Defensive end: Letroy Guion, Datone Jones, Dean Lowry
Nose tackle: Kenny Clark, Mike Pennel
Defensive tackle: Mike Daniels, Christian Ringo
With B.J. Raji’s decision to walk away from the game, the Packers were left with a deficiency along the defensive line. They went a long way to addressing this with draft selections Kenny Clark (first round) and Dean Lowry (fourth round).
Mike Daniels is locked down at defensive tackle and has emerged as one of the stars of the league at the position. Letroy Guion is a capable run defender who can line up at multiple spots along the line, but could continue his role at defensive end with the rookie Clark slotting in at nose tackle.
Mike Pennel will give the line a boost once he returns from his four-game suspension, but he is forced to sit out of the opening quarter of the season.
Datone Jones offers good depth at defensive end, and he’s expected to play more of an “elephant” role in 2016, splitting time at end and outside linebacker. Rookie Lowry is a true five-technique who can come in as a rotational piece early in his career.
The line needed some upgrades this offseason, and it looks in a healthier state moving forward.