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Thursday, April 28, 2011
Final argument: No clarity for Packers

By Kevin Seifert

Most discussion about the Green Bay Packers' draft prospects have centered around outside linebacker and the offensive line. The truth, of course, is that at No. 32 the Packers might not be in position to dictate the position of their first-round pick. They could draft a linebacker, an offensive tackle, a defensive end, a receiver or even a running back.

For that reason, I found myself mostly glossing over the specifics of the Packers' draft over the past few months. Frankly, what makes more sense than anything is a scenario where the Packers offer their spot to a team that wants to trade up in the second round but doesn't want to spend all day Friday bidding to get the No. 33 overall pick.

At some point, the Packers will need to find a starter at right outside linebacker, a position four players shared last season. They'll also need to continue developing a transition plan for both offensive tackle positions. Will they accomplish either with the No. 32 pick? Not even the Packers know at this point. There are simply too many variables.

Earlier: I took Mississippi State offensive tackle Derek Sherrod for the Packers in our ESPN.com Blog Network mock draft. Packers safety Nick Collins would like to see the team focus on offensive linemen in the draft. Don't rule out general manager Ted Thompson drafting Alabama running back Mark Ingram. The Packers' player acquisition system under Thompson is especially equipped to handle a lockout.