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Saturday, August 16, 2008
Black and Blue all over: Tough road for Packers' top pick

By Kevin Seifert

Posted by's Kevin Seifert

Through no fault of his own, the Green Bay Packers' top draft choice is having a hard time finding room for himself on a crowded playing field.

Jordy Nelson has proved an intriguing prospect on the practice field, combining a tight end's body with a receiver's speed. But the No. 36 overall pick of the draft is stuck behind at least three veterans -- Donald Driver, Greg Jennings and James Jones -- while fighting Ruvell Martin for the No. 4 job.

The Packers use plenty of multi-receiver sets, and their No. 4 receiver gets on the field quite a bit. But Martin has had a good training camp as well and at 6-foot-4 is a big target in the red zone.

Nelson had two receptions in the Packers' preseason opener, while also returning four punts for 31 yards; he'll get another opportunity to impress the coaching staff in Saturday night's game at San Francisco. Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel examines the obstacles Nelson is facing to get on the field.

With three NFC North teams scheduled for preseason action Saturday night, here is a tour around the division: