3. Is Safety or Defensive End the Most Pressing Need on Defense?
Thompson was as active this free agency season as he has been since 2006. He signed Julius Peppers (Bears) and Letroy Guion (Vikings) to help bolster the defensive front so drafting a defensive end in Round One may not be as vital.
The Packers do have a glaring need at safety. Even with the potential move of Micah Hyde from his Nickel position back to fill the free safety spot that Woodson once manned, the depth and talent is lacking in playmakers. Alabama's Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix won't be around at #21, but Calvin Pryor of Louisville should be and may be the better player of the two. Pryor is an explosive hitter with good range. He would provide the Packers with a player who can serve in run support and play in the back end equally as well.
Even if the Packers did take Pryor in Round One, they may look to stockpile safeties like a Jimmie Ward of Northern Illinois, who has the versatility to play a number of defensive back spots in Dom Capers' scheme.