By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on May 1, 2014
With the 2014 NFL Draft right around the corner, the Green Bay Packers are hard at work scouting the players that will make a difference for them in the ensuing years. It is imperative that the Packers hit on five positions in particular if they want a shot at winning the Super Bowl within the next two seasons. If anything else, they must come away with at least one potential superstar in order to ensure immediate success.
Yes, Aaron Rodgers will remain king of the castle as long as he pleases. Unfortunately, we all found out what can happen when the king breaks his collarbone. Thankfully, Matt Flynn will be around for at least one more season, while Scott Tolzien is the projected third stringer. However, Green Bay shouldn’t shy away from taking a quarterback with one of their late-round picks.
Evan-Dietrich Smith signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency is a big blow. Despite Green Bay’s confidence in second-year player J.C. Tretter being able to handle the center position, the Packers must add a center at some point in the draft. It’s not for the sake of this season or even next year. It’s so that Green Bay doesn’t find themselves in a similar position as the one they’re in now a few years down the road.
The chances of the Packers bringing Jermichael Finley back are slim to none. The good news is Andrew Quarless and Brandon Bostick have the potential to turn into offensive threats. With all of that being said, there’s no reason not to give Rodgers another weapon immediately. Don’t be surprised if Green Bay selects Eric Ebron in the first round. Even if that isn’t the way the cards are dealt, the Packers will be taking a tight end early.
It’s sad to say but A.J Hawk and Brad Jones simply aren’t getting the job done at inside linebacker. Rumor has it that the Packers have their eyes set on C.J. Mosley, assuming he actually drops to the 21st pick. If Mosley is available, Green Bay will be foolish not to select him in the first round. Mosley would love it too since there’s a good chance he would start over Jones.
By far the biggest need for the Packers in the 2014 NFL Draft is safety. If Green Bay fails to pick up a guaranteed starter, then I guarantee we will be shaking our heads two years from now when looking back on this draft. One way or another it needs to happen. I’ve been preaching all offseason that the Packers should trade up to select Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Just remember I told you so when Thompson adheres to my advice.
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