NFC North Rivals – 5 Questions with Lombardi Ave.

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Now that free agency is essentially done, what do the Packers need to focus on for the draft?

"Oct 13, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley (88) is tackled following a catch against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports The Packers still have plenty of holes to fill and free agency hasn’t changed much of that. They still need to look to the draft to find a starting-caliber safety, which won’t be easy. If they can find a guy that can be an impact player in their secondary, then they’ll hit the jackpot. Tight end is still a major need, in my opinion, despite them re-signing Andrew Quarless. They still need depth there, especially if Finley’s days are over in Green Bay, as they appear to be. I would also like to see them draft an inside linebacker. Somebody that can hold up well against the run and have the ability to drop back in coverage. However, this draft doesn’t appear to be a very deep at inside linebacker. This draft is deep at receiver and 3-4 outside linebacker, so the Packers could address both of those positions. However, these aren’t major needs. The Packers do need to think about drafting a center since they lost last year’s starter Evan Dietrich-Smith to Tampa Bay in free agency, and it wouldn’t hurt to add a backup quarterback and some more defensive line talent. That about does it. I would say really they could draft and improve just about every position on their roster, except for running back."

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