2012 NFL Draft: Packers 'Need' To Know

Sportswriters can snicker and sarcastically call Ted Thompson's annual pre-draft press gathering a non-news conference all they want, and by Thompson's own admission, they've probably got a point. The Green Bay Packers general manager says every year that he's not going to give away any of what he calls "proprietary" information, and he doesn't.

OL: 2012 NFL Draft by position

Josh Oglesby is unlikely to be taken in the seven-round NFL Draft that kicks off next Thursday. Not after five knee surgeries and the slowest 40-yard dash time among offensive linemen at the NFL Scouting Combine in February.

TEs: 2012 NFL Draft by position

Coby Fleener doesn't plan on sending thank-you notes to Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, Jermichael Finley or any of the other tight ends who are in the process of revolutionizing the position in the NFL, but the Stanford tight end and soon-to-be NFL draft pick knows that he should be grateful to them for making the position so vital in today's game.

RBs: 2012 NFL Draft by position

Running backs have stopped getting picked as high in the NFL draft as they used to, but Trent Richardson should buck this trend in 2012.

QBs: 2012 NFL Draft by position

Not since Tennessee's Peyton Manning and Washington State's Ryan Leaf went 1-2 in the 1998 NFL Draft have two quarterbacks been the clear-cut, no-doubt-about-it top two prospects on the board. 

WRs: 2012 NFL Draft by position

There may be no position littered with as many draft busts, certainly not on the offensive side of the ball, as wide receiver. 

Specialists: 2012 NFL Draft by position

University of California punter Bryan Anger is projected by some scouts to be taken as early as the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. That apparently won't come as a surprise to him.

LBs: 2012 NFL Draft by position

The ultra-productive, solid-as-a-rock Boston College middle linebacker Luke Kuechly is Exhibit A of how the position simply isn't seen as worth a top-10 pick right now.

Packers desperate for defensive help in NFL draft

After taking offensive players with five of his first six picks in last year's NFL draft, it certainly looks like the time for Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson to target some defensive help.