Inside linebacker isn’t a major position of need for the Green Bay Packers in 2023.
They will have former first-team All-Pro De’Vondre Campbell and 2022 first-round pick Quay Walker at the top of the depth chart this season.
The Packers did lose talented backup Krys Barnes, though, as he has signed with the Arizona Cardinals. Should Green Bay add more depth at linebacker this offseason?
Let’s take a look at the projected depth chart after Barnes signed with the Cardinals.
Packers projected linebacker depth chart after second week of free agency
- De’Vondre Campbell
- Quay Walker
- Isaiah McDuffie
- Eric Wilson
Overall, the Packers have good depth in the middle of their defense.
Campbell is only one year removed from an All-Pro season. While he was unable to match that incredible 2021 season last year, he was still a quality starter at linebacker.
Walker showed a ton of potential, although he was inconsistent and got ejected in two games.
Still, there were a lot of positives to take away from his rookie season, and it was easy to see why Green Bay drafted him in the first round.
It will be exciting to see what Isaiah McDuffie can do with more opportunities.
Eric Wilson might not play much on defense, but he was one of the Packers’ best special teams players last season. He will have an important role to play.
If the Packers leave the draft without selecting an inside linebacker, they will be fine. They have enough talent and depth already on the roster.
That said, if an inside linebacker is the best player available at any stage, Green Bay shouldn’t hesitate to draft them. The Packers can get out of Campbell’s contract next year, so finding a future long-term starter next to Walker wouldn’t be a bad idea.
But it also shouldn’t be a priority.