Three Linebackers Packers Should Consider in First Round
Rookie Brad Jones was one of the many pleasant surprises on the Packers’ defense last season, but the team will need to address the outside linebacker position this offseason after Aaron Kampman left via free agency.
Jeremy Thompson’s injury concerns make him a risky play next season and Brady Poppinga has failed to transform into the 3-4 outside linebacker the Packers were hoping he would be. Jones performed admirably in place of Kampman and easily outplayed his seventh round draft position, but he isn’t the answer for the future.
2010’s outside linebacker class features three first round talents who could be available when the Packers go on the clock in the first round. Here’s a breakdown of the three linebackers and why the Packers could improve their defense by selecting one of them.
Brandon Graham, 6-foot-2, 270 pounds
Graham isn’t the freak athlete whose numbers will jump off the page, but his relentless attack of the passer and hard work ethic makes him one of the most desirable pass rushers in the class. His 40 yard dash was slow at 4.71 and some wonder whether or not he has the speed to rush from a two-point stance, but his technique is good enough for him to succeed at the next level.
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