Packers: Stealing one player from each NFC South team

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Grady Jarrett
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Atlanta Falcons: DT Grady Jarrett

Grady Jarrett would be a dream addition to the Packers defense. We all know how Green Bay struggled to stop the run last season.

Kenny Clark is a star defensive tackle but he needed more help last season. You couldn’t ask for a better partner along the defensive line than Jarrett, who was a Pro Bowler and second-team All-Pro in 2019.

Jarrett would strengthen the Packers’ run defense but, like Clark, he’s also a dominant interior pass rusher. Jarrett had 7.5 sacks and 16 quarterback hits last season. According to ESPN, Jarrett had a pass rush win rate of 22 percent last season. The only defensive tackle in the NFL with a better percentage was Aaron Donald.

To take the next step in the NFC, the Packers need to get stronger against the run. By adding Jarrett to pair with Clark, running the ball against this defense would suddenly become very difficult.

And defensive coordinator Mike Pettine loves to generate interior pressure. Jarrett is a master of pressuring quarterbacks. And with the Smith Bros. rushing off the edge, offensive lines would have all sorts of problems against the Packers’ front seven.

Jarrett is one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL and he’d make a huge difference for the Packers, both against the run and pass.