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Green Bay Packers: Deciding Between NFL Draft and Free Agency to Address Team Needs

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NFL Free Agency, Draft, or In-House? Where Green Bay Should Address Needs?

Mike McCarthy
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After the Green Bay Packers made a big free-agent splash Saturday with the signing of DE Julius Peppers, there are still some considerable needs on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball for head coach Mike McCarthy. The key question remains: where will the organization address these needs with the free agency period winding down and the 2014 NFL Draft around the corner?

5. Wide Receiver

Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson
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5. Wide Receiver

Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson
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Green Bay's luxury of having a plethora of able wide receivers has dwindled the past couple seasons. Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb are still more-than-suitable lead wide receivers, and Jarrett Boykin is a solid receiver in the slot, but there needs to be more depth at the position for Aaron Rodgers and Co. This issue of depth should be eyed through the late-round prospect pool, like Indiana's Cody Latimer and Alabama's Kevin Norwood.

4. Center

J.C. Tretter
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4. Center

J.C. Tretter
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With Evan Dietrich-Smith signing in Tampa Bay, Green Bay will have their fourth center in as many years. Needless to say, that trend is rather frightening, especially considering Thompson's draft-first approach, which is why the team should settle on second-year player J.C. Tretter. He does not have any game experience to his name after being placed on the injured reserve in 2013, but continuity needs to start being a trend at the position.

3. Tight End

Ryan Taylor
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3. Tight End

Ryan Taylor
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Andrew Quarless, who stepped up to the challenge when Finley went down with a spinal cord injury, was recently re-signed by the club to headline the position. Ryan Taylor and Brian Bostick's youth are encouraging signs combined with their size and athleticism. Given this year's strong tight end draft class and Thompson's inclination to draft the best possible talent, the bodies at the position are still sufficient enough.

2. Defensive Tackle

Letroy Guion
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2. Defensive Tackle

Letroy Guion
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According to multiple reports, defensive tackle Letroy Guion is slated to meet with Green Bay Sunday and this would be an ideal fit for the defensive line. His gaudy 6-foot-4 frame registered 21 total tackles and one sack in only 13 games of action last season. The Packers don't need him to be a star; they need him to be productive after an abysmal 2013 season for the unit in getting pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

1. Safety

Calvin Pryor
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1. Safety

Calvin Pryor
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M.D. Jennings, who struggled mightily last season, is now a member of rival Chicago. Free safety Morgan Burnett has a nose for the ball and is a tackling machine, but he simply is not good enough in pass coverage. He needs a solid running mate in coverage and this should be addressed in the draft with the team's first-round selection, either between Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix or Louisville's Calvin Pryor.