Packers likely not finished restocking line

Today is the ninth day of two weeks of Green Bay Packers coverage leading up to the April 25 beginning of the NFL draft.

April 12: Five best draft moments in the past 25 years
April 13: Five worst draft moments in the past 25 years
April 14: Quarterbacks position preview
April 15: Running backs/fullbacks position preview

April 17: Guards/centers position preview
April 18: Tight ends position preview
April 19: Wide receivers position preview
Today: Defensive linemen position preview
April 21: Linebackers position preview
April 22: Cornerbacks position preview
April 23: Safeties position preview
April 24: Ted Thompson’s draft strategy
April 25: Forecasting the first-round pick
TODAY’S POSITION: DEFENSIVE LINE
Importance (1-to-10 scale): 7
On the roster
The anchor of the Packers’ defensive line is B.J. Raji. Entering his fifth NFL season, Raji will once again be counted on to perform up front in Green Bay’s 3-4 defense.
The veteran leader of the group is 33-year-old Ryan Pickett. Though it hasn’t really happened yet, Pickett will eventually lose a step as his career declines. 
Mike Neal, after barely playing in his first two NFL seasons due to injuries, stayed relatively healthy in 2012 and contributed 4.5 sacks. Though Neal is the pass rusher, C.J. Wilson is the run stopper. Wilson’s value on the defensive line was noticeable when he had to miss five games with injuries last season. Mike Daniels didn’t get a ton of on-field opportunities as a rookie but did a fairly good job in his chances.
Jerel Worthy could miss significant time next season after undergoing offseason knee surgery for an ACL tear suffered late in the season.
Last five defensive linemen drafted
2012 — Mike Daniels, Iowa: fourth round (132nd overall) — still with the Packers
2012 — Jerel Worthy, Michigan State: second round (51st overall) — still with the Packers
2011 — Lawrence Guy, Arizona State: seventh round (233rd overall) — signed with Colts in 2012
2010 — Mike Neal, Purdue: second round (56th overall) — still with the Packers
2010 — C.J. Wilson, East Carolina: seventh round (230th overall) — still with the Packers

Philosophy at the position
General manager Ted Thompson continues to draft players on the defensive line and still does not have enough talent at that spot. The Packers drafted Worthy and Daniels last year to add to the group, which helped take some pressure off of the overworked Raji and the aging Pickett. But now, with Worthy’s injury and Pickett approaching the end of his career, Thompson will likely have to draft more defensive linemen in the early to middle rounds this year.
This offseason, Thompson opted not to sign veteran defensive lineman Chris Canty or bring back former Packer Cullen Jenkins. Both Canty and Jenkins signed fairly small deals elsewhere. So, apparently Thompson hasn’t been deterred by his relative lack of success at drafting this position. Green Bay needs to find a difference-maker along its defensive line for next season.
Day 1 name to remember (Round 1)
Margus Hunt, senior, Southern Methodist University (6-8, 277). Hunt projects to be a good fit as a defensive end in a 3-4 defense like Green Bay’s. He could be a late first-round pick after a great performance at the Combine but may slide into the second round. The biggest issue with Hunt is that he’s going to be 26 years old when training camp opens. Hunt, who was born in Estonia, was a track star prior to college. Despite his age, there is a general feeling that he still hasn’t reached his potential. Hunt blocked kicks at an incredible rate, nearly breaking the NCAA record with 17 in his four college years.
Though this draft is quite deep on the defensive line, the top-tier players will all be gone long before the Packers are up at No. 26. Hunt would be a bit of a reach here, but he won’t be available late in the second round. So, if Thompson wants him, it’ll probably have to be with this pick.
Day 2 name to remember (Rounds 2-3)

Damontre Moore, junior, Texas A&M (6-4, 250). A couple months ago, the suggestion that Moore could be available late in the second round would have been unrealistic. However, Moore’s stock has been taking a bit of a hit recently. The biggest concern with Moore appears to be some bad habits and, therefore, some questions about his dedication to the game once he’s a millionaire. He has shown the ability to play multiple positions and could add some quality pass rush as a defensive end. Moore might be too talented to pass on if he slides to No. 55, though it would be a risk.
Day 3 name to remember (Rounds 4-7)
Michael Buchanan, senior, Illinois (6-5, 255). The Packers certainly like Big 10 defensive linemen, having recently drafted Neal, Worthy and Daniels. Perhaps now it’s time for a former Illinois player to join the group. Buchanan is a well-rounded, fairly average prospect who will likely be drafted somewhere in the fifth or sixth round. He’ll need to add weight but appears to be ready to make an active roster and contribute somewhat early in his career. 
FOXSports.com’s draft expert Taylor Jones says: “Defensive end and defensive tackle are pretty deep, so you could find talent in the later rounds. I don’t think it’s very top-heavy to start with.
“I’m not sure what type of player Moore is going to be. He’s kind of a one-trick pony to get after the QB. I’m not sure I’d be comfortable leaving him at the end of the line.”

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