Start with Sean Rhyan or Zach Tom
As noted earlier, Yosh Nijman may be needed to cover at right tackle should Elgton Jenkins miss the start of the season. If Bakhtiari also misses time due to injury, the Packers may need to turn to one of their rookie offensive linemen.
The good thing is that Matt LaFleur would have options.
Credit to general manager Brian Gutekunst. He always restocks the offensive line depth and adds versatile players. It has proven to be so valuable in recent years.
This offseason, Gutekunst drafted three offensive linemen with experience playing at tackle: UCLA’s Sean Rhyan, Wake Forest’s Zach Tom, and Penn State’s Rasheed Walker.
Walker may need some time to develop his game, but Rhyan and Tom could be ready to start somewhere along the offensive line this season.
Rhyan played left tackle at UCLA and was a first-team All-Pac-12 last season. According to Pro Football Focus, he has allowed only one sack since 2020.
Tom has played both tackle and center. According to PFF, he had the highest pass-blocking grade among Power Five tackles last season.
They are both rookies, so it’s hard to predict whether they will be ready to start in the NFL right away. But they are talented players and should be in the mix if Bakhtiari misses any time.