Larrivee's Packers draft primer: What Thompson can find on day two
Packers GM Ted Thompson. Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The first round of the NFL draft is “Showtime.” The second and third rounds are for “draft nicks.” The third day of the draft is for “scouts only.”
As we head into rounds two and three Friday night, the Packers have three picks for the evening session.
First round draft pick safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix fills a need, especially with his versatility. The Packers' safeties invert from free to strong, sometimes play-to-play, and Clinton-Dix is a guy who has the ability to do that so he should fit right in.
The second round has been good to Green Bay under GM Ted Thompson. All-Pro safety Nick Collins, wide receivers Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb and running back Eddie Lacy have all come out of the second round of Thompson drafts. That’s a ton of production out of that round over the years.
The Packers have three more picks in the top 100 (53rd, 85th and 98th) so they have some ammunition to move up and get a player they covet in tonight’s portion of the draft.
Where might the Packers be looking now? Wide receiver, tight end and inside linebacker are perceived needs if the right player is there.
Still on the board, as of this morning, is USC wide receiver/kick returner Marqise Lee, tight end Troy Niklas out of Notre Dame, linebackers Kyle Van Noy of BYU and Chris Borland of Wisconsin.
They might have to move up to get Lee or Niklas. Borland could fall to the 21st pick of the second round, 53rd overall.
This is a deep draft at wide receiver, there is still some good value at cornerback and no centers were picked in the first round.
I think the Packers will be active in these two rounds, moving up or down to get the players they need. While the first round is for show, Thompson and his staff have done some of their best drafting later.
I mentioned some second round hits but how about James Jones, Jermichael Finley, and Morgan Burnett in the third round?
Where would the offensive line be without the fourth round? Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang, the club’s two starting guards, and left tackle David Bakhtiari all came out of the fourth round.
There's much work to be done this weekend, especially when they start drafting players you and I haven’t heard of.