The Green Bay Packers selected defensive end Datone Jones with their first round draft pick last night. This was a good move by General Manager Ted Thompson, as the Packers desperately needed help at the defensive end position. The Packers have seven picks left in this year’s draft and the second and third rounds are where hidden gems can be found. Last season, the Packers drafted cornerback Casey Hayward in the third round and he was a strong contender for Rookie of the Year.
The Packers have plenty of holes on their team that need to be filled. Most of the problems they have are on defense. The defensive line is weak, but Thompson will most likely not draft two defensive ends in a row. There is also a need for more secondary help, especially at safety. There is a high chance that a defensive player will be picked again, but will Green Bay think about getting some help for their offense?
There is a lot that will happen before the Packers get to make their pick in the second round, pick 23, but there is high possibility that some big playmakers may be still available when it’s the Packers turn to make a choice. It is no secret that the Packers need help at the running back position and with no running backs selected yet, Green Bay may have their eyes on drafting the future running back for the franchise. Alabama‘s Eddie Lacy is the highest rated running back in this year’s draft, and he was expected to be a first round pick but instead is still waiting to be selected. It shouldn’t be much longer until a team selects him, which will leave Wisconsin‘s Montee Ball as the next available running back.
While the Packers still need some major help on their defense, they need to consider helping out the offense by drafting Ball. He has all the qualities of being a great running back with strength, agility and he is a durable back. He had a great showing at the combine to prove his worth and will relieve some pressure from quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the offensive line.
It will be hard for the Packers to go in the wrong direction in the second round, but if Ball is available for them to draft, they need to select him as the next running back for the team.
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