The Green Bay Packers’ biggest needs heading into the 2015 draft
The Packers' offensive line was decent at keeping Aaron Rodgers clean and upright in 2014, mostly because the tackle position was solid. The guard position was not. Prospects like South Carolina's A.J. Cann, Duke's Laken Tomlinson, Louisville's John Miller, or Alabama's Arie Kouandjio all could be targets in the draft.
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The Packers decided to completely blow up the position and rebuild it from scratch via the draft. A.J. Hawk was released, as was Brad Jones. The Packers seem intent on getting younger in the interior of the linebacking corps. ILB is a deep position in the 2015 draft, and guys like Clemson's Stephone Anthony, Miami's Denzel Perryman, UCLA's Eric Kendricks, Georgia's Ramik Wilson, TCU's Paul Dawson and Kansas' Ben Heeney are all promising options. Given Green Bay's rather barren stable of inside linebackers, look for the Packers to prioritize this position in the draft.
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Outside of Corey Linsley, there is not a whole lot of good young talent at center, so it's pretty important for the Packers to stock up on some good young draftees this April. Oregon's Hroniss Grasu, Auburn's Reese Dismukes, Georgia Tech's Shaquille Mason or Dillon Day of Mississippi State are all options later in the draft, allowing the Packers to prioritize guard and inside linebacker and still grab a backup for the young Linsley.
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B.J. Raji is still a free agent. Letroy Guion got in to some recent issues off the field. That said, the Packers would like to re-sign him and he may come back if he's willing to take a smaller salary. Either way, the position needs restocking. Eddie Goldman of Florida State, Oklahoma's Jordan Phillips and Oregon's Arik Armstead are among the headliners here. The Packers would be wise to grab two DTs early; the names above will all be off the board by the fifth round.
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Tight end has been a weakness for the Packers since Jermichael Finley's retirement. Green Bay could use a standout tight end prospect to make its passing game even more potent. Oklahoma's Blake Bell, Notre Dame's Ben Koyack, Ohio State's Jeff Heuerman and Rutgers' Tyler Kroft all could be available in the third round or later.
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Tramon Williams is in Cleveland and Davon House in Jacksonville, leaving the Green Bay secondary in dire need of improvement. Washington's Marcus Peters and Michigan State's Trae Waynes are top-tier corner prospects, but they won't be around for the Packers' second-round pick. Others like USC's Josh Shaw, Utah's Eric Rowe or Ohio State's Doran Grant could be had in later rounds.