Four things Packers must do in the 2021 NFL Draft

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Green Bay Packers, Elgton Jenkins
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3. Figure out what’s next along the offensive line

Maybe the Packers need to go strong at tackle in the draft. Perhaps adding an interior lineman would be the priority. It all depends on how Matt LaFleur sees the starting five lining up next season.

All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari is locked in when he’s back from injury. But Pro Bowler Elgton Jenkins, Lucas Patrick, and Billy Turner all offer positional versatility. At this stage, we don’t know if the plan is for Jenkins to replace All-Pro center Corey Linsley or even make a permanent move out to tackle. Both options are very much in play.

Patrick could be Green Bay’s next starting center while Turner can play both tackle and guard.

It all comes down to how LaFleur sees the pieces coming together. If he views Jenkins as a long-term tackle, depth there is suddenly less of an issue. Bakhtiari and Jenkins would be the long-term starters with Turner able to fill in when needed. But if Jenkins’ future is at center or he sticks at guard, finding a tackle in the draft becomes a need.

Linsley and Rick Wagner departing leaves some questions along the offensive line. How LaFleur sees it all fitting together will determine which position(s) need some help in the draft.