Ranking Packers’ biggest offseason needs in 2021

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Green Bay Packers, Christian Kirksey
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6. Defensive tackle

Yes, the run defense did improve down the stretch, but it was still surprising the Packers didn’t make more moves along the defensive line last offseason. Kingsley Keke stepped up in 2020 and could have an even bigger role next season, but the Packers should still look to add some more talent along the defensive line this spring.

A lot will depend on the team’s next defensive coordinator and how his scheme differs to Mike Pettine’s.

5. Inside linebacker

The Packers might have found something in Krys Barnes. The undrafted rookie impressed in his first season, starting 10 games and making 80 tackles. Kamal Martin also has the potential to become a good player. That said, the Packers still had problems in the middle of their defense and Christian Kirksey could be a cut candidate this offseason.

Again, the scheme of the new defensive coordinator could make inside linebacker an even bigger need.

4. Wide receiver

The Packers offense ranked first in points this past season despite the team not adding wide receiver help. Marquez Valdes-Scantling emerged as a deep threat while Allen Lazard was a solid complementary option when healthy.

Still, the Packers shouldn’t turn down the opportunity to add a difference-maker on offense should the opportunity present itself. With another deep class at receiver in this year’s draft, the Packers should add another pass catcher this offseason.