There are many teams entering the 2015 NFL Draft with a number of needs they are desperate to fill. But thankfully, the Green Bay Packers will not be one of them.
The Packers have needs. Don’t get me wrong. They could use an inside linebacker to ease the burden on Clay Matthews and to play alongside Sam Barrington.
Green Bay needs help at corner following the free agent departures of Tramon Williams and Davon House. Yet, Casey Hayward and Micah Hyde are proven contributors more than capable of filling in. So, while cornerback is a need, it’s not a desperate one.
The Packers could use a defensive tackle to groom for the future with Letroy Guion and B.J. Raji each on one-year deals. They could use a tight end to compete with Richard Rodgers and Andrew Quarless, but they got by with those two last season and could easily do it again.
Green Bay is returning all 11 preferred starters on offense as well as the seven key backups. Jeff Janis and Jared Abbrederis are also back and should add to the receiver position.
On defense, 10 of 11 preferred starters return along with contributors like Hayward, Raji, Mike Neal, Hyde, Sean Richardson, Jayrone Elliot and Josh Boyd. Plus second-year players such as defensive tackle Khyri Thorton, inside linebacker Carl Bradford and cornerback Demetri Goodson could also earn playing time.
So honestly, right now the Packers have a solid 46 players right there if you include specialists. They no have major holes and are already very deep. This is a playoff caliber roster already and one that has a shot at the Super Bowl.
That means when the draft rolls around in 13 days, the Packers really can pick the best player available. They can just sit back and pick the best players to fall to them. There is no need to reach or do anything drastic. Just add more good players to a team that already has as much talent as any in the NFL
To be blunt, the Packers are loaded. And if they can find another playmaker or two in the draft, especially on the defensive side of the ball, they are going to be scary good. And making that easier will be the fact the Packers, more than any other team in the NFL, will not have to go hunting for needs come draft time.