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MARK DANIELS DRAFT PREDICTIONS

Mark Daniels

Unlike past years, there are no glaring holes on the Pack's roster but there are several positions that have sprung leaks that if left unattended, could be in need of more than a Dutch boy's thumb to plug the dike. Forget about replacing Charles Woodson's leadership in the locker room, but his departed skills in the secondary leave a void. Eric Reid of LSU, Matt Elam of Florida may be tempting. While the pass rush improved last season, the Packers really don't have a stud on the defensive line. There are a handful on the first round board.

New blood at wide receiver is needed, but not in the first round. Running back? Eddie Lacy and Montee Ball are probably better than anyone on the roster and could be considered. A bookend tight end for Jermichael Finley is a thought, but Tyler Eifert of Notre Dame and Zach Ertz of Stanford are the only ones I'd consider. Ted Thompson has often said talented big boys are hard to find.

If there's a run on defensive lineman, some awfully talented offensive linemen might slide. That's why I like Menelik Watson, the offensive tackle from Florida State. Go get the running back in the second round, Giovani Bernard of North Carolina, a red shirt sophomore who put of 1228 yards rushing with 47 catches out of the backfield.

CHRIS ROTH (WBAY-TV GREEN BAY) DRAFT PREDICTIONS

Chris Roth

Just when we thought we had Ted figured out, he goes and pulls that 2012 draft rabbit out of his hat. Seriously? The guy trades up twice in his first 7 years, then does it 3 times in ONE DRAFT??? The guy who never drafts for need bats 6 for his first 6 on defensive players?? It was almost shocking enough to put hair on my head.

So your guess is as good as mine on what his plan is this year. But we have been told that this is a deep draft, particularly at safety, defensive line, and tackles. All areas that the Packers could use some help. But since there is so much "value" in the middle rounds, I suspect we may have nothing to report Thursday night except a trade....down. If not, a run on the OL early in the draft could drop a DT to 26th. And because I'm supposed to give you a name, let's say Slyvester Williams of UNC. 2nd round pick.....are you serious Mark Daniels?