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Sep 23, 2005
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Packers: Future of team is on the line
Written by PackerChatters Staff
Saturday, 22 April 2006
Green Bay - The Green Bay Packers have only one need in this year’s NFL draft: A stud player.
They earned a prime pick at No. 5 overall because they finished 4-12 last season, and they finished 4-12 because age and injury have left them without an elite player at any position.

So it’s up to General Manager Ted Thompson to find a great player, a franchise player, and that No. 5 selection is the best shot he’ll get.

To say the future of the franchise is riding on his choice is an overstatement — former GM Ron Wolf blew the No. 5 selection in his first Packers draft by selecting Terrell Buckley in 1992, yet managed to build a team that won the Super Bowl four seasons later.

However, the Packers’ road back to championship contention will be significantly shorter if he hits big on this pick, and immeasurably harder if he misses big.

USC running back Reggie Bush is all but a sure thing as the top pick overall, but the next few picks are not at all clear, so any of several top prospects could be available for Thompson when the Packers are on the clock a week from today.

There’s even a chance North Carolina State defensive end Mario Williams, generally regarded as one of the two or three most talented players in this draft, might be there at No. 5, though those odds don’t look good.

If not, it would leave a prospect such as Virginia tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Maryland tight end Vernon Davis or Ohio State linebacker A.J. Hawk for Thompson’s consideration.

Other possibilities, players who more likely than not will be available at No. 5, are Texas quarterback Vince Young, Vanderbilt quarterback Jay Cutler, Texas safety Michael Huff and Oregon defensive tackle Haloti Ngata.

The Packers, though, appear confident they’ll have a shot at a player they’ve graded as a top-echelon prospect.

“There are going to be at least two really good players there,â€

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