How did the Green Bay Packers address their biggest needs this offseason?
Every offseason we are faced with many of the same questions. Should a team go in search of filling needs in the draft, or rather take the ‘best player available’? I’ve never quite understood why these can’t go hand in hand and have to be mutually exclusive.
Entering the offseason, the Green Bay Packers’ biggest needs were commonly believed to be at tight end, inside linebacker and defensive line. Another upgrade or two to the pass rush would also make sense, as would adding another playmaking pass catcher after such a disappointing season by the current crop of wide receivers.
As expected, the Packers addressed all of these areas at some point in the offseason. Some moves made a lot of sense, while others perhaps didn’t seem like the best option. Both through free agency (yes, free agency) and the draft, the Packers were able to add more talent to the roster while filling some needs too.
Let’s work through each of these pre-free agency positions of need and look at how the Packers went about fixing them in either free agency or the draft.
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