Green Bay Packers: Ten ways Packers can have perfect offseason
3. Bolster defensive line
The Packers’ defense has made huge strides in recent years, but there is still room for improvement along the defensive line.
Mike Daniels is a star and has emerged as one of the best interior defenders in the NFL. Adding another key piece along the line would help the Packers dominate in the trenches. The 2016 draft class of defensive linemen is deep, and Green Bay should take advantage.
B.J. Raji is a free agent and is coming off the back of an OK season. He made a strong start and contributed up front, but too often went missing. Mike Pennel is a talented young player who made strides in year two, but will miss the first four games of 2016 after violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
If the Packers opt for a defensive lineman in the first round, the likes of Jarran Reed and Vernon Butler could come into play. Both could line up opposite Daniels should Letroy Guion shift to nose tackle. Reed would be my pick of the two as he offers the potential to become a dominant run defender.
GM Ted Thompson likes to draft big guys often, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him dip into the pool of defensive linemen early on.
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