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2012 Draft Analysis: Cornerbacks

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It’s been quite some time since Ted Thompson hit it big on cornerback in the draft. In fact, you’d have to go all the way back to his days in Seattle where the current Packers GM endorsed the selection of Washington State cornerback Marcus Trufant. That’s not to say Thompson hasn’t built the position well - Sam Shields was quite the find in undrafted free agency - it’s just that his wins haven’t come in Radio City Music Hall. For the most part, Ted has avoided early-round selection of cornerbacks, his only early-day pick being second-round bust Pat Lee in…

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2012 Draft Analysis: Quarterbacks

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Having just lost Matt Flynn to Seattle in free agency, the Packers will be faced with their first offseason since 2008 where quarterback is a relevant position to scout for heading into the draft. The Packers barely missed a handsome return on their seventh round investment in Flynn but discovered the value in developing a middle-of-the-road passer behind a great one. Expect Green Bay to draft another arm this year that can serve as insurance for Aaron Rodgers and potential trade bait in a couple of seasons. (more…)

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2012 Draft Analysis: Outside Linebackers

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The Green Bay Packers changed to a 3-4 defense in 2009, and since then general manager Ted Thompson has not made drafting the outside linebacker position a top priority. Three-time pro bowler Clay Matthews is the lone early-round selection by Thompson at the crucial position in the defense, but after the anemic production in 2011, there is urgency for an OLB to taken high in this year's draft. Matthews was the 26th pick in 2009 after the Packers traded two third-round picks to move up from the second round to nab him and this year would be the perfect time…

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2012 Draft Analysis: Offensive Tackles

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Intuitively, the selection of back-to-back first round tackles over the past two drafts makes one think that Ted Thompson will lay off the position in 2012. However, Ted has never been one to shy away from elite talent that's available in bargain territory. At the same time, the late first round selections of Bryan Bulaga and Derek Sherrod were unique in that they satisfied both BPA and need criteria. Now that need is not as much of a concern, it would seem less likely that the Packers GM would pounce on a tackle in the first round unless it was…

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Packers Need to Establish Consistency Up Front

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The protection in front of Aaron Rodgers has been a rollercoaster ride since the 2011 MVP took over as starter four years ago.  Rodgers found the turf often in 2008 and was lucky to play a full season in 2009. With two respectable seasons now under their belt, it's time for the offensive line to take it to the next level. The barrier to becoming a consistently elite front five? The uncertain picture at tackle. Let's put the Scott Wells and Chad Clifton talk to the side here. For a quarterback to have sustainable production in this league, he must…

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