Packers 2016 Draft: Devil’s advocate with 10 first-round candidates
OT Jason Spriggs, Indiana
Why it makes sense: Finding big guys early is the way to go in the draft and Jason Spriggs would be an upgrade to the Packers’ offensive line. Having better protection for Aaron Rodgers (and important depth) is essential for the offense to find its groove again in 2016.
Too often Rodgers was forced to run for his life. He needs time to establish rhythm and timing with his receivers, not be worrying about the oncoming rush. Spriggs could help add depth immediately with the potential to lock down a starting gig.
Why it doesn’t make sense: While the Packers need depth along the offensive line, they already have a talented starting quintet. Using a first-round pick on a player who in theory could just be good backup behind David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga is a little risky.
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Verdict: Spriggs is a talented player and if he’s top of the Packers’ board at No. 27, I’m all for it. It’s hardly an exciting pick, but ‘exciting’ picks don’t win you championships. With Bulaga’s struggles to stay healthy and Bakhtiari entering a contract year, it could be a smart pickup on the draft’s opening day.