The Green Bay Packers have the 29th pick in the N-F-L Draft that begins tonight in Philadelphia. There’s been talk that general manager Ted Thompson could trade down, and maybe get an extra pick in the second round. But if he doesn’t, you can expect Green Bay to stock up on defense again, as the corner spot remains their biggest need. Washington corner Kevin King could be available at Number 29, or perhaps Louisiana corner Tre’Davious White — and there’s been talk that Green Bay could go after Wisconsin Badgers’ outside linebacker T-J Watt, J-J’s brother from Pewaukee. For now, the Packers have eight picks in a three day draft that runs for seven rounds through Saturday — and they’re normally among the busiest at signing leftovers after the draft, as 22 undrafted rookies have made the Pack’s Opening Day roster since its last Super Bowl team of 2010.
The Packers may have found their replacement for T-J Lang when they signed six time Pro Bowl guard Jahri Evans from New Orleans. The 33-year-old Evans signed a one year contract with Green Bay on Wednesday, after playing for eleven years with the Saints. New Orleans drafted Evans in the fourth round in 2006, and he left for Seattle last year but returned to the Saints after the Seahawks cut him at the end of their training camp. Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers recently figured that a combination of Kyle Murphy, Lucas Patrick, and Don Barclay could replace Lang — who signed with his home area Detroit Lions in March. After blocking for Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees, Evans says the idea of blocking for Rodgers appeals to him.