Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless (81) breaks a tackle from Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith (22). Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
3. TIGHT END
For the second year in a row tight end is a major need on the Packers roster. They did draft Richard Rodgers at the end of the third round in last year’s draft; however, the play of the tight end position this season has left a lot to be desired.
Even though Rodgers shows some promise, there is no guarantee he’ll develop into the impact player the Packers have been missing since the departure of Jermichael Finley. Rodgers isn’t the explosive athlete Finley was, but to his credit, Rodgers does show a lot of potential as a run blocker and has decent hands.
Andrew Quarless has been too inconsistent in his career to expect him to fill the Finley void. Plus, he is set to become a free agent after next season, so the Packers may want to acquire another tight end or two in the draft to strengthen the position and hope they’ll get more out of it in years to come.
Prospects to watch in CFB Bowl games:
Tyler Kroft (Rutgers) in Quick Lane Bowl on Dec. 26th
Clive Walford (Miami) in Independence Bowl on Dec. 27th
Ben Koyack (Notre Dame) in Music City Bowl on Dec. 30th
Jeff Heuerman (Ohio State) in Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1st