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Marcus Davenport makes sense even if Packers sign Muhammad Wilkerson

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Muhammad Wilkerson would be a quick fix. Marcus Davenport could be a long-term solution.

So it still makes sense that even if the Green Bay Packers signed the former they could draft the latter.

Wilkerson was scheduled to make his first free-agent visit to the Packers on Wednesday, weather permitting, after the New York Jets cut the former first-round draft pick.

Even though defensive line isn't the Packers' biggest position of need, ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay doesn't think signing Wilkerson should preclude them from picking Davenport at No. 14 overall in next month's draft.

McShay stuck with the UT-San Antonio defensive end in his latest mock draft released on Wednesday. McShay also had the Packers taking Davenport in his previous mock draft, and so did fellow ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. in his most recent mock.

If Davenport is indeed the best defensive player available at No. 14, then new general manager Brian Gutekunst shouldn't hesitate to make that call -- even if he has Wilkerson under contract by then.

Wilkerson will be 29 in October and while he may have a couple of good years left in him, he's a stop-gap player. His experience with new Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine's scheme could help the Packers' returning players transition from Dom Capers' defense, and it could allow a young player like Davenport, who is only 21, the time to learn the NFL game without having to play 50 snaps a game right away.