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Green Bay Packers likely to fill defensive holes in Round 2 of draft

Apr. 27, 2012
 

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Now that the Packers have addressed one glaring defensive need by selecting USC outside linebacker Nick Perry last night in the first round of the NFL draft, they have other defensive holes to fill and likely will do so today.

While itís always possible General Manager Ted Thompson will draft an offensive player today with either his second-round pick (No. 59 overall) or third-rounder (No. 90), itís far more likely Thompson will stay focused on improving his defense.

After releasing Nick Collins this week, the Packers could use a safety. The two best safeties available are LSUís Brandon Taylor and Oklahoma Stateís Markelle Martin.

PackersNews.com draft guru Pete Dougherty projects Taylor and Martin to get selected in Rounds 2 or 3.

The Packers could also stand to bolster their defensive line. Ryan Pickett isnít getting any younger, while Mike Neal, Jarius Wynn and C.J. Wilson have been somewhat disappointing as replacements for the departed Cullen Jenkins.

There are some intriguing defensive linemen still available, but players like Penn Stateís Devon Still, Michigan Stateís Jerel Worthy and UConnís Kendall Reyes likely wonít be around when it comes time for the Packers to make their second-round selection.

Itís possible Thompson might package some of his remaining 11 picks to move up and grab one of those linemen.

Also available are Clemsonís Brandon Thompson, Nebraskaís Jared Crick and Cincinnatiís Derek Wolfe. Those three players were projected to go in either the second or third rounds.

Although not as pressing a need, the Packers could also use more depth at cornerback. Players projected to get drafted in Rounds 2 or 3 include North Alabamaís Janoris Jenkins, Central Floridaís Josh Robinson, Nebraskaís Alfonzo Dennard and Louisiana-Lafayetteís Dwight Bentley.

Vandermause is sports editor for the Green Bay Press-Gazette

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