Regardless of how they do in the 2011 draft, The reigning Super Bowl Champions are primed for an influx of talents.
With the return of injured LB’s Nick Barnett and Brad Jones, RB Ryan Grant, and TE Jermichael Finley, the Packers are already good enough to repeat. Not only do they get these starters back, but they have also created depth by developing the younger players that had fill their void last year.
With that said, Green Bay will not be forced into a selection in April’s draft, but rather select the best available talent still available. Instead of viewing their 32 pick as the last pick of the first round, they will look at it as having the first pick of the second round, and each ensuing round after that.
Offensively, they may continue to retool or add depth to the OL after selecting OT Bryan Bulaga in the first round last year. There should be some intriguing OL options sitting there at 32, with the run on defensive lineman likely to occur early. Ryan Grant and the emerging James Starks could be a good tandem, but I would not discount taking a RB before the end of day two.
Defensively, Dom Capers has done a masterful job of accumulating a LB corps that is versatile and talented. At Safety, they are relatively young, and they hit a home run in undrafted free agent Tramon Williams who was waived by Houston (would they love to have him back right now).
Charles Woodson has been brilliant the last few years, but at some point they may need to develop his replacement and at the same time add nickel depth.
The Packers face the deep NFC South, up and coming St Louis, and the NY Giants as their out-of-division foes. They get a bit of a break with the AFC West being their out-of-conference opponents.