The Packers haven’t drafted a running back in the first round since 1990, but at least one NFL draft analyst thinks Green Bay could be in play for one in this month’s draft.
Russ Lande, a former NFL personnel man and current draft writer at Sporting News, expects the Packers to look into drafting Boise State running back Doug Martin, who Lande ranks as his No. 21 overall prospect in the 2012 draft.
“Expect both the Green Bay Packers (No. 28 overall) and New York Giants (No. 32) to consider taking Martin in the first round,” Lande wrote. “The Packers won a Super Bowl without an elite back, but they would like to get a strong and physical runner who can stay on the field for three downs.”
The Packers have bigger needs than running back, but it’s possible that GM Ted Thompson views Martin (5-9, 220 lbs.) as highly as Lande currently does. While Thompson wasn’t in attendance for the Boise State pro day last month, the Packers did have a scout there.
Darrell Thompson, the 19th overall pick in the 1990 draft, was the last first-round running back selected by the Packers.