Packers: 3 biggest questions following the 2018 NFL Draft

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1. Have the Packers done enough to address pass rush?

We knew going into the draft that it would be difficult to find edge rushers beyond the opening couple of rounds. Gutekunst was right not to reach for a pass rusher just because it’s considered a “need”, but the Packers still need to find ways of pressuring opposing quarterbacks more frequently. They did draft Kendall Donnerson in the seventh round, but he’ll need time to develop.

Clay Matthews and Nick Perry form a solid starting duo at outside linebacker, but the two have struggled to stay healthy in recent years.

It’s hard to fault Gutekunst for his work in the opening two rounds of the draft. He added two cornerbacks with first-round potential. But in time we’ll find out whether it was the right call to pass up on the likes of Marcus Davenport, Harold Landry and Tremaine Edmunds.

Green Bay will hope free agent signing Muhammad Wilkerson can help provide some interior pressure. And if the overall play of the defensive line improves, it could result in more sacks from the linebackers.

Mike McCarthy will be hoping his young edge rushers can step up, too. Second-year Vince Biegel will get a full offseason to prepare after a foot injury held him back as a rookie. Reggie Gilbert impressed at the end of last season.

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Have the Packers done enough to improve the pass rush this offseason? By making a change at defensive coordinator, drafting multiple cornerbacks and signing Wilkerson, there’s a good chance the defense gets more sacks in 2018.