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Sherrod said he was “very confident” he could play either tackle spot.

“We think he has the versatility, the athletic ability to play a number of spots,” Thompson said. “We’ll see how it works out. … You never know how it’s going to work out, but he’s a good football player.”

Another area of potential need was at outside linebacker, where the Packers paired several players with Clay Matthews last year. UCLA’s Akeem Ayers and Arizona’s Brooks Reed still were available when the Packers made their pick.

Green Bay also could have been looking for help at defensive end, given the fact that Cullen Jenkins is expected to leave via free agency and Johnny Jolly’s NFL future remains unclear after another round of legal trouble. The Packers presumably drafted the player they expect to replace Jenkins last year _ second-round pick Mike Neal, who showed ability before a season-ending shoulder injury.

Ohio State defensive end Cam Heyward went off the board just before the Packers picked, going to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team the Packers beat in the Super Bowl.

Going into later rounds, the Packers also could use help in the return game and depth at wide receiver.

Green Bay also was linked to Alabama running back Mark Ingram in the run-up to the draft, but the New Orleans Saints moved up in a trade to take him at No. 28.

Thompson said the Packers did entertain some trade talks, but they didn’t sound particularly serious.

“We talked to some people early on, but most of these talks were sort of fishing,” Thompson said.