Packers roster ranked sixth in NFL by ESPN analyst

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

According to ESPN’s Mike Clay, the Green Bay Packers currently have the sixth-most talented roster in the NFL.

After a disappointing six-win season, it would be fair to say the Green Bay Packers have a lot of areas to improve this offseason. Edge rusher, safety and the offensive line comes to mind.

But that’s not to say they don’t have a good roster already, perhaps one that just needed fresh ideas from a new coach.

ESPN’s Mike Clay tweeted out a table ranking each roster in the NFL, with individual grades for each position group. He only included players under contract in 2019, which means Green Bay would be without Clay Matthews, Bashaud Breeland and the rest of the upcoming free agents.

Of course, the Packers received a high grade at the quarterback position thanks to Aaron Rodgers. But interestingly they received an even higher grade for the offensive line, an area many (myself included) feel should be one of the top offseason needs.

The Packers do have two of the best pass-blocking tackles in football with three-time All-Pro David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga. Depth is more of a concern, and the Packers also need to look to the future at tackle as Bulaga is entering a contract year.

The guard position position is also a concern. But with Bakhtiari, Bulaga and center Corey Linsley, I can understand the high grade Clay gave the offensive line.

Clay’s grades highlight the positions the Packers need to focus on this offseason: safety, edge rusher and linebacker. Re-signing Bashaud Breeland would help improve the grade for the cornerback position. But if Breeland walks, depth will be an issue at corner.

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With a new coaching staff and the right offseason additions, the Packers should be able to quickly get back into playoff contention. They already have a number of talented players at key positions.