Largely considered the Packers’ biggest need entering the offseason, it was only a matter of time before the inside linebacker group was addressed. Just like a year ago, fans had to patiently wait until the fourth round of the draft to get their man. On the draft’s final day, GM Ted Thompson turned to Blake Martinez out of Stanford.
Martinez joins a group featuring second-year Jake Ryan and a healthy Sam Barrington. With the intention to move Clay Matthews back outside clear, a strong duo forming in the middle needs to be evident. Martinez was asked to drop back into coverage a lot in college, and this could help his transition to a similar role in Dom Capers’ defense.
Martinez wasn’t the only addition at the position, however. Beniquez Brown — projected by many analysts to hear his name called in the fourth round — went undrafted before landing in Green Bay following the event. Brown won’t be expected to take on a big role right away and will need to fight for a roster spot, but he has potential.
With these four as well as Joe Thomas in contention, do the Packers finally have enough to make inside linebacker a strength?
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