IN­SIDE LINE­BACKER (9)

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Pack­ers head coach Mike McCarthy plans on mov­ing Clay Matthews back to out­side line­backer. For that strat­egy to work, though, McCarthy needs an­other in­side line­backer, or two.

Jake Ryan re­mains un­proven at the po­si­tion. And Sam Bar­ring­ton suf­fered a foot in­jury in Week 1 last year that re­quired sea­son-end­ing surgery.

Thomp­son would likely have to trade up to land Alabama’s Reg­gie Ragland, who’s widely con­sid­ered the top in­side line­backer avail­able. Ragland is a do-it-all line­backer with great phys­i­cal­ity and was the SEC’s de­fen­sive player of the year in 2015. He would give Green Bay’s de­fense a nas­ti­ness it needs.

If Ragland is gone, Mis­souri’s Ken­trell Broth­ers or Ok­la­homa’s Do­minique Alexander could ap­peal to Thomp­son in Round 2. Ei­ther way, McCarthy needs re­in­force­ments if he’s go­ing to move Matthews.

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