Packers 53-man roster predictions following 2018 NFL Draft

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Offensive linemen (9)

Left tackle: David Bakhtiari, Kyle Murphy

Left guard: Lane Taylor, Lucas Patrick

Center: Corey Linsley

Right guard: Justin McCray, Cole Madison

Right tackle: Bryan Bulaga, Jason Spriggs

When fully healthy, few offensive lines excel in pass protection like the Packers’. Depth has been an issue in recent years though, and the same could be true in 2018.

All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari, left guard Lane Taylor and center Corey Linsley make up three of the five starting linemen. Bakhtiari has put together two outstanding seasons and is key to the Packers’ offense.

I currently have Justin McCray winning the vacant right guard job. If Bryan Bulaga is healthy, he’ll be the starter at right tackle. But Bulaga is a doubt for Week 1 as he recovers from a torn ACL. Injuries could force the likes of Jason Spriggs and Kyle Murphy into action.

The only draft pick Gutekunst spent on the offensive line was a fifth-rounder on Cole Madison, who will likely play guard in Green Bay. The Packers have a good track record of selecting offensive linemen on the final day of the draft. Maybe Madison will become another starter.

Keeping Aaron Rodgers protected has to be a top priority, and while a fully healthy offensive line looks good, I’m not sure the Packers have done enough to ensure there is adequate depth. There’s still time to change that over the summer.