The Green Bay Packers are also faced with a fairly difficult decision with their top pick in the NFL Draft. They’ll need a quality pass-rusher to replace the aging EDGE Clay Matthews, who’s also a free agent this offseason. Re-signing Matthews is a possibility, but his production has been on the decline anyway.
At the same time, the Packers haven’t totally solved their secondary woes over the past few years, either. And with safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix shipped off to the Washington Redskins last season, looking at the tail end of the defensive backfield should be high on Green Bay’s list.
If those are the Packers’ top two needs, there’s some solace. Green Bay owns another first-round pick, and this year’s pass-rushing class is awfully deep. The same can’t quite be said of safety, though, meaning Alabama’s Deionte Thompson is the pick here.
Thompson is up and down on big boards right now, but few have him falling outside of top-20 consideration.
The Packers table their pass-rushing needs until later in Round 1.