Packers: 5 biggest needs after first wave of free agency

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 12: Davon House
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Outside of the top five

13. Fullback

Aaron Ripkowski played just 17.19 percent of the Packers’ offensive snaps in 2017, according to Pro Football Reference. He’ll take on a similar role this season. The team is ready to go at fullback. Urgency: Low

12. Defensive line

The signing of Muhammad Wilkerson could take the defensive line to the next level. With Wilkerson, Mike Daniels and Kenny Clark, the line could dominate under new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. The Packers may add a late-round draft choice for some depth. Urgency: Low

11. Quarterback

With 12 picks in this year’s draft, it’s certainly possible the Packers add a quarterback at some point. But they didn’t trade for DeShone Kizer for nothing. He’ll be the backup behind Aaron Rodgers this year. Urgency: Low

10. Center

As long as Corey Linsley is healthy, the Packers are set at center. Brian Gutekunst will likely add depth to the offensive line in the draft. Urgency: Low

9. Running back

The backfield belongs to second-year backs Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones. Ty Montgomery will also see some time at running back. All three did go down injured at one point in 2017, so it’s possible the Packers add another back in the draft. Urgency: Low

8. Tight end

The addition of Jimmy Graham gives the Packers a big-time pass-catching tight end. Richard Rodgers remains unsigned, and it’s possible the team will enter 2018 with Graham, Lance Kendricks and a rookie. Urgency: Low

7. Inside linebacker

Blake Martinez’s breakout season in 2017 was important, and he will be expected to make another step up under Pettine this year. That said, the Packers should still look to add another linebacker in the draft. Urgency: Moderate

6. Guard

Jahri Evans is a free agent and it remains to be seen whether he’ll be re-signed. The Packers might feel confident in Justin McCray or Lucas Patrick taking the starting job in 2018. The team needs more depth along the offensive line, and it’s possible they will sign a veteran to fill in at right guard or add some competition in the draft. Urgency: Moderate