Why Packers will make the playoffs: Defense has eight first-round picks
Everywhere you look, you'll find first-round picks, Pro Bowlers, and All-Pros on defense for the Packers. And at every level.
Defensive line? Kenny Clark and Devonte Wyatt were first-round picks. Clark is a two-time Pro Bowler. Pass rushers? Rashan Gary and Lukas Van Ness were both top-15 selections, while Preston Smith was a big free-agency addition.
Inside linebacker? Check. De'Vondre Campbell was named a first-team All-Pro in 2021, and second-year Quay Walker was picked 22nd overall in the draft.
How about the secondary? There are three more first-rounders in the defensive backfield: Jaire Alexander, Eric Stokes, and Darnell Savage. Alexander is a two-time All-Pro and two-time Pro Bowler.
They added more talent to the defense in the draft. After selecting Van Ness in the first round, the Packers upgraded the defensive line by selecting Colby Wooden and Karl Brooks. They also improved the secondary by drafting cornerback Carrington Valentine and safety Anthony Johnson Jr.
This season, they will get Rashan Gary and Eric Stokes back from injury.
The Packers' defense hasn't lived up to its potential in the past, but the talent is there. They have a good blend of experience and youth, first-round picks, and free-agent additions. And they have Pro Bowl talent at every level of the defense.