Would Zion Johnson to Packers in first round of draft make sense?

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The Green Bay Packers need to add offensive line depth during the 2022 NFL Draft.

One name to potentially watch in the first round is Boston College’s Zion Johnson, a versatile lineman who can line up at guard, center, and possibly even tackle.

Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline listed the Packers as one of three teams to watch for Johnson in the first round. The other teams are the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

If the Packers can find their WR1 at No. 22 overall and then pick Johnson at No. 28, it could absolutely make sense.

Green Bay tends to pick young, athletic players in the first round, and Johnson ticks those boxes.

Johnson is 22 years old and has a Relative Athletic Score of 9.74 out of 10.

He is also talented enough to start right away.

According to Pro Football Focus, Johnson earned an overall grade of 84.4 last season, second-best in the ACC. He allowed just six pressures.

The Packers will likely need to add one or two offensive linemen in the draft. They have released starting right tackle Billy Turner and lost versatile interior lineman Lucas Patrick this offseason. They are yet to re-sign backup tackle Dennis Kelly, too.

What do the Packers love from offensive linemen? Versatility.

Johnson would provide plenty of that.

He would most likely land a starting job at guard alongside either Jon Runyan Jr. or Royce Newman, but his ability to also play center and tackle would only help.

Drafting Johnson would strengthen the interior of the Packers’ offensive line, while also allowing Elgton Jenkins to make a permanent switch to right tackle.

Green Bay’s top three at guard would be Johnson, Runyan, and Newman. All three are 24 or younger and have the versatility to play multiple spots.

The Packers could go in a number of directions with their two first-round picks, but Johnson could be a Day 1 starter.