Outside linebackers: C
Fixing the pass rush was one of the Packers’ top priorities this offseason. The fact they’ve done little at outside linebacker is a head-scratcher, but it shows us a couple of things. Number one is that Brian Gutekunst and the coaches are clearly more confident with the talent they already have than a lot of us are. Second, it’s possible Gutekunst didn’t believe many of the available options were worth it.
For example, he passed up on edge rusher Marcus Davenport with the 14th pick of the draft, trading it way to the New Orleans Saints, who gladly moved up to select Davenport.
Mike Pettine plans to create more interior pressure, according to Zach Kruse of Packers Wire, which is why the Muhammad Wilkerson signing makes so much sense, but he’ll also need production from his edge rushers.
The Packers need depth. Second-year Vince Biegel will be expected to make an impact now that he’s had a full offseason to prepare. How can Reggie Gilbert contribute after impressing at the end of last season?
Will Gutekunst regret not using an early draft pick on an edge rusher? Only time will tell.