Green Bay Packers Must Not Draft Tight End in the First Round of the 2013 NFL Draft

By Devin O'Barr
Tyler Eifert drops a pass
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The Green Bay Packers have one of the most explosive offenses in the league and are not short of any weapons on that side of the ball. With that being said, many NFL Draft experts have the Packers selecting a tight end with the 26th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Giving Aaron Rodgers a pass-catching tight end like Tyler Eifert may be enticing, but Green Bay should take a pass on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish prospect.

First of all, the issues for this club lie on the defensive end–the Packers were eliminated by the San Francisco 49ers in a postseason game where Colin Kaepernick exposed the Pack defense. Without key players on the defensive end, it was an uphill battle all year long as Clay Matthews was sidelined for four huge games. To address offense in the first-round would be a grave mistake and a perfect example of a team not drafting what they need.

Besides, the organization just agreed to bring Jermichael Finley back for another year, and he is making close to $8M in 2012. Even if the Packers decide to let Finely walk in free agency next offseason, they still do not need to waste a first round pick on his replacement. For example, Finley has started 43 games at the position in the last five years, and he was a third round pick in 2008.

Look for Green Bay to go the defensive route in the first round and probably address Finley’s replacement later on in the draft. Rodgers has shown before that he does not need an All-Pro wide receiving corps, and I think the QB would agree that the only way they can repeat as NFC North champions is if they bolster the defense.

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