An early look at the Packers’ biggest 2021 draft needs.
The Green Bay Packers have proven so far this season they can compete with the best teams around the league. A statement victory over the New Orleans Saints showed they should be considered Super Bowl contenders.
However, they are far from favorites to lift the Lombardi Trophy next February. And over halfway through the season, we can point to many areas where this team needs to be improved.
Unfortunately, there won’t be too many opportunities to fix the biggest issues until the offseason, most notably the draft. Ten games into the season, which positions are looking like the biggest needs for the Packers in the 2021 NFL Draft?
5. Offensive line
There isn’t one position in particular the Packers will necessarily need to strengthen over the others along the offensive line as we don’t yet know their plans for the starting five. Center would be an obvious need if Corey Linsley leaves in free agency, but Elgton Jenkins, Lucas Patrick, or even Jake Hanson could be the starter there in 2021.
Re-signing David Bakhtiari was huge and Billy Turner has been excellent at right tackle.
However, it’s important to note that both Linsley and guard Lane Taylor, who is recovering from a torn ACL, will both be free agents in the spring. If neither player is re-signed, it would make sense to add more offensive line depth in the draft.
There’s always a need for depth along the offensive line. Green Bay has one of the most talented groups in the NFL but adding more depth in the draft would be a smart move, especially if Linsley and Taylor walk.