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Packers not locked into RB Lynch at No. 16

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With Ahman Green departing Green Bay and leaving the cupboard awfully bare, the prevailing assumption is that the Packers are desperate for a back and a virtual lock to go after Marshawn Lynch with the 16th overall pick. It's certainly possible, but I'm hearing it's no slam dunk.

With recent health and off-the-field concerns, Lynch may remain the No. 2 back in the draft, but the gap between him and Adrian Peterson has widened significantly. Let's assume for the sake of argument that he is available, which appears to be the case for now. I could easily envision them passing. He's the only RB even remotely worthy of the 16th pick, and who's to say the Packers are in love with the kid? He's not a proven workhorse, there are concerns about his physical condition and he's had a hard time staying away from trouble. Meanwhile, the Packers have other significant needs at corner, safety, receiver and tight end — and all four positions should have intriguing prospects on the board at No. 16. 

Furthermore, running backs have become a lesser-valued commodity these days. Productive backs who will share the backfield can be found in the middle rounds. Vernand Morency may not be capable of every-down duty, but he could be the change of pace to a bruiser like Tony Hunt, for example. Veterans Corey Dillon and Chris Brown are still on the open market.

All I'm saying is the Packers have options, even if the world thinks they're desperate for a running back.  

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