2014 NFL Draft: Updating the Green Bay Packers’ 5 Biggest Needs

2014 NFL Draft: Updating the Green Bay Packers' 5 Biggest Needs

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With free agency dwindling down to the end, the focus for the Green Bay Packers begins to magnify. General manager Ted Thompson was more active than ever before during the open market, but there are still needs for the team to get back to NFL supremacy.

5. Offensive Line

T.J. Lang
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5. Offensive Line

T.J. Lang
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Once considered the downfall of Green Bay's offensive attack, the 2013 offensive line had one of their better seasons to date, posting a 59 percentage sack rate. Plus, the unit is solidified from left to the right with Bryan Bulaga returning from an ACL injury. Still, there is still room to find as many possible options to protect Aaron Rodgers.

4. Tight End

Andrew Quarless
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4. Tight End

Andrew Quarless
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The tight end position for the Packers is tricky when it comes to determining when to choose one. If a prospect like North Carolina's Eric Ebron is available, he's can't-miss talent, but class is deep up until the four or fifth round. All the while, you have to consider Andrew Quarless' worth to the team as well as youth of Brian Bostick and Ryan Taylor. It's a position to keep an eye out for throughout draft weekend.

3. Inside Linebacker

Brad Jones
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3. Inside Linebacker

Brad Jones
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I may be in the minority, but I'm still a believer in former seventh-round pick Brad Jones. His 84-tackle 2013 season was third on the team and his seven tackles for loss tied for first. I can see Thompson delegating a late-round pick on the inside linebacker position, who is stout in pass coverage, but there's no need to reach for one with Jones hitting his NFL peak at age 28.

2. Defensive Tackle

B.J. Raji
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2. Defensive Tackle

B.J. Raji
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Like their offensive counterpart, the defensive line's pressure on the quarterback had been non-existent. The unit slowly began to turn the corner in 2013, ranking tied for eighth in the league with 44 sacks. They could still use some talented, young big uglies to provide some long-term stability with B.J. Raji and Letroy Guion signing one-year deals in the offseason.

1. Safety

Morgan Burnett
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1. Safety

Morgan Burnett
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I've talked a lot about the conundrum at the safety position this offseason, and I still firmly believe it's the biggest need for the organization heading into the draft. Strong safety Morgan Burnett is everything of a tenacious hitter, finishing second on the team in tackles, but he's atrocious in coverage. There's a reason M.D. Jennings was not retained, which leaves the back end in need of a ball hawk from the free safety position.

Rexford Sheild covers the Green Bay Packers for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @RexfordSheild and “like” him on Facebook. Also, add him to your network on Google.


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