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2014 NFL Draft: 5 Sleepers Who Fit Perfectly For Green Bay Packers

5 Sleepers Who Fit Perfectly for Green Bay Packers

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The Green Bay Packers have some holes to fill on the defensive side of the draft. It has been no secret for months that the Packers plan on improving their defense in this draft. After barely doing anything in free agency, it is up to Ted Thompson and co. to work their magic in the draft. The Packers have the talent on offense to make a playoff run, but they need more depth and talent on defense. Here are five NFL Draft sleepers for the Packers.

5. Jonathan Dowling

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5. Jonathan Dowling

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Jonthan Dowling is one of the most underrated players in this draft. He is very thin, but he plays bigger than he is. He has great vision that allows him to see everything in front of him, and it allows him to follow the quarterback's eyes. Many will be concerned because he played at Western Kentucky, but he would be a nice pick in the fourth or fifth round for Green Bay.

4. Colt Lyerla

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4. Colt Lyerla

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Colt Lyerla had a rocky college career. He was used all over the place in Oregon's fast-paced offense, which shows his versatility, but there are concerns over his drug problem. Lyerla was kicked off the team this past season, and he was enrolled into a rehab facility. The Packers need a tight end, and Lyerla could fill the role. He would be a nice pick in the fifth or sixth round.

3. Travis Swanson

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3. Travis Swanson

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Travis Swason is one of the best centers in this draft class. The center position has become an afterthought recently in the NFL Draft, but the Dallas Cowboys proved that wrong when they took Travis Frederick in the first round of last year's draft. Frederick turned out to be one of the best centers in all of football in 2013. With Evan Dietrich-Smith leaving in free agency, the Packers need to draft a center, and Swason is a viable option.

2. Shayne Skov

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2. Shayne Skov

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Shayne Skov may not be viewed as a sleeper, but he has great vision and instincts, two things that can go a long way in the NFL. Skov captained one of college football's best schools in Stanford, and he has a good pedigree too. There are concerns over his knee history, but the Packers should draft Skov to put him next to A.J. Hawk in the middle of the defense.

1. Pierre Desir

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1. Pierre Desir

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You can never have enough cornerbacks in today's NFL. Pierre Desir has had a long journey, but he has finally living out his dream. I had a chance to talk to him, and he truly is a special person. He could've gone to big-name schools, but he elected to stay home to be near his wife and kids. He worked part-time jobs in college, and he has the "it" factor. His long arms and athletic ability will make him a special player in the NFL.