Something that the Packers are in dire need of is depth along the offensive line. While David Bakhtiari, Corey Linsley and Bryan Bulaga have locked down their spots along the offensive line, the guard spots have largely been a mystery.
The rotation has been week-to-week as late-round picks, UDFAs, and free agents have been in and out with injuries and questionable play. A direct result of this has been surrendering 53 sacks in 2018, third-most in the NFL.
Finding talented depth in free agency will make Brian Gutekunst’s draft plan easier, and this postseason will serve as a great way to evaluate the offensive guard talent that could be hitting the market soon.
Chance Warmack (Philadelphia Eagles)
A former All-American in college and drafted by the Titans 10th overall in 2013, Chance Warmack started in 48 games, then was placed on IR in 2016 with a torn tendon. Warmack has since been on a year-to-year basis with the Philadelphia Eagles.
He has only started in three games since 2017, which creates a safe assumption that the Eagles won’t lose sleep over losing Warmack, but we may yet see him in this playoff run. In the case that we do, keeping an eye on his footwork, strength and durability may be a good precursor as to whether or not we see Warmack test the market.
Mark Glowinski (Indianapolis Colts)
Drafted in the fourth round by Seattle in 2013, Mark Glowinski was waived near the end of 2017, and was scooped up by Indianapolis four days later. He’s had a solid presence on the offensive line with Quenton Nelson at the other guard spot.
Most recently, Glowinski has struggled with an ankle injury, but has returned to the Colts just in time for the playoffs. It’s worth noting that Indianapolis’ offensive line has given up only 18 sacks all year, the least in the NFL.
Obtaining a piece of that top pass-protecting unit will help ensure Aaron Rodgers’ longevity heading into his 15th year in the NFL.