CBS Sports ranks Packers’ offensive line in top 10 in NFL

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 15: David Bakhtiari
ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 15: David Bakhtiari /

After making a couple of offseason additions, the Green Bay Packers could have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL this season.

Despite giving up 53 sacks last season, the Green Bay Packers‘ offensive line has the potential to be very good in 2019.

Sean Wagner-McGough of CBS Sports recently ranked the top 10 offensive lines in the NFL for the 2019 season, with the Packers coming in at number seven. They are first among NFC North teams, two positions higher than the Chicago Bears.

Guard was an issue for the Packers last season, but it’s an area they addressed in the offseason.

But with David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga, Green Bay has arguably the best pass-protecting tackle tandem in football. Bakhtiari is a three-time All-Pro and was Pro Football Focus’ highest-graded left tackle in the league last season. But Bulaga actually had a slightly better pass block win rate last season, according to ESPN.

Not only are the Packers set at the two tackle positions, but they also have consistent play from Corey Linsley at center. Linsley was named a Pro Bowl alternate last season, and he hasn’t missed an offensive snap for the past two years.

The play at guard will determine whether Green Bay’s offensive line improves from last season and whether it’s one of the best in the league. But as Wagner-McGough notes in his rankings, the addition of Billy Turner in free agency will help.

The Packers have also added second-round pick Elgton Jenkins, who gives the team more flexibility as he can play multiple positions. Cole Madison will also compete for a starting job. If Lane Taylor, the Packers’ starting right guard for the past three seasons, can get back to his best, Green Bay will have plenty of options at guard.

In a division featuring Khalil Mack, Danielle Hunter and Trey Flowers, the Packers need a strong offensive line. The good news is that they could have one of the best in football this season.