With the twenty-fifth pick in the 2013 NFL Draft the Seattle Seahawks select Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU.
Next we address the 26th pick in the draft - The Green Bay Packers are on the clock.
#26 Green Bay Packers. Needs - LT, C, RB. The Green Bay Packers overcame a slow start to win the NFC North and advance to the second round of the NFL playoffs. The Packers defense was completely outclassed and embarrassed by the 49ers and Colin Kaepernick in the Divisional round. Despite that performance the Packers should be optimistic about the future.
Thankfully for the Packers they have arguably the best and deepest WR corps in the NFL. Led by Aaron Rogers, arguably the best QB in the NFL, the Packers have every reason to think they will be competing for Superbowls for many years to come. Green Bay finished 5th in the NFL in scoring, averaging 27 points per game. They did this despite terrible play from the O-line, which gave up 51 sacks (31st in the NFL) and couldn't open running lanes for the team's RBs, leading to a 20th place finish in rushing yards accompanied by a below average 3.9 yards per carry. Aaron Rogers and his WRs led the Pack to a 9th place ranking in passing yards despite the O-lines inadequacies.
The biggest weakness on the defensive side of the ball came vs. the run, where they finished 17th in rushing yards allowed and gave up a disappointing 4.5 yards per carry. The Packers were better defending the pass, collecting 47 sacks, good for 4th in the League, grabbing 18 INTs, and ranking 11th in passing yards allowed. Green Bay finished 18th in takeaways, with 23 on the year, which helped them hold teams to 21 points per game, which was 11th best in the NFL.
So what do the Packers do? The O-line was really bad, especially considering how mobile Aaron Rogers is. Do they draft a Center in the 1st round? Is there a OT worth this pick? They could use a RB, but is there one worthy of the 1st round? The defense was soft against the run, but other than Charles Woodson and Ryan Pickett it is a relatively young unit that should get better with another year of experience. Do they take another DT? How about another CB? You decide.
Picks so far:
#1 Kansas City Chiefs - Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
#2 Jacksonville Jaguars - Bjoern Warner, DE, FSU
#3 Oakland Raiders - Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
#4 Philadelphia Eagles - Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
#5 Detroit Lions - Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
#6 Cleveland Browns - Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia
#7 Arizona Cardinals - Geno Smith, QB, WVU
#8 Buffalo Bills - Mike Glennon, QB, NC St.
#9 New York Jets - Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU
#10 Tennessee Titans - Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio St.
#11 San Diego Chargers - Eric Fisher, OT, CMU
#12 Miami Dolphins - Keenan Allen, WR, California
#13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi St.
#14 Carolina Panthers - Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
#15 New Orleans Saints - John Jenkins, NT, Georgia
#16 St. Louis Rams - Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
#17 Pittsburgh Steelers - Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame
#18 Dallas Cowboys - Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
#19 New York Giants - Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
#20 Chicago Bears - Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
#21 Cincinnati Bengals - Kevin Minter, MLB, LSU
#22 St. Louis Rams - Cordarelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
#23 Minnesota Vikings - Terrance Williams, WR,Baylor
#24 Indianapolis Colts - Dion Jordan, DE/OLB,Oregon
#25 Seattle Seahawks - Sam Montgomery, DE,LSU