After winning the Super Bowl two years ago, the Green Bay Packers have failed to return to the NFC Championship game since.
There are a number of reasons the Packers have fallen short, however, the 2013 NFL Draft is loaded with players who can go a long way in fixing Green Bay’s issues in a short amount of time.
Here are five players available in this year’s NFL Draft who the Green Bay Packers should be targeting.
Larry Warford, Guard, Kentucky — Green Bay needs to be more physical between the tackles on the offensive side of the ball. At 6’3, 332 lbs, Warford is a mauler on the line of scrimmage who would be an instant upgrade to the corps of guards currently on the Packer depth chart. The last University of Kentucky player Green Bay drafted (Randall Cobb) seems to be working out well. Might as well go with what’s been working.
Terrance Williams, Wide Receiver, Baylor — The current Packer administration has never shied away from taking a receiver early when it looks like they have plenty. Now is not the time to start. Williams will likely be the best receiver available when the Pack picks in round two. His skill-set compares favorably with what Jennings was asked to do — including the added bonus of a bigger body. Green Bay would do well to add him to their stable of dangerous receivers.
D.J. Swearinger, Free Safety, South Carolina — Swearinger is a hard-hitting enforcer in the middle of the field who will help the Packers establish a more physical presence in the secondary in a division that likes to air it out. His physical nature will also make him an effective defender against the run when he needs to move up into the box. He should be available when the Packers pick in the third round.
LaVar Edwards, Defensive End, LSU — Edwards would be available and be a steal in the 4th round. He is the least known of the three LSU D-lineman to enter the 2013 Draft ( Sam Montgomery, Barkevious Mingo), but may offer the highest upside. He is versatile enough to play out of a three point stance or stand up on the end if and when the Packers want to switch up their defensive look. He would add much needed depth to Green Bay’s defensive front.
Rex Burkhead, Running Back, Nebraska — Burkhead (pictured) is the textbook definition of a workhorse. He reminds me of a combination of Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin and Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch. He can both find space in the open field and lower his shoulder to get physical with defenders for extra yards. An injury caused him to miss a good chunk of his senior year, hurting his draft stock in the process. No matter, the Green Bay backfield has been a revolving door as of late and Burkhead has the ability to lock down the position as a late-round steal and the character to become an instant fan-favorite in the process.
BY J.P. SCOTT ON MARCH 7, 2013