Post-Draft Outlook:BEST PICK: Boston College NT B.J. Raji was a no-brainer for the Packers' top selection when he was available at No. 9 overall, although dynamic wideout Michael Crabtree of Texas Tech had general manager Ted Thompson mulling his enviable options. Addressing glaring needs in the revamped 3-4 defensive front took precedence, and landing Raji was a coup for fortifying the trenches. Raji is a beast at 6-foot-2 and 337 pounds. The Packers haven't possessed such a feared, game-changing nose tackle since Gilbert Brown was digging graves in the backfield for upended opponents during the team's dominant run in the 1990s. Raji's uncanny ability to take on double teams and shed blockers should pay immediate dividends for a defense that ranked 26th against the run, allowing an average of 131.6 yards per game, and generated only 27 sacks last season. A closer look at the Packers' picks: Round 1/9 -- B.J. Raji, DT, 6-2, 337, Boston College...Pound for pound, the Packers might have acquired the best defensive player in the draft. Raji is extraordinarily gifted and athletic for his size. The every-down enforcer solidifies the interior of the defensive line for Green Bay, which had only aging starter Ryan Pickett to anchor the critical nose tackle position in its big switch to a 3-4 alignment up front. Work ethic and yo-yo weight control exhibited by Raji in college are blemishes that can't be brushed aside, however. - by The Sports Xchange
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10/29/15 - NT B.J. Raji (groin) remained a limited participant in practice Thursday. A better determination on the veteran starter's status for Sunday's game at Denver won't be known until the end of the week. Raji missed the Packers' most recent game Oct. 18 before their bye week.
10/19/15 - NT B.J. Raji (groin) didn't play Sunday against the Chargers and will be helped by the team's bye week.
10/15/15 - NT B.J. Raji (groin) didn't practice Thursday for the second straight day. That raises uncertainty about Raji's availability for Sunday's game against the Chargers, even though the veteran starter expressed a desire to play after he sustained the injury in the last game. The Packers have a suitable replacement to anchor the defensive line with veteran Letroy Guion.
10/14/15 - NT B.J. Raji (groin) didn't practice Wednesday. The veteran starter is trying to make a quick recovery from the injury that knocked him out of Sunday's win over the Rams and play against the Chargers this weekend.
10/12/15 - NT B.J. Raji (groin) underwent an MRI on Monday and is optimistic that the injury that kept him out of the second half of the 24-10 win over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday isn't serious. Raji indicated his status is day to day, and he doesn't know whether he will need to miss any practice time later this week ahead of the Packers' game next Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.