The Green Bay Packers have to do something at running back this offseason, with just Ty Montgomery currently under contract. We suspect they’ll re-sign Eddie Lacy, but they’ll likely also want to add a third body to the mix.
That body may come through the draft.
The Packers met with Florida State running back Dalvin Cook (5-11, 213) at the combine. Cook is a projected first-round pick that surpassed 1,000 yards three times for the Seminoles, including a 1,765-yard season in 2016, when he was named first-team All American.
The Packers have also at least had a conversation with Wisconsin running back Corey Clement (5-10, 221). Clement is not nearly has highly-rated as Cook, but he did run for 1,375 yards as a senior, while making first-team All Big Ten.
Former Wisconsin RB Corey Clement said a #Packers scout told him the team may draft two tailbacks this year because they are so thin.
— Michael Cohen (@Michael_Cohen13) March 2, 2017
And finally, in completely uninspired fashion, it looks as if the Packers aren’t quite closing the door on James Starks, either. The team released Starks in February. He had missed the final six games (including playoffs) because of a concussion. Before that he was less effective, averaging just 2.3 yards per carry.
Frankly, the Packers should only be bringing back the 31-year-old James Starks if he’s the only running back option available to them. And if that’s the case, the personnel department really isn’t doing it’s job, is it?
Certainly, Cook is the most intriguing name on this list. He hits home runs.