3. Add offensive line depth
This is an important one. The Packers clearly understand the need to add more talent to the offensive line after handing Billy Turner a four-year deal worth $28 million, but more work is required.
There’s a possibility the Packers’ starting offensive line as things stand would be David Bakhtiari at left tackle, Lane Taylor at left guard, Corey Linsley at center, Turner at right guard and Bryan Bulaga at right tackle. That’s fine, but the lack of depth at the backup spots would be a concern.
But that’s not to say the Packers need to draft backups. They could absolutely look to get better at one of the two guard spots, or find the long-term successor to Bulaga at right tackle, who not only is a free agent next offseason, but has also only played all 16 regular season games twice in his career.
Gutekunst doesn’t necessarily need to use an early selection on the offensive line, but there should be plenty of talented options available on Day 1 and 2 if he choose to. Tackles Andre Dillard and Jawaan Taylor would make sense at No. 12. A prospect I’m a fan of is Chris Lindstrom out of Boston College. There’s a chance he’ll still be available at No. 44, and he has the potential to become a starting guard for the Packers early on.
The fact is Gutekunst could go in many different directions, but at some point, the Packers need to add to the offensive line.