Packers Draft Needs

The Packers were active this off-season but still have big needs going into the NFL Draft.

Green Bay Packers
2014 draft picks:
1st round (21), 2(53), 3(85), 3(98), 4(121), 5(161), 5(176), 6(197), 7(236)

The Packers looked awfully good early and then quarterback Aaron Rodgers got hurt and missed eight games. Still, Green Bay managed to finish 8-7-1 and lost to the 49ers in the playoffs.

The Packers were not terribly active in free agency but they did bring in Julius Peppers to help stabilize their defense. This is a unit that needs to be drastically upgraded through the draft. They have nine picks next week and I would anticipate most being used on this side of the ball.

Team Needs

1. Linebacker
Green Bay picks in the No. 21 spot in the first round and they could very well get some much needed linebacker help here. Possible candidates are inside linebacker C.J. Mosley and outside linebacker Ryan Shazier. Both would fill voids, especially Mosley. He's the more likely of two for the Packers, unless of course he's already taken. I would expect Green Bay to pick at least two linebackers in this draft.

2. Safety
The safety position could be addressed early, especially if HaHa Clinton-Dix or Calvin Pryor are still on the board. If not, this position will be addressed at some point for the Packers defense. This is a position that they have to improve.

3. Tight End
This is a position of importance for Rodgers and the Green Bay offense. They have to get a dependable tight end at some point in this draft.

4. Defensive Line
Green Bay could use some young legs and bodies in the middle at nose tackle and at the five-technique. They went free agency here but could still use some youth via the draft.

Julius Peppers (DE)
Letroy Guion (DT)

No Longer with the Team
James Jones (WR)
Marshall Newhouse (OT)
C.J. Wilson (DL)
Evan Dietrich-Smith (C)
M.D. Jennings (S)

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