OT Willie Beavers, Western Michigan
Depth along the offensive line was a major issue for the Packers in 2015. All five starters were regular residents on the injury report. Starting left tackle David Bakhtiari missed time with an ankle injury, as did right tackle Bryan Bulaga with a knee injury early in the year. Center Corey Linsley dealt with an ankle issue too.
JC Tretter was the only backup capable of filling in. He spent some time at center in relief of Linsley, and played at left tackle for the Packers’ wild-card round victory over Washington. Adding more depth is crucial.
It’s also important to keep one eye on the not-too-distant future. Bakhtiari and Tretter are entering contract years, as are guards T.J. Lang and Josh Sitton. The Packers will be hard pressed to keep all four, so drafting replacements now to groom into starters is important.
Willie Beavers would be a mid-round option for the Packers. Beavers is an athletic player with the potential to play left tackle. The belief among many analysts is that he won’t be a day one starter, but this doesn’t matter for Green Bay. Beavers could add depth in 2016 with the possibility of becoming a starter down the line.