Who do the Packers target on Day 2 of the NFL Draft?
The Packers addressed one of their biggest needs Thursday night by selecting offensive lineman Derek Sherrod with the final pick in the first round of the NFL Draft. They have three picks on Day 2 (second and third round) and there is still plenty of talent that dropped out of the first round.
Much has been made of Ted Thompson’s recent philosophy change by trading up instead of down in the draft, and it could happen again tomorrow. Known for stockpiling late-round draft picks, Thompson has traded up in each of the last two drafts to select outside linebacker Clay Matthews (2009) and safety Morgan Burnett (2010).
With so much talent on the current roster and eight more draft picks in 2011, the Packers may be a candidate to trade up in the second round and grab a defensive end or outside linebacker who slipped through to Friday.
The top two candidates would be outside linebackers Brooks Reed and Akeem Ayers. Projected as first rounders in many mock drafts, both would be an upgrade at right outside linebacker over the likes of Frank Zombo, Erik Walden, Brady Poppinga and Brad Jones.
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