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Who will Packers pick on Day 2? Possibly WR or TE?

May 9, 2014
 
Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro.
Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro. / Getty Images

The Green Bay Packers went into this draft with four picks among the top 100 and likely hoping that three of those would be a safety, an inside linebacker and either a tight end or receiver.

They got their safety in the first round on Thursday night with Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix at No. 21 overall.

In Friday night's second and third rounds, they have picks No. 53 overall (the 21st pick of the second round), No. 85 (21st pick of the third round) and No. 98 (34th pick of the third round, a compensatory pick that they can't trade).

There's a large pool of players they likely are considering and hoping might be available with those picks. There's also the chance general manager Ted Thompson could move up from his second-round pick, though with the uncommon depth in this year's draft because the record number of junior entries it seems likely a GM who covets picks as much as him would he'd give up extra picks to move up.

Looking at the players available, the positions that appear most likely for Thompson to take in the second round are wide receiver, which is the deepest position in the draft, and tight end, where two or three of the five top prospects might be available.

At tight end, Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins probably will be gone by 53. Texas Tech's Jace Amaro would warrant strong consideration if he's available, though those chances probably are 50-50 at best. Notre Dame's Troy Niklas is a possibility because of his upside. Iowa's C.J. Fiedorowicz might be more of a third-round prospect.

Receiver is incredibly deep and could be had in the second or third round. USC's Marqise Lee has minimal to no chance of being available at 53, and three others likely will be gone, though it's not a given: Vanderbilt's Jordan Matthews, Indiana's Cody Latimer and Fresno State's Davante Adams.

At inside linebacker, one potentially interesting player as a second- or third-round prospect is BYU's Kyle Van Noy. He projects more as a pass-rushing 3-4 outside linebacker, but he might be able to play inside linebacker in that scheme too.

Wisconsin's Chris Borland also might be available at No. 53, though he's not fast or explosive, which are qualities the Packers are looking to add to their inside linebacker corps.

The top two centers also are available, USC's Marcus Martin and Colorado State's Weston Richburg. But it's hard to see Thompson spending a second or even third round pick at center when his needs are so much greater at higher-value positions.

Below is a list of players, by position, who still are on the board going into tonight and could be on the Packers' radar.

TIGHT END

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington
Jace Amaro, Texas Tech
Troy Niklas, Notre Dame
C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa

RECEIVER

Marqise Lee, USC
Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt
Cody Latimer, Indiana
Davante Adams, Fresno State
Allen Robinson, Penn State
Bruce Ellington, South Carolina
Martavis Bryant, Clemson
Jarvis Landry, LSU
Donte Moncrief, Mississippi

INSIDE LINEBACKER

Chris Borland, Wisconsin
Kyle Van Noy, BYU

OUTSIDE LINEBACKER

Jeremy Attaochu, Georgia Tech
Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State

DEFENSIVE END

Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame
Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota

NOSE TACKLE

Louis Nix III, Notre Dame

CENTER

Marcus Martin, USC
Weston Richburg, Colorado State

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