NFL Draft Needs: Packers

The Packers have scrapped the Clay Matthews experiment inside, moving him back onto the edge. Left behind at inside linebacker is a sub-replacement-level cast including Sam Barrington, Jake Ryan and Joe Thomas. Inside linebacker has been an ongoing weakness for DC Dom Capers' defense. It's past time for GM Ted Thompson to fix it.With the exception of DE Mike Daniels, Green Bay's defensive line play has been another annual problem. Free agent NT B.J. Raji retired. Daniels and sub-package DL Datone Jones are the Packers' only down linemen with any semblance of pass-rush skills. Letroy Guion, Josh Boyd and Mike Pennel are strictly space eaters inside. Green Bay needs an influx of talent in the trenches.Even after signing Jared Cook, the Packers should stay in the market for tight ends. Cook will play 2016 on a cheap, one-year deal, while athletically-deficient Richard Rodgers likely doesn't have a future as a starter. With 31-year-old Jordy Nelson coming off a torn ACL and Davante Adams a brutally ineffective sophomore campaign, the Packers could mitigate future pass-catcher deficiencies by adding a dynamic receiving tight end. A fourth Packers need is offensive line depth; Green Bay's front five collapsed whenever it experienced injury to a starter last season.DL Jarran Reed, Alabama - #TedIsTakingADL. The Packers need some size and power up front. Reed would offer an outstanding anchor and strength in the middle of the defense, and flashes pushing the pocket in one on one situations. Reed’s ceiling is a question, but he is a fairly straightforward evaluation.