Green Bay Packers 2018 position outlook: Defensive line

Green Bay Packers, Mike Daniels (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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The Green Bay Packers’ defensive line got stronger this offseason.

Already the Green Bay Packers’ biggest strength on defense last season, the team signed former Pro Bowler and two-time second-team All-Pro Muhammad Wilkerson in free agency.

Fixing the pass rush and the secondary were among the top priorities for general manager Brian Gutekunst this offseason. But they could get some help up front from a very talented group of defensive linemen.

New defensive coordinator Mike Pettine should be excited to work with this group.

Currently on the roster

Mike Daniels, Kenny Clark, Muhammad Wilkerson, Dean Lowry, Montravius Adams, James Looney, Tyler Lancaster, Filipo Mokofisi, Conor Sheehy

Who makes the final 53-man roster?

Mike Daniels, Kenny Clark, Muhammad Wilkerson and Dean Lowry will all be a part of the 53-man roster, barring injury. Assuming second-year Montravius Adams is fully healthy, there’s a good chance he also makes the 53.

Last month I predicted that the Packers would keep five defensive linemen on the 53-man roster, but if one of the young players impresses at training camp, Gutekunst could decide to add a sixth.

Key player

Mike Daniels: Daniels is one of the most underrated defensive linemen in football, but opponents of the Packers know all too well how dominant he can be.

Daniels now gets to work with a talented defensive line featuring Muhammad Wilkerson and last year’s breakout star Kenny Clark.

Daniels has been the Packers’ best defensive player for a few years, even though his excellent play often goes unnoticed by the casual fan.

The 29-year-old went to the Pro Bowl for the first time last season. There’s no reason why he won’t be back there in 2018.

Position outlook

Mike Pettine has to be excited about his defensive line. It was the only real strength the defense had last season, and it’s in position to get even stronger in 2018.

Bringing in Wilkerson on a one-year “prove it” deal was great business by Gutekunst. Working alongside Daniels and Clark, I love his potential in Green Bay. Wilkerson also has experience playing in Pettine’s defense.

Lowry and second-year Adams provide good depth.

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If Daniels, Clark and Wilkerson stay healthy, the Packers’ defensive line can be one of the league’s best this year.