceptions at Indiana. Porter also has decent size, but is exceptionally quick and has pure speed. Would be able to adapt in the press coverage scheme utilized by the Packers, and he has good return ability.

CB Antoine Cason (Arizona)
Cason (6-0 and 190 pounds) had 15 career interceptions at Arizona. With his size, he is natural in press coverage, plus has nice ball skills. Great route awareness, as he has the instincts to jump or alter routes.

S Kenny Phillips (Miami, FL)
Phillips plays the run well and is also getting better in pass coverage. Has the versatility to play cornerback, though, he is not as talented as former Hurricane greats Ed Reed or the late Sean Taylor, but Phillips is still solid.


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