Found April 25, 2013 on The Sports Bank:
Free agency came and went without much activity for the Green Bay Packers. This shouldn’t come as much a surprise to die-hard cheese heads because General Manager Ted Thompson and the Packers have always banked their future on the NFL Draft and the ensuing development of young talent. Green Bay snatched up it’s best two players in QB Aaron Rodgers (’05 draft) and LB Clay Matthews (’09) via the annual selection of college players and they haven’t turned back since while finding countless value-picks in the Thompson era. After a quiet off-season, what players will be on the radar of one of the NFL’s premier teams in 2013? There are really only two ways to guess what player a team will draft in the first round. They will either go with one of their primary positional needs or they will pick the best player available (BPA). For this preview’s purpose, we will lean towards the positional needs theory because the Packers have a few pressing needs at key positions. Defensive Line Top Candi...
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