Draft or free agency?

With the 2014 off-season underway, general manager Ted Thompson must decide which avenue is best in addressing specific needs. Sounds simple enough. But that might be a strange conversation at 1265 Lombardi Ave. For the first time in years, the Green Bay Packers could mine free agency for starters. Multiple starters.

And at tight end, Thompson may chart a new direction.

The future of Jermichael Finley remains uncertain. Andrew Quarless is a free agent, too. Brandon Bostick, Jake Stoneburner and Ryan Taylor return. Thompson can pursue a free agent tight end such as Scott Chandler or Brandon Pettigrew or he could stay patient through March, April and draft a prospect in May.

One or two intriguing options should be available at No. 21 overall.

Green Bay’s offense has been more dynamic with an athletic tight end over the top. It’s just a matter of finding that athlete. That's a chore. In 2011, former college basketball players Jordan Cameron and Julius Thomas slipped to the fourth round. This year, North Carolina’s Eric Ebron, Texas Tech’s Jace Amaro and Washington’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins are head of class.

All three could go in the first round. All three were downfield playmakers in college.

The 6-foot-6, 276-pound Seferian-Jenkins is a true "physical specimen," his Washington position coach Jordan Paopao said.

“For his ability to run as fast as he does and to be as big as he is, is very, very unique and something that he was blessed with," Paopao said. "Secondly, something that stands out are his hands. He has an amazing feel for routes and his catching radius is spectacular and something that a lot of quarterbacks are going to like at the next level.”

At Washington, Seferian-Jenkins finished with 146 receptions for 1,840 yards and 21 touchdowns. The Huskies flexed him out and used him in tight. As a senior, he stayed in more as a blocker.