2012 NFL Draft: Late-Round Picks Who Would Fit for Green Bay Packers

Brooke McGeeCorrespondent IJanuary 25, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 15:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks to pass against the New York Giants during their NFC Divisional playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 15, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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April 26 will be upon the Green Bay Packers before they know it. Slotted at 28 for their first-round pick, though, we know that they are going to be looking for the diamond in the rough in later rounds as well.

Many are saying that they hope Green Bay secures a good pass-rush, with Alabama's Courtney Upshaw being considered. Other Packer backers are still demanding loudly that outside linebackers are sorely lacking.

Ted Thompson wants some defensive linemen, and who can blame him? Specifically, UConn’s Kendall Reyes and Michigan’s Mike Martin are under the radar.

Despite the signing of Graham Harrell to the roster in anticipation of backup quarterback Flynn's departure, others still hope for another QB. The team is spearheaded by the quarterback—can they really rest all of their faith on the hopes that perhaps Harrell will be an equal talent?

Despite the obvious holes in the defense, the offense has some struggles of its own. Guards were shuffled around, and Aaron Rodgers was sacked more times than head coach Mike McCarthy was comfortable with.

Green Bay's receiving corps also needs some focus.

With another year of injuries taking out a significant amount of starters, we were able to see that the depth chart wasn't always that deep. Take the Kansas City game for example. With Greg Jennings gone, Rodgers' game was suddenly off.

The receiver who had suddenly been one of his two go-to guys was replaced with substitutes Rodgers didn't seem to click with.

This can't happen—not if they want to remain a competitive quality team. A few good picks can be the key ingredient a few seasons from now.

On the same note, refusing to address obvious areas can be a death sentence to a struggling defense. This April should be interesting.