Packers get 30th pick in 2003 draft

The Green Bay Packers are tentatively slated to have the 30th overall pick of the 2003 NFL Draft, league officials notified the organization.<P> The pick could be adjusted to the 29th slot or better, unless the Packers win the Super Bowl, officials said.<p>

The Packers finished the 2002 regular season in a three-way tie for the league's best record with the Philadelphia Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 12-4, but trail both in the tie-breaker standings.

The Packers are assured of moving up to at least 29th in the draft order, when an AFC team passes them in the overall standings, unless Green Bay wins the Super Bowl.

If the Packers were to actually draft with the 29th or 30th pick, it would mark the latest Packers selection since 1997, when the reigning champs chose tackle Ross Verba was taken with the 30th overall pick.

The last two drafts have seen the Packers trade up in the first round, from 17th to 10th in 2001 (Jamal Reynolds) and from 28th to 20th in 2002 (Javon Walker).


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