Team Needs: Green Bay Packers
NEEDS RATING KEY
5.0 - High priority. This is a position that is a glaring weakness and there is the likelihood that this team cannot compete next year without making a major addition here.
4.0 - Medium Priority. This is an area that is an obvious weakness, but the team isn't quite desperate to make a major move here possibly because they have some young potential. But this is an area that if the team cannot fix via free agency, will definitely use one of their picks in the first three or four rounds to supplement.
3.0 - Upgrade Potential. This is a position that isn't a weakness per se, but there is significant room for an upgrade. If the right player comes along they will certainly snag him, but if they don't fix this position with a major free agent addition or early round pick, then it's not the end of the world.
2.0 - Depth Need. An area where there is a need to add depth. Perhaps there is an aging veteran and they might want to start to look at grooming his heir apparent or replacement. Not likely to be a high priority and a position that more than likely will be address in the middle and late rounds rather than with a top pick.
1.0 - Future Need. This is an area that is not a priority, and doesn't initially appear as a need. But there is some room to develop some depth for perhaps two or more years down the line. This is usually an area that a team will look at in the late rounds if at all.
0.0 - Non-need. This is a position that is a strength of their team, they have a solid starter, capable depth, and/or a young player at the position that they like and want to develop. Very little possibility this area is addressed and would be the equivalent of a wasted draft pick.
Top 10 Needs
1. LB - 4.0
2. S - 3.5
3. OT - 3.0
4. DE - 3.0
5. CB - 2.5
6. OC - 2.5
7. DT - 2.0
8. RB - 2.0
9. QB - 1.5
10. OG - 1.5
Quarterback - Aaron Rodgers was the league MVP, but the potential loss of Matt Flynn in free agency could open up a void here. Graham Harrell is their most developed option but appears to be a ways from being a No. 2. They could look for another late round developmental prospect, or they could also try and sign a cheap veteran to try and promote competition in camp. NEED: 1.5
Running Back - Ryan Grant is a free agent and while they would like him to return, they aren't going to pay huge dollars for that to happen. If he does come back, he'll likely be second-fiddle to James Starks, who was a lot more spry early on before injuries took their toll in the second half. But due to Starks durability concerns and Grant's uncertain future, they could look to bolster depth with another young body. NEED: 2.0
Fullback - John Kuhn is a better runner than lead blocker, but has proven he can get the job done here. NEED: 1.0
Wide Receiver - If not dumped in the off-season, it's certain to be Donald Driver's final season with the Packers. They are hopeful that Randall Cobb takes a bigger role this upcoming year to push James Jones for more time as the No. 3. WIth Nelson and Jennings, they are essentially four-deep here, so it's not a need. But they'll never turn a blind eye to talent, especially if a good prospect falls in the late rounds. NEED: 1.0
Tight End - Finley's two-year deal buys them more time to develop guys like Andrew Quarless and D.J. Williams behind him. Guys like Tom Crabtree and Ryan Taylor are capable role players, making this position not a need. NEED: 1.0
Offensive Tackle - They may opt to part with Chad Clifton this off-season, which would open a hole here. Marshall Newhouse had his moments as an injury replacement last year, but leaves a lot to be desired as a long-term solution. Derek Sherrod had a lackluster rookie season. But between that pair and Bryan Bulaga they might have potential solutions already on the roster, but they could keep their eyes out for a clear upgrade this off-season. NEED: 3.0
Offensive Guard - Josh Sitton is one of the better guards in the league, and T.J. Lang had a solid debut season as the starter at left guard. Evan Dietrich-Smith is a serviceable backup. They could upgrade their depth, but it won't likely involve anything more than a late round pick. NEED: 1.5
Center - Scott Wells is a free agent, and they appear lukewarm about keeping him. If they lose him, then Dietrich-Smith is the most likely candidate to slide into his vacated starting spot. It's likely Wells' departure would make this position a priority to upgrade. NEED: 2.5
Defensive Tackle - B.J. Raji did not have a great season and a reason why the Packers run defense was lackluster. The team might tinker with the idea of moving him to end, and trying to find another plugger in the middle. If that were to happen, it would likely come on the open market given the likelihood that several good nose tackles could be available. Either way, they need to add another body to try and beef up here. NEED: 2.0
Defensive End - Mike Neal was limited by injuries and neither Jarius Wynn or C.J. Wilson really excelled in his absence. Ryan Pickett is getting up in years. The team needs to try and find another impact player here, which they lost in the form of Cullen Jenkins. NEED: 3.0
Linebacker - Getting another impact pass rusher to play opposite Clay Matthews would be a huge boost to the defense. The platoon of Erik Walden, Frank Zombo, and Brad Jones just won't cut it for another year. Inside, Desmond Bishop and A.J. Hawk are a solid pair, and the team likes D.J. Smith and Rob Francois as a developmental backups. NEED: 4.0
Cornerback - Charles Woodson still has some fuel left in the tank, but it's dwindling. Tramon Williams had a subpar year after a top notch 2010. And Sam Shields, who was a bright spot at nickel a year ago, was pretty average this past year. They could really use an infusion of depth and young talent here. NEED: 2.5
Safety - The loss of Nick Collins hurt their secondary a lot, and while Morgan Burnett had his moments, he's not that trustworthy in coverage. Charlie Peprah is a nice backup, but tends to get exposed over long periods as a starter. The doctors will essentially decide if Collins neck injury will force him into early retirement, but it's doubtful that the Packers can put many eggs in that basket. They should look to upgrade this spot with another good cover safety. NEED: 3.5
Kicker - After signing an extension last summer, Mason Crosby had his most productive season. NEED: 0.0
Punter - Tim Masthay is a strong-legged kicker that is developing better accuracy going forward. NEED: 0.0
Return Specialist - Cobb had a fast start last year and slowed down towards the end, but the team is confident he'll continue to be productive here. NEED: 0.0
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