Sunday, February 18, 2007

Draft Speculation

This is what happens in the three-dog-night days of winter (if you aren't familiar either with that expression -- or the band of the same name -- look 'em up!): you talk draft. Lance Allen, sport reporter with the Milwaukee TV station WTMJ-4 was being interviewed on the sister radio station today and he said that -- despite the obvious needs at tight end and receiver -- he's been hearing from his coverage of the Packers that they are interested firstly in a defensive end. Interesting. That means that they still see "KGB" as only a situational DE, and apparently prefer to use Cullen Jenkins more inside. OK...but what about the other needs? Allen stated that after the DE, the Pack would probably look for tight end, receiver, safety and then running back.

Regarding running backs, John Murphy of Yahoo Sports has ratings of the top backs here. He notes that the Packers are among those teams that will likely be looking for a running back on day one of the draft. The second-ranked back he discusses -- Marshawn Lynch of California -- is also the name of the back which popped up during the radio interview with Allen. According to Murphy's view, "He's an excellent fit for any team looking for an every-down back that can also contribute as a receiver, both out of the backfield or if motioned to the slot." That sounds a lot like what the Packers need as they look to a replacement either this year or next for Ahman Green.

But you can make your own judgements beginning this week and through the weekend when the Indianapolis combine takes places. Just tune in to the NFL Network for coverage. Go here for the coverage schedule.