3. Eric Stokes
The Packers’ first-round pick might currently be listed as a backup at cornerback behind Kevin King, but make no mistake, Eric Stokes is going to be needed this season. Stokes spent a lot of time on the practice field covering Davante Adams with Aaron Rodgers throwing his way. Not an easy task. But it will have been valuable for Stokes, and he won’t face many more daunting challenges than that in the regular season.
Stokes is set for a significant role in the Packers’ secondary right away.
2. Royce Newman
Royce Newman has been a pleasant surprise for the Packers this summer. Green Bay has a good track record when it comes to finding offensive linemen on Day 3 of the draft, and Newman could be the next to join that list.
He earned Pro Football Focus’ highest grade for the Packers on offense during the preseason and looks well on his way to starting in Week 1 at right guard. According to PFF, he didn’t allow a single pressure in the preseason and was the team’s highest-graded run blocker.
The sky is the limit for Newman.
1. Josh Myers
Another rookie lineman set to start is second-round pick Josh Myers. Myers has big shoes to fill as he replaces All-Pro center Corey Linsley, and he might be starting next to a rookie, whereas Linsley lined up next to T.J. Lang and Josh Sitton in his first season.
Expectations are already high for Myers as a second-round pick, but he’s also going to be an important starter along the offensive line.