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B.J. Raji’s sur­prise de­ci­sion to step away from foot­ball in 2016 has left Green Bay with a gap­ing hole in the mid­dle of its de­fen­sive line.

Letroy Guion filled in ad­mirably in 2014, when Raji missed the year with a torn bi­ceps. But the Pack­ers need re­in­force­ments, so it’s a good thing de­fen­sive tackle might be the deep­est po­si­tion in the draft.

Alabama’s A’Shawn Robin­son could fall to Green Bay. But Robin­son’s pro­duc­tion hasn’t matched his po­ten­tial, which could scare off teams.

Alabama’s Jar­ran Reed and UCLA’s Kenny Clark might be in­trigu­ing early round op­tions, as well.

The good news for Thomp­son is there are plenty of qual­ity de­fen­sive tack­les in the draft. So if Thomp­son doesn't like what he sees early, he could find some­one that can help on Day 2.

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