3. Justin Pugh, OT, New York Giants
Surrounding Aaron Rodgers with talented playmakers is important. But keeping Rodgers upright and healthy is critical if the Packers want to succeed.
Rodgers missed a majority of last season after suffering a broken collarbone against the Minnesota Vikings.
Last year, the Packers had seven offensive line combinations in their first seven weeks because of injury.
Veteran Bryan Bulaga will be entering his ninth season of the NFL, but injuries have piled up. Bulaga only played in five games last season after tearing his ACL in his right knee. In 2013, he missed the entire season with an ACL tear in his other knee.
In eight seasons, he has only played all 16 regular season games twice. He turns 29 this offseason and there is no guarantee he will be healthy and ready to go for the start of the season.
Adding a player like Justin Pugh makes perfect sense. Throughout his career in New York he has experience playing tackle and guard. With Green Bay’s recent injury history, Pugh could be plugged in at a few positions.
Spotrac currently projects Pugh’s market value to be just under $6 million a year.
Although the former first-round pick only played in eight games last season, his versatility, veteran leadership and affordability should make him a target for the Green Bay Packers.