More on the Packers 2014 NFL Draft
The top 24 spots are set for the 2014 NFL Draft order with the Packers holding the 21st pick. The Packers also currently hold all seven of their original picks for the 2014 Draft and they will likely receive two compensatory pick for the free agency losses of Greg Jennings and Erik Walden. The NFL keeps a very tight lid on the formula used for calculating the compensatory picks so it's hard to gauge what the compensation will be. This is pure speculation on my part but I could the Packers getting a fourth round pick for Jennings and a sixth rounder for Walden.
Thus, we're looking at a maximum of nine picks for the Packers come May. Of course, you can always count on Ted Thompson to wheel-and-deal with the seven tradeable picks (compensatory picks are not tradeable.) As it stands now Cleveland, St. Louis and San Francisco look to be prime trading candidates come draft time. The Rams have two first round picks, the Browns hold two first, two third and two fourth round picks and the 49ers hold the most picks with 12, including an additional second and third rounder. Now those are just three examples. Thompson proved last year that he can be versatile with his draft day trades so you have to assume that nine may not be enough for Green Bay.
So what will the Packers be looking for in the draft? We don't know the whole field yet as underclassman have until the 15th to declare their eligibility. While draft boards are forming we already have a pretty good idea of the areas of weakness for the Packers. Without knowing what free agency will look like it's pretty easy to guess that the Packers need help at both defensive line and in the secondary. Once again, problems on defense surfaced throughout the season. San Francisco's final drive on Sunday, consisting of three 3rd down conversions, was just a sample of the issues the Packers faced. With the potential loss of Jermichael Finley, tight end is another position the Packers should focus on in the offseason. The Packers may also be in the market for a center.
In the coming days we'll focus more on free agency and potential draftees for the Packers so be sure to check back often. For now the process of rebuilding and re-stocking begins on Lombardi Avenue.