Needs: DL, LB, S, CB, OL
The Packers lost a lot of close games last season (7 games by 4 points or less.) Because of that, they only need to improve on a couple of areas to be a playoff team. Their defense, which has been a problem in recent years, is their biggest area of concern. Injuries decimated the d-line, old age is on the cusp of the cornerbacks, and inexperience hinders the safety position.
Choice #1: B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College
The Pack are transitioning to a 3-4 defense and do not have the personnel to make the move yet. The Packer’s linebackers are speedy enough, but their defensive line needs to improve to take some pressure off the linebackers. A 3-4 defense requires talented d-ends to penetrate and a huge defensive tackle to absorb blockers. Raji is the perfect size for the position and he is talented enough to slip blockers and put pressure on the quarterback. In 2008, he had 7 sacks. If DE’s Aaron Maybin or Brian Orakpo don’t fall to the 9th spot, the Packers will take Raji instead to beef up their line.
Choice #2: Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State
The Pack have arguably the best corners in the NFC in Charles Woodson and Al Harris. However, Woodson is 32, and Harris is 34. Jenkins can be the heir to the Packer’s cornerback throne. Cornerback is one of the hardest positions to play in the NFL, but the transition for Jenkins can be easier if he had Woodson and Harris to usher him into the position. Jenkins only had 3 interceptions last season, but that’s because QBs don’t like passing to him. And if the Packers had Woodson, Harris, and Jenkins… I don’t think anyone would want to pass at all.