3 nightmare scenarios for Green Bay Packers in 2023

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2. Packers second-year players don't step up

While much of the focus will understandably go on the Packers' talented rookie class, the returning second-year players are arguably more important for success this season.

Last year's rookie class showed potential in year one, but with many veteran starters departing this offseason, the Packers need their second-year players to make a jump this fall.

That includes first-round picks Quay Walker and Devonte Wyatt, who will both have significant roles on defense. Walker was inconsistent in year one, although he did lead the Packers in tackles. Wyatt should become a starter this season after impressing as a backup.

Wide receivers Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, and Samori Toure are now the most experienced players at their position, as hard as it is to believe. Veterans Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb are gone. The Packers need Watson and Doubs to lead the way.

Offensive lineman Zach Tom could start in 2023, whether at tackle, guard, or even center. He showed he was ready to start last season. Now he needs to build on a strong rookie year.

If the Packers get significant contributions from their second-year players, they can make a playoff run. A nightmare scenario would be if the likes of Walker, Wyatt, Watson, and Doubs struggled and were unable to improve on last season.