Can Packers Wait Until Day Two For a Good 3-4 Defensive End?

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Published: March 26, 2009

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... exact. In the past, GM Ted Thompson has successfully traded down (giving him more selections) and turned those extra picks in later rounds to add depth and youth.

Depth will be key for the defensive end and outside linebacker spots. With the team switching to a 3-4, there are now obvious holes at those positions.

Guys that used to be defensive ends now carry this ambiguous title of hybrid linebacker; meaning they will play outside linebacker in the 3-4 scheme, only to become defensive ends in what will be a sparingly-used 4-3 scheme.

This brings us to the main question: can the Packers wait until the third Round (or even later) to draft a 3-4 DE? I suppose there are many answers. One only needs to look at the plethora of mock drafts and accompanying player boards to see that not all prospects are ranked equally among them.

What is easy to assess, however, is the depth for the 3-4 OLB position. Just as easy to assess is t...

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