Packers: Stealing one player from each NFC East team

Zack Martin (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Zack Martin (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Zack Martin (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

Adding one player to the Packers from each NFC East team.

So, we have done a few pieces revolving around the idea of the Green Bay Packers having the opportunity to steal a player from each team in a certain division. The hypothetical situation would allow the Packers to bolster their squad with pieces of the puzzle that other teams currently have. This situation would never happen in reality, but it is a fun experiment to fill in some of the Packers’ gaping holes from squads around the league.

I thought, having grown up in the Philadelphia area in a sea of Eagles fans, that choosing from the NFC East would be interesting. Especially considering the Packers will be facing off with that Eagles squad this season in a rematch from last year’s tight loss at Lambeau Field in late September.

The Packers could benefit a lot from the NFC East’s young talent and with a couple of these players, they could be unstoppable. The question is how do you decide which player to add? And does that player fill one of the Packers’ primary needs? Let me know in the comments what you would change from my picks.

Dallas Cowboys: G Zack Martin

This was the most difficult selection for me, and it was because I wanted so badly to take one of Dallas’ stud linebackers like Jaylon Smith or Leighton Vander Esch.

However, the right side of the Packers offensive line just won’t cut it in the postseason. We saw that when the Packers were dominated by San Francisco in the NFC Championship Game, and had just 62 yards on the ground. They were tormented by the 49ers’ scary defensive front, and a presence like Zack Martin anchoring the right side of the line would have been a huge factor in changing that.

Also, the Packers, by selecting A.J. Dillon, have made it clear that they want to change the culture of the offense into a run-first unit. Despite having Aaron Rodgers in the lineup week in and week out, the winning starts with their production on the ground. Adding a monster like Martin to the line would be a smart move for this shift under second-year head coach Matt LaFleur and his new scheme.