2014 NFL Draft Strategy Breakdown: Green Bay Packers

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Dec 15, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Green Bay Packers receiver James Jones (89) tries to make a catch in the first quarter against Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr (39) at AT&T Stadium. Carr was flagged for interference on the play. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Off-Season Losses
Although the Packers didn’t lose that many players do to free agency, they lost a lot in terms of talent on the offensive side of the football. This off-season both WR James Jones and C Evan Dietrich-Smith signed multi-year contracts with the Raiders and Buccaneers. With Jones leaving the team, the Packers lose a big receiver, especially in the red zone. In the past three seasons, Jones has caught 161 passes for 2,236 yards and 24 touchdowns (14 of them in 2012 alone). With that said, the Packers will most likely pick up another receiver or even tight end in the draft to help out Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ passing O. As well, the Packers lost their long-time center, replacing him with JC Tretter (according to ESPN’s depth chart). Dietrich-Smith will be a big loss to a Packers offensive line that already has some issues. I think that they will be able to get some new offensive additions from the draft and help make this team a well-rounded playoff powerhouse.

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